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The Player Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett s middle name When the renowned Washington, DC insider talks, powerful people listen But Gray hasn t come home to Saranac Lake to play politics Or play at all A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened coreAnd so has the most unlikely of womenThe mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B the one he never noticed is now all fiery hair and lush curves But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him So Gray won t let himself lay a hand on her until the night he can no longer resist the woman she has become That s when he discovers a secret that leaves him gasping for breath and wanting [PDF / Epub] ☉ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk DC insider talks ★ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector PDF / Epub ✪ Author Delores Fossen – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk powerful people listen But Gray hasn t come home to Saranac Lake to play politics Or play at all A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened coreAnd so has the most unlikely of womenThe mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B the one he never noticed is now all fiery hair and lush curves But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him So Gray won t let himself lay a hand on her until the night he can no longer resist the woman she has become That s when he discovers a secret that leaves him gasping for breath and wanting Reviewed for THC Reviews 4.5 stars Long, short, or somewhere in between, I don t think J R Ward in this case writing as Jessica Bird is capable of writing a bad book I ve very much enjoyed everything I ve read by her so far, and His Comfort and Joy was no exception Even though it s one of her earlier works, written in a short novel format, the plot and character development was stellar I loved both Gray and Joy, as well as the way in which their romance builds It s both sweet and angsty Reviewed for THC Reviews 4.5 stars Long, short, or somewhere in between, I don t think J R Ward in this case writing as Jessica Bird is capable of writing a bad book I ve very much enjoyed everything I ve read by her so far, and His Comfort and Joy was no exception Even though it s one of her earlier works, written in a short novel format, the plot and character development was stellar I loved both Gray and Joy, as well as the way in which their romance builds It s both sweet and angsty, just the way I like it The love scenes are a little steamier than most Silhouette books I ve read andclosely reflect Ms Bird style that s seen in her BDB books than some of her earlier contemporaries, which was a plus I also liked the juxtaposition between the rural upstate New York setting and New York City It brought an interesting flavor to the story The supporting cast was superb too, and I found it especially impressive that the author was able to build their characters so well in this shorter format Everything combined made this book a near perfect read for me.Gray turned out to be a complex hero He has a reputation as a player both in business and his personal life He works as a political consultant, and is basically a game maker If a politician wants to get elected to office, Gray is the man to make it happen, and as such, he sometimes treads into the gray zone to get the job done In his personal life, he s known as a ladies man who freely admits that it s not unusual for him to spend the night with a woman and then leave her in the morning, never looking back Gray s family owns a house on the same lake near Joy s family home, so he s known her for years, but it hasn t been until recently that he s started to notice that somewhere along the line she turned into a beautiful and desirable woman He begins to feel unfamiliar pangs of jealousy when she s around other men, but he s vowed never to marry and knows that Joy is not the type of girl who deserves a one night stand Gray carried around a lot of pain over his parent s broken marriage He spent a large part his childhood and teen years, helping his mother cover up her numerous infidelities that broke his father s heart, so he has trouble trusting women to be truthful and faithful Gray s views on women slowly begin to change when he gets involved with Joy and especially after he discovers her virginity in a moment of passion IMHO, what he did after that was sweet if a little misguided But despite that he still has trouble fully opening his heart up to her His past has left him cynical and jaded, while his work in politics has left him feeling dirty and tainted, and he doesn t want to sully something as perfect as Joy by sharing that part of his life with her Not to mention, he s just downright afraid that she s going to end up breaking his heart if he allows himself to love her I loved Gray s character and how he has to go through this transformative process to get to a place where he can open his heart to Joy s love, but at the same time he takes so long to get there, it can be a tad frustrating This is the one and only reason I ended up dropping one half star from the rating, but I ll also admit that Gray s final gesture was so grand, he almost made up for it so that I waffled on whether to give it the full five.Joy is a wonderful heroine, who is sweetness personified, and everything Gray needed to help him understand that all women aren t like his mother Joy is deeply committed to her family She and her siblings lost their parents in an accident when Joy was just a teenager, so her older sister, Frankie Beauty and the Black Sheep finished raising her Together, they run a bed and breakfast in their family s old Victorian mansion Joy went off to college and got a practical degree that she hoped would help her family and worked through college to foot the bill Then she came back home to help Frankie with the family business and to take care of her grandmother who has Alzheimer s, so she hasn t had time to pursue her real dream of becoming a fashion designer or for any relationships Even though she only sees him a few times a year when he s at his family s home on the lake, Joy has been in love with Gray from afar for years She s just about to give up on her childish fairy tale notion of a romance with him when he finally starts to take notice of her She knows he s not really the type to settle down, but she s willing to give him whatever he ll accept, until an aborted love making session changes everything Gray goes from a passionate alpha male to an almost coldly formal gentleman in a heartbeat In some ways, he s now the perfect boyfriend always calling and taking her out, but never touching her passionately like before and unwilling or unable to open up and share his life with her, leaving Joy wondering what exactly they have between them During this time, I had to admire Joy for her patience in dealing with