BOOK: Hornet's Nest
AUTHOR: Jaycee Ford
SERIES: Love Bug Series - Book Three
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 3rd, 2014
Katherine Klein has been warned: Stay far away from Lance Walton. After one night in the country, the quintessential city girl has the unwanted attention of the infamous country boy. For months, she’s been dodging his advances, but a moment of weakness changes everything.
Lance Walton felt immediately drawn to Katherine from the moment she knocked on his best friend’s door Christmas morning. Winning over this city girl is a mountain of a task for any country boy, but Lance is up to the challenge. He never expected the morning he left her naked at The Inn would be the last time he would see her.
In the aftermath of her bad decisions, Katherine returns to the city. Haunted by what they shared and all she lost, she vows to never return to the country. But the country finds her unexpectedly when Lance shows up in the most unlikely place. But does he have the country boy charm to break through the walls of her heart and outshine the big city competition?
“Need a refill?”
Her eyes shot over to me. I smiled holding out another glass for her. She didn’t appear to be drunk by any means. Something told me that this girl could hold her liquor. Her hand reached out, taking the glass from my grip. When our fingers touched, I knew. I knew she couldn’t deny what was happening between us. There was something definitely happening between us; something that had never happened before … except for once. I turned my head and found my pregnant ex-girlfriend on the lap of my best friend a few tables down. My heart hurt, I could admit that. But seeing two people I truly loved being undeniably happy made it all worth it. I gave them hell and I wished I hadn’t, but things were right with the world now. I was happy enough for them.
“Would you like to sit?”
Yep. Things were right with the world now.
I sat down next to Katherine in a wooden folding chair. The distance was too great, so I adjusted my chair, becoming almost flush with hers. I draped my arm around her and rested it on the back of the chair. I stared out over the dance floor and could feel her eyes question my arm around her. She would just have to get used to it. I planned on touching a lot more than just her shoulder.
“So, what has you all mopey?” I asked as I continued to watch Jordan and Tom’s first dance.
“I’m not mopey,” she shot back, proving that she was in fact mopey.
“Says the girl who already downed a bottle of champagne before the first dance is over.” I glanced at her, and her eyes fell on me. In that moment, I knew why she was upset. I looked at Jordan and Tom dancing and then back at Katherine. I squeezed her into a half-ass hug and said, “Think of it this way, beautiful. You didn’t lose a friend. You gained me.”
She laughed while elbowing me in the stomach, and said, “I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.”
Katherine continued to laugh until she caught my eye. I leaned in close to her, slowly brushing my nose against her cheek until my lips reached her ear. The breath caught in her throat.
“I’ll prove to you how good it can be.”
First off, while this could be read on its own, I’d really recommend reading Watching Fireflies and Dragonfly Awakening first-trust me, it will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the story.
Next-I LOVED Lance. He really is sincere when it comes to Katherine, you can see he is truly bitten by the “love bug” (yeah, I know…pun is definitely intended), and he’ll do whatever it takes to have Katherine as his. Katherine on the other hand is very quick to jump to conclusions and likes the bottle just a bit too much for my taste. Lance is so willing to do anything to show her he’s not the playboy he used to be before he met her, and the way Katherine would keep treating him…well, let’s just say I thought he deserved more from her. Thankfully she eventually wised up ;-)
The author’s writing continues to evolve in this third book of the series, and I found it easy to read since it really moved along well. The storyline was very good, although the big conflict brought around by Josh felt a little bit contrived to me. Once we move past it though, everything falls into place nicely.
While Lance was a true hound dog through the first two books, it was wonderful to see him grow and change here in his story, and Hornet’s Nest made me appreciate his character a whole lot more. A good, solid addition to the Love Bug series, I give Hornet’s Nest 4 stars!
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Book #2-Dragonfly Awakening
ABOUT JAYCEE FORD
Jaycee Ford grew up chasing street cars around the city of New Orleans. After doing a four year stint at Louisiana State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and fled for the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. New Orleans beckoned her home again where she put her love of the foothills into a series of romance novels. In between writing, she’s found behind her desk at a top rated law firm … or still chasing street cars.
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