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I love reading and as of now that is fiction only. Love all genres except horror and for the past few years, been gorging on romance. Thrillers are my first love and add some romance to it then all the more better.
For the First Time - Stephanie Doyle I think this might just be my most favourite book by this author yet, it just had such great characters. We met Mark the former CIA turned PI in the last book, where we saw him struggle to be a father to his almost-fifteen year old child prodigy daughter. Mark never had a relationship with his daughter beyond sending gifts and awkward chats over the internet, his college girlfriend deliberately got pregnant. His daughter Sophie lost her mother and then because of her elderly grandparent's health had to go live with a man she didn't know, so life is a struggle.

The book opens with the heroine JoJo though, when she is fourteen and is recounting to the police the kidnapping of her twin sister, we also are witness to what would come later in her life, her father's violence and disregard.

When we see JoJo again she is all spiked hair and tats and an investigator, who comes to Mark for a job and he turns her away. It's not just her neck that has barbed wires, it's her, what happened to her sister, how her parents failed her, she just doesn't do ties or trust and especially men.

But Mark ends up hiring her because he is getting letters threatening his daughter and JoJo is different. Honestly, both Mark and JoJo were so different yet the same, when it came to being open. Both of them were loners but we saw them change, Mark coming to accept the love he had for his daughter and JoJo opening up with Sophie and then later Mark.

I loved the book, it was emotional and sexy as well. We see Sophie struggle with her first crush and her relationship with her father. The moment when JoJo confessed to Mark what happened with her father was so poignant and then Mark proclaiming that he would take her virginity was all kinds of sweet and offensive.

For me this book was perfect, filled with emotions, romance and characters that deserved a HEA.