Title: Any Time, Any Place
Written by Jennifer Probst
Series: Billionaire Builders #2
Published by Gallery Books
Publication Date: January 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Challenges: 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2017 Review Challenge
When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.
Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future...
Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both...or finally mend two broken hearts.
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I enjoyed reading Everywhere and Every Way, the first book in this series (still haven’t reviewed it because I was a slacker in 2016). To say I was intrigued is an understatement. I was HOOKED! As with any Jennifer Probst book, we get a lot of romance and heartache and chemistry!
Back in the day (okay, when I was in college), I loved watching HGTV, so this was right up my alley! I absolutely loved that this story is about the youngest, Dalton. He is definitely the sensitive brother in the group and I loved that he is matched with someone who is independent, and not as emotional as he is.
The Man Bun
I’m probably NOT going to get Pierre to wear his hair in a man bun BUT this totally works for Dalton! I can actually picture him scruffy and sporting his man bun. Totally HOT! And DREAMY!
The chemistry between Raven and Dalton is SIZZLING! I also loved that their romance was slow and was established by their friendship! We definitely need more friendship to lovers trope in romance!
Raven and Dalton meet at My Place, Raven’s bar where she also bartends. When Raven gets offered a feature in one of the magazines, she contracts with Pierce Brothers and Dalton to restore her bar even though she knows HOW the brothers are related to her father.
The development between their romance is perfect. As I’ve said, I really enjoyed reading about how their love slowly blossomed. Although I didn’t really care for what Dalton did in the end, it still didn’t ruin the story for me.
The Heartache is real
This is the book where we find out what really happened to Dalton’s mother and Raven’s father. We finally see how the brothers work their issues and also how Dalton resolves his hurt. He IS the mama’s boy, after all.
And I have to admit, I shed a few tears, too!
The only thing that turned me off (a teeny tiny bit) is how his being a mama’s boy ALMOST ruined his life with Raven. I DO understand it, but what he was pretty bad, IMHO.
Any Time and Any Place is a MUST read. It has the right balance between romance and friendship. Plus I loved meeting the dogs: Balin and Gandalf again! Oh, and did I mention that Raven’s best friend is Izzy from Searching for Disaster.
Books like Any Time and Any Place
- Searching for Disaster – This is Izzy’s story and really about how she overcame her addiction and how she grew up. The romance is also sweet and perfect!
- Close to You – Is about independent women owning a restaurant! This is also has a lot of heartache and second chances.
I’m curious to know if you love reading about heroes who are mama’s boys? I’m personally not a fan because in this case, it ALMOST ruined his romance with Raven!