10 Jan '15

Review Post : Love is a Battlefield by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy (4 Stars)

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Love is a Battlefield by Vivian ArendElle Kennedy
Series: DreamMakers #2
Published by Vivian Arend & Elle Kennedy on July 22nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Format: eBook
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Years ago it was far easier for Jack Hunter to keep his hands off his best friend’s little sister. Before they’d signed up and done a couple tours of duty, Pepper Wilson had been nothing more than an annoying tag-along brat. Only now that he’s back for good and working to make DreamMakers a success, Pepper’s home from college and determined to push his every button.

FTC : I requested this book from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.

I religiously read Viv Arend so I had to read this new series. As a joint venture with Elle Kennedy, this feels very different to her solo stuff and I will be picking up some Elle Kennedy work on the back of it. The heat is off the charts, the plot is quite light and it has a very contemporary feel. I liked it. A lot.

I love, love, LOVE best friends little sister trope and this one was brilliantly done. There was the usual angst, the usual big-brother posturing and the usual I’ve-grown-up-with-you drama and I loved it. The light, slightly comedic writing styles of the authors made it so much fun to read and I devoured it in one sitting. However, although Pepper and Jack’s romance was great, I wasn’t too sure about the other plots within the book. I’m not sure if it was the volume of plots (stalker/creepy suitor/jealous ex) but I just didn’t connect with any of them.

Jack is a big, dominant grumpy hero who has had a thing for Pepper for a while. Issue is, she’s his best friends little sister and off-limits in a big way. His past sexual history and slightly kinky bedroom habits give him an inferiority complex where she is concerned and so he resigns himself to cold showers and trying to move on. Of course, then she starts to work at Dream Makers and that resolve goes downhill pretty fast. What we see next is Jack get more grumpy, more sexy and far more possessive … yum!

Pepper is a pretty fiesty heroine. I appreciated her strength of conviction and the way she refused to be dismissed on the basis of her age, her gender or her links to her brother. Her character left me with a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my chest … she is a very empowered young woman. The one thing you need to know before going into this book however, is Pepper seems a little … young at times. It is true to her age but there were occasions when I just wanted to shake her. She wanted to be taken seriously but she sometimes expressed that view with youthful naivety that it irritated me. I think she made me love Jack more because he never seemed phased by it. He knew what he was getting into and at no point did he make her feel anything less because of it … that’s the sign of a good hero.

The sex is smoking hot in this book. If you want a light romance with sex scenes that require handy ice buckets then this is one for you. There is a particularly memorable scene where Dean is asked for a favour … OMG! Yeah, I think I loved Jack a little more after that …

Overall, I enjoyed the romance between Jack and Pepper and truly wanted them to succeed. I enjoyed the combination of the authors voices and will be checking out the next in the series. If you like hot books, you have to try this one (and no, you don’t have to read book one but I recommend that you do)

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