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WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof
They say when you assume that you make an ass out of you and me. Kenton Mayson learned this lesson firsthand when he made assumptions about Autumn Freeman and the kind of woman she is based on what little information he had. What he finds out is she’s not only beautiful, but also smart, funny, a fighter, and exactly the kind of woman he wants to share his life with. Autumn made assumptions of her own about Kenton, and now he needs to prove her wrong in order to protect her and their future.
Aurora Rose Reynolds KNOWS the alpha male. She has a natural ability to showcase all of their possessive, caveman traits, all while keeping them human. Kenton Mayson is no exception. We met Kenton briefly in the Until Series and know him as the Mayson’s cousin. While Kenton’s job isn’t clearly spelled out, he is a sort of private investigator, bounty hunter type badass. His job may be dangerous, but making Autumn safe is his first priority.
As the sole survivor of a mob hit while waitressing in a strip club, Autumn flees Las Vegas to live with Kenton in Tennessee, a friend of a friend, who has promised to protect her. Autumn’s background is pretty awful. Raised with an iron fist by an awful mother, Autumn is guarded and keeps people at arm’s length. Kenton, making assumptions about the lifestyle Autumn leads, is snappy and rude to her. He makes some unfair judgments causing Autumn and Kenton to get off on the wrong foot. It doesn’t take Kenton long to realize the error of his way to see what is standing right in front of him. Their first kiss is scorching!!
“This changes nothing,” I tell him quietly, still feeling my lips tingling from his kiss.
“You’re right.” He takes a breath, his lips moving closer to mine. “You fu*king changed everything.”
From that moment on Kenton is completely wrapped up in Autumn and will do anything (and I mean ANYTHING) to keep her safe. Autumn being guarded the way she is, is not as sure about starting anything with Kenton. Autumn’s past dictates the way she feels and she needs Kenton to change that about her. Every time he tears down one wall, she erects two more in its place. Luckily for Autumn (and us), determination is just one of Kenton’s dazzling qualities.
“Stop fighting this…. Stop fighting us.”
For fans of ARR’s Until Series, the writing in Assumption is just as flawless and page turning. The suspense keeps you on your toes and the love story underneath it is hard-fought. This story is definitely darker and grittier than her other books, but that goes with the territory. Kenton is not a construction worker. He is the definition of BADASS. He does what needs to be done, and you don’t question the morality of it. He is possessive in all the right ways. I spent a lot of time swooning over Kenton. He helps Autumn to feel safe with him, when in actuality, she is still being hunted and definitely NOT safe.
The secondary characters, as you can always find with a book by ARR, add to the story rather than take away from it. Justin is hilarious. His brother-sister banter with Autumn had me laughing out loud. Knowing he works with Kenton, he has to be a tough guy, but you don’t see that when he is with Autumn. He brings a bit of light to her otherwise dark life. I definitely want a story from Justin. You know that he’s got a lot more buried their under his “fun guy” exterior. Even the darker scenes with Kenton and his men, while filled with tension, had a bit of underlying humor in their banter. Few authors can make you laugh during a seriously intense scene and ARR is one of them.
Assumption is a slow burn love story. There is no instant love between Autumn and Kenton. In fact, there is a lot of instant dislike. It’s how they overcome that and uncover the beauty each of them have inside is the best part of the story.
“I’m in like with you,” I tell him, getting lost in his eyes.
“Yeah?” His eyebrow raises and he kisses my forehead. “I’m in a whole lotta like with you too, baby.”