You don’t choose when.
You don’t choose where.
And you don’t get to choose who you fall in love with.
The minute he opened his sexy mouth, Holliday Hughes should have known Jack Dalton was trouble. His smooth pickup lines, broad shoulders, and ridiculously handsome face charmed her right out of her clothes. She gave into her desires, the instant attraction blinding her to the obvious.
One night. That was all it took for Holliday’s world to be flipped on its axis. Jack Dalton was cocky. Smug. Volatile. Demanding. He ignited something deep inside her like no other, but there was something more to this brooding bad boy. There was a dark side to him she couldn’t help but be drawn to.
Torn between what she knew about him and a mysterious side he tried to hide, could she walk away or was he simply too hard to resist?
Wait. Don’t go. Stay. Whether we have sex or not, I just want your company.” His expression appears sincere, but he seems to have several sides to him.
With my back against the door, I keep my eyes on his. “Look. I don’t sleep around… much. But I have slept with someone just because it was Wednesday.” I shrug. “So I’m not innocent over here, but I work hard and I have a pretty crappy social life because of it. Sometimes it’s nice to feel a warm touch that vibrates with excitement instead of a cold one that’s battery-operated.” I step forward as if I owe him more, more of an explanation, or more of me, I’m not sure. “Judge me if you must, but I’m in Vegas and now officially on vacation. And despite what you may think, I’ve only had the one drink so far today, so I’m not drunk. I’m a grown woman who appreciates a handsome face and the artistry of a tattoo that has meaning to the person wearing it. I actually thought we’d have dinner and a good time. All that came from somewhere pure, somewhere that now feels dirty, a little tainted. So I’m going now and if one day you find yourself not so lost in Los Angeles, you know my information.”
I don’t wait for a response or apology. I don’t know Dalton well enough to know if he’d offer one anyway. So I go without looking back, passing the room service waiter on the way, and hop in an elevator that’s for the exclusive use of the two penthouses.
Half expecting to hear him call after me, my finger hovers over the Lobby button, but I count to ten and when I don’t hear anything, I push it. The doors start to close when a hand reaches in, stopping them. Dalton peeks around the corner with a big smile in place, and says, “Can we start over? Stay for dinner?”
“Because I like you. I like your honesty and I don’t get much honesty in my line of work.”
“You’re an undercover narc. Of course you don’t get much honesty. Isn’t that why you got into the business?”
A sly smile crosses his face, revealing a small dimple in his cheek. A light sparks from within, reflecting in his eyes, and with a nod of his head, he says, “Come back. I’ll feed you and give you the sex you came up here for. Because it’s a Friday and while Friday may not be hump day, it’s still a damn good day of the week.”
My mouth drops open. “The sex? You’ll give me the sex because it’s Friday?” I roll my eyes while huffing, and then push the lobby button twice.
Stepping inside, he blocks the doors from closing and a buzz is heard from overhead. With his arms stretched wide, he looks into my eyes. “No. I mean, if you want the food that’s currently getting cold inside, you can have it. If you want to have sex, let’s fuck. You can have anything you want.”
The elevator starts buzzing even louder, escalating its level of warning. Dalton spreads his feet apart to hold the doors open and reaches for me. “I’ll even call you Holli since that’s what you prefer.”
He’s sexy and when he’s flirting with me, even sexier. I can’t give in too easily though. I should make a few ground rules, or at least one. “I’ll only come back on one condition.”
The Resistance by S.L Scott is the first book by this author that I have read and after reading the synopsis I couldn’t wait to read this one. Holliday Hughes is the creator of the very popular “Bite Me Lime” and is off to Vegas for a conference and a bit of a getaway vacation to let lose. That is where she meets Mr. Tall-Dark-Hottie, Jack Dalton, and the attraction between the two is instant. Using his smooth lines, he gets her attention and offers to buy her a drink, and maybe more. Normally what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas but not with Holliday and Jack, after spending the weekend together and her getting to know the real Jack Dalton a bit better, they decide that they want even more, and continue to see were this will take them, they are not ready for this to be over. But living in different places, having lives that were completely different, could they really do more?
Holliday was a really good character, for once it was nice to see a successful and independent business woman as the lead female character rather than the normal broken timid girl that most stories have. I enjoyed her interaction with her friends and with Jack, she was loving and sweet and lots of fun. Jack was a mix of things, he had a little bit alpha male to him, a sweet and tender side but also showing a bit of a darker side to him. I must say these two characters were good characters and did have great chemistry, but I struggled to connect with them, I liked them but just didn’t love them.
This book was a well written enjoyable read that had a great mix of some fun banter, lots of hot sex and some angst added. Although for me, like with the characters, I struggled to connect to their story and their love, it felt too insta-love for me. I lovea hot sexy holiday hook up that has great chemistry, but their strong feelings for each other just came way too quick for me. I would have loved to see more build up to those feelings rather than them be feeling the way they did just after 2 days in Vegas. I also found myself wanting more from the story. When these two were together, all they basically did was have sex, when they were apart all they did was say how much they missed each other, I wanted to see more depth with their feelings and story.
I did enjoy the storyline and the few twists the author added to it, I just found it fell flat for me at times and come the end, was left feeling that the book had so much more potential but just didn’t reach it. Final thought, The Resistance was a good enjoyable read I liked, sadly with seeing all the great 5 star initial ratings, I went into this book expecting it to be a great one that I was going to love.
*received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.
Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.
Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.
Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.
She welcomes your notes at firstname.lastname@example.org.