The much anticipated, tale of Dax Blay. Dax Blay is in his home town of London to help his cousin, rocker, Spider, get clean so he can get back out on tour with his band. Remi Montague, is in London on her honeymoon, only she has her best friend, Lulu, with her due to her groom breaking up with her two weeks before the wedding. Dax and Remi meet in a club named Masquerade where masks are worn. There is instant heat and attraction between them and as identities are revealed, not only do they know each other from school, Whitman University, they have history together. Remi’s freshman year they spent three nights together and some things went down and she ran from him subsequently getting into a relationship with someone else (the hated groom).
Remi and Dax have this crazy heat and chemistry between them, but it’s decided that based on their history he can’t be her rebound guy and would be better off trying to forge a friendship. Of course that doesn’t last and the very next night finds them sharing some steamy time together again. Dax is protecting his heart and Remi is protecting hers, but after this night together, they both have admitted (albeit to themselves) that they still have feelings for each other and want to address it. Meanwhile Dax goes out to get breakfast and the wayward groom shows up throwing a wrench into this budding second-chance romance.
In the spirit of not giving too much away, I will say that Dax is the complicated character we all knew he would be after meeting him in Dirty English. Remi is the torn girl protecting her heart, and a secret, that we all want to beat up because she’s so undecided. She’s lived her life according to a plan she came up with about what her perfect life would be like and she’s so boring. Dax is the only thing she’s ever done that strayed from her plan. I was fine with her and could even handle her torn feelings about Dax, until she actually considered giving the jerk groom a second chance. When the secret she kept is revealed, it feels rushed. There are no angry feelings on his part that are delved into and even when it’s touched on, that’s it. No angry feelings from him towards her, no emotions really other than him running away because he doesn’t want to get hurt. He’s afraid to love because of the loss of his mother.
Okay now that’s all out of the way, I will say that I was so happy to finally have Dax’s story. I may wish that there was a more involved story and that there was a bit more character/story development, but that’s me. Ilsa told the story the way she saw it and I can appreciate that. Dax wasn’t the angsty character that Declan was. He didn’t have the hatred towards his dad that Declan did and he wasn’t driven by any demons. Just a young adult trying to figure out where he fit in the world and what he wanted to do with his life. I respect that she stayed true to her vision of his story.
I love Ilsa’s writing and am already looking forward to whatever she has coming next.