Little Dove by Layla Frost
Have you ever told yourself "no, those tropes are not for me?" Well, I'm sitting over here ashamed in a corner because I totally have. Want to know what kind of books your girl said she didn't like? Daddy books. What kind of book is this? Yep, you guessed it. And I'll be the first to admit - I was wrong. So wrong. Every assumption I had about this trope was wrong - dead wrong. Layla Frost has always been incredible with her words - but Little Dove is in a class all of its own.
Story Line: The super watered down summary of this book is there are bad guys, worse guys and the worst guys. And there's Juliet. And Ms. Vera. And Freddy. And all of these dang likable characters that you become so freaking invested in that they feel like family. Your family. Maximo isn't one of the good guys. Yet, he's one of my favorite heros I've read in my lifetime. He's dark, so gorgeous it should be illegal, and so devoted to his little dove it makes my chest convulse. The story of how Juliet and Maximo fall for each other is exhilarating, hot AF and so many other words that I cannot wait for you to discover on your own.
Interaction: Ah, yes This is the part I thought I would not connect with. I'm ashamed to admit when I picked up this book I told myself, just push through the daddy parts, it will be fine. Yeah, that didn't happen. What DID happen, was I reread those parts several times because I just wasn't ready for the toe curling finger zings to stop making me feel all delicious inside. I have never read a book with such intense chemistry - ever. Maximo's mouth will have you turning to your significant other and asking them why they don't ever speak to you like that. Mr. Laundry's response? Because he knows my bossy @$$ would smack him if he did.Meh, if he dies he dies ;)
Laundry: There are no words sufficient enough to describe the heat Little Dove is packing. I've read that some say it's a slow burn. Okay, there's no laundry in the first few chapters. BUT, there's still HEAT. And when the laundry does begin, IT NEVER STOPS. And every single encounter between Maximo and Juliet is what every single wet dream is made of.
Depth: There is so much I want to say here. SO MUCH goes down in this book. I would definitely add suspense as a genre for Little Dove because me - the total scaredy cat who hates any and all scary movies - couldn't put this book down. Yet locked myself in a fully lit bedroom biting my nails on several occasions. This is a love story of epic proportions. It's also a killer suspense novel and just a completely brilliant piece of fictional goodness. Forget what you think about romance tropes. Forget what you think about "dirty books" all together. Little Dove will prove to everyone that when a book is well written, it doesn't matter what genre it is. It's just FANTASTIC.
FIVE GLITTERY STARS with a sprinkle on top.