Sex may sell, but their deal doesn’t include love…
Account Director Sloane Granderson has been given her orders by the CEO—tone down the antics of the “Brew Crew”, the guys at Huxworth Packard Advertising who work on their biggest account. Sure, they’re all puffed up, strutting egos, but they’re also the best and brightest creatives in Chicago. Including the newest recruit, disturbingly attractive Levi Wolcott.
Award-winning copywriter Levi is pumped to have been headhunted to Huxworth Packard to work on the beer account. But he’s not off to a good start when he and Sloane first meet in an embarrassing encounter in a hotel hall, and the Brew Crew’s merciless new-guy hazing doesn’t improve his shaky first impression. Even worse, Levi can’t ignore the intense attraction he has to Sloane.
Despite their mutual “hell no” when it comes to love, a moment of weakness makes Sloan and Levi believe business and pleasure can be kept separate, and maybe a little harmless sex isn’t that dangerous.
Or maybe it’s as harmless as a bomb with a lit fuse…
Warning: This book contains a hero with an award-winning, panty-melting vocabulary intent on the hard sell, and a take-charge businesswoman who doesn’t mind giving up control in the bedroom…and thinks panties are overrated, anyway.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
There’s a lot of sex in this book. Seriously, there is. More than I expected from the blurb, to be honest. There’s also a mild bit of spanking, a bit of light bondage and other sorts of play included, but mostly it’s just raw (or should that be rawr?) sex. If you don’t like that in your contemporary romances then give this a miss, because, my word, there’s a lot of sex in this book. Not that that’s all this story is about… I don’t think… maybe… umm… Oh, no, there is an actual plot here too. Honest.
Actually, in truth, there’s quite a sweet romance amongst all the heat, as well as some fun times in the office as the creative types go to work. It’s fun and light and sexy and I really enjoyed it. Sloane is a woman who knows about being in charge. In fact she’s been loaded down with responsibilities from an early age. That same childhood experience has also left her thoroughly independent and more than a bit hesitant about relationships. But with Levi she’s free to let go, to let him take charge, safe in the knowledge that there’s nothing more to their relationship than what’s happening in that moment.
Or there wasn’t. The trouble is that unlike Sloane, Levi’s never had to be responsible for anyone but himself. In fact he’s lived a pretty charmed life. He has a stable family that adore him, has worked for a small company where he was the star and everyone loved him, and wherever he goes women throw themselves at him because he’s that charming and gorgeous. All of the above could have easily made him unbearable, but for the most part he’s a nice guy. Sure, he’s confident and a little cocky at times, but I loved that the closer he and Sloane became the more uncertain he grows. His life has been so easy that it was nice to see him have to work for something.
I did have one small niggle, though. Levi’s a talker in bed, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He’s dirty and hot and all that, but he also has a habit of dropping his pronouns when he’s getting it on – “Gonna make you come,” “Gonna play….”, “Want you so bad” etc. Once or twice wouldn’t have been a problem, but it’s all the time and I really began to notice it until it became this big glaring thing and made the scenes funny rather than sexy (the overuse of gonna probably didn’t help). I had no idea pronouns mattered so much to me, but I guess you learn something new every day.
That teeny thing aside, this was fun and sexy with an unusual reason for the heroine’s hangups and a refreshingly unshadowed hero. There’s also an adorable amount of sweetness that creeps in between the steamy stuff, while also laying the foundations for more Brew Crew stories. I look forward to reading more about them all.
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