Book Review, Romance Review

Review: Out Of Bounds by Khardine Gray

How did I end up marrying my high school bully?

I first met Ethan Carson when I was ten.

One look and I knew he was trouble.

He could charm you with his striking blue eyes, his killer smile, and a face that was made for Hollywood. But look closer and you’ll see the devil incarnate who was always a breath away from juvie.

To say we were mortal enemies growing up is an understatement.

I avoided him then, and I continue to do so now, even though he’s a cop—who would have thought?

My avoidance tactics worked until the day I needed him.

I took one tiny trip to Vegas, where we ended up drinking far too much.

Big mistake-as in the mother of all mistakes.

We woke up the next morning in bed!

And neither of us can remember what happened.

But wait, it gets worse. So much worse.

That’s not the only thing we did.

The come-to-Jesus moment hits when I see the wedding ring on my finger.

We got married!

I married the devil.

Of course, I want this craziness fixed—ended—returned to the world where I’m not his Mrs.

But he wants us to stay together because he has other ideas.

When he makes me an offer I can’t refuse, I might be desperate enough to accept.

I just hope I don’t lose more than I bargained for in this outlandish scheme.

Like my heart.

I’m a sucker for a good enemies-to-lovers and this one exceeded my expectations. She has good reasons to hate him and the marriage is solely thanks to a night out of blackout drinking but he has even better reasons to stay married and will make it worth her while. Bree and Ethan have a dark history so she’s livid when she’s forced to ask for a favor but nothing could prepare her for what happens next. Ethan was a huge jerk in the beginning so I wasn’t sure I could warm up to him but by a few chapters in, I was hooked. Sure, he’s jealous but his bad behavior had surprising benefits for Bree so it was easy to excuse him.

The blurred lines of a fake relationship are one of my favorite tropes and I enjoy the angst as the MCs wonder if their feelings are real and whether or not they’re unrequited. There’s a fine line between proper angst or for-the-love-of-god-just-have-a-conversation-already-you-morons but the author has just the right amount of nerves in these characters. They’re afraid to put their hearts on the line blindly but they risk it anyway because love is worth it.

I love the banter and the way these two interact so I really enjoyed their story. It’s short and left me wanting more, but that’s just me. There were no loose ends and the story wrapped nicely with a sweet ending and a HEA jump into the future, which I adore. I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

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