ARRESTING BENJAMIN (Arresting Onyx #3) by Amber Daulton
Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Spicy Heat (level 5), ebook
October 11, 2022
Blurb: A one-night stand, a surprise baby, and a mysterious stalker.
Mechanic Benjamin Starwell can’t stop thinking about Belle Hamlin, the ballsy musician he slept with and skipped out on months earlier. He never meant to get her pregnant, but he’ll do whatever it takes to win back her trust and be a part of his child’s life. His desire for Belle drives him to be a better man, but he’s worn thin with a garage to run and his estranged sister dumping her troubles on him. Belle’s juggling impending motherhood, her indie rock career, and a stalker who’s determined to see her fail. Even though she’s desperate to get her priorities straight, she pushes aside her past hurt and welcomes Benji back into her bed. She never expects him to slip into her heart. When the danger escalates, they face the greatest challenge of all—protecting their unborn child.
Thoughts: This is a spicy hot story full of action, romance, and more. Benjamin Starwell had a one-night stand with Belle Hamlin. He ran away because his feelings for her scared him. He doesn’t do commitment. That is, not until he finds out she’s pregnant with his baby. Suddenly, he’s the one who has to prove to her that he’s all in and wants to be part of his child’s life. But they both have Issues—and not just with each other.
Belle not only has to cope with her pregnancy, but with a deranged stalker who wants her to quit her music career. After her apartment is trashed, Ben finally gets her to agree to move in with him. But all is not smooth. Ben’s sister, Meghan, Is a drug addict who comes to Ben for help, but her pusher boyfriend has other plans for them.
Between the stalker and the pusher, Ben and Belle have plenty of problems. Plus the two have issues. One thing they don’t have a problem with is sex. There’s a lot going on here. The only problem I had with the story—and it’s a small one—was that I didn’t understand a lot of the character relationships, mostly becausee I haven’t read the first two books in the series. And there were a few threads left dangling that lets me know there are going to be more.
Recommendation: If you’re looking for a good story with lots of conflict, heat, and a HEA ending that satisfies, this one has it all. I do suggest that you read the first two in the series, though, as it will help you understand the character dynamics much better.
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