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This book instantly grabbed my attention and refused to let go throughout the story! While I don't typically enjoy friends with benefits romance, this was unlike any I had ever read of. It took quite some time in the story for anything major to take place in terms of benefits, and by that point, both main characters had fallen halfway in love. Of course, they don't realize it until much later, but it's obvious to the reader that their relationship is more than just friends. I adored watching their fling turn into a sexy love story.
Rafe Maguire, as he is currently known, has been in the witness protection program for six months. Formerly a member of the Chicago Irish mob, he has agreed to testify against the leader in exchange for safety for him and his brothers. They have a hard time keeping secrets though, and after five new aliases, this is their last chance to make it in a new town under new names. But trouble always has a way of finding the Maguire brothers, and this time it comes in the form of small town doctor, Mollie Vickers. Mollie meets Rafe when she is stopped on the side of the road with a flat tire, and after a make out session against her car, their attraction drives Rafe to give her his number. Soon they are texting every night and all over each other whenever they are within kissing distance. Problem is, Mollie has no idea who Rafe really is, and when she does find out, will their love be strong enough to survive?
As I said above, this is not usually the type of romance I go for - friends with benefits has always seemed like a bad idea to me. However, after reading this, I may have to revise my point of view on the matter. It certainly seemed to work out nicely for this couple! Rafe is a sweetheart with a past. While he definitely has issues he needs to work through, he also genuinely cares about other people and his family. He has sacrificed a lot to keep them safe, and it's sad to read how others treat him based on bad assumptions. Mollie is also a character with major issues, but ultimately she has a heart of gold and just wants to be loved. Her commitment phobia stems from being abandoned by her mother as a child, which is understandable and made me want to cry as I read all her internal thoughts. She was constantly at war, wanting Rafe's love but not being able to trust that it would always be there. It was a beautiful romance that really inspired me, and I can't say enough good things about it.
This was my first book by Christi Barth, and I am super excited to read the next book in the series, featuring Rafe's brother, Flynn. I can already tell that book is going to be amazing!
**I received a free copy via Edelweiss and this is my honest review.**