Lewis Sallee is six and a half feet of perfectly sculpted mountain man who threatens her play-it-safe approach and awakens a sex drive she never knew she had. Although Lewis is in a complicated relationship with one of the most beautiful women Gen has ever seen, she can’t seem to control her attraction to him.
To boost her confidence, Gen steps out of her comfort zone and signs up for the Alpine Mudder, a gritty endurance race. But as she prepares for the biggest physical challenge of her life, her emotional strength is pushed to its limits after she accepts Lewis’s help in training. He tests her willpower and has her fighting her body’s response to him—with her mind and heart not far behind
What a great book! Once I started it, I could not put it down. There were so many aspects to this story that held my attention! Every idea I had about each of the characters in the beginning was changed as the story unfolded. All in a good way, too.
Gen amazed me. There were so many situations that should’ve taken her to a very low point and caused her to become very bitter, but she didn’t let it. She let each defining moment shape her in a positive manner. They drove her determination. A lot of times we see characters with her background who are extreme in their behavior, but Gen wasn’t at all. It was very refreshing. And reading about her training for the Alpine Mudder… well, it kind of made me feel like I wanted to train for one.
Then Lewis. I kind of wanted to hate him, but I couldn’t. At all. He was so fiercely protective of those he cared about that it sometimes caused problems. But he needed a girl like Gen to call him on his non-sense and make him open his eyes to the destruction that devotion was causing. And his strength while he was training her… hot. I’d absolutely do a sporting event if Lewis was going to change me!
I absolutely adored this book! The story flowed well and had the right amount of drama to keep me interested without adding unnecessary drama. I was captivated and couldn’t peel my eyes away. I cannot wait for the next story to come out!
Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.
Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.