on April 13, 2018
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I’m Harlow Grace, the newest, hottest face of Hollywood sex appeal, the woman every man wants and every woman wants to be… and I’m running away. I need an escape. I need to get away from the pressure, find somewhere I won’t be hounded at every step—an impossible thing to ask when I’m on billboards everywhere, from LA to Laos, Japan to Jakarta, Sydney to Siberia. So, I buy a yacht and hide out in the most obscure, remote, and unexpected place I can think of: Ketchikan, Alaska.
Instead of a peaceful vacation, however, what I find in Ketchikan is trouble. The kind of trouble that’s six-plus feet of nerdy hotness I can’t resist. I mean, who could? He’s a genius with no idea how attractive he is, an enigma of contradictions: awkward yet confident, fascinating and flirtatious, yet aloof and evasive of physical touch.
He’s utterly and deliciously sexy in every way—and oh, so innocent.
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I can recite all of The Iliad and The Odyssey in the original Greek. I can do advanced mathematics in my head and memorize entire books with ease. By the time I graduated high school I had been scouted by several international soccer teams and recruited by think tanks, the NSA, and the CIA.
All of which is totally useless when a woman like Harlow Grace is standing in front of me, trying to talk to me, flirting with me, touching me. She’s Helen of Troy—a woman with a face that could launch a thousand ships, a woman wars are fought over.
It turns out she’s not just beautiful—she’s famous. A Hollywood sex symbol. A superstar known all over the world…
And yet somehow she’s interested in me?
“A lot, and not enough, and too much.”
When I first started The Badd Brothers series I fell in love with Xavier; he’s unique and just…different. The kind of different that leaves an imprint on your heart. I’ve been waiting and waiting for his story and now that I’ve read it I can say that Jasinda did not disappoint. If you thought you loved him hard as a side character just wait until he’s the main character. We get a full view of his personality and what makes him tick. Everything about him is an enigma and you’ll never have enough of him.
Being the youngest of the Badd crew and with his quirkiness, Xavier isn’t comfortable around others, and it takes a lot of effort for him to appear normal or engaged in the constant flow of conversation and chaos that comes with being in a family of his size, especially when that family is the Badd brothers and their women. His brain is constantly running and every sensation is like multiplied by a thousand for him so things get very out of control easily in his world. I loved how Jasinda showed his uniqueness and/or differences; I believe his character stood out in this book as one you won’t forget anytime soon. I love the nerd with a hot body persona and the fact that Xavier didn’t know just how drop dead gorgeous he really was.
” I feel equally out of control. There’s so much I want to say, but don’t know how. So much I want to do, but I’m scared to let myself do it.
“Show you the things I don’t know how to say.”
When he meets Low he’s caught off guard by the feelings he has for her. In his world emotions, feelings, and that type of intensity just isn’t worth it due to his issues with touch and lack of communication skills, but he’s drawn to her in a way that terrifies and fascinates him. He’s like moth to a flame, but every time he starts making an effort, he gets all up in his head and freaks himself out.
Harlow is trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of celebrity life and meeting Xavier, the quirky hottie, isn’t something she needs right now, but like Xavier she’s fascinated with his personality uniqueness and is attracted to him on a level that almost scares her. I found Low’s character to be exactly what Xavier needed. She didn’t quite understand him at times, but her persistence is what helped him overcome some of his hangups, if even for only her. She was patient and just accepted him on a level that most would not, and it touched my heart to witness their interactions.
Together, these two have a chemistry that goes far beyond physical. I loved watching Xavier come into his own skin so to speak. Harlow being patient with him is exactly what he needed to figure himself out. Yes, he still has his quirks, but by the end it doesn’t seem as if he’s running from them as much.
This story captured my heart, broke it, patched it back up, and healed my soul in a way that I didn’t even know I needed. Xavier has quickly become my newest favorite of the Badd clan and his story is one I could re-read over and over again. Xavier and Low will forever hold a special place on my shelves and in my heart.