Smolder by Helen Hardt
(Steel Brothers Saga)
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BlurbShe’s on the rebound, and he’s on the prowl. Aurora “Rory” Pike gave up her dream of becoming an opera superstar long ago. Now she’s content to teach music to the children of Snow Creek while helping her family recover from the wildfire that devastated them. After a messy breakup and a ghost from the past resurfacing, she’s examining her priorities…and they don’t include a passionate kiss from womanizer Brock Steel. Brock Steel just watched his skirt-chasing mentor—his cousin Donny—give up his playboy ways and fall hard for Callie Pike, sister of Rory Pike, the most beautiful woman in Snow Creek. Rory just ended a relationship, and Brock makes sure he’s there to pick up the pieces. Physically, that is. Emotionally? Brock doesn’t do emotion. Chemistry between Brock and Rory proves to be hotter than either of them imagined, and it provides a welcome respite, especially for Brock, who’s dealing with a conundrum. As bits and pieces of seemingly unrelated evidence emerge, he must come to terms with the fact that his renowned family may not be the paragon he thought they were.
So this is the start of the next stage of the Steele family saga, with the focus shifting to Brock Steele and Rory Pike. Brock is one of the three Rake-a-teers so has quite a reputation with the ladies. There has been a disconnect between the Steeles and the Pikes until recently when Callie and Donny fell in love. So we have Brock who doesn't do relationships and Rory who has just gotten out of a seriIous relationship with a woman. Neither are looking for anything long term but are drawn to each other time and time again.
In amongst the developing relationship, the focus shifts back to the mystery surrounding the Steeles' past and how it is on a collusion course with their present. We start to get a little more of the picture about who may be causing the difficulty and why but with the older Steeles keeping tight lipped, it is getting more and more frustrating for the younger generation to untangle.
I have loved this series and the twist and turns of the saga along the way. I have been surprised, I have swooned, laughed, cried, and had virtually no nails left after most of the series. That being said, I didn't feel as connected with this instalment as I have with the series to this point. What I found with the earlier parts of this series is that all the family were heavily involved in the story so the reader got to really know the characters before we reached their story. I felt connected to Donny and Dale because of their involvement in the earlier parts of the series. I felt as though Brock was parachuted in without much introduction and that I don't really know him as a character. For this reason I have gone back and to on my rating. I did enjoy the story and felt connected to Rory, having gotten to know her alongside Callie.
Meet the Author
#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.
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