Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
Molly Ryan survived one attack, and she’s not about to be a sitting duck for another. With her attacker harassing her from his jail cell, she packs up her life in Chicago, follows her Delta Force brother to North Carolina and gets work in a pub.
Men in uniform are definitely off her menu, but her boss’s friend, Army Ranger Callum Eversman, is one hot hunk she’d like to sample.
Home on a two-week furlough, Cal has agreed to watch over Molly as a favor to fellow Ranger Noah Harper. Accomplishing his mission without her noticing? That’s going to be tough, as any idiot can see their sparks of attraction from a mile away.
Despite her hands-off-military-men policy, Molly is tempted to indulge, just this once, in a no-strings-attached fling. No dating, no kissy face, no hearts involved. But when her past threatens her future, there’s only one man to turn to. The one who’ll risk everything—body, heart, and soul—to protect her.
I enjoyed the first book in this series so much that I jumped on the chance to read and review its successor. Like Morning Light, Two in the Afternoon contains a woman I’d like to be friends with, a guy I could lust after and a storyline that entertained me. Unlike Morning Light, this wasn’t a touching, emotional romance. It was a sizzling, “can’t keep our hands off each other” kind of book.
Molly Ryan works at the bar Noah Harper (the hero from book one) owns. While Noah and his bride are off on their honeymoon, Molly is left in charge. She has no problem taking on additional responsibility and handles the extra workload just fine, with a little help from Noah’s brother. What she does have a problem with is being targeted by the man she sent to prison for attacking her. While nothing has happened so far, Molly lives in fear of his retaliation, constantly peering out windows and looking over her shoulder.
Noah is aware that Molly is in danger and doesn’t feel comfortable leaving her vulnerable, so he asks his friend Cal Eversman for help. A fellow Ranger on leave from the army, Cal is apprised of the situation regarding Molly’s attacker and is ready for some rest & relaxation while keeping her safe from her past. Molly is no stranger to military men, considering she works for one and her brother is a Delta Force soldier. She was not prepared, however, for the sucker punch she receives when Cal walks into the bar. Cal is tall, built and sexy, and Molly’s attraction to him is overwhelming and instantaneous.
Cal feels the same sizzling chemistry when he sets his eyes on Molly. Even though he’s reluctant to make a move on a woman under his protection, he’s hard-pressed to ignore the feelings she ignites in him. Not only does he lust after the beautiful woman he sees every day, but she rouses every protective instinct he has. He vows to let no harm come to her while he’s around. I liked how Molly and Cal couldn’t fight their mutual attraction, and their sexual escapades were hot! It isn’t long before their hearts as well as their bodies become involved. It’s bittersweet, though, because Cal is a soldier due to return to duty after his two weeks are up, so they both know whatever they have is temporary. Or is it?
In my review of Morning Light (the first book), I mentioned wanting more detail and some more heat. This book gives both of those in spades. The characters seemed so much more real, and the intensity of the attraction between Molly and Cal was amazing. Their romance scorched the pages (well, it’s an ebook, but still…) and kept me wanting more and more.
I give Two in the Afternoon by Cora Cade 4.25 stars!