Category Archives: Entangled Publishing

Texas Hold ‘Em – Kay David – 3.5 stars

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The Blurb:

Part law enforcement. Part criminal. And all deliciously bad…

Working undercover as part of an elite team of Rangers disguised as the Smokin’ ACES biker gang, Timothy Santos walks the thin line between law-enforcer and law-breaker. With one of his informants missing—and possibly dead—at the hands of vicious cartel leader El Brujo, Santos will do whatever it takes to find justice. Even if it means heading to Rio County to look up his former lover…who’s not only the sheriff, but Santos’s only lead.

Rose Renwick is not happy to see Santos. In the past, their chemistry had been explosive—raw, sensual, and unforgettable—but she’d been burned. Now Santos is back in town, looking just as lethal and as irresistible as she remembered. But Santos wants something from her—and suddenly Rose’s family is in danger and her town is under attack. The only way out is to trust the one man she swore never to trust again. Ante up..

My Thoughts:

I can already say I am looking forward to the next one in this series so it can land in my mailbox any time now…  LOL

Timothy carries a lot of secrets in his head and heart.  One of the biggest ones is that he is still in love with his ex but knows one of the other major secrets he has will make being back with her impossible.  He’s always seen life in shades of black and white but as he works this latest undercover op he realizes things are not always cut and dry with the ones you love.  He’s a hard man to get to know and it took a bit for him to grow on me but when he did I wanted to be in Rose’s shoes because having a man that intensely in love with you yet willing to let you shine would be awesome.  He is very driven to protect those he loves but also to do the right thing even at the expense of self and I loved that.

Rose is very stubborn and independent but also has some major secrets that she kept from the man who held her heart.  She’s shocked when she sees him and finds out a bit of what he is doing in town but she can’t afford to let him completely in her life because one of the items she holds secret is something he would never be able to understand or see beyond.  The good news is she spills the secret to him and unlike what she believed he not only understood it but there was more to what she thought she knew about their split.  He’s such a closed door to her that when she can’t ignore her feelings for him it tears at her inside.  She doesn’t want to vulnerable to him but he just has a way of getting beneath her skin and she can’t turn away.

This was a good story with believable conflict from the main pair and from the external players.  I can’t wait to see more of the team and watch as everyone finds their HEAs.  I would have liked a bit more time with the main pair in this one but the pacing was still believable and very nicely done.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.

Gone With the Wolf – Kristin Miller – 4 stars

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The Blurb:

CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.

What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…

Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.

Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…

When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.

My Thoughts:

As the blurb says we have another book of fated matches but this book takes that premise and changes it a bit.  We have an Alpha that is torn with his need to be with his true mate and one that wants to continue his line but knows (or does he) that his true mate would end up being killed if she ever got pregnant and came to term having the baby would kill her.  So here we go in to the story…

Drake is a 300 year old wolf who also happens to be a twin Alpha.  His father decreed that in order for one of the twins to become Alpha they would have to meet their one true mate.  Drake doesn’t want to completely destroy his brother so put his search for his mate on the back burner but fate has a way of bringing you what you really want when you least expect it.  He runs in to the woman fated to be his in the basement of his house drinking some rather expensive wine and immediately needs to not only be with her but find out everything he can.  He accomplishes this by moving her up to be an assistant to him and as he gets to be around her more and more the conflict in his head begins.  You see she’s human and he’s always been told that human mates of Alphas don’t survive.  The other thing about him is his driven personality and the sheer amount of control he has over every aspect of it.  He can’t just relax and see anything other than the bottom line so is puzzled when his mate isn’t willing to just let something dear to her go even though it makes no practical sense.

Emelia just wants to get even with the no-good businessman who claims that the bar/building she owns is actually his.  She can’t even get a response from him or a meeting with him so decides to work for his company as a temp in order to hopefully get to meet him.  At the party she meets a man who brings out feelings in her she never expected and when she finds out this man is the same businessman that is stealing her life from her she does some stupid things to get even.  As she gets to know him and is put in danger due to his brother she wants more than just a fling she wants him.  She pushes him outside of his shell but when he does something stupid that seems to show her he is nothing more than a bottom line guy can she really live with that?

Both of them were stubborn and the conflict with the twin was believable although I wish we had more time to see a bit more of the dynamic.  I do hope she comes back to this world so we can see more of the main pair and learn more about the pack.  I have to say thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.  I appreciate it and am looking forward to more by the author in the future.

The Awakening: Aidan – Abby Niles – 3 stars

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The Blurb:

Is the gift of eternal love a blessing or a curse?

