Love Me Today by AL Jackson Book Review

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A jaded single dad. A woman returning to her small-town roots. Neither was prepared for their paths to collide…


I should have known I was in trouble when I backed my old, beat-up truck into the shiny Range Rover.

The driver looked like a gorgeous fallen angel – one who’d been booted right out of paradise for being a giant prick.

Good thing I’ll never have to see him again.

Except when I show up for my new job to teach a little girl how to ride her horse, I find the same icy blue eyes glaring back at me.


Paisley Dae is completely reckless. She’s also the best trainer in this small town. And Evelyn gets the best.

Protecting the little girl is my one focus.

Only the sassy trainer in her cut-offs and cowgirl boots quickly gets under my skin. Distractions are dangerous, but she soon becomes everything I crave.


One reckless night of giving in, and Caleb and I spiral into a web of passion.

But when I begin to unravel the secrets hiding in this place, I find there is more riding on this job than I thought.

Caleb and Evelyn are worth any sacrifice – only Caleb has to decide what he will sacrifice for me…


Though I can see that Time River is a little lighter than some of A.L. Jackson’s other stories, this is still a romantic suspense novel. Here are some of the sensitive content that I observed while reading this story:

  • Alcohol
  • Animal Death
  • Blood
  • Grief
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Profanity
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes
  • Violence


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There are possible **SPOILERS** beyond this point!

Overall Rating

5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Paisley and Caleb are like fire and gasoline! This is a spicy small town romance that was heartbreaking at times and sidesplitting at others. I enjoyed this read and this couple immensely! There’s this magnetism between these two characters that I enjoyed as much as I enjoyed their quips back and forth.

Caleb and Paisley’s relationship was intense from the very beginning! And Caleb, that man’s mouth is dangerous! Caleb is both protective and possessive so he has no issues telling Pailey exactly what he wants from her and what she can have in return. Underneath all that prickly was quite a bit of passion and heart! I loved grumpy Caleb but seeing him also be happy with Paisley and Evelyn was everything!

Paisley is hilarious! My new favorite lol I loved how bright and fun she is. She and Dakota were such good friends and I liked how supportive they were to each other. I loved Paisley’s relationship with her truck called Maybe. I had one of those and I miss it so much. Another reason why I think we would be great friends. Paisley is a sweetheart but she never let Caleb talk to her just any kind of way, she held her own and I was proud be Team Paisley! Evelyn and Paisley’s sweet budding relationship was absolutely adorable!

Caleb was grumpy as all get out but he was lured by the chaos that is Paisley! I don’t know if I will ever forget Caleb talking crazy about Nate tipping his hat to her at the beginning of the book. I enjoyed Caleb’s narration more than I should have! Caleb has a troubled past that culminates in a lot of guilt and grief he has over the loss of Evelyn’s mother. I’m still so sad for Evelyn but she was one of my favorite side characters in the book. I loved Evelyn!

I would definitely recommend this story to any of my romance lovers out there! Thank you to Valentine PR and A. L. Jackson for an advanced copy of this story! Love Me Today is perfect for those who are a fan of grumpy x sunshine and enemies to lovers. I cannot wait for more from this little town!

Spice Rating

3.5/5 🌶🌶🌶

This book is pretty spicy! There is suggestive language throughout. Mature audiences only!

Setting / World / Universe

I love that this story takes place in Colorado. The fictional town is Time River. There isn’t much we see of it outside of Hutchins Ranch and the bar there. I look forward to the two other books that are in this series just because of that fact alone. I want to see more of Time River lol

Genre & Tropes


Romantic Suspense


  • Single Dad
  • Grumpy x Sunshine
  • Enemies to Lovers
  • Close Proximity
  • Boss x Nanny
  • Billionaire
  • Age Gap

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Favorite Quotes

“Fucking small towns and the fiery girls who lived in them.”

“Oh, don’t underestimate yourself, Caleb Greyson. You are the ruiner of lives. Congratulations.”

“Are you dying to find out? I would wreck you, Little Riot. You’d do well to watch yourself.”

“Do you still think you can handle me, Ms. Dae?”

“Look at you… So fucking gorgeous. That face could ruin a man.”

“You are my favorite day.”

“You’re driving me to insanity, Paisley Dae.”
“I think you already have me there, Caleb.”

“Sweet sin and reckless intentions.”

“I think getting to touch you will always be the cherry on top.”

“Of course. What is it you say? Love is on the house?”
“Love is always on the house.”



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