Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Series: Underground Kings #3
Release date: February 2, 2016
(Sub)genres: Alpha, Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
Distraction: The great intensity, novelty, or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention.
Sven is a man who takes pride in his ability to separate himself from his emotions. He's a man who knows who he is and where he’s going in life, a man who needs no one, because needing someone, anyone, is a weakness.
His past taught him love isn’t enough.
Maggie wants the happily ever after, but has never picked the right men, or stuck around long enough, to build a forever. It’s always been easier to get out early, before emotions make things messy.
When Maggie wakes up naked in Sven’s bed, with no memory of the night before, these two must be honest about their feelings and face their fears, so they can build a future together.
Will love be enough for them to get their happy ending together, or will a threat from outside strike them down before they ever have a chance?
Distraction is the third book in the ‘Underground Kings series’ by Aurora Rose Reynolds. This author is one of my favorites, I love her sassy, sweet heroines, her over-the-top Alphas, and the way the couples interact. Distraction is exactly what I expected and I’ve enjoyed reading it.
“Putting my foot against his groin, I dare him to say anything else. “Oh, did you fall?” I ask sweetly as he blinks up at me in shock. “You need to be more careful, Sven. You never know what might happen to you,” I tell him, pressing my foot down as a reminder. “Mags.”
Maggie is raised by her somewhat absent parents who don’t believe in rules and the government and who let her – and her younger sister – make their own decisions. Despite her none-traditional upbringing, Maggie is a sweet, hardworking young woman. She’s confident in her own curvy skin, knows what she likes, and what looks good on her. Her relationship with her drug addicted sister, Morgan is complicated, but Maggie doesn’t give up on her and does whatever it takes to get her on the right path. During one of the Morgan dramas, Maggie meets club owner Sven, a very attractive man who’s way out of her league (or so she thinks).
“You’re something else,” he mutters under his breath while his eyes stay locked on mine. “Are you going to show me what I need to know, or stare at me all day?” I question, pointing to the screen, needing him to look away, because him looking at me is causing a range of emotions I’m not comfortable with to run through me.”
Sven has grown up with an unstable mother and a father who – only seeing the best in his beloved wife – ignored the situation unfolding in front of him. Nowadays, Sven is a notorious nightclub owner; he does what he wants and works out his sexual needs with women who know the score. His life has led him to the grayer parts of society, he has seen things and done things that will change a man forever. Seeing Maggie in his club and his reaction to her surprises him, awaking all kinds of protective feelings.
“Come on.” I ignore her and take her hand, feeling the softness of it against my palm, and then tighten my fingers when she tries to pull away again. Walking the two blocks, I try to understand what’s going on in my head. I have never let a woman effect me, but this woman has done just that without even realizing it, and I have no idea what the hell I’m going to do about it.”
Maggie knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask for what she’s after. When Sven hires her to act as his assistant, her stubborn and sassy personality drives him insane. Maggie doesn’t do what she’s told, even though it’s sometimes in her best interest to listen. It doesn’t take long before Sven and Maggie start to develop real feelings for each other, but they don’t act on it. Maggie is well aware what kind of womanizing man Sven is, and he knows he doesn’t deserve a woman like her. When a hurt and confused Maggie runs away after an intense night, Sven knows it will take everything to convince Maddie they belong together.
Sven and Maggie are a well-matched couple, they have great chemistry and I love the banter between then. Maggie is no push-over and isn’t afraid to tell Sven exactly how she feels about his – sometimes over the top – reactions. This being the third book in the series, characters from previous books make appearances, it was good to see them again. One minor issue I had with Distraction, I wish we had been given better insight into Sven’s mind, to be able to understand his reasoning – especially where Maddie is concerning. And I can’t believe, given the fact Sven is an experienced man, he couldn’t see the state Maddie was in during their night.
“I used to think love was a fairy tale, an impossible dream, but having what I have with Sven, I know that not only is it possible, but it’s something that happens when you least expect it. It takes you for a ride you may not be ready for, but it leaves you steady on your feet when you get off.”
I’ve enjoyed reading Distraction. Just like the other books in the series it’s a tad darker then the ‘Until series’ I love so much. I give this book 4 stars.
~~ Distraction was provided in exchange for an honest review ~~