After years of counseling grieving shifters, psychiatrist and half-shifter, Dr. Jaylin Avgar has become jaded on shifter mating. She wants to marry a human and forget about the love for eternity crap. Then she meets Aidan O’Connell, an infuriatingly laid back shifter who represents everything she doesn’t want. Yet, the more he pursues her, the more she craves a future with him. Only one thing stands in her way: death. Can she overcome her fear of losing Aidan to the one guarantee in life?

Millionaire consultant, Aidan O’Connell knows he’ll one day meet a woman who’ll awaken an unrelenting mating instinct. Unfortunately, that woman is Jaylin, who has no qualms about telling him that he and his so-called eternity can shove it. When she pushes him away, he takes a drastic step so she can no longer escape. The close proximity throws the instinct into overdrive. Can he control the need engrained in him until he’s certain she will reciprocate the bond, or will a moment of weakness doom him to hell on earth?

My Thoughts:

While this was a nice read I find myself a little torn on how to rate this one.  I mean I liked the characters and the world that was built but I can’t quite figure out why I’m torn on it.

Aidan has waited all his life to meet his fated mate but meeting her when he is trying to save his friend from the madness that can hit shifters if their fated mate rejects them is just not optimal.  He’s very laid back but stubborn when it comes to pursuing her even when she does everything she can to dissuade him and avoid contact.  He’s got issues with his past and is conflicted with what he did in the name of making money but when we meet him he’s a good man worried about his buddy.  He pushes her to not only help his buddy but also to see beyond her fear of the bonding that they would share should they complete it.

Jaylin has a very jaded view of the wonders of shifter bonded mates.  You see she’s witnessed first hand the devastation they can cause when one partner dies or rejects the bond.  She’s decided that even though she’s a half-shifter she only wants to find herself a human male to build a life with.  She’s also decided to change her practice to human only which is causing her to have money problems.  When Aidan calls her to help his friend break out of the trance he’s gone in to she’s in a huge hurry to get out of there as she realizes he’s drawn to her.  As she realizes what is happening she tries her best to avoid him but when he abducts her and puts on the mask he wore in his old life she realizes that she wants the old laid back Aidan not the cold almost cruel one.

Of course we wouldn’t have a story if something bad didn’t happen and when it does we get to see more than a bit of angst as everyone tries to get it resolved.  I liked the moments between Aidan and Jaylin when they let their walls down and truly interacted but those weren’t frequent as both sides had issues to resolve.

Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I would like to see more of this world and hope she will revisit it.

Wife in Name Only – Hayson Manning – 3 stars

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The Blurb:

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on the tiny island of Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she’s married in name only. At least until America’s premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate takeovers in LA to save her island paradise.

Rory agrees to come for forty-eight hours, but only because he needs the positive PR. To his surprise, the wife he finds in Tonga isn’t the same woman he married. Now she’s so much more…

When a storm strands Rory in Tonga, will he win back his wife or leave paradise empty-handed?

My Thoughts:

Zoe loved her husband so much that when he changed to nothing more than a money-making machine she decided it wasn’t worth it any more.  She decided to leave him and go halfway around the world to an isolated island to create a wonderful honeymoon destination.  Unfortunately for her a major magazine wants to do a story about her and the husband that is known in the media as the Ice Man but she hasn’t seen him in a year.  She has to call him and ask for his help no matter how much it kills her to do so.  After they end up stuck together because of an impending storm she is confronted with the fact that she’s changed but he’s still the same distant man who only cares for his business and making money.  She’s emboldened by his secretary to try to reach the man she loved but in doing so becomes someone she hates.  She’s strong enough to walk away from what she wants so desperately but knows won’t be good for her no matter what she does.

Rory was a hard sell in this story.  He’s very brutal in his assessment of Zoe and what he wants but he can’t see that his inattention killed the very spirit that originally drew him to her.  He’s at loose ends during most of this story and says/does things that made me cringe.  I wish we had gotten more about his history as it might have made him a bit more sympathetic but I did get the feeling that he truly did love Zoe under all the macho caveman behavior.  He’s gruff and very obsessed with his business but as time passes on the island you see him changing.  Slowly…  but changing enough that his behavior at the end made sense and I really did have hope that they would be happy and make things work.

This was a good story that I think could have been great if it had been just a bit longer so you could get more of a feel for what made Rory tick.  I mean I got that to him money = security for Zoe.  I got that he equated material possessions with love but I wanted to know more about why emotion made him shut down and panic.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

His Southern Temptation – Robin Covington – 4 stars

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The Blurb:

Some women are bad. Some women are a bad idea. The best ones are both…

A former Black Ops assassin, “Lucky” Landon has had more near-misses than a man should ever have. Now he’s out of that business and settling into the simple life in his small hometown. So the last thing he ever expected was to end up at gunpoint. Or that the woman holding the gun would be his best friend’s little sister and Lucky’s on-again/off-again lover.

