In Too Deep (Doing Bad Things, #2) by Jordan Marie
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"He's sexy in a jackass-but-still-hot kind of way."
I was so looking forward to this story after having met Aden in Going Down Hard. He's Gavin's best friend, along with a few others that I'm hoping will get their own books in the Doing Bad Things series. Having previously experienced the author's skill with sarcasm and wit, I was expecting to enjoy a few giggles at the very least. What I wasn't expecting was to laugh so hard I cried. I kid you not, I am not exaggerating. When Aden showed up at a run-down small town hotel and met the owner, he tagged her as a #BackwoodsBarbie. He did not pull his punches whatsoever and dished out the insults left and right. I must admit that I was totally #TeamBarbie while joining her with the mental name calling. Let's just say that Aden is not the only name that starts with an 'A' and the other one fits him better.
I can't deny that Aden had his reasons for his bad attitude. He'd been on the receiving end of a messed up betrayal. He had a chip on his shoulder regarding women and the industry he'd worked in for years. He was burned out and ready for a rest and a change in direction. Hiding out in BFE was the perfect way to try his hand at something new, in private. He's used to getting what he wants when he wants it. But apparently what he wanted wasn't on the room service menu at the Hard Acres Hotel, especially since there was no room service.
I totally fell for the owner of the hotel. She was really down on her luck and putting everything she had into the hotel that she'd inherited. She really wanted to make a go of it, but it seemed to need more than she had to give. There were some needed repairs that were crucial to passing inspection and they always seemed a little too far for her to reach. When Aden showed up early, she wasn't ready for him. But try telling him that. He's rude and arrogant and demanding. He didn't care what reasons she gave him, he just wanted to get his way. She shouldn't have let him convince her to let him stay. But she was so close to reaching her goal, and having a paying guest could make the difference she needed. That was the beginning of a string of bad decisions that would eventually come back to haunt her, but they were highly entertaining for me...
I can't tell you how much I enjoy reading this author. She has a sense of humor and a way of telling a story that just does it for me. While this story was a comedy of errors, it does have some deeper tones too, covering some serious issues that pulled my heartstrings. I really really enjoyed the Lucas family, all of them, and hope to see them in future books. The line forms here...