Publisher: Brazen

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Down On Her Knees – Christine Bell – 4 stars

February 26, 2014 Entangled Publishing, Purchased, Read in 2014 0

Down On Her Knees – Christine Bell – 4 starsDown on Her Knees (A Dare Me Novel) by Christine Bell
Published by Brazen, Entangled Publishing on 2014-02-24
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Four lessons, no strings…Detective Rafe Davenport has always made Courtney DeLollis uneasy. While her instincts whisper, Touch him, her mind says, Run. But since she learned that he’s dominant in the bedroom, she hasn’t been able to forget about it. She should be appalled—she knows all too well what happens when a man has too much control—but a deeper, darker part of her is fascinated...And so is Rafe. The sexual tension between them is thick enough to touch, and damn, does he want to touch. So he suggests something that will benefit them both. Four scenes—because anything more is a relationship, and Rafe won’t go there ever again. Each scenario is designed to tease and torment. To show Courtney that with every submission comes the reward of scintillating pleasure. But once he has Courtney down on her knees, Rafe realizes that she might be the one woman capable of bringing him to his…

I have been looking forward to this story as we’ve seen the heat that the main pair throw off when they are in a room together for more than 30 seconds.

Courtney is a nurse who has no room in her life for a relationship.  She’s not looking for anything due to her ex but when she hears about what Rafe likes to do with women she’s on the outside horrified but on the inside intrigued.  She equates BDSM with abuse because of her past experience with a controlling boyfriend but when Rafe pushes her to try it for only four scenes she’s interested enough to jump at the chance.  Well…  maybe not jump but she does decide that she can trust him enough to try it before she loses her nerve.  She ends up getting more than just amazing sex out of the bargain, she gets her sense of self confidence and power back.  I liked seeing her emerge from her past to become someone that loves life.

Rafe is a love-em and leave-em kind of man since his girlfriend died years ago.  He’s not looking for anything other than short-term, 4 scene maximum things so when he decides to act on his attraction to Courtney he fully expects this to be nothing different than getting her out of his system.  All romance readers will roll their eyes at that thought because as we all know this is not the way it works in these stories.  As they spend more time together and he scenes with her there are boundaries that are crossed and walls that start to come down.  He does the normal stupid hero BS but I loved his grovel (short but very honest) at the end.  He’s really not a bad guy at all but has a heart that has already suffered a horrific loss and fears that if he lets someone else in that he won’t survive another loss.  He’s growly and sexy but dear lord how much he craves Courtney’s happiness sparks off the page…  She’s a lucky woman for catching this sexy Dom.

Short hot and oh so good….  make sure you read it and the others in this series.  🙂

four-stars

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Dream Nights with the CEO – Kathy Lyons – 3.5 stars

June 1, 2013 Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Dream Nights with the CEO – Kathy Lyons – 3.5 starsDream Nights with the CEO Published by Brazen, Entangled Publishing on May 27, 2013
Pages: 276
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley.com
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three-half-stars

Hotel chain CEO and millionaire Wyatt Monroe is a stick in the mud. Sure, he's hot as sin, even with the tie, but free-spirited assistant Megan Bradford refuses to jeopardize their perfect working relationship. Why mess that up with sex? She knows he's the love 'em and leave 'em type, and she's determined to find a family man. Wyatt would never cross the line between boss and employee with Megan, no matter how hard it might be to resist the temptation. But when they visit a mysterious B&B in a bid to acquire the property, he starts having erotic dreams about the sexy brunette that make it hard to resist her in daylight.  Soon the line between reality and dreams further blurs when they learn they were sharing the same erotic dreams…

My Thoughts:

Wyatt is very career-driven and tends to focus on what he’s doing more than living life.  He’s been having some crazy dreams about sexy times with his assistant but while they are steamy he just can’t make the move he wants to.  He’s always been attracted to her but is unable to take the chance on making a move.  He’s very understanding about practical things but not so good at the intangibles in life.  As he realizes that there is more in life than just work he becomes someone I would love to know.  He has a secret thing for comics so that was fun to see but the rest of his life made me sad for him as one should not be happy living that way.

Megan was always free-spirited but after a meeting with Wyatt when she was working at a B&B he took over made her rethink her priorities.  She understands him better than anyone but still has those moments when her fanciful side comes out.  She’s had these sexy dreams about a mystery man but never figured out it was Wyatt until they stumble on the fact that both of them are dreaming the same things at the same time.  She’s more willing to accept the paranormal than Wyatt but the good news is this made them both make a move they wouldn’t have normally made.  I enjoyed watching their interactions and especially enjoyed how good she was at managing his obsessiveness.

The moments they were together in the dreams were fun but I enjoyed the give and take that went on between the two of them as it showed that they were truly equals.  Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

three-half-stars

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Skin in the Game – Jackie Barbosa – 4 stars

May 31, 2013 Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Skin in the Game – Jackie Barbosa – 4 starsSkin in the Game by Jackie Barbosa
Series: Play Action #1
Published by Brazen, Entangled Publishing on March 27, 2013
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley.com
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four-stars

Angela Peterson was always the quiet, shy kid growing up in Harper Falls, crushing on the high school quarterback and honing her football strategy skills. Now grown up and coaching the high school team, she’s shocked when that same sexy quarterback returns to Harper Falls asks her back to his hotel room. And then tries to steal her job.

Injured NFL quarterback Cade Reynolds is in Harper Falls to take over as interim head coach, and he never thought the tall, blond bombshell he propositioned would offer up any resistance. Not to a repeat of the amazingly wild night they shared and certainly not to his coaching position.

But the Harper Falls High Eagles are Angie’s team, and even the hometown hero won’t take that away from her, no matter how hot he is. As the two engage in a battle of wits and wills, this is one game neither is prepared to lose.

My Thoughts:

Cade is only back in town for a couple of weeks as a favor to his old high school coach and to give him time to finish healing from an injury.  He’s still hoping to get back to being the quarterback for an NFL team but owes the man who was a surrogate father to him the world.  He’s intrigued by a woman he meets while out for coffee and they engage in an incredible one night stand.  He’s not happy when he wakes up the next morning and she’s run off but when he finds out that she’s the assistant coach for the football team he’s supposed to be head coach for he just can’t believe his luck.  It starts out with him being a bit pissed off and wanting to get even with her for leaving him but as he spends more time around her he’s a goner.  He’s smart, alpha and yet has enough sense to figure out what is truly important in life.  I loved how he took other people’s thoughts and future in to consideration before he made a decision except in typical romance land fashion… neglects to complete think his decisions through and their impact on the heroine.  He’s redeemed though as he never hid anything from her but he just needed a nudge to do the right thing.

Angela has always had a thing for Cade but back in high school she was always the nerdy girl who happened to be big in to sports and he was the high school star quarterback that was nice enough to let her talk about how the team could improve.  She’s always wanted to be the head coach and is not too happy when Cade comes in to take over the team while the head coach is out for health issues.  She’s used to fighting the prejudice that comes with being a female trying to coach a male dominated sport but she’s smart and has a natural head for the game.  She decides that the one night stand she had with him should be it for them but as Cade keeps pushing for more and more time with her she can’t help but indulge.  After all she knows he is really trying to get back in the NFL and she just won’t fit in there as she only wants to stay in their small hometown and coach for the team she loves.  She’s got an entertaining father and some issues with believing in herself but this isn’t a turn off and isn’t something that feels like whining.  She’s very practical and does have trouble taking help but when it is offered in such a way that it makes sense she’s willing to back off and listen.

This was a very nice read that I have to thank Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for.  I loved the story and appreciated the chance to read it in exchange for my honest review.

four-stars

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