10 Jun '14

A Nix Review : Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey (5 Stars)

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Baiting the Maid of Honor (a Wedding Dare Novel) by Tessa Bailey
Series: Wedding Dare #2
Published by Macmillan on 2014-06-09
Genres: Erotic Romance
Pages: 192
Format: eBook
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A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He’ll own her from the very first touch.

Julie Piper and Reed Lawson have nothing in common. She’s a people-pleasing sorority girl hiding behind her perfect mask. He’s a take-no-prisoners SWAT commander who isolates himself from the world. But when they’re forced together at their friends’ posh destination wedding, one thing is clear—Reed wants Julie more than he wants his next breath. Which is why he’s not about to stand by when she’s dared to seduce another man.

Julie wants neat, tidy sex, so she could get back to what she does best—making everybody else happy. She never expected to slip into a dark bedroom and have her mind blown by rough, demanding hands, and a sinfully filthy mouth—neither of which belong to the best man. One night should have been all Reed needed to get the blond temptress out of his system, but when one taste is nowhere near enough, he’ll be forced confront the effects of his hellish past.

One that may push Julie away forever...just when he realizes he can't live without her.

Grab the rest of the Wedding Dare series! Dare to Resist by New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye Falling for the Groomsman by New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin, w/a Diane Alberts Seducing the Bridesmaid by New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert Best Man with Benefits by USA TODAY bestselling author Samanthe Beck

FTC : I requested the entire series on my love of this authors work. I am so glad I did.

When I think of Tessa Bailey’s work, I think of grumpy Alpha males with filthy mouths and even filthier intentions. I expect sex, angst and grit and I was not disappointed. This was one of my favourites of the series.

Reed is the kind of hero I expect from Bailey. He is intense, sexy and totally demanding. With lots of emotional baggage, I was more invested in this guy than many of her other heroes and it made his story that little bit more engaging. Reed wants Julie from the second that he sees her, manages to get into bed rather quickly (in a very hot yet slightly odd scene) and then spends the majority of the time trying to prove that she can’t dismiss him as just a roll in the hay. That is the one thing that I loved about him; at no point did he feel the need to try to prove that he was good enough for her, he just wanted to prove that he was more to her than what she wanted to label him as. I also liked that she brought out this reaction as, for the most part, Reed really doesn’t seem to give a shit!!

Julie had her own baggage. A people pleaser by choice, Julie was the person at the wedding that made sure everyone else was OK before seeing to herself. To be honest, I think that, if Reed hadn’t have been there, she would have ran herself into the ground as her friends were doing a pretty shitty job of not stopping her. Reed noticed when she hadn’t eaten, when the smile was too forced and when she wanted to be something other than the Stepford wedding planner that she had morphed into. I fricking loved Reed. It annoyed me when she pushed at him, when she tried to cheapen their developing feelings and inadvertently belittled him; I wanted her to chill the hell out. The scenes where she didn’t annoy me? The scenes where they were alone and she was allowing herself to feel and not think. The striptease scene was both the hottest and most character developing scene in the book for me as I could see what they could be like together without all the bullshit.

Another thing I expect from Ms Bailey is sex. Lots and lots of hot and dirty sex. Again, I was not disappointed. This book is filled with scenes to make your skin clammy and your toes curl; I enjoyed the hell out of all of them. Word to the wise Ladies and Gents, this is not one for public consumption unless you want to be all hot and bothered in-front of strangers!

Another fabulous story by Tessa Bailey and another fabulous story in this series. A tale of what happens when undeniable sexual chemistry pulls two people together, whether they are both onboard or not!

 

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