Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review Tour: Out of Love by RC Boldt

Out of Love
by RC Boldt
Genre: Military Romance
Release Date: December 6th, 2016


Foster Kavanaugh, former Navy SEAL, knows what it’s like to be the top dog, the man in charge, the one calling the shots. Now that he’s running his own security consulting firm, not much has changed.

Except the curvy blonde he hired as his office manager.

Noelle Davis has been through the damn ringer. Swearing off men after escaping a toxic relationship, she’s grateful for a fresh start—new job included. Except her job isn’t tranquil and calm. In fact, it’s quite the opposite because her boss is the most infuriating man on the planet.

And, not to mention, sexy as hell.

Foster has limits. Rules. No attachments allowed because he doesn’t do love—and Noelle Davis foiled that plan and took a red pen to his list of rules. With her smart mouth and quick witted banter, he found the woman beginning to creep past his defenses.

When circumstances put Noelle in a perilous position, the first person to come to her rescue is none other than Foster Kavanaugh. She gets to see the man in action—not as her aggravating boss, but the man who will stop at nothing to keep her safe.

The same man who makes her want to reconsider her self-imposed embargo of men.

The man she wants to get to know now that she’s seen another side of him.

The man who makes her want…more.

But is more possible when you're OUT OF LOVE?

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About the author:

RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.

My review: 

I really enjoyed this book and I absolutely loved the witty and funny banter between the characters. I sometimes had to laugh so hard it even almost hurt =P
‘Facts I need to remember about Foster:
1. He is a manwhore.
2. I work for him.
3. I need my job.
4. He’s super hot.
5. His chest is beautiful.
6. Wait. Where was I going with this? Shit
7. No. Foster is a big NO. No, no, no, noooooo.’

All characters were new to me as I haven't read the Teach Me Series and I have to say that one or two side characters of this book really intrigued me and I'd love to read their stories. This book is a standalone but I asked myself if I would have liked and understood the characters better if I had read the Teach Me Series because I felt that there wasn’t much backstory in this book.

The story touched on some heavy topics and it bothered me a bit that the meaningful and essential parts were too rushed and I couldn’t sympathize with the characters and what they’d gone through because of that. It just missed on some depth and coverage.

The Story:
Former Navy SEAL Foster Kavanaugh is still indecisive if it was a good decision to hire Noelle Davis or not. She's a great employee but all the naughty thoughts running rampant in Foster's mind are distracting as hell especially because she's off limits.

Noelle Davis has sworn off men but it’s hard not to admire her hot boss with all those hard abs she would love to get a closer look at. But that's something she could never allow herself for obvious reasons and even if he wasn't her boss, he doesn't even like her.
'I should also mention that my boss, alpha male galore, also happens to have a body so fine well-honed, you could ping quarters off of him.
Anywhere. Seriously. A-ny-where. Those quarters would ping off of him and probably take out someone's eye.'

When her new built life suddenly starts to crumble, it's none other than Foster who's helping her and it's getting harder and harder for both of them to resist the sexual attraction crackling between them.
But eventually it's not just her troubled past that keeps them from getting emotionally involved but also Foster's demons which haunt him since his last mission and he has to remind himself getting involved with Noelle is a bad idea because she is too good for him and deserves someone better.
‘During the rare times I’m alone, I can’t lie. I think about her. I think about Noelle Davis and what it would be like if I were that guy. If I were good enough for her. If I didn’t have a past haunting me.
That ship has sailed, though. So every time those thoughts – fucking fantasies, really – run through my mind, I savor them for the briefest moment before shutting them down.’

I fell in love with the story from the beginning but was slightly disappointed when it was dragging sometimes.
As mentioned above, I loved the writing and the hilarious parts of this book though I missed some depth of the story.
I really liked the characters but loved Foster the most with his funny and possessive side but also his caring and attentive characteristics. There was lots of sexual tension and some really steamy scenes that I enjoyed in this book.

I was perplexed and quite confused as to why Noelle went for dinner with her boss at his mother's house. I thought that this was weird since they both were so adamant to not get sexually involved with each other because of their employer/employee status.
'Me and men? We're on a serious sabbatical.
I just have to continuously remind my nether regions that while my boss might exude addicting crack-like pheromones, I must resist. I can't afford to make another colossal mistake. Not to mention, I really enjoy my job and coworkers. And it's pretty clear my boss doesn't care for me and only keeps me around because I'm so freaking good at running this office.
So as long as I look and don't touch, it's all good, right?
Um, yeah. I clearly need to work on sounding more convincing.'

Although the plot isn't something new as I've read a few similar stories before, I loved it a lot. Foster and Noelle’s banter was the best and I could’ve read about them bickering for days without getting bored. But when things started to get more series I just couldn't keep up with the characters’ emotions because it felt off to me. I wasn't fully involved with them and didn't quite buy into their feelings for each other, especially from Noelle because the few moments I really felt any affections, they came from Foster at his house when they both couldn't sleep.

I enjoyed the lighthearted parts but when it came to the meaningful and troubled moments in this book I felt that they weren't covered to my satisfaction. When Noelle's troubled past catches up with her I liked how Foster cared about her and how he dealt with it but I didn't get enough of Noelle's side to grasp her emotions about any of this which left me emotionally empty while reading about everything that's going on.

Maybe the author tried to stay on the lighter side of the story without drifting too much into emotionally deep territory but especially when it came to Foster and his demons I felt just sorry but emotionless otherwise. For such a sensitive person like me was this really weird because I liked the book but felt so closed off to everything going on that it really prevented me from caring about the characters.
I guess I just missed some more of the serious conversations and how they really got to know each other and worked things out but it wasn't till the end until I really felt something between them. I loved that at the end there was finally some depth and issues were spoken aloud which have been tiptoed around the whole time.

I was a bit upset that a few story lines were left open by the author because I’m such a curious and impatient person I really wanna know more. So I hope we get another book coming to close off those loose threads.

-- I received an ARC of this book from Sassy Savvy Fabulous PR in exchange for an honest review. --

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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