He’s taking on the bad girl of romance…
Author Jessie Jameson is the Bad Girl of romance, making a huge name for herself writing love stories with sizzling hot sex scenes. No one needs to know that her real-life inspiration is sexy publishing exec Grayson Reynolds. Or that after the hottest sex of her life, Grayson walked out on her.
Grayson’s finally taken the reins of his family’s publishing business, and he’s determined to sell off the romance division. But Jessie Jameson’s contract is complicating things. It’s like she’s been trying to ruin him ever since the mind-blowing night they shared-the night she walked out on him.
Now the sparks are flying. Heated, sexy sparks. It’s a Wild West showdown between Jessie and Grayson. But when Romance ends up in bed with Business, only one can walk away…
Source: ARC from Entangled Lovestruck via NetGalley
This was a cute, fun read that passed in a blink and I enjoyed quite a bit. Jessie might be considered the “Outlaw” of erotic romance, but actually she sees herself as no one special. Sure, she might have a bit of a daredevil streak at times, but when it comes to love she’s pretty conventional. Which is why the one night stand she had with her boss so wildly out of character. Of course, at the time she didn’t know he was her boss and she didn’t intend it to be a one night stand – except he walked out on her.
That’s not quite how Grayson remembers it. In fact he thinks she walked out on him, but it hardly matters, because they haven’t seen each other for a year. And he’d be happy for it to be longer, except he plans to sell the romance division of his publishing house, but he needs Jessie to agree to the move or the buyout won’t go ahead. Which means he needs to talk to her. Which is easier said than done when they can hardly keep their hands off each other.
I liked this book. It’s fun and easy and the heat between Grayson and Jessie is scorching. However, since this is a pretty quick read I did find a few things a bit abrupt or didn’t quite match up for me. Like how Jessie could think she was so boring when she does such daredevil things, especially when Grayson regularly describes her as being the life of a party. She clearly loves people and is very outgoing, so her own view of herself jarred a bit for me.
Then there’s Grayson’s push-pull treatment of her. Stop messing about Grayson! There were so many moments when I just wanted Jessie to walk away for good. He ran far too hot and cold for most of the story. Clearly he’s a guy who has issues with sharing important facts at the appropriate moment – like before sex. Considering his behaviour, it made it all the more surprising to me when Jessie suddenly goes all hearts and flowers. I know she writes romance for a living, but her sudden leap from sex to HEA seemed rather out of character. However, Grayson’s own behaviour (not the omissions this time) regarding his attitude to relationships contrasting with his invitation to stay probably didn’t help with Jessie’s sudden shift in perception.
Add in an ending that was pretty abrupt and not entirely convincing given all the actual evidence of the pair of them together, and this book stayed fun but perhaps not as strong as it started out. If you’re looking for something cute and easy, though, this definitely fits the bill, especially if you can forgive a hero for playing hot and cold.
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