He’s the man she loves to hate . . .
Olivia Kane’s wedding day has just imploded spectacularly. Shots lined up at the bar? Bring it. Hot stranger on the hook? Come on down. What this party does not need is six feet and change of home-grown Texas cockiness in the form of her brother’s best friend, the man who broke her heart seven years ago.
She’s the woman he has to have . . .
Flynn Cross won’t stand by while Liv finds sensual solace in the arms of a stranger, not when his own hard-for-her body is more than up for the task. For one week, he’ll make her honeymoon-for-one a sizzling party for two.
Breaking the rules, one steamy night at a time . . .
But the taboo they’re breaking is only the beginning . . . and Flynn’s part in Liv’s wedding debacle could bring about their end.
She frowned at Flynn, as if he hadn’t been paying attention. “I need to get laid.”
His lungs went on hiatus. He could not have heard that right. Should not have heard that right. More likely, Liv didn’t know what she was saying. She was mighty upset, in a weakened state, vulnerable. She’d downed at least three shots, though he’d seen her put away more and still walk a straight line in five-inch heels.
Stop trying to rationalize this, man. There is no scenario here that ends with you between this woman’s thighs.
Eyeballing him, she seemed to give her brain an inward mental shake, and that soft, hopeless expression turned as hard as the cherry wood bar. She leaned in, a move that displayed the tops of her ample breasts as they strained for freedom.
Come on, beauties, make that border break.
He swallowed. Hard. And then his cock got on the “hard” train and he was officially on an express to hell. Because who the hell lusts after a woman—after his best friend’s sister—when she was having the worst day of her life? A day that had Flynn’s bloody fingerprints all over it?
Though it went against every instinct raging through his veins, he kept it cool. “Can’t help you there, Livvie.”
“Don’t call me that,” she snapped. “I’m not a kid.”
“You’ll always be little Livvie to me.” Getting this back to their usual dynamic was imperative, for his sanity and the stress levels of the fabric covering his straining dick. They annoyed the hell out of each other, like any brother and sister. That’s how it had always been. Though their dynamic had also been overlaid with a confusing mix of sexual tension and something deeper he had a hard time labeling.
Now she wanted to find comfort. Not wholly unreasonable after the day she’d had.
“So you want to get laid.” Said so damn casually it had its own whistling soundtrack.
She squared her shoulders and delivered a look that should have given his dick frostbite. The little bastard merely turned harder.
“Flynn Cross, if we were the last two people on earth and the fate of the human race depended on us procreating, I would happily go to my grave knowing mankind’s blip in the universe’s history had just come to an end.”
“Not one iota.” She leaned in again, showcasing those breasts with their own gravitational pull. “I’m glad you’re here, because I want you to play my wing girl.”
“Don’t you mean wing man?”
“No, wing girl. You’ve always felt like a sister to me—an older one I despise but am obliged to talk to because, y’know, family.”
An awesome end to a great series! Flynn and Olivia’s story was definitely worth the wait 🙂
Olivia Kane has been in love with Flynn Cross since she was thirteen–and he with her almost as long. However, as he was her older brother’s best friend and their mother’s “unofficial foster son”, things were a bit complicated. When he enlisted in the service midway through college, her emails and Skype chats got him through some of his toughest days.
Until tragedy strikes, and he makes the decision to cut her out of his life.
But bringing Olivia’s brother Brody and his assistant Emma together ( Taking the Score ) reunited them for a common cause–perfect, right? Well, except for the teensy litttle problem of Olivia’s finacee…
A problem that, as One Week to Score begins, is quickly–and messily–disposed of. Now Olivia’s off on her Mexican honeymoon, solo…except she isn’t. Because suddenly there’s Flynn, offering to give her the mindless sex she’s looking for to help her forget the craptastic turn her life has taken. She’d be crazy to turn him down, right?
I loved Olivia and Flynn together–I knew I would! Ms. Meader definitely did not disappoint with this one. Those two have burn-up-the-sheets chemistry, along with some of the best banter I’ve read in a while.
“Might be nice to leave the suite sometime.”
Liv slumped back on the lounger by the penthouse pool, the effort of uttering just that statement too much for her. After three passion-packed days, she wasn’t so interested in leaving this cozy bubble of sex-swim-sex-eat-sex, but no way did she want fathead Flynn thinking he was the end all be all of her world.
“Why the hell would you want to do that?” Not even raising his head from the lounger beside hers, he slid her some serious side-eye from behind his sunglasses. “You’ve got everything you need here. Food, adult beverages, your own personal sex slave.”
“Oh, that.” Heavy sigh. Examines nails.
He waved a hand across her face. “So sorry. Is the oodles of sex boring you?”
“Don’t say ‘oodles.’ It sounds weird coming out of that mouth.” She prepared for another needle of his massive ego. “I miss adult conversation.”
…it only takes him another beat or two to find the insult there. Apparently being in a f*ck daze will do that to a guy… 😉
So much fun to read…though a fan and cold beverage are definitely in order! It’s a close call, but I think the final book in the series just might be my favorite of them all.
One Week to Score could be read as a standalone, though if you’ve read the others you’ll appreciate the dynamics between Olivia and Flynn and the secondary characters that much more…and be really excited about Brody and Emma’s big announcement! 🙂
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: He’ll make her an offer she can’t refuse…
Actress Tess McKenzie is performing in the Tenth Circle of Showbiz Hell—dinner theater. All she really wants is to start a theater of her own. Then Tess receives an offer she can’t refuse. She’ll get her funding…if she pretends to be the fiancée to her nemesis, Texan property tycoon Hunter Dade. If she’s going to pull this off, she’ll need all the luck she can get. Break a leg, indeed.
On the verge of a big business deal, Hunter needs to hire a fiancée. He hasn’t quite forgiven Tess for ruining his wedding, but when their chemistry goes from combative to straight-up lust, the “no sex” clause in their mutually beneficial arrangement is tested. Which is a serious problem, because if Tess isn’t careful, she’ll go from breaking a leg to breaking her heart…
TAKING THE SCORE (Tall, Dark, and Texan, #2)
Synopsis: His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…
Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to moonlight as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.
Texas property tycoon Brody Kane hired Emma for her spreadsheet skills, but her prim and proper demeanor sealed the deal. There’s no room in his life for a sexy distraction … and yet, he can’t stop lusting after the delicious Ms. Strickland. And then he takes an important client to a Chicago strip club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history. From Emma.
Now that he knows his office good girl has a naughty streak, Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one steamy, illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time. But Emma is hiding more than her side job, and her final secret could end up destroying them both.
Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she is so there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.
Book Synopsis: Olivia Kane’s wedding day has just imploded spectacularly. What her pity party does not need is six feet and change of home-grown Texas cockiness in the form of her brother’s best friend. But Flynn Cross won’t stand by while Liv finds sensual solace in the arms of a stranger. Not when his own hard-for-her body is more than up for the task…