Mike Haddican is a proud small-town gym owner, a renowned karate instructor, and all-around good guy. He’s never needed much to be happy: his family, his friends, his girl. Especially his girl. But when Kyra left him seven years ago to chase her dreams, she all but destroyed him.
Contemporary dancer Kyra Brims made it big, but it cost her dearly. With her life and career in shambles, she doesn’t need a do-over, she needs a friggin’ miracle. Injured, broke, and out of options after going through hell, she’s come back to Alden, the town she swore she’d never return to and home of Mike Haddican, the man who ripped her soul to pieces, to lick her wounds and recover.
Forgetting and letting go proved impossible when they were worlds apart; now that they’re stuck together they don’t stand a chance, especially with Mike’s grandma and her partners in crime plotting, meddling and refusing to give up on them.
As the passion that never died burns out of control, so do old hurts and unresolved issues. Both have reasons to be angry and feel betrayed, but now that they’re older, are they wise enough to make things work?
(The OGs #1)
by Elle Aycart
Released: February 11, 2014, Loose Id
My rating: 5 of 5 ⭐️
Back in the small town of Alden after leaving to follow her dreams seven years ago, Kyra Brims never thought after hitting her success, things could break down on her so fast. Granted, there were some things she wouldn't change back for the world, but most of the time away culminated into one big mistake. An ex who never should have been anything to begin with, who made sure to ruin her career and her livelihood, but left her with one thing she made sure he would never be able to put his hands on again. But her heart, she had left that behind in Alden all those years ago.
Solidly rooted in Alden, Mike Haddican, has everything he needs here. His family and friends, his gym and martial arts students and a decent life - even if the girl of his dreams had left taking them with her seven years ago. He had tried eliminating her from his mind for a while, through too much booze and women, but it was no use. But when he found out she was back in town, he made damn sure to stay as far from her as possible, not willing to subject himself to that kind of torture.
But of course, the fates have a different plan - or should I say Mike's grandma and her motley crue of seniors? With the collective wisdom of centuries and the stubborn conviction that everyone should benefit from it, the group of grey-haired grannies does its best to 'coordinate' what is deemed to be inevitable; the reunion of two lost hearts.
There is no denying when Kyra and Mike set eyes on each other that time has not dulled the passion between them, but old anger and hurt get in the way. It takes a tentative spark of hope to flare up their feelings. But even once old misconceptions are cleared away, some insecurities are not that easy to dismiss.
OMG. So. Flippin. HOT!!!
The story has it all..... deep soul-deep emotion, heart-wrenching painful struggles, oodles of goodnatured humor, delightful awwww-moments with precocious pixies and hot, growling, panty-dropping, air-gasping delicious sex. Yup. It's a good one by Elle Aycart!
I'm so smart for having picked up her books way back when.....I knew then, that every book by her hand, would be MINE..... There is something about her writing that is just so wholesome and yet wonderfully earthy (read; dirty, but earthy sounded friendlier). Her stories would be phenomenal even without the incredible added dimension of the emotion filled and raw, carnal sexuality, but to have it all, makes the books so rich and colourful and delicious. It's like eating the most amazing and fragrant apple pie, and discovering little nuggets of the darkest, richest chocolate dotted throughout, enhancing and deepening the flavour exponentially.... Yeah, like that.
Her characters are human and fallible - thank goodness, I'm really tired of perfection, since I myself am so far from..- and therefore quite easy to relate to. It takes a little time to get to understand Kyra's motivations, but as she opens up to Mike, we finally get to see a lot of the layers that put her past decisions into a whole new light. And obviously it does the same for Mike, because it makes him consider his own position and views. Both come to some stunning conclusions that really beg one to wonder if, even when the right person is in front of you, you are ready for them.
Love, love, love....... and if you are not afraid of a warm small town feel, a meddling group of grannies and some scorching erotica to share the same pages..... you MUST read this book! I highly recommend it!
✨Whoa.....heat, humor & heart....united in raising bloodpressure!✨
**Copy provided in return for an honest review.**
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After a colorful array of jobs all over Europe ranging from translator to chocolatier to travel agent to sushi chef to flight dispatcher, Elle Aycart is certain of one thing and one thing only: aside from writing romances, she has abso-frigging-lutely no clue what she wants to do when she grows up. Not that it stops her from trying all sorts of crazy stuff. While she is probably now thinking of a new profession, her head never stops churning new plots for her romances. She lives currently in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband and two daughters, although who knows, in no time she could be living at the Arctic Circle in Finland, breeding reindeer.
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