Release Date: March 20th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Kitty Carlyle isn’t just some woman. Beautiful? Yep. Seductive? Damn straight. She’s also my best friend and my co-worker. But, hell, I’m a guy with a pulse. Every once in a while, I take a look and think filthy things about her that maybe I shouldn’t.
But when her cousin dies and leaves her with a long as hell and sexy bucket list, Kitty turns to me for a helping hand. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a woman in need. Besides, I’m damn sure not about to let another man steal away my girl, occupy her bed, or fill my shoes.
But as the stakes get higher and the items become hotter, I’ll have to face the toughest challenge of all: admitting I want more than Kitty’s friendship.
‘Kathryn Carlyle, life isn’t a dress rehearsal!’ ‘It’s time to live.’
This was the sage advice Kit’s cousin, Jess, gave to her in a letter after Jess died, and while Kit doesn’t know how to ‘live life without her,’ Jess hoped that Kit would heed her wisdom and Jess even went as far as to construct a bucket list for Kit – one that required her to step outside her normal comfort zone and be adventurous, both in life and in love.
But there are consequences to stepping outside one’s norm and while Kit understands what seems to be at stake, especially when it comes to her hidden feelings for Kane, the fear of losing him…of him refusing to help her achieve all of the items on the list, makes things, at times, extraordinarily awkward and confusing.
Kane Kaino’s nickname ‘storm’ is an apt description for how he acts when people piss him off or do things that don’t sit well with him, which means that anything that happens to his best friend, Kit, brings out the hurricane of emotions – ones he’s not used to feeling, at least where those on the outside can see them in action.
I enjoyed reading Kit and Kane’s story, but I’ll admit that I didn’t really connect with them and who they were/are because there wasn’t a lot of insight or backstory about them…they felt a little one-dimensional, which made it difficult to truly understand some of their choices and the reasons their two feelings for one another remained hidden for all those years, besides the fact that they didn’t want to ruin their friendship, and while I know that reason is a huge one when it comes to an important bond, I just wanted/needed Kit and Kane’s reasoning to be flushed out a bit more so that I had a clear picture of them as they dance around their feelings and one another throughout the story.
Overall, the pace of the story worked well; Kit seemed like a person who needed a little push to truly ‘live’ life and Jess’s death as well as the bucket list forced Kit to take risks that she never would have, which I think was Jess’ ultimate intention, especially when it came to Kane.
They don’t call Kane the ‘storm’ for nothing, but by the end of Nailed Down, the maelstrom has calmed down; in fact, what’s left in his wake is a beautiful thing, which is exactly all anyone can hope for once they find themselves out of the eye of the storm and in the aftermath that follows.
4 Poison Apples
USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She’s written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.