Story Brooks’ fiancé just called off their wedding two weeks before the happy day. As if that isn’t bad enough, her semi-estranged father, an infamous NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a heart attack. Not wanting to examine her lack of emotion over the broken engagement, she hops on a plane to reconnect with her father before it’s too late.
Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her.
Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel’s already forbidden relationship survive?
Disclosure; Book was given to me from Publisher as a requested review. I could have kissed the publicist as I wanted this book…badly. No, they didn’t pay me. No, they didn’t ask me to write only positive things. Yes, I have fan-girled all over Tessa Bailey on twitter but do not know her personally.
OK, I’m going to lay it out there and say I hated the heroines name. I’m now moving on.
Now Tessa Bailey has put me an interesting position. I’ve given her past two books top marks but this one is the best so far. So good in fact, I thought about giving her five plus but then I decided that I wasn’t changing the review policy for one book. It is that awesome. It didn’t fit quite as well into the erotica category as the last books (the emotional subplots were far superior) but it is just as raunchy; it is panty-melting hot!
One thing I’ve noticed about the hero’s in these books is they like to talk dirty. Reeeeaaalll dirty. Daniel is no different but it comes across differently because he is so damn possessive. It sounds less dirty and more…Dom like. I adored him ‘cos that combination of angsty play-boy and Dom-like tendencies is cat-nip to me; I just can’t get enough of this type of character. He is a man who doesn’t think he is good enough. Due to a tumultuous upbringing, he considers himself damaged goods and so therefore is in no way fit to have a relationship with the lovely Story. He is, however, quite happy to take what she offers him for the time that he has her and what he thinks she wants him for is really dirty sex. From the initial 60 second challenge (that scene alone…guh!) to the downright dirty phone sex, they certainly make it count between the sheets and their chemistry was combustible. I love the sex scenes that this author creates; she is now auto-buy and I have very few erotic authors on that list.
Aside from the name, Story was a brilliant character. She knew what she wanted and knew to go get it. Her complete lack of sexual education didn’t stop her from being open to any and all experiences that Daniel wanted to give her. You all know I love a book where there is no sex-shaming and Tessa Bailey creates all the characters in her books to enjoy sex for pleasure … ‘tis awesome! Apart from this, I loved her for her complete intuition when it came to Daniel. The only thing stopping her from jumping into this relationship was the fact that she was relatively new to being single and she tried every which way she could to get Daniel to see this. She comforted him after his nightmares, she didn’t judge him for his past playboy ways and she was happy to tell everyone about him; they were very blatantly together even though they both saw it as sex with a sell-by-date.
Interestingly, I think there was also the set up for the next book in this one which, I think, is new for the series. I actually love the anticipation I feel for a book when I know who the hero/heroine are in advance 😀
Tessa Bailey has transitioned from author-to-watch to auto-buy on my kindle shelves. With vivid characters, ice-melting chemistry and one of the raunchiest baseball scenes I’ve ever read all featuring in this book, it is on my must-read shelf. If you like your books brimming with sexuality this is a book you simply have to try.