Lia is best friends with Tasha, daughter of Beck, her longtime crush. Its not clear how much older he is than Lia, but I would guess by about 22-25 years. Nothing happens until Lia is 22, but she isn’t shy about admitting wanting Beck for a long time, and Beck hints at some attraction to Lia before she left for art school.
The romance was pretty sudden, considering Beck has known Lia since she was a kid. I expected him to be more wary of a relationship than her, but it was the other way around. Lia didn’t want to hurt her best friend, understandably. It surprised me that Beck didn’t have that hang up or fear that people may question if he’d ever done or thought of doing something with Lia at an inappropriate age. There was one instance when Beck is reminiscing about Lia teasing him as a teenager in a bikini while he was still married to his wife. From my calculations, that means Lia couldn’t have been any older than 13, which was creepy to me.
Jean was a bit too Disney villainess for me, and when she blackmailed Lia, I just kept wondering “why not just tell Beck that his daughter has a secret that she can’t divulge, and that Jean was threatening their relationship with that knowledge?”. Beck was a sucker for Lia, I’m sure he wouldn have respected her promise to her best friend. It just seemed like a weak conflict that could’ve been easily resolved.
True to Penny Wylder, the love between Beck and Lia was intense and romantic, and Beck was the perfect amount of alpha. And the sex scenes were wonderfully done, as usual.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.