ROMANCE

Golden Boy

Boroughs. (Canyon Club, Bk. 2). 2015. 232p. ebk. ISBN 9781942866440. $4.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Josh Huntington was born into immense wealth and has never had any trouble taking advantage of the privilege it provides. When an agreement with his father goes south, Josh is faced with dating women his mother has hand-picked as perfectly acceptable brides or losing access to his trust fund. Which is how Josh ends up in a rundown beach bungalow, attempting to be a landlord to prickly single-mother Emma and her son, Max. Emma can't stand Josh's lazy attitude, but she also can't deny her attraction to him. Her past is a series of closely held secrets that both intrigue Josh and inspire him to help the woman and her adorable kid. As he learns more about his tenants, Josh finds himself in uncharted territory, wanting more than a quick affair, regardless of the consequences.
VERDICT Moore's ("Sons of Sin" series) follow-up to The Loner features fascinating protagonists, with their secrets and desires guarded throughout most of the book. Their chemistry, unfortunately, initially feels out of balance, and it takes a while for readers to believe the attraction isn't completely one-sided. While Golden Boy can be approached as a stand-alone, readers will have a stronger appreciation for the cast of characters if they come to The Loner first.

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