I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Screwed Up by Harloe Rae
Series: Bayside Heroes
on December 12, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the author
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“He might be wrong, but I’m tired of being right.”
The extreme focus on my career has led to a lonely existence.
I don’t make time for much beyond the hospital walls.
And the pressure is getting to me.
Those who know me best highly recommend I take the edge off by any means necessary.
As it turns out, the new security guard at Bayside Regional is just what the doctor ordered.
Dane Owens is a disaster waiting to happen.
Maybe that’s why I can’t look away.
He plays fast and loose with no plans of slowing down.
Especially when it comes to dating.
We’re polar opposites, which is precisely why this arrangement is temporary.
But there’s plenty to keep us occupied until our expiration date.
All I need is for Dane to follow the rules that long.
A Bayside Heroes standalone romance.
I liked Dane in the first book, so I was excited to get his story. I also had enjoyed Lars, or Belle as Dane calls her in this book. I loved how their relationship went from casual to more. It seemed really natural and flowed the way I think that type of a relationship would in real life. They enjoyed the physical, but also had fun with banter and getting to know each other. In a way this had a similar theme to the first book in the series, Washed Up, because the characters in that book were doing things that they hadn’t done before to get out of their comfort zone, and in this book, Dane, or Beast as she called him, was taking Belle to do things she hadn’t done before, both in sexy times as well as just normal every day types of things like mini-golf. Or kind of wild adventurous things, like a hot air balloon ride!
Things got good and then they kept going well and all I could think of was how I knew there was going to be one more big thing to tear them apart and I wasn’t looking forward to that because I was loving their relationship! But I did like the way the author handled that big breakup and then the makeup. I believe the characters reacted realistically without a ton of drama in realizing they wanted to be back together.
And as I mentioned at the start of this review, I liked how not only did I know these two a bit from the last book, I got to enjoy those characters from that book and get to know the characters that I know will be coming up in the next two books as well.
I only had a couple things that weren’t stellar for me. The ending seemed to go on a bit longer than necessary after they made up. I almost feel like more of an epilogue could have been done, or maybe I was just feeling it was getting long at the end.
And my HATED part of the story was that they were cheering for the team that beat my beloved Kansas City Chiefs last year at the Superbowl. I like Gronk, but hate Tom Brady, so had to kind of hold my nose at the parts about that. Although I did enjoy Belle’s idea about peanuts and cracker jack snacks at the game. That was cute!