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Release Day Review! CAPTIVATED by Tessa Bailey and Eve Dangerfield

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Title: Captivated
Authors: Tessa Bailey & Eve Dangerfield
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 11, 2018
Secret aspiring comedian Autumn Reynolds is a girl gone…not wild exactly. More like lazy. Since her boyfriend abandoned her in New York City for a bunch of improv groupies she’s had two priorities; sucking the nitrous out of whipped cream cans and making sex comics about her mysterious landlord.

Blake hates people—and sunlight—with good reason. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself lusting after his upstairs tenant, a sunny, Australian people pleaser down on her luck. Turns out his ability to terrify with a single scowl comes with an advantage. Autumn seems to like it. A lot. As evidenced by the prisoner-captive comic Blake was never meant to see.  

As they embark on a three-date arrangement the rules are clear; filthy, ground breaking sex, no feelings or commitment required. When chemistry is this strong, though, attachment follows. As Blake and Autumn attempt to negotiate their New York romance, their prior histories and secret dreams come to the foreground. How long can these polar opposites remain Captivated, when all signs point to disaster?

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Loved this one!

It was so much more than I was expecting. The blurb made it sound fun–in a dirty, kinky, erotic romance kind of way, which it definitely was–but there was also a whole lot of pretty awesome story in there too.

Autumn and Blake have known each other–kind of–for six months; he’s her landlord. (In fact, she’s forgotten what his actual name is and has been referring to him in her head and with her slimy soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend as “The Landlord” pretty much the entire time.) But it’s hard to refer to the encounter they have in the book’s early pages as anything else but their true “meet cute.” Between her I’ve-just-been-dumped aura, the illegal pigeons she’s hiding in the bathroom (yep, he finds them), the way she just can’t stop her nervous blabber and the fact that she reveals that she doesn’t even remember his name, it’s hard not to cringe and LOL at the same time.

It’s also hard not to see how completely charmed by her Blake is. Poor guy 🙂

But then he sees what she’s drawn on the back of the piece of paper she put her bank information on for him, and…watch. Out. Boy, do things take off from there!

Yes, their particular kink is pretty hot…though maybe we get a little too much graphic description of it after a point…?(*ducks quickly*) But it’s the story beyond the bedroom that was the clincher for me. I loved watching Autumn come into her own in her adopted city–making friends, having the courage to go for what she wants both in the bedroom and in her life–and seeing Blake go from a hairy, grumpy recluse to a hairy, still grumpy guy who lets people in his life once again. That ending! So many feels!

I’ve read plenty from Ms. Bailey, but this is my first from Ms. Dangerfield. I’m going to have to add her to my “authors to look for more from” list; and if the two of them want to collaborate on future titles, sign me up!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the Authors:

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school
graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving
cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of ten years and
six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is
incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in
Eve Dangerfield has loved romance novels since she first started swiping her grandmother’s paperbacks. Now she writes her own sexy tales about complex women and gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Her work has been described as ‘the defibrillator contemporary romance needs right now,’ and not by herself, or even her mum, but by OTHER PEOPLE.
Eve lives in Melbourne with her boy, a bunch of semi-dead plants and a rabbit named Billy. When she’s not writing she can be found making a mess.
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