I received this book for free from Forever Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Completely Yours (Opposites Attract, #1) by Erin Nicholas
Series: Opposites Attract #1
Published by Forever on December 20th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Forever Publishing
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Kiera Connelly leads a quiet life, and that's just how she likes it. She's built a name as a graphic designer and meets up with her friends online, all from the comfort of her living room couch. But when a rare outing turns disastrous, Kiera finds herself up close and way too personal with an unbelievably hot real-life hero.
Zach Ashley doesn't see himself as a hero. He's just a regular guy who gets to help people every day as an EMT. But when he's called to a scene and has to treat his most gorgeous patient ever, he finds himself mixing work with pleasure. He never hesitates to put his life on the line...but will he ever risk his heart?
I’m struggling with this review a little bit. I loved, loved, loved Kiera. She was amazing. If I could be anything, it would be a cosplaying hermit who was really good at developing video games. She’s my new hero. Zach, on the other hand… Zach didn’t make a great first impression on me, and I struggled to recover from it..
He wasn’t an asshole. Not exactly. He had his moments, but who doesn’t? The problem is… Ok. Zach is an EMT. We meet him when he’s responding to a call at a Comic-Con type event where a ceiling has fallen down. The first sentence of the book is “They’re estimated up to twenty thousand were inside when it came down.” Twenty thousand people were inside this venue when it came down. Zach and his partners and fellow first responders should be hauling ass to get in there and help. Especially in 2016. You can’t tell me that the first thought in everyone’s mind any time there’s a mass casualty these days isn’t “terrorism”. If a ceiling falls in on your head, it’s probably going to take a while to ascertain that it was in fact, just a ceiling falling. In the meantime, there will be chaos. First responders have a pretty important job to do. And Zach and his cohorts are indeed hauling ass to get in there and help. Until Zach sees Kiera. She’s standing up, under her own power, and her only visible issue is that her skirt is caught under some debris. Zach spends the rest of the day with her. He ignores the other EMTs who are calling for him to come and help with actual injured patients, and spends the time with Kiera. Knowing he shouldn’t because he has a job to do, but unable to help himself because she’s so hot.
Kiera is there with two of her friends who are significantly more injured than she is, and when she tries to see how they’re doing, he physically pulls her away from them and backs her up into a wall where he presses up against her and thinks about how her boobs look in her costume and about how good she smells. Then when he discovers she doesn’t have a ride to the hospital where her friends have been taken, he decides she should tag along with him for the rest of the time he’s at the convention center. Because apparently he’s finally decided to treat other injured people. Somehow in the entire day they spend together treating hurt people, though, he, the brave EMT everyone looks up to, completely misses the fact that Kiera has a concussion until she passes out at his feet.
I know it sounds like I hated this book, but that’s what’s so frustrating. I didn’t. Like I said, I really liked Kiera. And I liked that Zach was able to bring her out of her shell, though I didn’t always love how he did it. But I was so annoyed with him for being such an awful EMT in the beginning that I could never completely come around on him. And I liked that Zach allowed himself to explore some of Kiera’s world, too; it wasn’t a one-sided relationship. Zach had a lot of deep-seated issues that led him to try to control the lives of everyone around him, and Kiera didn’t let him get away with it. The way Erin Nicholas was able to make Zach’s controlling personality work for me was nothing short of amazing, frankly. Being overly controlling is one of my least favorite hero traits; it’s usually a full stop for me. But it worked with Zach. I understood where he was coming from, even if I thought he was wrong.
I loved reading about the Comic-Con and the cosplaying. I’ve been to San Diego Comic-Con a few times, and as I read the beginning of the book, I could actually feel as claustrophobic as I did then. I’ve always said that those were some of the most stressful fun vacations I’ve ever taken, and she captured the atmosphere for me. I loved Kiera’s gaming, and the
The side characters, Kiera’s friends and Zach’s sister especially, were fun to read about. I’ll definitely read their books. There were clearly things brewing here for the rest of the series, and I like Erin Nicholas’ writing a lot. I wouldn’t steer anyone away from reading this book, but I would understand if they gave up during that first scene.