I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Your Inescapable Love by Layla Hagen
Series: The Bennett Family Book 4
on November 8, 2016
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A sizzling new friends-to-lover romance from a USA Today Bestselling Author. Each book in the Bennett family series is a full, standalone story.
Max Bennett was nine years old the first time he met Emilia. The two formed a tight friendship that lasted for years until she moved away. Now, years later, Max enjoys a successful career, and his brilliant business sense helped him take his family’s company to the next level. Max loves his life: carefree and fun. He has everything he wants, and has no intentions of settling down anytime soon (even though his family might have other ideas).
But when a chance encounter brings him face to face with Emilia, he starts questioning everything. The girl he last saw years ago has grown into a beautiful woman with sensual curves and a smile he can’t get out of his mind. Their chemistry is sizzling, and between old memories and new challenges, the two form a connection that is undeniable.
Emilia Campbell has a lot on her plate, taking care of her sick grandmother. Still, the twenty-eight year old physical therapist faces everything with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. The one area in her life where she’s not too optimistic is love. After practically being left at the altar, Emilia has sworn off men. Until the childhood friend she hero-worshiped and hasn’t quite forgotten, steps into her clinic. Max is every bit the troublemaker she remembers, only now he has a body to drool over, and a smile to melt her panties. Not that she intends to do the former, or let the latter happen.
They are both determined not to cross the boundaries of friendship. But as they spend more time together, their chemistry spirals out of control.
Can Emilia trust her childhood hero with the key to her heart and accept she might have found her one true love?
I wondered when I started this series if Layla Hagen could deliver a great story for each of the nine Bennett siblings, if Your Inescapable Love is any indication of what is to come then bring on the rest of the Bennett clan. I absolutely adore this story. I loved the characters, the storyline, the seemingly less meddling siblings, and the sizzle between Max and Emilia.
Max has not been a major player in the previous three books, he is mentioned and because he is working out of the country, he has rarely been seen. However, his return to the heart of his family and their business brings his sexy story front and center. Max is an astute business and ladies’ man, not interested in having his sisters play matchmaker for him. An accident lands him in physical therapy with a sexy young woman that hardly resembles his best childhood friend. Trying to stay in the friend-zone with Emilia is a challenge for poor Max, one he struggles with. Afraid if sex and emotions come into play, both characters fear the loss of the friendship they have rekindled after years apart.
Emilia has a full plate, working full-time and caring for her grandmother with Alzheimer’s. Still stinging from being jilted by her fiance weeks before her wedding, Emilia is reluctant to attempt another relationship. Being reunited with Max brightens her otherwise routine life. However, the boy she left behind has grown into a panty-droppingly gorgeous man. She too tries to fight the chemistry between them. While their journey to HEA is far from smooth, the ride is deliciously sexy and sensual and a lot of fun. The banter and reminiscing from the couple is highly humorous and the Bennet family is every entertaining. I laughed and smiled reading this book, more than I have in anything I’ve read lately.
The writing flows well and the characters rapidly become like old friends. I like that Ms. Hagen gives the reader a look at what the previous couples are up to and what is going on in their lives. I am really anxious to see which sibling is the next victim of Ms. Hagen’s storytelling. – Reviewed by Karen Hrdlicka