Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
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He’s tantalizing trouble she can’t resist…
Charlotte Parrish has always wanted a certain kind of man: someone responsible, settled, boring. Bad boys need not apply. But when her car leaves her stranded and a mysterious stranger with brooding eyes and a protective streak comes to her rescue, she can’t deny how drawn she is to him. In town searching for family he’s never met, Mitch is everything she never thought she wanted—and suddenly everything she craves.
Finding his half brothers after all these years is more than Mitch Crews has allowed himself to wish for. Finding love never even crossed his mind…until he meets Charlotte. She’s sweet, warmhearted, sexier than she knows—and too damn good for an ex-con like him. But when his past comes back to haunt him, putting Charlotte—and the family he’s come to care for—in danger, Mitch isn’t playing by the rules. He’s already surrendered his heart, but now he’ll risk his life.
*ARC provided by Harlequin/Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review*
All Fired Up is the third book in the Road to Love series by Lori Foster and while it is part of the series, it can be read as a stand alone. I actually haven’t read the first two in the series myself but liked this one enough that I would go back and read them.
The book revolves around Mitch Crews who is on a mission to meet his half brothers, Jack and Brodie Crews. While he’s never met either, he knows about them from their father but they don’t even know he exists. He hasn’t had an easy life, growing up with a drug addicted mother, an absent father, and his mother’s boyfriend/dealer. Having just been released from prison a year ago, the one thing he wanted was to get his life in order and meet his family. So it’s sweet to that when he finally does, they are so accepting of him, even Jack and Brodie’s mom, Rosalyn. They embrace him with open arms, even when he opens up about his past. He also never thought that he’d find a woman like Charlotte Parrish when he meets them. While she isn’t related to the gang, they consider her a younger sister and are very protective of her. But Charlotte knows her own mind and she likes what she sees when it comes to Mitch.
Mitch is very wary when it comes to his new family. He’s not used to being part of one and all the intricacies of having others care about you. He’s so used to being on his own that when Mitch’s past catches up with him, his immediate instinct is to deal with it himself but his family is not having any of it. They are going to make him realize that he’s stuck with them, whether he likes it or not and Charlotte feels the same.
I liked the story as a whole. I love the family aspect, the immediate acceptance into the fold and trying to get it into Mitch’s stubborn head that he is now one of them. I loved how Ros, even though she was not blood related, was so happy that her son’s had another brother and was angry at their father for never letting them know. I did feel like the romance was very light in this and I didn’t entirely buy the feelings between the two. I would have liked to see more of them as a couple because I didn’t feel like I got enough. The whole build up with the bad guys was also weak. They didn’t feel that threatening, but more of a nuisance really. The story was entertaining and the family dynamic was really what kept me reading the story and loving the characters.