Title: Any Time, Any Place
Series: Billionaire Builders #2
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 24 Jan 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
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.
Raven and Dalton’s lives are tied together from one heart breaking incident in their younger years. We were given a little insight into their respective situations in Everywhere and Every Way. However, I dont’ think anything could have prepared me for how insanely perfect Raven and Dalton are for each other. They are like two halves of the same soul. You can forget about opposites attracting, Raven and Dalton have more or less walked the same path to get to where they are today and owned every single step.
Raven was raised by her Aunt following her fathers tragic death. As an only child whose lost her mother very young, Raven had an incredibly close bond with her father, she lost a part of herself when she lost him. Fueling the fire of her negative emotions were the rumours surrounding his death, the repercussions affecting his reputation and Raven’s memories of the man she loved. Raven has taken her mistrust of men with her into adulthood stemming from what she perceived as her fathers betrayal.
Dalton has a lot of the same issues as Raven from the loss of his mother, as the youngest and different to his brothers, Dalton bore the brunt of his father’s wrath. His mother was his shelter and his rock against the tide of bitterness flowing from his father. Eccentric with his artistic nature and affinity to wood, Dalton found it hard to relate to his father and even his brothers to a degree. Even as an adult Dalton harbours feelings of inadequacy in comparison to his brothers. He also has the tendency to react to situations without questions or though resulting in what could have been avoidable conflict.
The chemistry and connection between Raven and Dalton literally alters the air around them, their descent into intimacy inevitable and unavoidable. Both have very unconventional beliefs about relationships and intimacy and own their sexuality as well as being completely honest regarding their limitations where relationships are concerned. Although raven has matured and realises there is something missing in her life, something she would like to be able to find. She is under no illusion as to how much of a connection she can form with Dalton. Although the strength of his feelings for Raven do take him by surprise, Dalton is determined to fight against it with all of his might, especially with the burden of the secrets Raven is keeping from Dalton.
What initially starts as a way of uncovering the truth surrounding Raven’s father and Dalton’s mother in order to alter public perception and illuminate the damage caused (both social and emotional) with the destruction of her fathers reputations; soon morphs into a deep emotional connection. Raven doesn’t trust easily and can’t allow herself to open herself up enough in order to rely on other people, little realising that she is establishing a family of sorts with her employees and friends from her bar. Bearing in mind Raven’s trust issues, her feelings for Dalton take her by surprise with their intensity. It must be a wonderful feeling when you find the person who completes you and comforts you on a subconscious level. Unfortunately, their shared past can’t be overlooked or the damage it caused the both of them. Dalton has a difficult time processing his emotions and is liable to lash out when feeling vulnerable. Hurting both himself and Raven in the process.
When the truth is uncovered, a lot of the ghosts of the past can be laid to rest while opening up the path to future happiness. The connection between Raven and Dalton is too precious and rare not to take a chance on.
I loved loved loved the crossover in Any Time, Any Place with the Searching For series LOVED ♥♥♥ It was great to catch up with Caleb and Morgan from Everywhere and Every Way as well as the foundation forming for both Somehow, Some Way (Brady’s Story) and All or Nothing (Tristan and Sydney’s story)!!!!!!!