Delaney Hart has come a long way from her wild youth, dating tattooed bikers at her father’s bar, The Bad Seed. But when his death pulls her back to Wildwood, California, she must stay to renovate the dive he left her. And also face the lies and secrets that sent her running ten years before.
When Wildwood’s chief building inspector, Ethan Hayes, shows up on the property, Delaney doesn’t recognize him. The last thing he wants to do is save the bar where his cousin died in a brawl. But the good boy from her past is all too willing to remind her of the bad girl she used to be. And one night of passion leaves them both in a compromising position.
The last place Ethan should be is in Delaney’s bed. Guilt, family pressure, and plans for a brewpub of his own make shutting down The Bad Seed his top priority…until his feelings for Delaney interfere. Because her future depends on the success of the bar’s renovation and his dreams are rooted in its failure, their forbidden romance may be destined for heartbreak.
Forbidden Fling is the first book in Skye Jordan’s new Wildwood series, and it illustrates the trappings of small town mentality and the abuse of power that can occur when the wrong people control the highest positions in the community.
From the very beginning of the story, it’s clear that blame has been cast on people who don’t deserve it and lives have been drastically altered due to one night of mistakes and bad decisions. An incident eight years ago sent Delaney Hart running from the only home she’s known and it put Ethan Hayes on a path much different than the one he wanted to take and under his father’s thumb doing his bidding. Of course, more lives than just Delaney and Ethan’s were affected, but because both of them were used as scapegoats for a death that they couldn’t have prevented, neither of them has much of a say in how the powerful people of Wildwood view them, even when Ethan is blood related to them.
Ethan and Delaney are supposed to be enemies due to the bad blood between their families, so the fact that they’re attracted to one another and feel better just by being around one another is a huge problem. Add to that the fact that their professional relationship is one that could make or break both of their careers and their lives further shows how much both of them have to lose by seeking pleasure in a place that is supposed to be forbidden.
Ethan and Delaney’s story illustrates how one tragic event can affect a whole community, costing people their dreams, their families, and their identity. It also shows how someone’s guilt can force him/her to lose sight of what really matters and lead that person to living a life that’s determined by everyone else’s decisions and not his/her own.
Skye Jordan does a great job delving into both Ethan and Delaney’s frame of minds as they try to figure out what they’re truly meant to do with their lives and how and if the connection they feel to one another is worth the risks that come with sleeping with the enemy.
Forbidden Fling is a great start to Jordan’s new series and with the introduction of a handful of supporting characters, I’m eager to see who book 2 will be about…I’m thinking a certain ex con and a beautiful baker!
A complimentary copy was provided via NetGalley for an honest review.
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