Series: Crash and Burn #1
Published by Forever on August 21st 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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As Darby Dixon sits in a tiny Texas church bathroom on her wedding day holding a positive pregnancy test, she realizes that of all the bad decisions she's made in her life, marrying her abusive fiancé would be the worst. She's never been able to stand up for herself, but she'll sure as hell stand up for her baby. With just the cash she has on hand, she runs to get a bus ticket to the farthest place she can afford. Between her sheer grit and pageant-queen smile, she lands a job as a front desk clerk at the Colorado Springs Hotel. It's not a glamorous life, but she and her baby are all that matters.
A former Marine, Scott "Trex" Trexler has worked in the most dangerous, corrupt, war-torn places on earth. Now he finally has a chance to return to the last place he'd felt at peace--Colorado Springs, Colorado, to take a new job with the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a top-secret military installation buried deep within the granite.
The moment Trex walks into the inn, Darby knows he's dangerous. There's no way she wants to get involved with another man who seems to be keeping way too many secrets. As charming and devastatingly gorgeous as Trex is, he clearly isn't telling her everything. But as wildfires rage on the mountain and Darby's ex-fiancé shows he isn't so willing to let her go, both she and Trex are soon to find out that what you don't know absolutely can hurt you.
I actually started this book awhile back and I had to put it down. At first I thought maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read this but now I know it’s much more than that.
I loved Darby but then I turned into liking her. To me Trex was a jerk. The way he didn’t give her a break or even a chance to think about what she wanted or what was going on around her. Some of the situations were immature and I started to skim the book just to get through it.
The part of me that resonated with her was being in an abusive relationship. I understood the decisions she made. Being scared. Constantly looking over her shoulder. That felt real until it wasn’t. I felt like some parts were drawn out just to make the book longer.
The reason it’s getting 3 Stars is because I was invested in these characters and I did read until the end to see how things would go for them. I found myself rooting for their relationship and Darby’s unborn child. It was just the slow parts and when things became aggravating is what is keeping me from giving it 4 Stars and higher.
It took a special kind of douchebag for me to feel hate almost immediately after meeting him, but the dude standing next to me in the elevator bay was ogling who he’d just called the hot piece of ass behind the counter. His eyes met mine, his brows lifted once, and then he targeted the same space where she was standing. I didn’t have to turn around to know who he was staring at. He didn’t look like a hot shot, but I’d seen him in the lobby. Then I recalled him standing in line to be checked in, his hand on the ass of the woman with whom he’d checked in.
He laughed once, looking down. “I can’t walk away from that,” he said, turning for the front desk.
I jabbed the elevator button with my thumb, silently scolding myself. She’s not your problem. You don’t care. You don’t care. Just go to your room. Stop caring. Fuck. The silver doors slid open, and I stepped inside. I sighed, waiting for the doors to close and to forget about the girl behind the desk. When the doors began to close, I pushed against them and rushed out like someone had thrown a grenade inside.
The ass grabber was leaned over the check-in desk, practically cooing at Darby. She looked repulsed, and I couldn’t blame her. The dude still had bedhead from nailing his roommate upstairs. There was a white halo around where his wedding ring should’ve been, and something told me the woman upstairs wasn’t his wife.
I glared at him before speaking. “Hey, babe. Before I forget, did you need me to bring you anything from the room?” I asked, trying to keep the rage out of my voice.
She blinked, and for half a second, I wasn’t sure she’d play along. She glanced at the man in front of her, and then her face relaxed with a smile. “No, but you don’t have to go right now. You can hang out here if you want.”
The man stood upright. “Oh. Hey,” he said, holding his hand out to shake mine.
I just stared at it, and then returned my attention to Darby.
“Have a nice night, sir,” she said.
The man simply nodded before retreating to the elevators.
“Sorry. I had a feeling he was bugging you.”
“He was,” she said, looking relaxed. Getting hit on put this girl in her element. “Nothing I couldn’t handle.”
Nailed it. I liked being able to predict things about her, and not like it was a game. I felt a weird sense of pride.
“I don’t doubt that for a second. Still… this way was more efficient.” I wasn’t sure that was the truth, and she wasn’t going to say otherwise. She’d probably had a lifetime of shooting men down. “Well… goodnight.”
“Thank you,” she said before I made a full one-eighty. “I didn’t mean that I don’t appreciate the effort.”