Taylor Elliott is Trouble, and she likes it that way. And seeing Lucky again? Well, he’s been her dirty little secret for the past few years and everyone knows that secrets in a small town are almost impossible to keep. But Taylor has bigger problems on her plate. Like the local mob boss who wants her dead.

And right now the only thing standing between Trouble and disaster is a hottie named Lucky…

My Thoughts:

Lucky is in town to help a friend out with a missing person’s case and to buy his family’s farm so he can finally have somewhere to call home.  He’s blindsided by the appearance of his best friend’s little sister and realizes this may be his last chance to make her his forever.  They’ve always had a strong attraction and have acted on it many times over their past but he knows she doesn’t want it to be anything other than scratching an itch.  He is growly and possessive of her but at the same time wants her to be happy even if it tears his heart out of his chest.  When she decides to take matters in to her own hands and help him with his case by being a stripper, he almost loses it but it is made worse when she catches the attention of a local bad guy.

Taylor is notorious for being willful and having the ability to be in the thick of trouble no matter what she tries to do.  She’s very driven and only came home to help her brother close up and sell the family home.  When she runs in to Lucky again she’s happy to scratch an itch but panics when she sees that this is more than that to him.  She’s extremely afraid of losing control of her life and allowing someone to make decisions for her.  Unfortunately she doesn’t see beyond this fear and truly see that Lucky isn’t out to control her but to love her and let her grow.  She makes a few major mistakes in this book when it comes to him but I understood where that fear came from.

I really did enjoy how much Lucky was willing to deal with when it came to his pursuit of Taylor and the fact that he really did love her, warts and all, was very obvious in this story.  He’s definitely sigh-worthy and I found myself wanting to reach through the Kindle to slap sense in to her.

I have to say thank you to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.

Hold Me Down Hard – Cathryn Fox – 3.5 Stars

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The Blurb:

When Eden Carver, Iowa farm girl turned NY actress, decides to seduce the sexy cop next door, she begins to wonder if she’s bitten off more than she can chew. The last thing Officer Jay Bennett wants is to cross a line with the sweet and innocent country girl—no matter how much he’d like to help himself to a nibble. Not only are they in the friendship zone, a naïve girl like Eden doesn’t belong in his dangerous world. But when she asks him to help her rehearse lines, and things go from simmer to boil, he finds himself doing the one thing he swore he’d never do.He knows he needs to walk away from temptation, but when sweet little Eden bites back, it tilts his world on its axis.Because biting back changes everything.

My Thoughts:

Very cute. hot, quick read that shows you can’t always judge a person by their outside.

Eden has been nursing a huge crush on her cop neighbor since they first met. He’s become her best friend in the city but she wants him to see her as someone that he can play out his naughty fantasies with and be more than just her buddy. After a conversation with some of her female friends she decides to take matters in to her own hands and push the boundaries with him. She creates a script that calls for him rescuing her from a situation that has her dressed skimpily and also lets her make moves on him that she hopes will cause him to make a move.

Jay has been lusting over his innocent farm girl next door neighbor but thinks there is no way she could want the rough, darker desires that he craves from her. When she comes over begging for his help rehearsing lines for a part that seems to be a tad racier than he expected. As they play out the lines he starts to wonder if she is just acting or if she really wants him in all his rough glory. He’s conflicted because he really wants to keep her innocent and knows if he crossed the line with her that his career would become something he would need to give up. He’s got an amazing reason to do what he does and I really enjoyed that side of him.

This is a very short story but the characters were fun and I did feel like I got a nice feel for them in this short amount of time. Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

Famously Engaged – Robyn Thomas – 3.5 stars

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The Blurb:

A chef and a rock star. They couldn’t be from more different worlds…

Rock star royalty’s favorite son, Jake Olsen, couldn’t help but interfere after listening to his future brother-in-law talk non-stop about his ex-wife, Beth Carlisle. Jake decides that the only way to get the groom’s mind off his ex-wife is to give her a fake fiancé.

Before Jake can convince Beth of his plan, he’s forced to move in with her to avoid the paparazzi. Their instant attraction makes for a sizzling “first date”, but soon Jake’s fame gets in the way and Beth wants out. Too bad Jake’s figured out just why her ex is so obsessed with her, and he’s afraid he’s not going to be able to give her up either.

