Heavy Issues

Elle Aycart
Heavy Issues
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Release Date
May 2012
Book 2 of Bowen
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Steering clear of relationships has never been difficult for demolitions expert Cole Bowen, but now, with his brother's engagement sending the female population into full-blown hysterics and the town of Alden's month-long festivities helping along, he finds himself in hell. When he discovers Alden's new resident and the object of all his wet dreams, Christine Sheridan, has sworn off relationships and is going to hire a gigolo to get professionally laid, he decides to kill two birds with one stone.

Christy is so not drinking again. Thanks to José Cuervo she has her friends signing her up for stud conventions and Cole frigging Bowen offering sex in exchange of fake dates, which is so out of the question it isn't even funny. She knows the domineering man will push her boundaries, and after battling all her life with self-esteem issues, she isn't ready for that. Too bad he won't take no for an answer.

Cole is determined to strip away all of her defenses but refuses to lower his ever-present walls, so when Christy realizes she wants more, she's left with only two options; walk away or crack his shield and risk her heart in the process

Book Review by drm2115
Dec 10, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
134 people found the following review helpful
HEAVY ISSUES is the second book in Ms. Aycart's Bowen Brothers series, which features the oldest brother, Cole, while the first in the series, More Than Meets the Ink, is about the middle brother James.

Warning: This is tough to write without spoilers so there may be some.

HEAVY ISSUES was hot, with character development and layered backstories that truly provided insight into the characters' actions and emotions.

Here, we meet Christy Sheridan who has past weight issues and has grown to understand her emotional relationship with food, though we soon learn she has yet to accept her own body. While Cole Bowen, oldest Bowen brother, is a confirmed bachelor. When he finally gets the courage to approach Christy, who is new to their mall, the sparks fly.

As the story unfold, we learn this confirmed bachelor has reasons for keeping his emotional distance from women, which dates back to when his mom walked out on them when he was a young boy.

The chemistry between these two is something neither one has experienced before; they open up to each other in ways neither has experienced before. Christy talks openly about her food issues and learns how powerful and amazing sex can be, while Cole opens up about his mom and is taken aback by how emotional sex can be. The angst in this story makes sense given each character's story and the developing relationship between these two is just wonderful, and the sex is very hot!

Cole is very take-charge especially in the bedroom and he works to show Christy how beautiful she is. I love how Cole slowly accepts his feelings on his own, as Christy does not push him on this. The ending was heartfelt and believable...( I don't want to give too much away.)

The interaction between Cole and his brother James is fun and believable, just as in the first book Elle weaves their father in, in all the right places.

I do have to say it left me wanting more, so much so that it is the reason for 4 stars. The book builds to James and Tate's wedding, the characters from book one, but ends one week before, and for me that was just too much to leave it that way.

I am looking forward to book 3 and hope it picks up where this one left off. I really do not care which character the next book would be on as long as we get to see the relationship between James and Tate, and Cole and Christy continue to develop and grow.

For me, the best stories don't end with a ring, but they continue to show you how happy the characters are as life moves forward.
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