Saturday, February 13, 2016

Review: Taking the Score by Kate Meader

Taking the Score by Kate Meader
Series: Tall, Dark, and Texan, Book 2
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 9781633755642
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Source: Publisher
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

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.

Taking the Score is a fabulously wicked and oh-so-fun office romance. Kate Meader knows how to write snappy dialogue and sizzling sexual tension, and both are on full display in this second Tall, Dark, and Texan story.

Emma Strickland is no buttoned-up good girl wanting to take a walk on the wild side. No, she’s a down-and-dirty bad girl at heart who has made a new life for herself. I respected Emma for her hard work and strong will. But I loved that she owned her sexuality and smart mouth. The boss/assistant romance is a well-known trope, but Ms. Meader gives it new life with Emma being a fun and refreshingly different kind of heroine. Emma is working herself to the bone trying to pay off her sister’s debt. She has never been able to rely on anyone but herself, but things get even complicated when her boss sees her at her second job and turns her life upside-down. Emma has the hots for Brody Kane, but she’s never let him see it. Until now…

I have a weakness for sexy nerds, and boy does Brody fit the bill. He’s a sci-fi geek with a sharp mind for business, but buried beneath that is a hot-as-hell lover. When he sees Emma in the strip club he’s shocked, turned on, and loses all control. The sexual tension between them explodes, and that’s just the start of their adventure. Brody is protective, but even though he’s got Emma’s best interests at heart, he can be autocratic. He’s used to Emma the personal assistant, who does whatever he asks. He’s at a loss when she won’t let him simply fix her problems, and the push-pull between them adds drama to Taking the Score. The story does hit a snag because Brody and Emma create a lot of their own obstacles simply because they don’t talk to each other. They both need to learn to open up, to trust, and to truly listen to one another. When they do, it’s clear they’re made for one another because Brody and Emma just fit each other like lock and key.

Taking the Score can be read as a standalone, but fans of the first Tall, Dark, and Texan book, Even the Score, will be charmed by the brief appearances of Brody’s partner, Hunter (I definitely was). Both books in the series are fast-paced, red-hot, and high energy. I adore Ms. Meader’s hot Texan heroes and I’m looking forward to seeing what she has in store for the final Score Property partner, Flynn.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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