Maybe Don't Wanna (Simple Man #2) by Lani Lynn Vale
Peter Parker Penn.
Unlike the superhero his mother named him after, Parker is no good guy.
In fact, if there’s a picture in the dictionary under anti-hero, it’s his.
Parker’s spent his life trying to get back on the right side of the tracks, but each step he takes forward, he takes two more steps back.
To save one, he hurts others. To make this good, he turns that bad.
For appearances’ sake, he plays the part. He does what people expect him to do-mostly.
And at the end of each day, he goes back to his lonely apartment and wishes he was a different person. One who could fix the things he’s broken.
Then Kayla Nash forces her way into his life, and the world as he knows it is irrevocably changed.
Everything he thinks he has right is wrong. And everything he thinks is wrong is oh, so right.
One thing leads to another, and suddenly he’s growing a conscience, and trying to prove to her that he’s as bad as everybody says he is.
Yet she won’t listen.
She’s convinced that she can save him.
Little does she know, Parker isn’t worth saving, and never will be.
I think you kind of have to love a man named Peter Parker Penn.
Every time I read it, I just want to try saying his name five times fast.
The beginning of this book tore me up. If it doesn’t make you tear up, you have no soul. It’s a bit brutal but it explains the close relationship he has with his nephew, Gunner, and the hateful one he has with his father. Parker’s father? He’s a dick.
If you read Kinda Don’t Care, you’ve already met Kayla. Kayla is hilarious and odd, lacks a little direction and gives Janie a run for her money in getting into trouble. She has no fucks to give and drives Parker crazy. Her obsession with holes made me laugh out loud. Repeatedly. Don’t ask, just read the book, I can’t do it justice trying to describe Kayla’s little quirk.
Most importantly, Kayla is perfect for Parker.
She pulls him out of his self-imposed solitude and doesn’t let him get away with ignoring her. That they share paper thin apartment walls makes for some interesting, and funny, scenes.
The only thing I wish this book had is a better ending. Not with Kayla and Parker, but with how the tension was created in the beginning and just kind of petered out by the end. I didn’t expect it to play out like it did and it left me kind of flat. It’s not that it’s left open, it’s just that I thought there was a ton of tension that could have been brought into the story to showcase Parker’s skills and it was just left unexplored.