Format: epub (provided by author)
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Steering clear of relationships has never been difficult for demolitions expert Cole Bowen, but now, with his brother's engagement sending the female population into full-blown hysterics and the town of Alden's month-long festivities helping along, he finds himself in hell. When he discovers Alden's new resident and the object of all his wet dreams, Christine Sheridan, has sworn off relationships and is going to hire a gigolo to get professionally laid, he decides to kill two birds with one stone.
Christy is so not drinking again. Thanks to José Cuervo she has her friends signing her up for stud conventions and Cole frigging Bowen offering sex in exchange of fake dates, which is so out of the question it isn't even funny. She knows the domineering man will push her boundaries, and after battling all her life with self-esteem issues, she isn't ready for that. Too bad he won't take no for an answer.
Cole is determined to strip away all of her defenses but refuses to lower his ever-present walls, so when Christy realizes she wants more, she's left with only two options; walk away or crack his shield and risk her heart in the process.
Heavy Issues is the second book in a sexy series by author Elle Aycart and is as different from its predecessor as night is to day.
Cole Bowen is the oldest Bowen brother, former military man and used to getting his way in bed and out. He's a man of few words and even fewer displays of emotion. He's a mystery from the very beginning of Heavy Issues and remains that way until the very end. Cole is sexy there's no denying that, but at times he comes off as too bossy and too controlling but allowances can be made due to his days as a military man and the fact that he is the oldest of three brothers. "Bossy" is practically in his DNA. He's also intense, so much so that at times he could overwhelm readers and may cause them to be wary of continuing Heavy Issues. Stick with it though, there's a reason for Cole's attitude and remember that the bigger the hero's ego, the farther the fall when he finds the one he can't live without.
Not to be outdone is Christy Sheridan, the newest resident in Alden. She has food issues. Literally. It was great to not only meet a less than perfect heroine, but get a glimpse of her life before she met Cole and the demons she has to battle on a daily basis. Christy's food problems drive home the fact that the rest of the world takes eating for granted, while for some, it is a daily battle to either eat enough or not eat too much. Christy was self conscious enough to make her seem more real, but not too self conscious to where she became whiny and annoying. But while she is self conscious about her physical appearance, Christy is not a push over. She may take a while but once Christy's had enough, she comes back swinging... And hard.
Though not as humorous as the first book in the series, Heavy Issues is definitely the most erotic and sexually charged of the two books and Cole's active sex drive may overwhelm some readers but there is a reason that Heavy Issues is classified as an EROTIC Contemporary Romance (if you don't know the difference between romance and erotic romance, this blog post explains it very simply). One of the many things I enjoyed was that Cole was different to his younger brother James. If he hadn't been, it would feel like I was reading the same book but with a different heroine.
Heavy Issues doesn't completely break the connection to More Than Meets the Ink, there are appearances by James, Tate, Elle and of course, Max, the youngest Bowen brother (who I am hoping will get his own book soon). Between that and the sexy hookups between Cole and Christy, Heavy Issues lives up to its status as an erotic contemporary.
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