Friday, January 6, 2017

Wrecking Ball (Hard To Love #1) by P. Dangelico



Goodreads Review


Cam DeSantis’ life is a hot, steaming pile. How else would you describe losing your husband, your job, and your money all at once? Desperate times call for desperate measures, so when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable a-hole, who just happens to be the starting quarterback for the vaunted NY Titans, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a live-in nanny slash teacher for his eight year old nephew. Now all she has to do is find a safe place in her mind to hide whenever she feels the need to throat punch him into tomorrow…which is often.

Calvin Shaw has zero interest in women. Wait, wait––let me rephrase that. He loves women, he just doesn’t want anything to do with ‘um. Not since his wife, presently ex-wife, got knocked up by the guy she was cheating on him with. Problem is...there’s one living in his house. And he doesn’t know what’s worse, that he promised to be civil, or that he’s attracted to her.


4 ‘My little wrecking ball’ stars.

Camilla DeSantis formally known as Blake has hit rock bottom. After losing her husband, her house, her friends, oh and her job after her husband pulled off some Ponzi scheme she has had to move back to in with her parents. She got to take her clothing and the one thing she didn’t want.

“You may take your cat and nothing else.” Frigging cat hates me. I’m taking him on principle alone.

Although being cleared by two government agencies that she wasn’t involved she still can’t find a job. Her last chance? Become a live in nanny/teacher for a recluse’s nephew. The interview doesn’t go entirely as planned.

Cal is looking for a live in nanny/teacher for his nephew to date he hasn’t found anyone “suitable” enough. Playing for the Titans be is busy. He is also rude, antisocial and has the social skills of a hamster. It’s hard for him to convey his feelings due to his past.

And then at the end of the interview with the lawyer ‘cowgate’ occurs.

Cal has to work magic and let’s face it he doesn’t have any. He is focused and lets nothing get in his way. So he resorts to stalking Cam at her job to get her to come and work for him. This is how the melodrama played out.

Him: ‘I’m offering you the job’
Me: ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’
Him: ‘No? What do you mean no?’
Me: No as in denial, refusal, and an explicit rejection. If you’ve never heard the word before, let me be the one to introduce you.’

In the end Cam ends up caving. For two reasons. .1. His nephew Sam and 2. She needs the money to pay her parents back. Their relationship doesn’t improve at the beginning it actually gets worse for a while. But over time she realizes that it was so much easier to just hate him and on top of that she begins to reluctantly fall in love with him. Especially when he asks her to be his fake girlfriend to begin with. He doesn’t want to be molested by women. And Cam needs to improve her image

“What exactly is your diabolical master plan?” I say, going on with a full-on scathing sarcasm. “You come with me everywhere I go and pretend to be my girlfriend.” “And I get?” “Money and protection” “I wasn’t aware I joined the Cosa Nostra.”

They both have trust issues both have been married, one is divorced and the other is a widow. Cal broke my heart with his past and his actions spoke louder than words until he screwed up.

They are good together and I loved seeing them as a couple and how they worked out their differences and became friends and then how it developed into more.

This is one of my favorite scenes from the book:

“Doesn’t matter everything south of the border is dead. My cooch is broken.” Snorting, Amber replies. “Your cooch is not broken. It’s just… taking a nap, waiting for a hot as fudge babymaker to come along.”

“No thanks. Any kids that man manages to spawn will be mini Shreks. “Grumpy and cute?” “Yup.” “I like Shrek.” With a huff, I grumble, “So do I”

This book has some of my favorite tropes which fitted right in with what I wanted.

Grumpy man – check – He’s like Shrek you need to peel back the layers
Nanny/teacher – check – close quarters of course something is going to happen.
Kids – check – although Sam is his nephew it still was incredible sweet.

This as a romance is a slow cooker read it is highly enjoyable and I adored all of the laugh out loud hilarious moments. But there was also some deep moments to the story as well. I love Ms. Dangelico’s writing style and can’t wait to read more. I love a Hero that is an all-round good guy and I wish more authors would give a take on a good guy romance Hero.

Those moments where I thought that they were gaining something I would then be utterly frustrated when nothing happened.
This has a strong resemblance and some similarities to another book that is a slow cooker romance that I loved.

It did get a bit tiring in places and I missed in the epilogue what happened to Sam even though he went back to his mother. But I consider that to be minor issue really. I look forward to the next books in the series as the secondary characters are just as well developed as the MC in the book.