The first time I met her I wanted to slap her. The second time, I knew I had to have her. As for the third time, a gentleman doesn’t tell. So I guess it’s a good thing I’m no gentleman … right? Let’s get this out of the way, right off the bat: I love women. I love the way they look. The way they smell. The way they feel. Especially the way they feel. And I’ve pretty much made it my mission to give each and every woman who shares my bed the ride of her life. Then I met her. Bitchy as hell and completely uninterested in me. And damned if I didn’t want her. Crave her. I told myself I only wanted to tame her. That it was all about the challenge. I never expected to break through that ice queen exterior and find the softness underneath. Never expected how wild she’d be between the sheets or the way she’d cry my name with such sincere intensity when I totally rocked her world. Most of all, I never expected to fall for her. But I did. And the question is, now that I know I want her, how the hell do I go about keeping her?
This is a shorter book. Not quite a novella but definitely shorter than a full length novel. And, I enjoyed it a lot. The initial meeting of Jez and Pierce was wonderful, and it was hilarious. The mistaken identity, and the fact that it almost worked, that they were almost having the same conversation, was so well written and engaging that you are hooked from the very beginning.
For me, it stood out how well written this title is...a lot of the shorter novels can feel like they were written quickly, but this didn't at all. I enjoyed it, and the character development in it, a lot. Pierce and Jez felt like full fledged characters, like people, and that can be difficult to do in a shorter novel. It was done so well in this one that I really didn't feel I was missing all that much with this being a short novel.
I thought the pacing was pretty good, fast but pretty good. I think there were a couple of places I would have liked to be "present" as a reader that were skipped, but that is what happens in a shorter book, it just isn't possible to cover all of the scenes that would be present in a longer book.
I definitely recommend this title, and, I would definitely fire Pierce in Jez's situation. (Just read it, this will make sense).
I chuckled over the way this couple met-I mean, they definitely were NOT what the other was expecting. But of course, it turns out they were just what the other needed. And I liked that. I liked how Jez kept him on his toes. I felt the chemistry between them immediately and I believed in it. Instant attraction can be difficult to pull off but the author does it very well here.
I have to admit, I swooned pretty hard over the first kiss in this book. Trust me, when you get there you'll swoon, too. I loved the passion these two had for each other.
I appreciated the realness of some of the issues the hero and heroine faced. Insecurities, issues with trust-these are things normal people experience so to read about how these two overcame them was great. It helped make them relatable to me-since their careers definitely were not. I liked getting to peek into the Hollywood world the author presents. It's not all sunshine and roses, but it has its moments.
This book was a quick read for me. But it packed a punch within its pages. The story moved well and kept me engaged the entire time. I would recommend this book.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.
Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.