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Julia Monroe is through wishing she had an older guy like her best friend Noelle does. It’s time for her to act on her desires. So when she sees sexy, twenty-three-year-old Darren McEntire eating dinner alone at the pub, she decides to make her move. The attraction between them is undeniable, and even through Julia isn’t looking for a one-night stand, she winds up back at Darren’s place the same night she meets him. Only being with him makes her realize what she’s been missing dating other guys. All she wants is Darren.
But Julia allows Darren to think she’s his age and a grad student at the nearby college. She knows she has to confess the truth, but she’s afraid to shatter what they have. Not knowing what to do, she starts the semester only to discover that her new teaching assistant is none other than Darren. With the lies out in the open and campus policy against them, Julia and Darren know the relationship should be over before it even begins. But the chemistry between them is too strong to deny.
Can they find a way to be together or are they doomed to only see each other behind closed doors?
Noelle has Andy and Julia, well Julia is the third wheel, but she wants nothing more than to have what Noelle has. Someone to go out with, someone to cuddle with, someone to be with, someone like Darren; the bartender she meets one night while playing the third wheel. Now she is over the heels and over head with Darren. Things are complicated and sticky, but Julia is determined to make things work.
Julia wants things to work with Darren. He has changed all her preconceived notions on dating and men. The problem is that she wants things to work so bad she is willing to do and say anything to ensure it does. Quickly her words of deceit come back to haunt her and her relationship might very well be over before it even starts.
Underneath the deception lies a true attraction, a real heat that neither Julia or Darren can deny. One that I have to say made for some really steamy scenes. The chemistry between these two really lit up the pages. I couldn't help but route for them as they struggled to find a way to make their relationship work. And not just for the steamy scenes they had together, but because I genuinely liked both characters. Julia is that fun bubbly friend who bounces from one guy to the next, while Darren is the fun loving guy living in the shadow of his father. Both are trying to get away from their past or the past of others.
Behind Closed Doors is a really fun quick read that will leave you slightly breathless and will make you think about all the things you missed out in college. Behind Closed Doors has a great balance between steam, passion and genuine chemistry and Ashelyn Drake does a great job of making you fall for her characters and their story in a short period of time. If you need a quick steamy read, Behind Closed Doors is the book for you! You just might want to keep a fan by your side ;)
"You cloud my judgement in the worst and best way possible at the same time." (kindle, loc. 805).
Who wouldn't like a guy who spouts things like this? *Sigh*