Title: Shut Up and Kiss Me
Author: Jessica Lemmon
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Lost Boys #2
Main Characters: Cade and Tasha
Release Date: December 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Tasha: I nearly watched Cade Wilson die on that lonely stretch of road. He’s damn lucky just to be alive, even if he doesn’t realize it. I know he’s destined for bigger and better things, but I don’t mind helping him get there as he relearns everything he took for granted. Cade’s a good student, a real perfectionist; I can tell how much his stutter bothers him. But when he lets his kisses do the talking, everything else disappears. And one day, maybe he’ll be able to tell me that he wants me—as much as I want him.
I love stories that feature wounded heroes and Cade definitely qualifies as that. He was in college on his way to his law degree when his street racing ended in an accident...an accident that cracked his skull and affected his ability to speak clearly. It's hard to be a lawyer when you can't speak without a stutter. Now instead of heading towards being a lawyer, he spends his days working on cars and bussing tables at his brother's restaurant...not exactly all he'd dreamed for his life.
Tasha is a physical therapist, not a speech therapist, but since Cade keeps chasing off his speech therapists she's about his last hope for getting better. The problem is...he likes her and is attracted to her. The last thing he wants to do is look like a stuttering fool in front of her, so he simply refuses to talk...not exactly the way to get better. She wants to help, but she can't force him to do the work. So she just tries to be there for when he decides he will try. But she's attracted to him, too...and it's not a good practice to get romantically involved with a patient and the guy that her father (who's paying her college tuition) wants her to stay away from.
I enjoyed the story a lot. The two characters have great chemistry. At first their relationship is very antagonistic. They're surviving one another and that's about it. But Tasha doesn't want to give up on Cade, even though he's given up on himself. I loved that about her. And my heart bled for Cade. He lost so much in a single moment and a bad decision. And both of them are suffering from the pressures from their families. It was fun to read about their journey. The story is engaging and I liked the time I spent reading it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.