Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Heartbreaker is both my first Stacey Kennedy read and the opening salvo in the author's new Filthy Dirty Love series, which is self-published. After getting her heart broken by her boyfriend of six years--made worse by him choosing to end things over the phone and pointing out that she wasn't at par with the more exciting life he envisions for himself in New York--Joss O'Neil is done with relationships for now. When a hot guy at a bar makes her a one-time offer for both of them to feel really good, she takes him up on it. While it was an encounter to remember, the last thing she expected was to find herself face-to-face again with Maddox Hunt--her hook-up from a year ago and now, her superior at the police department she's been assigned to. Even more of a surprise is Maddox's offer for them to go at it again...and then again. When Maddox suggests that they explore the attraction between them--more of a friends-with-benefits deal than actual dating because, well, Maddox doesn't date--and break things off when there isn't an itch left to scratch, Avery agrees. But that was before she went and fell for him.
This series stater lived up to the series title. It's filthy and it's dirty, and yes, actually, there's love, although Maddox would probably beg to disagree--but then the man was in denial for a good, long while. There's a strong connection between Maddox and Joss, and there's no denying that their sexual encounters are hot. But it's those quiet moments, the ones that involve them sharing more than an orgasm or two or more, that highlight that what they're actually experiencing exceeds lust. These two were a great pair, but I must say that I quite liked Joss more than I did Maddox. She proved to be a surprise because she didn't waste her time pouting or contemplating how she could change Maddox or get him to change his mind about becoming more. While he may have craved control in their sexual encounters, that didn't mean that Joss was some meek submissive. She was a strong woman who knew what she wanted and when her viewpoint changed, she refused to compromise, so good for her! I'm curious to see if Greyson Crawford is up next and if he's ready to find his own happily-ever-after. 4.5 stars for Heartbreaker! ♥
Release Date: 31 January 2017
Date Read: 30 January 2017
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