Ready, Set, Jett! by Lori Foster is a novella in The Guy Next Door compilation. It's the first story in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series.
Jett is a pretty typical alpha male. I found him amusing because he doesn't want a commitment but he does want women to want more from him than he's willing to give. In other words, he wants a woman to want more from him than he does from her. However, he's not a user or a cheater. When he's with a woman he is only with her. He manages that fine balance between being commitment phobic and being a jerk.
I really enjoyed Natalie's character. She had issues from her parents and childhood but she wasn't willing to let them control her. Natalie gives Jett exactly what he says wants and resists when he tries to push her. She holds her own against him.
I liked that Foster took us on Jett's emotional journey and Natalie's expanding trust in this romance. It's hard to write a complete story in so few words but it didn't feel unfinished or hurried. It had a good level of detail and balanced the emotions with the lust nicely. I definitely will read the full length novel that's next in the series.
A vacation from her no-strings romance with her sexy next-door neighbor. That's what Natalie Alexander needs to get her head—and heart—together. But her solo trip south turns into a disaster when gorgeous Jett Sutter turns up with another challenge.