Gray and for keeping hope alive that they could eventually turn things around and become the romantic couple she wants them to be.As I mentioned before, the author fits in quite a number of supporting characters who are seen in other related books Gray was previously seen as a secondary character in some of the previous books Nate and Frankie, the hero and heroine of Beauty and the Black Sheep aka The Rebel, are still running the White Caps B B and are planning a wedding in this book Nate s best friend and chef, Spike, has joined them in the kitchen and as a business partner He has an unusual physical feature that makes me wonder if he s somehow related to a couple of the brothers from the BDB He ll become the hero of book 4, A Man in a Million aka The Rogue I enjoyed the close relationship Joy has with her brother, Alex, who is still recuperating from severe injuries sustained in a sailing accident that killed his best friend We discover that he s loved his friend s widow, Cassandra, for a long time, and she helps launch Joy s fashion designing career These two become the hero and heroine of the next book in the Moorehouse Legacy, From the First aka The Renegade We re also introduced to Gray s best friend, Sean O Banyon who becomes the hero of The Billionaire Next Door aka The Billionaire In addition, there s a brief mention of Cassandra attending a Hall Foundation fund raiser, which of course, is the charitable organization run by Grace Hall of An Unforgettable Lady.Overall, I had a really great time reading His Comfort and Joy There s a certain sweetness in Gray and Joy s relationship that I truly loved, and if not for Gray s stubborn resistance to admitting that he was falling in love with Joy, it would have been an absolutely perfect read for me In spite of that, it was still pretty awesome I very much enjoyed all the character connections too I m already half in love with Alex, so I can t wait to read his book to find outabout him, as well as to see him and Cassandra get their HEA I had planned to write a full review on this book, but I m feeling lazy so I ll just post some of my random thoughts here Gray I fell in love with him in the 1st half of the story, but when he started acting like a jerk, throwing accusations at Joy without any basis to support his suspicions, he lost some ground with me I didn t end up hating him because Ms Bird did a god job showing his insecurity and vulnerability when it came to Joy, but he could have snapped out of it sooner than he did I had planned to write a full review on this book, but I m feeling lazy so I ll just post some of my random thoughts here Gray I fell in love with him in the 1st half of the story, but when he started acting like a jerk, throwing accusations at Joy without any basis to support his suspicions, he lost some ground with me I didn t end up hating him because Ms Bird did a god job showing his insecurity and vulnerability when it came to Joy, but he could have snapped out of it sooner than he did Joy I liked her, even though she was too good and sweet to be true and came close to being a pushover I was glad to see her becoming something other than her Grand Em caretaker, because that was pretty much all she was when she was introduced in Beauty And The Black Sheep, the 1st book in the series Plot Writing Gray s I want you but I m no good for you routine was interesting at first, as I was curious to know what made him such a hard hearted man, but it was dragged a bit too long and I got tired of it in the end Luckily for him, Joy was a very patient woman and endured it all with an open heart Gray s refusal to share his inner demons with Joy also led to some misunderstandings small ones, thankfully and, at one point, I found myself wondering what kind of relationship he wanted to have with her He was confused, and so was I Overall I really enjoyed this read, despite the minor complaints mentioned above Ms Bird made me care for Gray and Joy, and her writing kept the story flowing effortlessly As I ve grown to expect since I read my 1st book by Ms Bird, there were echoes of J.R Ward s very characteristic writing style in this book too and I m not sure how I feel about it because it s kind of distracting Not enough to ruin the read, though Reread Loved this romance and couple One of my top favorites.This was J.R Ward before she went mainstream I believe. My Review Joy Moorehouse has loved Grayson Bennett from afar for years, and while they have homes not far away from each other, they live in totally different worlds Grayson s world is one of political maneuverings, high class parties andone night stands than he can remember while Joy lives at the family s struggling B B, helping out as she can and caring for her Grandmother who suffers from dementia To say they have little or nothing in common is an understatement and if it weren t for My Review Joy Moorehouse has loved Grayson Bennett from afar for years, and while they have homes not far away from each other, they live in totally different worlds Grayson s world is one of political maneuverings, high class parties andone night stands than he can remember while Joy lives at the family s struggling BB, helping out as she can and caring for her Grandmother who suffers from dementia To say they have little or nothing in common is an understatement and if it weren t for the fact that he knew and called her by name, she d have thought he didn t even know she existed but she would have been wrong.Gray has been fighting his desire for Joy for years, having been drawn to her innocence, her confidence and her beauty But as far as he is concerned, she deserves a much better man than he could ever hope to be Embittered by his years of political consulting and rubbing shoulders with some of the country s most powerful and least honorable men, he doesn t see himself as a man who could ever be worthy of someone like her And when it becomes clear that she s as attracted to him as he is to her, he starts throwing up all kinds of obstacles to keep them apart and protect her from the man he is, the man he will always be.I m really enjoying this series While the books are light, easy reads, they are by no means brainless As she does with her Black Dagger Brotherhood series which she writes under the name J.R Ward, Jessica Bird has given us complex characters who are often times too noble and self sacrificing for their own good As is always the case with all of her stories, it was a pleasure to watch the characters, Joy and Grayson, grow I loved seeing Joy, with her inherent goodness, reach out to and try to break through the cynicism that had embedded itself into Grayson s soul and embrace him, loving the man for all he is, all he is not, and all that he might become.And without giving too much away, I have to say, she really, really REALLY, had her work cut out for her.Next up, From The First, Alex Moorehouse s story

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