IntimateIntimate by Kate Douglas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well it seems as though Kate Douglas has proven me wrong. In my review for the prequel novella to this story, which was featured in Hot Alphas by Lora Leigh, I had stated that I didn't much care for stories involving vineyards, that they were boring. Well, this book is certainly not boring and I did enjoy it.

Jake had found the perfect model to photograph wearing his best friend's debut jewelry pieces. Her name was Kaz and she was edgy, with her tattoo and piercings, exactly what they were looking for. Unbeknownst to Jake, she was also what he had been searching for. They hit it off instantly and the more time they spend together, the closer they get. But when someone from Jake's past, who has concealed their identity, starts to interfere with their budding relationship and their lives, Jake realizes that he should have been honest with Kaz from the beginning.

I really liked the build of Jake and Kaz's relationship. It wasn't slow, but it also didn't seem rushed. It really was one of those 'meant to be' cases. This story felt like it had two different parts. The first was the person causing them trouble. Which, by the way, must have been the worst bad guy in history because of all the times he attempted harm to Kaz and Jake. It made me think of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. The second part involved Jake's family, it was like ending a chapter of his life while starting a new one.

This was a good suspense-filled romance with an HEA. Ben and Lola's book is coming next and I hope it's soon because I certainly want to read it. Recommended!

**ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

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