Rock Bottom by Emily Goodwin
Release Date: February 17th
Rock Bottom, a standalone romance in the Dawson Family Series featuring Dean Dawson by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Emily Goodwin.
Rory’s life is a mess. After getting dumped by her boyfriend, let go from her job, and losing her apartment, she takes a chance on a new job in a new town. Things can’t get any worse, right?
When the foundation of Dean Dawson’s life crumbles to pieces at his feet, he swears off relationships of any kind and goes back to a life of bachelorhood, loving and leaving different women every night.
After dodging what could possibly be the world’s worst blind date, Rory finds herself face to face with Dean—a temptation she knows she should avoid. It’s just one night, and there’s no harm in having a little fun.
They say when you hit rock bottom the only way to go is up, but nothing is ever that simple.
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“Must be nice to have family members who own a bar and a bakery.” I inch a little closer. “My brother owns his own vet clinic. I get a family discount on wormer.”
Dean laughs, and it rumbles right through me. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a laugh I can describe as sexy before, but everything about this man is turning me on.
“It is nice getting free food and drinks.”
“I bet. Though I’d probably weigh five hundred pounds after a month of all that free food.”
Dean grabs a menu and hands it to me. “The house pretzel with cheese is better than the fries.”
“That does sound good. It’s not too late to order food?”
He shakes his head. “The kitchen is open until ten.”
“Good. I feel bad when it’s way too close to closing time.”
“That’s very considerate of you.”
“I worked in retail in college.” I give the menu one more glance and decide on the soft pretzel and cheese. “It was irritating when people came in right before closing.”
“I try not to go anywhere if it’s within fifteen minutes of closing, unless it’s my sister-in-law’s bakery. Then I’ll go in a minute before and order whatever takes the longest to make.”
I laugh and meet his eyes, feeling another rush of heat go through me.
“I’m kidding,” he says. “And she’d probably tell me to get the fuck out anyway.”
“Oh, I would too.”
“So…where did you go to college?”
Shit. I have no idea of the names of any Canadian colleges. “The, uh, Central University of…of…” Canada is divided into territories, right? “…of the Northern Territory.”
“Never heard of it,” he says right as I realize my so-called college would be abbreviated to CUNT.
Oh my fucking gosh. If I were to drop dead right now, the universe would probably be doing me a favor.
“It’s a small school. Private too. And girls only.” Just pick up the shovel, Rory, you’re doing a good job digging yourself a hole to crawl in. “Do you come here often?” I blurt, needing to change the subject.
“If I say yes it makes me sound pathetic, but since my brothers own the place, we all come here to hang out.”
I smile. “It’s nice you like being with your brothers.”
“They can be assholes, but for the most part, they’re good guys,” he laughs. “And the free food and drinks don’t hurt.”
I feel my phone vibrating with a text. “Excuse me,” I say as I dig it out of my little purse. It’s Lennon, reminding me not to leave my drink on the bar when I turn away.
“That wouldn’t be your boyfriend, would it?” Dean asks, doing a good job of looking not too interested as he makes sure I’m single.
“No, it’s my cousin.” I quickly reply that I’m always careful and put my phone back done. “And I’m guessing you don’t have one either?”
“A boyfriend?” Dean gives me a smartass smirk. “Not at the moment.” He finishes his drink and moves his stool a little closer when a new song comes on, base loudly thumping around us.
Tanya Rae’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Rock Bottom is the latest book in the Dawson Family Novel Series. It looks like there are 5 other books in this series. I am sad to say I haven’t read any of the other books in this series but after reading Rock Bottom I will read the rest of this series.
Cheat Codes is Archer Jones & Quinn Dawson’s story
End Game is still Archer & Quinn Dawson’s story
Side Hustle is Scarlet Cooper & Weston Dawson’s story
Cheap Trick is Danielle Cross & Logan Dawson’s story
Fight Dirty is Charlie Wilson & Owen Dawson’s story
Emily Goodwin knows how to write a great story! All the above characters from the other books are in Rock Bottom.
In Rock Bottom, Rory gets layed off, dumped by her boyfriend and has 90 days to move out of her apartment. Dean finds his wife in bed with another man. She yells at him “It’s not what you think”, really? Both Dean & Rory are pretty much at Rock Bottom. Hence the title of the book.
Both Dean and Rory are a little gun shy. Dean doesn’t want to start a relationship and has had a few one night stands and Rory isn’t that kind of girl. She is also not wanting to waste her time. She is looking for a relationship. Will it happen meaning will she get her relationship? Of course she will, this is a romance book after-all and it does have a HEA. It’s exciting to see them pick up pieces of their life and put them back together by being together.
I felt like this book was easily read as a standalone but could it possibly have been made better by knowing who all the characters are. It’s great getting to meet all the family members from both Dean and Rory’s large families.
I loved reading Rory and Dean’s story. I give Rock Bottom 4.5 stars and look forward to read the rest of the books.
Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.
She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.
Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.
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