Sounds like the perfect day to Aidan Callahan. As second-born son to Chicago’s most influential business owner, Aidan’s life has always been about responsibility. Tradition. Toeing the goddamn line. Just do as you’re told, Aidan. Don’t make waves.
Well, screw that. Riding waves is way more fun than making them.
Hawaii is paradise on earth. Smoking hot women. Tiny bikinis. As far as Aidan’s concerned, wild horses couldn’t drag him kicking and screaming back to the windy city. Or at least that’s what he thought.
When his brother crashes his Mercedes, killing himself on impact, Aidan finds himself next in line to the Callahan fortune and all the ties that come with it.
And this time there’s no getting out of it.
A warm bed.
A steady job.
A brother who loves her.
For Essie Gray, life’s been one hard kick in the teeth after another. With her parents both dead, her brother is her only living relative. That is until Vaughn’s truck is written off, his life snatched away by the careless actions of a rich playboy in a flashy sports car.
Now, the only thing that will bring Essie peace is revenge. She must take what was taken from her. Only when the name Callahan has been wiped from the face of the earth forever will she be able to start living again.
Of course, the new head of the Callahan Corporation isn’t what she expected. Aidan’s sexy and sad, and just as damaged as she is. Will she be able to distance herself enough to accomplish her goal?
After all, ruining a man’s really hard when you find yourself falling for him…
Let me start by saying I love a good prologue, it sets up my curiosity for the whole book. This prologue was done right and sucked me completely in. Who are these people having hot sex? And why are they so mad!?
We have to flashback to find out how these two met…
Aidan is from a powerful Chicago family. He would rather be on a beach than in a boardroom. He spends his days on the beach, living in Hawaii, surfing and having sex and his family does not approve. Right off the bat we get an idea of the conflict and tension between Aidan and his uptight brother. I was so worried Aidan was going to be a clichéd prick, turns out he wasn’t at all.
Essie has had the opposite life of Aidan. No wealthy family trying to control her. She’s poor, been in and out of shelters, and has no family to speak of except her brother, Vaughn. These two are all each other have and they protect each other fiercely.
I wasn’t expecting the catalyst that set Aidan and Essie paths on a collision course. Or the angst that followed. And I was still dying to know how all of this led to the prologue.
We fast forward five years and Aidan is no longer on the beach, he’s in the board room doing what he hates. I didn’t really feel bad for him because I wasn’t sure yet what kind of person he was. I was protecting myself for Essie’s sake. As I got to know him, I did end up feeling bad for him because he was actually a good guy. And I kept picturing him with sex hair so that pretty much sealed the deal for me.
Essie has also made some major changes in her life and is doing pretty well for herself financially. Emotionally is a whole other story. She’s pretty much devoid of any feeling at all. She’s now working at the legal firm that represents Aidan’s company because she has a hidden agenda. Revenge. It’s all about the revenge.
I was on the fence about Essie and the way I felt about her. I liked pre-catalyst Essie but revenge driven Essie didn’t exactly warm my heart. She had some major issues so I’m giving her a pass until book 2. Plus, the ending softened me to her.
And oddly enough, the character I was most worried about liking, Aidan, ended up being the one I liked better of the two. So I’ll give props to the author, Cole Saint Jaimes, for giving me the unexpected with these characters.
So the thing that surprised me the most was how plot heavy this book was. And how much I liked it. This was not erotica. There is no sex to speak of until 90% of the book but the story was well written and sucked me in enough that I didn’t care. The anticipation of Essie and Aidan coming face to face drove the plot and finding out how it connected to the prologue was killing me. Which of these two dominants is going to come out on top?
You know you’re reading something good when you don’t mind the lack of sex. It was like lots of foreplay leading up to that moment. Plus, we got all of Aidan’s thoughts and know he’s a kinky filthy mofo. Yum. It was like being teased the entire time. Wanting it but having to wait. I love that. And when they finally got down and dirty, it was worth it. It was hot–>!!!!!!
I do feel I need to point out that I had an ARC so mine did have typos and a few logistic problems in the sex department that may have been fixed in the final version. Despite that, this was a really well written book. I had been seeing this book everywhere and you never know what you are going to get. Because honestly, I know I’m picky sometimes. So I was ecstatic to find out that Cole Saint Jaimes definitely has talent and I will for sure be reading book 2. Can’t wait to see where Aidan and Essie end up!
