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About Kate Meader:
Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there.
Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: February 15, 2016
His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…
Paying down her sister’s debts has left personal assistant 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 get a second job 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.
But 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 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.
So, Emma Strickland does what she has to in order to pay off her sister’s debts and that includes dressing like a dowdy old lady during her day job as personal assistant to one Brody Kane. But what her boss doesn’t know is that by night Emma works as a waitress at a sleazy strip joint. Hiding her inner naughty girl has been working for Emma so far but as fate would have it, Brody walks into the club just as she’s been “promoted” to the rank of stripper. Things get out of hand and well, now Brody can’t get the image of Naughty Emma out of his head. As Brody and Emma get more and more handsy with each other, Emma’s secrets get harder and harder to keep, especially when Brody decides he wants to know more about her.
But I LOVED Emma! She was confident, funny, and quirky but she had this deep sense of loyalty to a sister that really didn’t deserve it. My favorite thing about Emma was her way of getting past Brody’s invisible wall of protection to the person he really was, warts and all. She didn’t give Brody what he wanted just because he was rich and she told him what he needed to hear, not what he wanted to hear. Best of all, she challenged Brody just by being herself. I couldn’t ask for more than that from a heroine. Except maybe a sarcastic streak but Emma already had that.
I liked the idea of Emma moonlighting at a strip club, it provided such a contrast to the Emma who worked for Brody and it added another layer of sexual tension between the two characters. And as a couple, they really set the pages on fire with their arguing and intense chemistry. Their relationship had a nice pace to it too. Just because they couldn’t keep their hands off each other didn’t mean that they had a relationship, they both had some personal issues to work out, including Emma’s reason for having two jobs and dressing like an uptight woman when she’s around Brody. It was all interesting, fun and not too heavy.
Brody’s friends, including the now happily paired Hunter brought more humor as they picked on Brody for his ill kept fantasy involving Emma. Since Hunter is already happily in love with Tess and Brody’s got it bad for Emma, that leaves Flynn Cross the third friend whose circumstances change in Taking the Score and that change has the “doesn’t take much seriously” guy revaluating his life a bit. I can’t wait for his story but I did feel bad for him.
Final Verdict: Kate Meader knows how to give readers a romance worth reading. Taking the Score had a lot of heat, a lot of heart and a dash of conflict so that the HEA would totally be worth it in the end. Brody and Emma are going to be a hard couple to beat but if anyone has a chance it would be Flynn Cross.
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