Flirting with the Beast by Jane Porter
The Modern Love Series, Book 2
Berkley (November 29, 2022)
A woman expecting to spend the holidays alone finds warmth in the iciest man she knows in this steamy and charming later-in-life romance by New York Times bestselling author Jane Porter.
It’s been five years since Andi McDermott lost her husband, and she’s finally starting to feel like herself again, ready to live fully—she’s even started dating again. But when her holiday plans with her stepson and his fiancée fall through, she refuses to spend another Christmas alone while everyone is celebrating with their families. Impulsively, she decides to go up to her cabin in Lake Arrowhead, a place she used to love to visit but hadn’t gone to in years, not since the feud started between her husband and their nearest neighbor.
Andi starts to rethink her decision when being alone at the cabin proves to be more challenging than she expected—a heavy snowstorm hits the area, and Andi finds herself trapped there with no one to help except for her neighbor, Wolf Enders. A military vet who lives full-time on Lake Arrowhead, Wolf is as grumpy and intimidating as Andi remembers. But he’s also unexpectedly kind and uncomfortably sexy—his presence reminds Andi that she may be older, but her body still works perfectly fine, thank you very much. But can this good girl tame this sexy beast of a man, and will this snowy fling turn into a love of a lifetime?
“It might have taken Dad a decade plus, but he finally stormed the castle, and got the girl.”
I love romance stories that have the big, strong, moody/grumpy hero. They are usually very tenderhearted and very protective. There’s usually a reason for they behavior – a lack of love growing up. Wolf is certainly this and more. He’s borderline cruel. I wasn’t sure I really liked him. I understood him, but man he made it tough to love him. While he is the Beast, Andie is definitely is the beauty and she tried to tame her beast. She is kind, loving, and nurturing. While she may have been content with her first marriage, Wolf awakens her to a new kind of love. Andie and Wolf were so right for each other. I what I loved the most, was the Andie ended up with a new family to love and to love her. (that may have been a spoiler, but most romance novels end in HEA right?). Written with a lot of emotion and character depth, a Jane Porter trait, she has balanced their individual characteristics so that they are perfectly suited for each other and it makes sense. It is also a bit of a heavy read with some tough topics (family drama, death, mental health, infertility) but a good amount of female friendship and a wonderful steamy romance. This can be read as a stand-alone novel. It is book 2 in Modern Love series which features older characters who fall in love.
I highly recommend Flirting With the Beast to anyone who enjoys romance books, especially those with older age characters.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (November 11, 2022)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I write both romance and women’s fiction, and I write in both genres because the stories matter, because women matter and families matter, and love matters very, very much. I love the very strong heroes because I grew up with some really strong women in my family. Even today, it has continued to surprise me that men sometimes are a bit baffled that I want to be so successful, that I have ambition, that I’m willing to work this hard.