It’s Sunday again, so I’m whisking you away to scenic Hamden, Vermont for another visit with one of those Hamden Hotties! Gird your loins, ladies, today, we’re talking about Three of Spades and one Dylan Cross.
In Three of Spades, we meet Natalie Parker, a kindergarten teacher who has become a caregiver for her mother, who has cancer. She doesn’t really take time for herself, as she seems so dedicated to doing for others.
Self-esteem isn’t Natalie’s strong suit, and for that, I blame her family (you’ll see why) She’s never really dated, and has pretty much zero experience with men. She wants her mother to see her in a relationship before she passes, so her mother will know that she’ll be taken care of. But how does a sheltered, woman who doesn’t think a whole lot of herself do that?
Enter Dylan Cross. Quite simply, Dylan is a STUD. He enjoys women, and they enjoy him right back. It’s never for long, though. However, Dylan isn’t some love-em-and-leave-em, false promises, “Of course I’ll call you!” kind of guy. Women know what they’re getting into when they’re with him, and you have to respect his philandering ass for that!
One thing I loved learning about Dylan in this book was even though he’s a Womanizer Level Alpha, he’s a good man. He cares about his friends, his loved ones, and his business, and will walk through fire to prove that.
How do these two end up together? You know, I don’t even want to spoil that for you. The start of their relationship is such an unconventional one, and I LOVE it!
Although Natalie lacks self-confidence, it’s clear that Dylan sees something in her from the very beginning. But I can’t lie, I wanted to shake Natalie through a good portion of this book. Because her self-esteem is so bad, she really can’t fathom why Dylan cares for her, and thinks he’s going to leave her at every turn. She also gives him an out at every turn! I just wanted to shout at her, “HE DIGS YOU, WOMAN! Get out of your own head and let him love you!” Of course, I understood WHY she felt this way, and Ferraro does an EXCELLENT job at getting us pissed off at her janky family.
This story has plenty of spice (come to MAMA!), and I freely admit to some tingly feelings when Dylan would get all alpha to protect Natalie from her family, and the various and sundry assholes she had to deal with. (RJ, anyone?!?!?!)
We get to see more of Seth and Mae, which is fun, and get a little more info on the sexy Wes, whose book I am REALLY looking forward to! We also meet some new Hamden residents, some I loved, and some I loathed.
This book totally held me hostage. I was at a birthday party, ignoring everyone and reading this book, much to the dismay of my family. I regret nothing!Lola Audu