Crossing Two Little Lines by Joss Wood

Posted July 28, 2022 by Marsha in ARC, Booksprout ARC, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Just a little fling with the blue-collar billionaire?

What could go wrong?

Advertising executive Jamie Bacall is a woman who knows exactly what she wants: starting with a no-strings affair with irresistible, earthy real estate developer Rowan Cowper.

He’s on board, too—until Jamie gets pregnant. Now Mr. Independent wants something serious. 

Jamie’s history has her convinced that commitment is a four-letter word, but Rowan is determined to prove they really can have it all. 

Can he convince Jamie to cross one more line?

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Title:  Crossing Two Little Lines
Author:  Joss Wood
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 26, 2022
Publisher:  Harlequin Desire
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I fell in love with Jamie and Rowan’s story early on, almost from the first chapter.  Crossing Two Little Lines flairs hot between this couple, then settles into a slow burn with the passion always an underlying heat that’s just there waiting for the chance to erupt between them.  Now, that may sound a little reversed yet that slow burn is far more than physical – it’s the building of trust, the tearing down of protective walls, the willingness to let someone in when everyone you let in before has hurt you beyond the ability to cope.

It was a different slow burn, but one that allowed me to get to know Jamie to understand her reasons and even to accept them as her right to have given her circumstances.  Rowan’s walls are higher, certainly built over a longer period of time but there and solid nonetheless.  It will take a remarkable woman and unusual circumstances for him to even think about lowering his defenses.

There are things I don’t intend to say in a review that I believe each reader needs to discover firsthand.  So much of Jamie’s history and her present mindset fall into that.  She has reasons, good reasons for the way she’s acting, the way she’s keeping Rowan at bay.  While I understood them I also felt that Rowan could have helped if she’d only let him in sooner… but not my story to tell.  But once you discover the why of her actions the story takes on a different feel, deeper perhaps, certainly more emotional.  At least, that’s how I reacted to the knowledge.

If you love a romance that will keep you a bit off-kilter until you discover the reasons behind a character’s actions, if two people who are a perfect fit but fight that feeling will get your attention, or if you simply love a good, solid romance… then Crossing Two Little Lines is a perfect fit for you.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent. I was not financially compensated for this review and no expectation of a positive review was promised.*

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