4 out of 5 Licks
A crush that turned into love.
Being the only girl in a family with five Santini brothers was never easy on Elena Santini. She always tried to be faster and smarter to make sure they always took her seriously. They were always trying to tell her what to do, and worse, who she could date. That’s why falling for her oldest brother’s best friend wasn’t smart especially when he treats her like a sister. That is, until she gets him alone in her apartment one night.
One night in Heaven.
NCIS agent Jethro Thomas, known to everyone as JT, has always played it smart. When his admiration turned to attraction a few years ago, he started avoiding Elena. A guy wasn’t supposed to have those kinds of thoughts about his best friend’s little sister. After returning from an undercover assignment, and about to go on another one, he can’t seem to resist the temptation. One night with her and he knows he’s lost, but he has a job to do.
A changed man.
JT returns from the assignment with a few more scars, both physical and emotional–but he survived for one reason. He’s ready to start a new life with Elena, but a dark cloud hangs over the new love. When small incidents evolve into near death accidents, JT realizes someone from his past is ready to destroy his happiness, even harm Elena to make him pay.
I’m so happy we didn’t have to wait too long for Elena’s HEA. She finally gets JT into her bed, but sadly he is going for another undercover assignment so they make the most of the weekend they have together. When he returns he can’t think of anything other than getting back to her as soon as possible. Little do they know that danger is lurking. Both of them are afraid to admit to the other how strong their feelings are and it now might be too late. I really enjoyed this Santini tale. This family is so much fun to be around and Elena has all the men wrapped around her finger. It’s quite entertaining to see her family’s reactions to her relationship. We even get to sneak a peek at some of the others in the crew and see how they are doing. The majority of the conflict in this one stems from lack of communication between Elena and JT. It gets quite serious though in the end when Elena is attacked and has to protect herself and her sister-in-law. I’m glad JT and Elena get their shit together in the end-sometimes it takes a big scare to get stubborn people to admit their feelings.