Monica Campbell may have a history as a wild child, but she’s changed her ways. She’s responsible, and most importantly, she’s sworn off bad boys. That is, until filthy rich Cal Hughes shows up with his sexy British accent and killer smile.
Cal remembers every steamy moment he shared with Monica years ago, but he barely recognizes the straight-laced woman she has become. Determined to lure her into dropping the prim and proper act, Cal uses every trick he knows to remind her of who she used to be back when she was his.
*This ARC review copy was kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I had such a fun time reading this book! This is actually the second book in the Beauty & The Brit series and I didn’t have a problem picking up right in the middle of this series without feeling like I missing something in the previous book. This installment follows Monica Campbell and Calum Hughes and how they find everything they need in life in themselves and each other.
Monica is a self-professed former “bad girl” who was quite reckless and wild. She caused quite a bit of havoc on her family when was younger, so now as an adult she believes that she needs to atone for her sins. She does this by transforming herself into the most boring version of herself ever. She wears shapeless and colorless clothes, unlike the fun and bright things she used to wear when she was younger. She works for her sister and pretty much does what she’s told, instead of speaking up and following her dreams and instincts. Basically she isn’t be true to herself.
Cal runs into Monica and is still instantly attracted to her just like he was all those years ago. Monica feels the same pull, but refuses to give in because she believes that Cal is someone who would make her lose control and give into her bad girl ways again. Cal is a charming, cocky, confident, arrogant alpha with a delicious British accent and a wildly free spirit. He can never stay in one place for too long. Even though he doesn’t really know Monica, he can tell right away that this version of Monica isn’t the same woman he briefly met all of those years ago. And he promptly calls her on that every chance he gets. Right from the start Monica and Cal have this hilarious back and forth witty banter that kept me laughing through the whole book.
Because of their smoking chemistry their chemistry in the bedroom is pretty hot. I can say that Terri L. Austin really knows how to write a sex scene! I love the dirty talkers, and Cal Hughes did not disappoint. I love how he pushed Monica to be uninhibited in the bedroom when she wasn’t able to be in any other area of her life. He has a small inkling as to why she has drastically changed her persona over the years, because he too is running from something in his past. Monica and Cal are sort of kindred spirits, both of them running from their true selves.
Monica is so hesitant to get into a relationship with Cal because she needs someone who is dependable, that she can lean on and that will always be there for her. Cal is notorious for being flighty and not being there when his family needs him. But Monica can’t resist Cal.
There was one scene that I really loved, where Cal pushed Monica to confront everything that she had been holding in for years and why she changed herself so much and became such a people pleaser. Even when she became really upset, he still didn’t let her run away. And Monica shows Cal that he isn’t the egotistical, self-centered, jackhole that he portrays himself to be to his family and to the world.
I definitely plan on reading the next book in this series when it comes out next year and I can’t wait to go back and read some of Terri. L. Austin’s other works.