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Pretty Remedy (Finally Found #2)
S.E. Hall
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Envy is a silent, cold-blooded killer, extinguishing a little more life from me every day. 

Hitting sharp, fast, and seemingly out of nowhere; struck by lightning without a storm cloud in sight...in she rolls. Reece Kelly, a force to be reckoned with, head of the class-- which means one thing-- she's out of mine.

"You're wasting your time, Rhett Foster. Locks have keys and walls can be climbed. I'm not buying your broody, skeptical act for one minute." 

And then there's that...

As much as she compels me to open up, to show her what no one else gets to see...there are guilty shadows lurking in the depths of her eyes that she cannot hide from me.

It always happens the same way, every time. The second I finish coming, the blip of exhilaration dissipates, and I’m left feeling vapid and angry. I turn my back on my latest conquest and, blocking out the images of insincere, physical satiation, I scurry off like a criminal. Maybe I should quit fucking them.

Or maybe I shouldn’t. The tête-à-têtes, and unrequited clinginess as much their fault as my own—more in fact, if everyone’s being honest with themselves. I tell them, straight up, in plain English, no “code” or sidestepping what I’m really saying, that it’s one fuck. I offer absolutely nothing more, and they accept. But women have a specific order and purpose to everything they do. It shouldn’t eat at me when another woman discovers her plan didn’t work, and surprise, she isn’t the one “different” enough to change me.

You want to be the lady worthy of a call the next day, flowers, a ring? Then don’t ride the dick until you get at least one of them. And if you do jump on—gyrating and grinding in what you’re just certain is some mystical, “He’s never had it so good before” kind of way, and it doesn’t work—don’t blame anyone but yourself. Who was really trying to manipulate who?

Rhett Foster, moody manwhore might have just met his match in a pint-sized package. Reece Kelly might be small, but she is feisty and sarcastic, even if a bit out of her comfort zone. While they deal with some craziness surrounding his brother ,Jarrett, and her friend, they keep coming in contact with each other and banging heads. Rhett has made no secret that he's just like to bang her, but she is not about to be one of is easy one-night stands.

He is intrigued by her and she can see there is more to him that he likes to show people.  She makes him remember what it is like to be around a woman with sass and brains, and not just take her to bed once. She is enjoying breaking free of the constraints she usually lives within and he brings out a playful and more confident version of herself.

"Really, you're wasting your time with all this 'tortured soul' nonsense. Locks have keys and walls can be climbed. I'm not buying your whole grumpy, callous routine for one minute."

They have chemistry, but their connection is not built around it. I loved that they bonded over other things and not just sex. They were two people who needed someone to believe in them and needed to be accepted for who they were. They challenged each other and pushed each other's boundaries. He was not used to being  intrigued enough by a woman to care what they thought until she butted into his world and began tearing down his walls. She gave him reason to stop trying to numb himself, but to actually live life and enjoy it. 

"If you quit sleeping with just anyone, you'll get better at deciphering the exceptional from the exceptions."

"You are the exception, the prettiest damn remedy in the whole world, and the most astonishing person I have ever fallen into."

But she has some secrets and hidden agendas that she is keeping to herself. And they could have a big impact on their future. Can these two find a lasting connection and trust or will they end up ruining not only a chance at love, but also a chance at a better future?

This can be read as a stand alone, but I loved being back with the dynamics between Rhett, Jarrett, Liz, and Cannon (Pretty Instinct). Even though their lives have changed, they have such a strong bond. They taunt, tease, fight, support, and protect. I also loved the banter between Rhett and Reece. It was flirty and hot, but also with humor and a deeper emotional component. In Pretty Instinct we had the loveable, sweet Conner to steal his scenes, in this one I have to say Reece's protector Ozzie had me smiling and even fist pumping at times.

S.E. Hall has a way of creating these groups of characters that are easy to love despite their faults and makes you become invested in them. This installment was sweet, humorous, intriguing, and engaging. It was told in both Reece and Rhett's points of view. I did not think it was as angsty or as emotionally dark as the first one, but I was interested just as much and I enjoyed the more light-hearted feel. It did also have some fun twists and I liked how the plot had several story lines and locations going simultaneously. I am looking forward to more with the other characters: Jarrett, Jovie, Thatcher, Sommerlyn, Landry and JT are all interesting and seem to have more stories to tell.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
With just enough humor to be entertaining without taking away from the emotion of the story, Pretty Remedy was a great escape.

I loved Reece. She knew who she was and who she wanted to be, even if she was having trouble finding the confidence and direction to get herself there. Though she was shy, she recognized the heat between herself and Rhett. She also knew jumping into bed with a stranger, no matter how sizzling the chemistry, wasn’t who she was regardless of his interest or her ease around him.

Rhett was a bit of a mess. One night stands were his norm. He didn’t even bother to remember names, let alone go back for repeats, and relationship status didn’t deter him. Though he is happy for Liz and Cannon, not playing music full time has left him aimless and a bit lost. Random sex is his way of coping with the adrift feelings he isn’t dealing with.

When drama between her best friend and his brother brings them together several times over the course of a weekend, he expresses an interest in taking her to bed. But she’s not one for casual sex and turns him down. Often.

Reece may put the brakes on a physical relationship when they first meet, but over the course of a single weekend, Rhett finds himself opening up to her in ways he normally avoids. She calls him on his games, and makes him face what’s going on in his head in a way no one else in his life ever has. I loved watching their early interactions, especially Rhett’s reactions to letting her see inside his head so quickly.

Music definitely has a huge part of this story, though it was hard to remember that Rhett was part of See You Next Tuesday because he wasn’t performing or in a band initially. But as the story progresses, I love how music comes back into focus for him and the way music connects Reece and himself.

I loved that the dynamic between Liz, Cannon, Rhett, and Jarrett is maintained and continues through this storyline. This was a smooth read. I wasn’t pulled into the story as quickly or deeply as I was Liz and Cannon’s story, but it was completely entertaining and well developed. There were several secrets being held in the beginning and I loved watching them come to light and work their way into the story.

I am looking forward to Thatcher’s story next. With the teaser scene at the end, I can’t wait to see more from the hotel owner Rhett always spoke so highly of. Though he mostly existed in the background of Pretty Remedy, there was enough to be intriguing.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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“If opposites attract, then I am nothing. Because you, you are everything.”
There’s no easy road traveled to such an intense sentiment, one I never dreamt I’d feel….
But I also never planned on Cannon Blackwell climbing aboard my tour bus
S.E.Hall, lover of all things anticipation and romance, is the author of The Evolve Series: Emerge, Embrace, Entangled, Entice and Baby Mama Drama, as well as the stand-alone novel Pretty Instinct. Her co-written works included The Provocative Professions Collection: Stirred Up, Packaged and Handled, One Naughty Night and full-length novel Matched with Angela Graham as well as Conspire, a romantic suspense with Erin Noelle.
S.E. resides in Arkansas with her husband of 18 years and 3 daughters of the home. When not writing or reading, she can be found "enthusiastically cheering" on one of her girls' softball games.

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