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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Throwback Thursday Review: Dirty Trick by Christine Bell

Gah, how have I not picked up more of Christine Bell's books??? Must. Remedy... Oh yeah, I'm broke.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Brazen
Release Date: September 23, 2013

This matchmaker’s about to meet her match...
Grace Love is lousy with men. She can spot a match for someone else a mile away, and her balls-on instincts are why her matchmaking business is thriving, but finding her own Prince Charming? The only guy who makes her sixth sense tingle is her playboy best friend, Trick, and no way is she risking their friendship, no matter how hot she knows the sex will be.

SWAT officer Trick Mathews is a patient guy, but Grace's inability to see what's right in front of her is grinding on his last nerve. Yeah, he blew his shot at breaking out of the friend zone when he tamped down the urge to lick her from head to toe the day they met, but he's got a plan that'll change her mind. Incognito at Salem's hottest Halloween party, he'll show her exactly how good they could be…and that he's the man for her.

SWAT officer and resident playboy Trick Mathews blew his chance to be with Grace Love when he first met her but he’s been patient since then, being her best friend and waiting for her to see that he’s not the same guy he was before. Grace runs a matchmaking business and has a secret sixth sense that has made her business a success. She usually trusts her sixth sense implicitly but when it comes to Trick and the tingles he causes, she’s not sure she wants to risk their friendship. Then Halloween comes rolling around and Trick takes the opportunity to don a mask at the hottest party in Salem and show Grace just how good they can be together. Unfortunately the masquerade lasts longer than Trick planned and when Grace finally finds out he may end up losing her completely.

Dirty Trick opens up after Trick and Grace have been friends for about a year so you really don’t get to see him as the playboy he used to be. He’s described as a drop dead gorgeous guy but Trick doesn’t act like a stud. He’s just a guy, in love with a girl, who uses Halloween as a chance to get closer to said girl. I loved Trick’s sense of humor and the way he longed for Grace to see him as more than a friend.

Grace has this sixth sense that tingles whenever two people who are “meant” for each other are in the same room, even if it’s just a picture and that’s what helped her run a successful business. She’s had a bad experience in her personal life and that’s why she prefers to focus on other people’s happiness. I liked Grace, she was kind but at the same time she was afraid of getting hurt again, not to mention she has a hidden attraction to Trick that she just refuses to act on because he’s her best friend and she loves having him around. I could understand that. But she’s also this intelligent, fun, good friend and it was easy to see why Trick was head over heels over her.

Trick and Grace have such a great, solid friendship in the first half of the book and I really enjoyed it. There was this synchronicity to their friendship that made them so much fun and I could see why Grace was hesitant to risk it. Trick had her back and was her support system in life but at the same time, there was a flirty undertone to the friendship, at least on Trick’s side. Later, when things changed it was like all the lust that was buried deep exploded and their friendship changed a lot. They tiptoed around each other for awhile because Grace wasn’t aware of why things had changed, just that they had. It made things a little awkward and Christine Bell made sure that the reader felt the change. I certainly felt that change!

Towards the end though, Trick and Grace just make more sense as a couple. There’s plenty of chemistry, plenty of fun, and plenty of heat once Grace gets over her fear of losing Trick and realizes he means business about being with her long term. There was no over the top drama but Grace didn’t just say “Oh okay, I forgive you” either. All in all, a nice balance of friendship, lust, and love in a fast paced, addictive romance.

Final Verdict: Dirty Trick is sexy, fun, and romantic. Also, I dare anyone not to fall in love with Trick.

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