Title: CANNON: A STEP-BROTHER ROMANCE
Author: SABRINA PAIGE
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Cover Model: Stephen Hughes-Landers
Photographer: Shauna Kruse, Kruse Images & Photography
Cover Artist: Cormar Covers
You might think you've heard every story of forbidden love. But you haven't heard ours.
Hendrix "Cannon" Cole is a damaged, sexy-as-hell ex-Marine. He's also my stepbrother.
I'm a country singer in the spotlight. Our history is complicated.
I used to hate him. Then I loved him. Then I hated him again.
When he joined the Marines five years ago, I thought he was gone forever. Now he's back.
I have everything to lose. He has nothing left. The heat between us is explosive. And both of us may wind up getting burned.
This book was…amazing. Exactly what I was in the mood for and exactly what I was looking for. I seriously love Sabrina Paige’s stepbrother romances. Her books never revolve around the fact that the main characters are connected by marriage. Yes, it’s there, it’s a part of the story, but there’s always other things going on that the characters have to deal with. And that’s what makes her stand out amongst all the mediocre stepbrother romance books I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot). I’m also a sucker for rock star/musician romances and I’m a sucker for military romances. So this book, combining both of those and the stepbrother theme, was the trifecta of the perfect book.
I’m not always a fan of the past to present format in books, but it totally worked here. Chapters would start off with a point in the past and then transition into the modern day story. I loved Addy and Hendrix. I loved their interactions, their chemistry, their personalities…they just made this book perfect.
Addy is country music’s IT GIRL. She’s the girl next door, America’s sweet heart…think Taylor Swift’s public image. But after Addy got caught up in some compromising photos (taken out of context), her overly controlling momager and step-father security specialist team up with Addy’s record label to try and control her and the nonexistent “situation”. That’s where Hendrix comes in. Fresh out of the Marines, he’s bored silly at a desk job. So his father decides he’d make the best bodyguard for Addy. Little do they know that there’s a past attraction between Addy and Hendrix and once they come together…chemistry up the wazoo!
I loved the time they spent together. There was a really sweet scene when Addy babysits for her nephew and the three of them spend the day together.
I think the scenes from the past helped establish the connection for the current day. Part of what I loved was that neither Addy or Hendrix were able to really let the other one go during their separation. One of my favorite “Awwwwwwwe” scenes was when they admitted to constantly thinking about the other.
I feel like my review doesn’t do this awesome book justice. Sabrina Paige is definitely one of my all time favorite authors and I can’t wait for her next book!
"Don't say that." I scramble to get my towel wrapped around my body. How the hell am I supposed to think clearly with Hendrix standing in front of me, water glistening on his bare chest?
"Don't say what?" he asks, his voice low. "That my fingers were down your panties? Would you rather I say that I was touching your pussy?"
"Hendrix," I whisper. "You can't talk to me like that."
"Or what?" His mouth is close to my ear, and he trails one finger up my arm and traces the outline of my shoulder before he slowly runs it up the side of my neck. I'm so on edge, so wanting, that I think I might cry.
"What are you afraid of, Addy?"
"You," I whisper. It's the only word I can choke out. I don't say all of the other things going through my head, the things I want to say.
I'm afraid that everything I've worked for will be destroyed.
I'm afraid of falling for you all over again.
I'm afraid you'll rip my heart to shreds, the way you did when you left.
I'm afraid you'll break me.
But that word, "you," is enough for Hendrix. The look he gives me is practically feral. He makes a sound, deep in his throat, and I think if he kisses me again, he'll destroy us both. I want him to kiss me again. But instead, he pauses, his hand on the back of my neck. "Drop the towel."
"What?" All I can feel is the warmth from his hand, radiating heat from his palm through my body and pooling between my legs. I'm a raw nerve, a bundle of need and desire, and as much as I want him to go, more of me wants him to stay. All of me wants him to pick me up and fuck me against the wall, right now.
Hendrix groans, as if he can read the dirty thoughts that are running through my head. "Drop the towel," he repeats, his voice gruff and gravely.
"What are you doing?" I choke out the words, my palm on his chest to push him away, but instead I end up sliding my hand over his chest and down his rippled abdomen. His hardness presses against his jeans, and all I can think about is how he would feel inside me.
"Are we both going to pretend you're not aching for me?" he asks. "That you're not soaking wet with the thought of having me inside you?" He reaches underneath the towel, between my legs, and touches me gently with the tip of his fingers. His touch nearly makes me melt.
"I'm not sure this is a good idea, Hendrix," I say, protesting, but weakly. My resolve isn't just weak. It's non-existent.
He pins my wrists to the wall above my head, holding them there firmly with one hand while he traces my lips gently with one finger. "This is definitely not a good idea, Addy," he whispers, his finger moving slowly down the front of my chest to my cleavage. "This is the worst fucking idea in the world."
"We should be reasonable," I say.
"I've never been a reasonable man," he says, stepping back and surveying me. "Now, take off the damn towel."
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