Now it’s up to Jake to convince this chef together they make the perfect recipe.(

 

My Thoughts:

This was a cute book with a bit of a rush to the whole love thing but Jake and Beth as a couple do make sense even with the quick ILY.

Jake is worried about his half-sister who is marrying a man that appears to be hung up on his ex-wife so he decides to take matters in to his own hands.  Of course being a rock-star what better way to get this handled but to create a fake fiancee.  I mean sure he could just show up and try talking to her plus get to know her but hey why not?  Let’s create this fake story so he can move in with her and put himself in the way of the soon-to-be groom.  What he gets when he meets her is a woman at a very low point in her life that makes him feel much more than he ever expected.  She’s genuine and in his life he doesn’t do that sort of thing…  no permanence and to be honest it is an incredibly lonely life that he has created but doesn’t know how to live outside the public eye.  He opens up and shows her more of himself in their few days together but knows in his heart that all he will do is crush what he loves so much about her if he stays.  I liked him even when he was being the rock god as you did get a good feel for how hollow it all is to him.

Beth was something else.  She lets a man in to her home that she doesn’t know but as she gets to know him shows him more of herself than she has ever shown another soul.  She’s reeling from a loss in her life and uses her kitchen as an outlet for this grief.  She’s very grounded so having Jake come in and tear apart her haven makes her feel vulnerable but when she sees the real him it is it for her.  She’s not in love with her ex nor is he with her but they are incredibly close due to basically being raised together.  I liked seeing that she really was over her ex and that he really was over her but felt that he needed to make sure she found her own soul mate even though someone outside their little circle wouldn’t get it at all.  She pushes all the right buttons with the entourage that surrounds Jake’s life but wants something real from him and isn’t sure it would ever work between her plain Jane self and his Rock God image.

As I said originally this was a nice read even with the hurried ILY and I will gladly go check out more by this author.  Special thanks to the publicity team at Entangled Publishing for giving me a chance to read this early in exchange for my honest review.

The Practice Proposal – Tracy March – 3.5 stars

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The Blurb:

Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is.

Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he’ll need some positive publicity before he can make the roster. His agent, Frank, pitches Liza as the perfect prop…only Cole didn’t account for Liza no longer being just a teenager with a crush. She’s gorgeous and smart and he’s instantly hooked.

When Frank makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. But neither bet on the real feelings that surface. Could a fake fling turn into an official forever?

My Thoughts:

This was a sweet read where the drama made sense and didn’t overpower the rest of the story.  The main pair are wonderful together and I loved seeing them both wake up to live life versus going through the motions.

Liza is stunned that her mother decided to bid on and win the blind date with Cole Collins in the silent auction the charity she works for runs every year.  She’s still not ready to move on from losing the love of her life two years ago but thankfully others finally feel it is time for her to live again.  Do they understand why she still mourns?  Yes they do but just because he was brought down in the line of duty (Secret Service) they feel she shouldn’t stay in mourning for the rest of her life.  She agrees to go on this single date but ends up liking him more than she thought she would and being around him brings back memories of her crush on him when they were both teens.  She doesn’t quite want to move on yet so turns him down for a second date but when his manager makes an offer to donate money to the charity if she sees him for 2 months and doesn’t fall in love with him she just can’t say no.  As they start to see one another she really does start to want it to be real but isn’t sure how to tell Cole about the deal she’s made without it sounding worse than it is.

Cole was something else (in a good way I promise).  He’s made a bad mistake by having a starlet in his car that had illegal drugs but they honestly weren’t his.  Unfortunately for him this comes at a time when the Nationals baseball team that he plays for is looking to keep a family friendly image and his contract is up for negotiation.  His agent seizes in on the chance to have him clean up his image by “dating” a nice girl that will serve to provide this wholesome image the team is looking for.  He decides to go along with it because in his life the only thing that matters to him is baseball.  As he spends more time with Liza he realizes that this is a woman who knew him before he made it and has a way about keeping him real and  not buying in to the whole fame/money thing.  This relationship becomes real for both of them but watching what happens as secrets get uncovered was what made me cheer for him even as he was keeping the initial reason he kept pursuing her from Liza.  He’s such a good vulnerable man that you can’t help but love him.

Very sweet read that I would recommend if you just want something fairly light with a bit of depth hidden beneath the surface fluff.  Both characters have to face their pasts and make the decision to move forward rather than keep looking back.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

Chasing Mrs. Right – Katee Robert – 4 stars

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The Blurb:

It was only supposed to last one night…

Roxanne Stokes doesn’t believe in love. She does, however, believe in the sexy-as-sin stranger who literally knocks her off her feet in front of a nightclub. The chemistry sparking between them takes her breath away, and she’ll do anything to ease the pain in his eyes…until she realizes the handsome stranger is her best friend’s older brother who’s just come home from war.

