Brent Mason and Hayden Winstead can’t stand each other. She plans exclusive parties for her rich family’s charities. He’s a rough and tumble cop who rigs explosives for a living. Could two people be any less suited for conversation? They think not and prefer to keep it that way.
Unfortunately, their two best friends are deeply, disgustingly in love. Forced together, the mutual attraction simmering beneath the surface of Brent and Hayden’s non-relationship grows with every argument until it explodes into a scintillating night of mind-blowing sex. And it won’t be the last, as far as Brent’s concerned.
Hayden has a secret, though. Her father’s company is relying on a merger to save them from financial ruin, and only Hayden’s marriage to the CEOs wealthy son can secure the deal. If she’s to protect her family, she’ll have to forget Brent. And he has no intention of being forgotten.
FTC: I was asked to review this one by the publicist. I am a rabid fan of the series but received no money for this review.
So, I was kind of worried about this one. Having met both of the characters in previous books, I knew that they were both kind of douchey characters. Hayden is the rich kid who is a little bit stuck up and Brent is just plain lewd… it didn’t seem like a story that I would enjoy. Of course, I should have realised that Tessa Bailey is a woman with a plan and this story, whilst a bit more emotional that the rest, was every bit as hot as the rest. Did I mention that Tessa Bailey is our Queen of the Sex Scene 2013? Reader voted and everything….
Brent and Hayden hate each other. Like detest each other. Even though they argue every-time they meet, it is clear there is a bit of tension between them. When the hatred eventually explodes into hot and dirty sex, they find they have a lot of distain to *cough* work through. With the impending wedding to the skeeze CEO on her mind, Hayden figures she might as well leave her single life with a bang and get some incredibly hot sex before being resigned to a life within a loveless marriage. The more they sleep together, the deeper the relationship becomes and it’s clear that this isn’t just the stress-relieving fling they thought it would be.
Brent is an explosives expert and so a little bit arrogant with a “seize the day” attitude. I liked him and his cockiness. He is pretty sure that he is God’s gift to women and constantly harps on about how good sex with him will be. He is another fabulous dirty talker and he made me all a shiver when he got all masterful when telling Hayden how often, long and good he was going to fuck her… yes, he is rude, crude and proud *hot-flash*. I liked the way he wouldn’t allow Hayden to shut him down, that he persevered enough to figure out what lay below the perfectly presented exterior. He was a good Alpha hero.
I actually liked Hayden. She is quick witted, conscientious and incredibly giving. She feels that she owes a lot to her Father and so agrees to the marriage in order to save his company. This conscientiousness runs throughout the books with Hayden showing time and time again that she is something more than just a rich princess without a care in the world. The only time she seemed to take something just for herself was when she decided to sleep with Brent and boy did she take. There is a scene when she handcuffs him… *fans*. I liked seeing this out of control selfish side to her that she seemed only to allow him to see. They were very good together.
Tessa Bailey’s sex scenes are unparalleled. She writes deliciously dirty sex scenes and these are no different. I love that her heroes are such dirty talkers and Brent’s blow-by-blow account of each sex scene made sure that I was hot and flustered on every page. I loved this book.
If you like your hero’s dirty and your sex scenes explicit, this is one series you should try. With hate-sex turning to romance, this one hit the mark for me and kept me entertained for hours.