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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tasty Tour: Taking the Score by Kate Meader (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Eeee!! Is it possible to love the second book more than the first? Yup! Thanks to Tasty Book Tours for the opportunity to be host for so many awesome tours. Be sure to follow along with the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end!

About Kate Meader:

Originally from Ireland, Kate Meader 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’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.

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         A growl erupted from his throat, an unabashed display of possessiveness that even he found to be clich├ęd. But it drew the perfect reaction. Her teeth snagged on the pillow of her lower lip and emerged moist. Her nipples budded against the thin fabric of his tee.

         Ms. Strickland likes it when you growl.

         He closed the gap between them, gratified when she stepped back against the counter.

          “Admit you’re jealous, Emma.”

          “Never,” she said defiantly.

          “Just your nipples then. They’re pouting.” He inclined his head. “And these earlobes have a greenish tinge to them.” He brushed his lips across the delicate shell of her ear. “And this spot where your neck meets your shoulder”—he inhaled her scent and placed the lightest kiss at that sensitive patch of skin—“the most jealous of all. And you in that tee is not helpin’ anyone, baby.”

          “Are you telling me your engine gets all revved up when you see an old tee?” Fake bravado trilled through her voice. She pulled at the hem of the shirt. It fell to midthigh, but her drawing attention to it stirred his blood into a cauldron of need.

          “When I see you in it. Because now it’s going to smell of you.” Reaching behind her, he bunched the material so it shaped to her perky breasts. “I know it brushed your skin, rubbed your nipples, that you were wearing it when I fucked you to paradise on my bedroom floor. Maybe you hitched it up to your hips while you thought about me and stroked yourself last night.”

He gave her a moment to pull out of his grasp, and when she didn’t, he hiked the tee higher, up past her ass. A wisp of lace crashed into his vision field as she parted her legs on a moan.

          “You have other clothes. Ones I bought you. You don’t have to wear this, so why are you tormenting me?”

         Her breathing came in short tugs, her breasts straining against the fabric he held taut against her body. Every part of him howled to be completed by her surrender. He could dip his head and suck her stiff nipple, but she had to ask for it. Beg for it. Last time, he took.

          “Why are you wearing it?” he repeated.

          “Be-because it’s soft.”



         Not satisfied with that answer, he nudged his knee between her legs. Her lips parted to reveal all that wet, succulent pink, mimicking the pliant heat he longed to plant his cock into over and over. “And?”

          “It smells of you.” In a surprise move, she put him on the back foot by leaning in and inhaling from his neck. “But it’s a ghost of your scent and can’t possibly compete with the real thing. God, you smell so good. It was the first thing I noticed about you when I interviewed. You shook my hand and I walked out of there on a contact high. No one should smell that good or look that hot. And in glasses, too, you fucking dick.”

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.

And… Brody Kane. A hotter than hot stud muffin with a fat wallet and brains to match! The first book in the Tall, Dark and Texan series was Hunter’s and I didn’t think it could get any better than that but apparently I was wrong. Brooding Brody actually has a past where a woman didn’t want him and left him for someone else. That someone was pretty surprising and left our hero in a place where he felt he had to hide a part of himself and had the occasional moment of self doubt. Which of course made Brody irresistible to me. He’s one of the rare rich guys in a romance who doesn’t act like he OWNS the world or that the world owes him something. He actually came off as pretty low key and normal for having so much money and I loved that he didn’t toss money at every problem like it was a genuine solution.

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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