Julia is older than Dane and she finds it hard to believe that the younger, charming millionaire would want to be with her. Not only that but Julia is very jaded from her past marriage and doesn’t trust men to keep their promises.
This is my first Jennifer Gracen book and it’s actually been sitting in my Kindle forever; I’m so happy I got around to it because I really enjoyed this one! I loved Dane and he was probably my favorite part of the book. I’m a bit over (b/m)illionaire romances because the heroes are usually arrogant, alpha-holes but Dane was a very nice surprise.
Dane is naturally charming without being sleazy and he might have tons of money but he still treats everyone equally. He’s immediately attracted to Julia but he doesn’t act like it’s a done deal just because women can’t resist him; he respects that Julia is an employee and when it’s clear that they can’t stay away from each other he’s a still a gentleman about it. The way he cares for Julia is so beautiful to see because it helps create the actual romance in the story. Dane’s also really laid back and a guy that enjoys life so he was very pleasant to read.
I really liked how confident in her own skin Julia was; she still had trust issues and was conflicted over her growing feelings toward Dane but in terms of her casual relationship with him she was confident and strong. Julia is 41 years old so she knows what she wants in life and she goes after it. She figured it wasn’t a good idea to sleep with her boss but once she realized her attraction was mutual she didn’t waffle and agonize over being with Dane. It was nice to see a woman really take control of her love life and do what she wants because she wants it. I loved how Dane also reveled in Julia’s experience and confidence and he was never bothered by Julia’s strength or desires. I completely understand why Julia doesn’t trust men, she’s been terribly betrayed not once but twice and that would make trust hard for anyone. But sometimes I just wanted her to open her eyes, look at how sweet Dane was treating her and realize that he was a great guy. So occasionally she annoyed me but the more sympathetic side of me completely understands.
I liked both of Dane’s siblings, Charles and Tessa, and I was happy to see a good relationship between them. So often family series are about how the siblings don’t get along so this was a nice change. Even the wayward brother, Pierce, wasn’t this enemy to his siblings, they just weren’t close.
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The Harrisons #1 • Romance, Contemporary • Zebra Shout • December 29, 2015
Hotel owner Dane Harrison, middle brother of a wealthy Long Island family, needs a lounge singer for his new luxury property. With her stunning voice and amazing curves, Julia Shay is perfect. She also seems be the only woman in New York City who isn’t falling at Dane’s feet. And despite her feisty attitude and his rule against workplace affairs, he wants her—in his arms, in his bed, anywhere and everywhere.
Julia loves her new job, and she knows better than to think she can keep it and Dane. Even if he wasn’t her boss, Julia’s painful history has given her ample reason to steer clear of rich, powerful charmers. Still, their chemistry is unlike anything she’s known, and when it becomes too much to resist, they agree to one no-strings night together. But instead of quenching the fire, the intense encounter only proves how much they have to lose—or win.