Southern Heat Series Book 3
by Jenna Harte
Irresistible playboy, Jagger Talbot left his flashy life in New York to properly take care of Kaden, a little boy he vowed to raise, gaining custody when the Kaden’s father died and his mother ran off with another man. Starting over in Virginia seemed like the perfect beginning. But when the boy’s mother comes back, clean and sober, fighting for custody, Jagger knows he needs a miracle to prove he’s what the child needs.
That miracle is Chelsea Beemer, sweet, perky kindergarten teacher. Down and out, and no stranger to tragedy, Chelsea is on the verge of losing her family home. She’d do anything to save the house—and herself—even marry the sexy playboy. Now it’s up to them to “play house” and convince everyone that they have perfect little family. But are any of them really pretending?
So you read the blurb and think – typical marriage of convenience with a little rich man/poor girl fish-out-of-water thrown in. And you’d be right … but that SO doesn’t stop it from being enjoyable!
I liked Jagger and felt so bad for the start in life he got. Neither his dad nor his mom wanted him, raised by a nanny, and pushed into a shallow life that he didn’t like. But he was saved by a young boy. A young boy who is now in danger of being taken away from him. To Jagger, Kaden is the only good thing in his life and he would do anything to save him, even marry someone he barely knows.
Chelsea’s big heart gets her into a little trouble here, but she lost everything when her brother and mom died. To see Jagger’s pain at the thought of losing Kaden makes it really hard to turn down his offer. But that soft heart is her biggest fear in this relationship – she’s already attracted to Jagger, a fake marriage might start feeling too real.
There were a couple of moments where a little bit of honesty would have cleared up a lot of misunderstandings and hurt feelings, but it’s definitely not easy to reveal that much of yourself to someone else. I think that Harte handled it really well, all the way through. While the story might seem familiar, she gives her readers interesting people and a lot of emotion & depth. It keeps you involved even when you know where things are going. It makes getting there very enjoyable.
(While this book can be read on its own, there were references to other people that I didn’t understand.)