Stuck On You
By: Heather Thurmeier
If being forced to team up with reality TV’s favorite bad girl wasn’t enough, falling for her brother might just make this reality show a real nightmare.
Paige Anderson agrees to be on a new reality show called Treasure Trekkers, a show where contestants use handheld GPS units to find hidden caches filled with prizes, with her good friend Cassidy. But when Cassidy is unable to compete, Chip Cormack, the show’s producer, steps in with a last-minute replacement to be Paige’s partner - Zoe Oliver, reality TV’s favorite bad girl.
Jack Miles (aka Miles) is a mountain climber with the body to prove it. Miles convinced his climbing partner Ben to come on the show with him for one reason - to prove to Ben that they can still hike together, regardless of the fact that Ben lost his foot in a tragic accident. Miles isn’t about to let anything get in his way of winning - not even beautiful Paige.
But when Miles and Paige are thrown into an alliance with their teammates, working closely together leads to more than just good strategy. Can Paige steal Miles’ heart while surviving Zoe long enough to win the game?
For the next quarter mile, they walked in silence following the arrow of the GPS. A few more minutes and they should reach the cache. Paige leaned in closer to the unit, watching the distance on the screen decreasing. Ten more feet.
The ground fell away beneath her and she was suddenly on her back, sliding down a very bumpy surface. After a short slide, she came to a stop, staring up at the canopy of trees.
Footsteps pounded down the slope after her then Miles was down on his knees in the dirt beside her.
Well hello there, Mr. Muscles. Let’s get dirty together.
The image of getting dirty in the forest with Miles was a little more sex kitten than her usual train of thought.
Did I hit my head on the way down?
Did I hit my head on the way down?
Or maybe it was the influence of the super hot, super built man hovering over her with concern in his eyes that caused the shift in her mental state.
“Are you okay?” Miles asked, touching the side of her face and turning her head first one direction and then the other. Her eyes never left his.
“I’m fine. Just dirty—muddy,” she clarified. Not that he could read her mind, but still. “I’ll get up now.”
“Let me help you,” he said, standing over her and wrapping his large hands around her upper arms, pulling her up to stand in front of him. His hands dropped to her waist and she found hers groping his chest again. Seemed she couldn’t keep her hands off of him. Not that the rest of her complained in the least.
“Thanks,”she whispered, looking up to meet his gaze. The mix of concern and... something else made her breath hitch in her throat. Damn.
Her feet went out from under her again, but this time she didn’t slide down the slope. Possibly because she’d managed to drag Miles down to the ground with her. Perhaps his body weight pressing her into the soft dirt was enough to stop her from going anywhere.
Definitely every inch of his tall, muscular body against hers was enough to cause the lightheadedness she now felt.
Or possibly the lightheadedness could be from his leg pressing against the junction of her thighs. He’d managed to anchor them both to the ground as she straddled his leg. Yes, that could cause lightheadedness to hit full force.
As could the length of something else currently pressing into her.
Either he suddenly had less blood traveling to his brain or he’d managed to shove a tree branch in his pocket on the way down the hill. A very large tree branch.
I always know I like a book when I can’t stop thinking about the characters, even after I’ve put the book down and finished it. I loved Miles, the true Alpha male hero. There’s just something about a hero who wants to protect and take care of those around him. I find it endearing.
I also loved the fact that this book was a continuation of the first reality-tv series by Heather Thurmeier, Falling for You. Yet, if you haven’t read the first, this one can still be read as a standalone. The tv show that takes place in this book sort of reminds me of Amazing Race, and I love that show! I’m a reality-tv nut, so it’s fun to see what would happen behind the scenes. And believe me, Paige and Miles have a lot of fun behind the scenes.
Paige is a cute, fun and quirky heroine. I relate to her in so many ways – sometimes clumsy, sometimes insecure – but she finds herself through the Treasure Trekkers show, becomes more independent and likeable. Miles and Paige really complement each other.
The one oddity that I found in this read was the fact that Paige and Zoe both ran a GeoTracking race in stilettos. Although, this is cute, it just isn’t realistic. How the heck can you climb a cliff in stilettos? Really?
Overall, I highly recommend this fun romance, especially for reality-tv obsessed romance readers. Heather Thurmeier has done a great job adding humor, fun, a different storyline and a hot hero. Well-done!
By the way, I am looking forward to the third novel in the series, which is Zoe's story. Zoe has been in both books so far and I'm sure it'll be a fun read!
Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now lives in upstate New York with her own personal romance hero (aka her husband) and their two little princesses. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and an adventurous puppy named Indy, Heather's hard at work on her next romance novel.
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