Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.
Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that sparks fly when they’re together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.
Detective Nevin Ng worked hard to become a well-respected member of the Portland Police Bureau. Once an angry kid in the foster care system, he now divides his days between criminal investigations and a long string of one-night stands. This routine is upset when Nevin gets called to a crime scene, and meets preppy property developer Colin Westwood.
Colin grew up with money and a loving family - things that Nevin never had. When the pull between them becomes undeniable, Colin sets out to convince relationship-shy Nevin that giving them a chance would be worth it.
Colin and Nevin are complete opposites. The two have very different ideas on love and life. Luckily, I’m a sucker for an opposites-attract romance.
Nevin only does one-night stands - two nights if the sex was particularly good. Colin’s been dreaming of his wedding since he was a kid.
Nevin can’t get Colin out of his mind after they first meet. Colin’s different, and intriguing in a way that Nevin doesn’t want to look at too closely.
For his part, Colin’s willing to take a chance, even if Nevin makes it clear that he won’t give his heart. Colin, who has dealt with a heart condition since birth, wants to stop playing it safe and see where life takes him.
Both MCs have scars from their pasts, but are more than willing to take what’s offered - sex, and nothing else. I loved the beginning of their relationship- the banter and flirting with an undercurrent of something more.
Also, the sex? Hawt. Colin, quiet and unassuming, turns out to have a toppy streak. And Nevin, the always-in-control cop, had no trouble letting go in the bedroom.
The relationship builds slowly. It takes a while for Nevin to admit to himself that what he feels for Colin isn’t just a physical attraction. And even once he does accept that he’s falling for Colin, Nevin has trouble putting his feelings into words. On his end, Colin was patient and understanding, willing to take things at Nevin’s pace.
While trying to navigate their fledgling relationship, Nevin and Colin also become entangled in a crime spree. The mystery/crime helps drive the plot, and the relationship, along, but doesn’t overwhelm the book. However, it does play a part in Nevin realizing that he and Colin could really build a forever-after.
The ending was so sweet and fluffy, with everything tied up nicely. It was a long road, but Colin and Nevin end up with a solid HEA.
If you’re looking for a not-too-angsty contemporary romance with complex MCs who slowly build something permanent, give ‘Love is Heartless’ a try!
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