Title: Hard Compromise
Author: Samanthe Beck
Series: Compromise Me #2
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Length: Short novel
Available: 21st Nov
Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.
Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he want anything to do with the women his wealthy family wants him to meet. Not when he’s waited ten years for his chance to make his move. His deal might have strings—and Laurie may not know the stakes—but nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Brazen via NetGalley
Scorching hot and downright dirty, this book takes no prisoners right from the start. Booker is a man on a mission after ten years of waiting, and he’s not about to let any of Laurie’s hang ups push him away. Laurie is a woman who is used to losing out and has learned to protect herself accordingly – but it’s tricky when Booker seems determined to bulldoze all her defences one by one.
I liked this book and found it a good read, but I’m not going to deny that both characters have a few issues. Laurie’s issues revolve mainly around her mother and her lack of trust, not to mention her financial woes and her inverse-snobbery where Booker’s family are concerned. Booker’s issues reside mainly in his arrogant assumption that Laurie should leap into a relationship and shower him with her trust purely because he says so. He’s also not above using underhand, manipulative tactics to get his way.
Which of course leads to plenty of conflict between these two, not to mention chemistry. They’re hot together, as well as good outside of the bedroom, but it’s far from an easy ride for either. But I liked that, because as fun as I found the first book in this series (Compromising Her Position), that one was all sex, no substance. In this one, there’s still plenty of sex, but there’s also depth beyond the bedroom door.
However, I would have liked to have learned more about Booker’s past and why he chose the career he did. I might also have expected Laurie to have seen through Booker’s ploy, since he’d already made no secret of the fact he wanted more than one night, and he kept offering to give or loan her the money but she kept saying no.
Overall, though, I enjoyed this. It’s sexy and steamy and easy with just the right amount of drama to balance the chemistry and keep things interesting outside the bedroom as well as in. Another good read from this author and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.
Hard Compromise is out 21st November.
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