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Thursday, January 2, 2014

ARC Review: The Expert's Guide to Driving a Man Wild by Jessica Clare

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: January 7, 2014

Being out of control…

The product of a rigid upbringing, Brenna has grown into a sexy free spirit who does things her way. No possessions, no debt, no man, and no rules to tie her down. And if she has to work, what better way than as assistant in a wilderness expedition team? So many opportunities to go wild.

…can be risky when you’re falling in love.

One person who doesn’t “get” Brenna is her boss, Grant. He prefers order and emotions kept in check, which means Brenna loves to push his boundaries. He’d be impossible to work for if he wasn’t so infuriatingly hot. But when his overbearing, matchmaking mother arrives in town, Brenna volunteers to be Grant’s pretend girlfriend. After all, it’s the perfect opportunity to drive Grant crazy at every turn.

Brenna’s just a little surprised when Grant agrees to her wild, impulsive schemes. And she’s more than a little surprised when their games take them to the bedroom.

The third book in the Bluebonnet series was worth waiting for! I've loved this series since the beginning, it's a satisfying blend of sarcastic, dirty humor and likable characters.
Grant and Brenna have been two of my favorite characters in the series and there was never any hint (snarky comments from friends don't count) that they were attracted to each other. That made The Expert's Guide to Driving a Man Wild more intriguing. And fun!

Pairing the straight laced, organized Grant with fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants Brenna all but guaranteed that there would be explosions of the sweaty, sexy kind because for two whole books Grant and Brenna just got on each others’ nerves in the worst way. Grant was such an uptight character who just had to have everything organized and neat so I could understand why Brenna just couldn’t resist antagonizing him with her disorganized chaos. She came up with some truly inspired ways to get under Grant’s skin and he fell for it every time. Brenna was my kind of character, brave, spontaneous and wounded. She didn't brood or sulk over her problems though, she just barreled through them with a smile on her face no matter how badly she hurt on the inside. I could relate to that and admire her for doing her best in bad situations. Sure, she had her moment where I wanted to slap her but given the revelation about her past, I could understand her paranoia over what normal people would call "stability."

I didn't know if I would like Grant at first, he seemed too uptight and too much of a perfectionist to be any fun and in the beginning he was just that. However after he spent more and more time with Brenna he began to loosen up and didn't pitch a big fit whenever he encountered Brenna's particular brand of organized chaos. Plus, the man wears glasses. I missed that little fact in the first two books, that's how uninterested I was in him back then. *slaps forehead*

Usually small town settings are a turn off for me because of the whole "Everybody knows everybody's business and interferes" thing but while that is true in this book and the previous ones, I as a reader never felt like the residents of Bluebonnet where suffocating me with their meddling, nor did their meddling come across as domineering. They were just nosy people who got bored easily and ended up being more of a comedy relief than an actual annoyance.

The introduction of two new characters (Grant's younger sister and a tattooed bad boy employee at the business Grant runs with his friends) made way for a fourth book in the series! While I am eagerly awaiting The Virgin's Guide to Misbehaving, I'll admit that I don't really care for virgin heroines in contemporary romance but this series has yet to disappoint so I'm curious to see how that story will play out.

The Expert's Guide to Driving a Man Wild can be read as a standalone but be ready to buy the other book in the series because they're a sweaty, sexy good time.

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1 comment:

  1. I actually have the first book in this series and hope to get to it this year :)

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