He can fight anything...except his need for her.Until her new job starts in September, buttoned-up elementary school teacher Laurel Harris is at loose ends and in need of cash. Fortunately her best friend's older brother is a single dad and desperately needs a nanny. Or so she's told. She doesn't anticipate him being such a menacing, muscled, and undeniably gorgeous man...or that he has zero interest in hiring a nanny.
Micah Crane will do right by his young daughter, no matter the cost. And right now, that cost is juggling parenthood with long hours at his bar and working as an enforcer for a notorious crime boss. He doesn't need another complication in his life, but the sweet, frustratingly opinionated little blonde hell-bent on caring for his daughter stirs his blood like no woman ever has.
All it takes is a moment of weakness to ignite the lust blazing between them. A moment that will unravel their self-control and unleash all of Micah's darkest secrets...
Series: Boston Alibi # 1 | Publisher: Brazen, an imprint of Entangled| Genre: | Source: Publisher | Rating: 4.5
A sexy—but moody—mob enforcer falling for the straight-laced soon-to-be-school-teacher who is looking after his daughter? Yes, please!
Here’s what’s going on. Laurel needs a job to hold her over until school starts in the fall so when her best friend’s brother needs a babysitter for his young daughter, she jumps at the chance. Although she wasn’t expecting Micah to be so sexy…or dangerous.
Micah isn’t too keen on allowing a stranger to watch after his daughter. While he’s part owner of a bar, he’s also a mob enforcer so he doesn’t really trust anyone, but he knows that raising Shae in a bar isn’t the best choice either. So, he’s agreed to hire Laurel on one condition: she moves into his apartment. While his daughter is enamored with Laurel, Micah finds her attractive. Although he soon discovers that Laurel is more than just an itch he has to scratch but, because of the secrets he keeps, he knows she can be nothing more.
Laurel is prim and proper and Micah is gruff, broody, and earns money with his fists so, on paper, it doesn’t really seem like Micah and Laurel will work but, blimey, they were so good together.
I really liked Micah. He’s a single father trying to do right by his daughter but he’s also a mob enforcer. While he knows that it’s not the best choice, he does it because the money he earns allows him to provide for his daughter. You could tell that he struggles with this choice and he wants out but he’s afraid that if he does leave the mob that it will put his daughter on his boss’s radar. When Laurel comes along, it has him starting to rethink his position.
Laurel—even though she dog-ears her book pages—, was likable. She’s a fixer. And when she sees that Micah has been, more-or-less, raising his daughter in a bar, she’s determined to do all that’s in her power to convince Micah to allow her to watch Shae. What she wasn’t really prepared for was Micah’s side job. And while she wasn’t too thrilled with the fact that he was an enforcer, who could potentially bring harm to their doorstep, she never once looked down on him for it. She would simply clean his wounds, when he let her, and try to fix his problems.
I really enjoyed watching Laurel and Micah figure each other out. While it was instant attraction for them both, they first had to learn how to cohabitate as employer and employee. While the chemistry was prevalent from the start, Micah had some serious issues to deal with that plagued him through most of the book. There was a lot of things he had deal with and let go of before he could move on.
The conflict came mainly from the demons that Micah struggled with and while I knew that these issues were serious, and I knew that he was going to push Laurel away once he realized that he was falling for her, I still wanted to slap him upside the head. While I did like him—and while he was mostly a decent guy—he knew what to do to hurt Laurel and drive her away, so he did have his wanker moments as well.
While this book did have a bit of violence in it, it wasn’t over-the-top or gritty so if you’re looking for a steamy romance with light mob action this would perfect for you.
Overall, I loved this book. A Moment of Weakness had it all, characters you could root for, steamy sex, witty banter, a steady plot, and an adorable six-year-old that called it like it was.
So, Lovelies, are you a fan of mobsters
in your romances?