Series Name: Chestnut Springs, # 1
Summer shoots me a dirty look and barges past me– without being invited in– toward the desk near the window overlooking the parking lot. She plunks a plastic bag on top of it and starts pulling out small boxes and tubes of cream.
“What do you think you’re doing?” I ask, taking another sip.
“Taking care of you,” she mumbles, unboxing a bottle of pills with jerky movements.
“Because you’re too dumb to take care of yourself. I went and bought some stuff at the pharmacy across the parking lot so we can try to patch you up.”
Flawless is a fun and sizzling cowboy romp!
The rules were simple. Keep my hands off his daughter and stay out of trouble.
But now I’m stuck with her. There’s only one bed. And well, rules are made to be broken.
I’m the face of professional bull riding—the golden boy. Or at least I was, until it all blew up in my face. Now my agent says I have to clean up my image, so I’m stuck with his ball-busting daughter for the rest of the season as my “full-time supervision.”
But I don’t need a goddamn babysitter, especially one with skin-tight jeans, a sexy smirk, and a mouth she can’t stop running.
A mouth I can’t stop thinking about.
Because Summer isn’t just another conquest. She sees the man behind the mask, and she doesn’t run—she pulls me closer, even when she shouldn’t.
She says this means nothing.
I say this means everything.
She says there are boundaries we shouldn’t cross. That my reputation can’t take any more hits—and neither can her damaged heart.
I say I’m going to steal it anyway.
Well, this was a fun book to read. I love a good cowboy/country romance, and this book checks off all those swoony romance boxes for me. I might have done a mini dance in my reading chair when I realized this book was set in Canada. I love it when Canadian authors and Canadian locations get a chance to shine in the spotlight. Elsie is one hell of a romance writer. I can tell that Elsie knows what works and doesn’t work in romance books. In Flawless, she takes all those qualities that make a romance story tremendous and has created this masterpiece that will satisfy any romance bookworm. She knows what her readers want. The story itself is just easy to fall into. I found the world of bull riding exciting and entertaining. I loved all the drama, both family and professional. I like that there is a great balance with all the story elements in this book. Everything works together to help to move the story along.
I loved all the characters in this book. All the male characters in this book ooze cowboy charm. They are gruff and broody but have a swoontastic charm to them. They know how to treat a lady like she is something special. Rhett, the male MC, is the family’s wild child. He is a bull rider who has gotten himself into a bit of trouble. At first, Rhett appears to be a playboy (and he was one when he was younger), but that playboy lifestyle is getting old to him. Rhett is also approaching a big turning point in his life; he is getting older and knows that his bull-riding days are numbered. I like Rhett a lot. There is just something about his character that feels right with me. He is prickly and doesn’t take shit from anyone. He has this alpha male presence to him, and he protects and takes care of those he cares about. I love watching him have this internal battle regarding his growing feelings for Summer. It’s always wonderful when the male MC is brought to his knees by the female MC.
Summer is amazing. She is smart, kind, and can stand up for herself. She is also dealing with these big negative emotions regarding her family. Her family life is not ideal and has left her trying to prove her worth to her father. She doesn’t want to work in the family business but feels like she has to. I love Summer’s struggles with her family because it makes her seem more real and relatable. If this family drama didn’t exist, Summer’s character would have come off as too perfect. Besides the romantic journey, Summer goes on in this book, she also goes on this journey of figuring out what she wants to do with her life. I loved watching her embrace her passion.
The romance between Rhett and Summer is hot, hot, hot. If you like your romance spicy and with plenty of dirty talk, then you will love this book. Elsie takes some of my favourite tropes and makes one hell of a love story. In this book, you will get one-bed, alpha male, forced proximity, enemies to lovers, and grumpy sunshine tropes. The chemistry between these two was on fire. The moment these two met, the sparks were flying. I loved how they kept each other on their toes. The banter is perfect, and watching those feelings of dislike turn into something more was wonderful. As I said, there is plenty of spice but also moments of depth. These two spend a lot of time getting to know and understand each other. I know not everyone is a fan of the third-act break-up, but I like it in this book. It just worked and helped both characters deal with some of their emotional baggage. Rhett and Summer are probably one of my favourite couples in this series.
Flawless is a satisfying country romance that I will be reading again and again.