Ian Walser had no idea the gorgeous woman he slept with the night of his homecoming party was his little sister’s best friend—or that she’d be gone before morning. Roxanne’s touch soothes him in a way nothing else can, and he’s not ready to walk away from that yet. Not when spending time with her gave Ian a glimpse of everything he’s ever wanted.

When his sister unwittingly pushes them together, he sees his chance. But convincing a woman who doesn’t believe in love that she’s his Mrs. Right might be harder than any mission Ian’s undertaken. Good thing this soldier likes a challenge…

My Thoughts:

Roxanne is heading to a party she doesn’t really want to be at when she is knocked down by a man coming out of the club as if someone was chasing him.  She is shocked but when she looks in his eyes she finds that all she wants to do is try to chase the shadows out of his eyes.  I mean a quick meaningless night of sex would do the trick for both of them right?  Once she finds out his name she runs away without saying goodbye but also leaves him cash for a cab.  I personally found that part funny but hey she’s just trying to be nice.  I liked her but I found myself getting a bit pissed as she has to spend more time around him at the request of her best friend, his sister, and yet keeps listening to the voice in her head that says he’ll be like every other man that she has ever known and leave when love is involved.

Ian is running from ghosts in his head left by his time in the military.  He’s also trying to decide what he wants to do with his life now that he is out.  When he runs in to Roxanne he is shocked because just her touch seems to sooth the mess in his head.  When he wakes up in the morning and finds that she has snuck out without any sort of goodbye he is understandably upset.  When he sees the money and note that made it go even deeper to the pissed off realm.  After spending some time waking back up and sobering up he tracks down his sister to talk to her but also runs in to the woman who has haunted his thoughts since that night.  He pushes her buttons but as they get to know each other ends up wanting more than just sex with her even though she won’t let him in.  He’s very persuasive in his attempts to make the relationship work and made huge strides in his own mental health as the book progressed.

This was a very nice read with a very good man who at times I felt deserved someone more open to him than Roxanne was.  She was a bit harder to like even with the issues from her childhood.  I have to thank NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  It was definitely a hot read with some great scenes.

Against the Wall – Rebecca Zanetti – 4 stars

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The Blurb:

Never challenge a cowboy in the courtroom…

Surveying the proposed site for a high-end golf course should have been a breeze for spunky Landscape Architect Sophie Smith. But when this born-and-bred city girl is suddenly—and quite literally—swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes that the country life has some serious (and seriously steamy!) possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smokin’-hot wrangler really is.

Cowboy and Tribal lawyer Jack Lodge is desperately trying to block the development. And if that means playing hardball—and being every inch the shark lawyer—so be it. But Sophie is a distraction he didn’t expect. A distraction that makes his blood burn.

Two different worlds. Two opposing sides. And when they finally give into the exquisite temptation, the consequences will shake the foundations of both of their lives…

My Thoughts:

Sophie just wants to get approval from the Tribal Council for her golf course design.  She  knows what she has planned will work beautifully with the space her client has purchased she just needs the right people to sign-off so she can get some much needed business for her uncle’s firm.  She also loves to paint and draw just for the sake of art but is very happy designing beautiful spaces for people to enjoy.  She’s swept off her feet by a man on horseback when she just happens to stumble in on their photo shoot but is shocked by the primal pull towards him from the moment she ends up on his horse.  As she gets to know him this pull becomes an obsession even though he opposes her planned golf course.  She’s got major issues with her family and self-worth but doesn’t put up with much from this very powerful man.  She’s a city girl at heart but this passion is something she has never felt before and even more important the fact she feels like she is a part of a family or something bigger becomes something she realizes she can’t live without.

Jake has been burned before by a woman who decided the city was more important than him or their daughter.  He doesn’t want to be drawn to another woman who won’t stay but there is something about Sophie that pushes all his buttons.  Does he act like a caveman at times with her? Oh yeah…  was it still sexy? Yep.  He’s got some issues to work through on his own but when he decides he wants her no matter what it takes it becomes worth it.  He’s ruthless in protecting his people but nothing he does or says is really mean to her.  He really does like her design but can’t support the company she is designing this for or the placement near the tribal lake.  His daughter plays a big part in softening them both up but ultimately they both make decisions that work and seem fast but not completely implausible.

While there are things that happen in this that made me roll my eyes a bit it really didn’t throw me out of the story.  The two characters are very clearly written and what decisions they make are reasonable even if some of the elements were questionable.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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