Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Athica Lane

Title: Athica Lane
Series: The Carpino Series Book 3
Author: Brynne Asher
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Cam Montgomery is a single full time dad who knows his priorities: his kids, his job, his team, his side business. Dealing with his disaster of an ex-wife is bad enough, not to mention delinquent football players and a meddlesome mother. Cam doesn’t have the luxury of time for anything more, especially a relationship. Even if it is sassy-wiseass Paige Carpino, who can still be sweet, but at every turn knocks him on his ass with the unexpected.

That’s figuratively speaking of course. Paige might come in a small package, but she makes up for it in spirit. An energetic spit-fire who has some heat to her sauce, she’s dedicated to her new business ventures, her family and a select group of friends. She’s never put herself out there, but then again, there’s never been anyone worthy of putting herself out there for.

Until one day in a burger joint, an asshole practically enters her into a wet t-shirt contest with his drink. Who knew a wet t-shirt could be the beginning of your life. Or more importantly, that asshole would be your reason for being. But anything and all of the above can happen when you finally put yourself out there for a single-dad-ex-football-player-smarty-pants-hot-man. When you throw the Carpino’s, the Montgomery’s and an eighty-five year old bossy woman in the mix, it’s a recipe for…well…something big.

Warning: This book contains a hot dad, a sassy heroine, steamy parts and naughty words. If you’re under the age of 18, this author is frowning at you with her mama eyes telling you to walk away.

Paige Carpino was having an okay day until some asshole bumps into her and spills his soda all over her shirt and then doesn't even apologize. After telling the guy off, she leaves and goes about her day, doing her best to forget about the crazy hot jerk. She never expected to see him again, and definitely not at her sister's front door to pick up his two kids that Paige was watching. 

Cam Montgomery never though he would see the sassy woman that told him off again, and especially not with his kids. Not wanting to deal with her anymore he decides he can change his schedule so that Paige doesn't have to watch them. But she was having none of that, and told him that she likes his kids, she will continue to watch them, and that was the end of that. Cam starts to see a whole different side to the in your face girl he first met - and he likes what he see's.

I sat in an uncomfortable chair all night long because I refused to go to bed or even to move and have to put this book down for one second. I loved this story and it was one of those that you are dying to get to the end the whole time you're reading because you want to see how it will end, but then once you get to the end you want to cry because it's over. The characters were amazing and perfect for one another and I loved them both. 

Cam was the football coach at the local high school and he also had his own gym. I really liked how hardworking he was and, even though we didn't get to see too much of him at his job, it was evident that he loved what he did and was passionate about it. He didn't trust very easily because of his past with his crazy ex, but once he started to open up to Paige, it was like he was a completely different person. He was sweeter and even a lot more sexy. Seriously guys, Cam with his kids was totally swoon worthy.

Paige gave off this tough girl personality but under all of that she was sweet and caring. It didn't take long for her to accept Cam and his kids into her world and for her to go all mama bear protective. I loved that she just jumped right into it and didn't let herself get scared away. She was a caterer and had her own blog which kept her pretty busy, but never too busy for those she cared about. I thought it was great how much time she spent with the kids and how easily they were accepted into her life.

There was actually a lot going on in the story, more than just the romance of Cam and Paige, but I won't tell any of that so everyone can still be surprised when things start happening. In all honesty there was so much happening that it should have been too much but somehow everything just worked together. The story just continued to flow and work together. The book is over four hundred pages and took me all night to read but it seemed like I finished it super fast because there were no slow or boring parts.

Overall, I loved this story and it was sweet with some intense times that made it impossible to put the book down. We still get to see the Carpino family and all their craziness PLUS the Montgomery family who is just as crazy and I loved all the secondary characters. I hope Cam's family will get a story!

Warning: Don't read this book on an empty stomach. Paige baked a lot and made me so hungry I made three dozen cookies after I finished this. I don't even want to admit to how many of those I ate. 

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