When it comes to new authors, I’m always worried. Not going to lie. There’s all this build up, all the hype, the anticipation. And sometimes you are let down. I’ve been seeing all of these teasers for Heart Breaker all over my newsfeed for the last month now. So I was very intrigued and excited! And then the day came that I received an ARC. And I can happily tell you that…OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!! The writing is just so different than whatI normally read. We generally have the typical hero/heroine. But in this story, it’s like they are reversed a little. I will admit, it took me a LONG while to warm up to Essie. She’s messed up. She has issues. She has been given a pretty shitty life. And after a horrific tragedy, it has turned her into this cold, dark, angry, vengeful woman. She has her reasons. But she has gone to extreme measures. Her reason is Aidan Callahan. She is out to destroy this man. Crush and rip his heart out. But Aidan is no fool. Can I mention that he is sexy, charming, also controlling. And likes to fuck. God, I died every time he said this. I don’t know why, but those few little words, when delivered right, just does it for me. And Aidan just completely does it for me. I love his personality. How he calls Essie out on her bull shit, how he pushes her. The sexual buildup between these two had me wanting to crawl into my phone and just rip their clothes off for them!! Normally when I have to wait for the sexy times to occur, it’s a problem. But the way Mr. St. Jaimes carries it out is brilliantly and perfectly done.
The sexual buildup, the teasing, the waiting, had me so worked up I literally felt like I became the character. I felt their frustration! But let me tell you, when they came together (pun intended), you felt it through every part of your body. And that is the power of writing, my friends.
I am excited for the next part in this series! I’m already at the level of “OH MY GOD I NEED IT NOW!!!” Cole St. Jaimes has made a new fan. And I’m positive you will instantly become one. If you haven’t 1-clicked this yet….WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!! Do it now!!!
Heart Breaker by Cole Saint Jaimes starts out with a bang. And I’m talking a real bang, with an ass in the air and some hard pounding. We’re thrown right into a sex scene and generally when books start out like this I’m usually less than impressed because it’s hotter for me if I “know” the characters. But there are always exceptions to this rule because what happens next is a five-year flashback to show us how Aidan Callahan and Essie Gray got to this point of angry hate sex. It wasn’t just a gratuitous sex scene. There was a point!
If you’ve read the blurb you know that they are inextricably linked due to a tragic car accident that took both of their families. Essie was left destitute while Aidan was left with a fortune he did not want.
When the flashback starts, Essie is a sweet girl who fiercely loves her big brother Vaughn. They had a rough go of it and spent many years struggling and homeless. Finally, they had their own place and were making a home for themselves. When her brother was ripped out of her life, it completely changed Essie. It transformed her from a hopeful girl to a hardened woman with a focus on revenge. She took all of her anger over losing her brother and directed it towards Aidan Callahan, the brother of the man who killed Vaughn. While I can see her need for revenge, I can’t help but feel that it’s misplaced but I can’t say how I would react if I were in Essie’s shoes. Would I let that anger eat me up inside? Essie has a lot of demons she needs to deal with. In the meantime, you can’t help but like her. She’s confident, ballsy, and is no delicate flower. She’s used to taking what she wants from men, and I was dying for her to come face to face with Aidan.
Speaking of Aidan … He is fucking sexy. He’s this gorgeous playboy lothario who would rather be living a simple life of surfing and fucking but he’s thrown into the corporate would due to the accident that killed his family. I have to hand it to the author here because when it comes to Aidan, I am smitten. He’s a lover. A real lover of women and there’s just something about the way he’s written with this down to earth attitude that I was falling for him after those first few scenes. He was born into this lap of luxury but he was willing to forgo all of that to live life his own way without depending on his family’s wealth. I love that about him! And I love Aidan’s internal commentary. Why yes, Aidan, a woman with confidence is sexy as hell and it doesn’t matter her size. What a novel concept!
Mr. Saint Jaimes took a risk with the way he wrote this book since it started out in the middle of a graphic sex scene one would assume this book is going to be all erotica but we didn’t get a sex scene again until around the 90% mark. And guess what? I didn’t hate it! Usually I’m jonesing for them to just get it on already, but I really appreciated that I got to know the characters and their personalities and it was more than just in-your-face over-the-top-I’ve-already-read-a-sex-scene-like-this-20-times. The scene we were rewarded with was highly erotic and their chemistry was off the charts! Goddamn. These two were combustible together. I really think Aidan should give lessons on the art of giving head to a woman. Goddamn. Yes. I said it again. I love him.
All in all, this book was a pleasant surprise. I’m so glad I took a chance on a new author. I love the writing and the way he sucked me in to the story right from the get go. I was left wanting more, more, and then some more on top of that. I need to know what happens next! I need more Aidan and Essie.
Go one-click this book now! You won’t regret it! And to the author, you might be a rock star. Thank you for giving me Aidan.
P.S. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I understand that ARCs aren’t the final form, and I’m hoping all the nits were caught in the final publication. It usually drives me to the point of distraction when there are numerous typos but since the story was so damn good, I overlooked them.
About the Author
COLE SAINT JAMES caught the travel bug young. He spent years honing his skills as a writer while he island-hopped and caught some of the most incredible waves in the world, fuelling his addiction for surfing. Along with his adorable French wife, Cole now calls Los Angeles home. You can usually find him procrastinating on Facebook, or watching Game of Thrones for the seventeenth time on HBO.
Heartbreaker is his first contemporary romance series. You can catch more from Cole by checking out his website at www.colesaintjaimes.com.