Title: Taking the Score
Author: Kate Meader
Series: Tall, Dark and Texan #2
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Length: Short novel
Available: Feb 15th
His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…
Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to moonlight as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.
Texas property tycoon Brody Kane hired Emma for her spreadsheet skills, but her prim and proper demeanor sealed the deal. There’s no room in his life for a sexy distraction … and yet, he can’t stop lusting after the delicious Ms. Strickland. And then he takes an important client to a Chicago strip club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history. From Emma.
Now that he knows his office good girl has a naughty streak, Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one steamy, illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time. But Emma is hiding more than her side job, and her final secret could end up destroying them both.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Brazen via NetGalley
If you’re looking for a scorching hot office romance, between a straight-laced nerd with a dominating side and a bad girl trying hard to be good, then this is for you.
After a disastrous end to his last relationship, Brody Kane is not looking for romance. Or even sex. He’s sworn off women completely, which is why he hired Emma Strickland in the first place. Her frumpy clothes and hype-efficient mentality should make her safe to be around. Although he does have the occasional fantasy about what lies beneath Ms. Strickland’s frumpy suits, it’s all fine because nothing will ever come of it. Until he takes a client to a lap dancing club and receives the worst dance in history from a very familiar face.
Emma can’t believe her bad luck. She moved to Chicago in an attempt to leave her bad girl roots behind and start afresh. But her sister hadn’t read the same script, which is why by day Emma is a super efficient office drone, trying not to drool over her hot boss, and by night she’s fending off the sleaze-bag who’s threatening her sister. Until Brody turns up and turns her life upside down. Again.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s hot and fun, the chemistry is scorching and the characters are great. Brody’s hiding quite a lot beneath his glasses and sensible suits, while Emma is independent without being foolish. He wants to make all her problems go away, and since he’s super rich it would be easy enough for him to do so. Except that for Emma money has always been a problem and to have him swoop in and save the day would just exchange one sleazy debt for an emotionally dubious one.
However, even with all of that hanging over their heads and Emma’s reluctance to trust Brody with all of her secrets, I loved these two together. They’re super hot and also kind of sweet. Brody has a few issues with losing control in the bedroom, but Emma soon sorts him out. And the dirty talk… wow. These two are perfect for each other – in and out of the bedroom. I loved the dynamics of their relationship.
Along the road of their rocky romance, we also see plenty of Brody’s best friends and get to meet his sister, who I loved and can’t wait to see more of. I also loved Emma’s cat and her stripper friend Katerina. Between them they provide plenty of fun and support and some unwarranted advice, helping to keep things interesting.
So if you’re looking for a sexy, fun read with an enjoyable romantic relationship at its heart, then give this a go. I’m so glad I did. It might be the first time I’ve read anything by this author, but I know it won’t be the last.
Taking the Score is out February 15th!
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