Stars: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Sometimes extreme provocation can lead to exactly what you need…
Kelly's focus is the bookstore she manages. Sex is relegated to a list of candidates on her PDA. Only one man pushes all her buttons―her boss.
Spencer is determined to fight his desire for Kelly. For years they’ve bumped heads over the store they both love. But there's more than one reason their getting together is complicated.
When Kelly and Spencer unexpectedly meet up at a sex club, all the rules go out the window. Suddenly there’s only way this match of wills can end―naked, preferably all night long. In this battle for sexual supremacy, there are two winners—and two losers when their stubbornness leads to the very thing each dreads most.
This book was H-O-T HOT! Holy moly!
So here's the run down...Spencer, a sexy, controlling, workaholic, has had the hots for his sarcastic, modestly sexy, employee, Kelly from her first day at the Book Nook three years ago.
Since college, Kelly has wanted to break away from her inner good girl and made a list of her top ten men to, uhhh, "cuddle," to help her do just that. Once she meets Spencer, she immediately makes him her number one - and if she can't have him...she can at least fantasize about him...at home, in her dreams, on the couch in his office... ;)
I really...REALLY enjoyed this book. The beginning was a little bit typical - boy likes girl, girl likes boy and everybody but the two of them are aware of it. But in true Cari Quinn style, we soon get wrapped into a delicious, sexy, moving relationship between two real characters.
Kelly is my type of chick - we would totally be cool. She's a book enthusiast who has a knack for design and I love the quirkiness of her character. She's oober sarcastic and literally made me laugh out loud multiple times with her needling of Spencer. Moreover, I appreciated the control she had over her feelings. Kelly isn't a cry-about-it kinda gal, and man, I LOVE it! Even when she does get emotional, it's in the right places, showing natural openness and honesty.
Spencer's made some choices that have shaped his life and influenced his work ethic but still were necessary, as are all cruddy choices, for his growth. I loved how callus Spencer was. It really fit and made sense not only in his relationship with Kelly, but with his familial relationships as well.
The sex club was prevalent in the beginning of the book (and boy was it steamy!) continuing occasionally throughout but the one-on-ones between Spencer and Kelly were just as tantalizing, allowing us to make sense of a how this world could REALLY work - although most of us only fantasize about it.
As the issues arise in their relationship, the reader can definitely see where Quinn is leading us, it's the waiting to get there that caused so much angst for me. I literally cried on and off throughout the last four chapters - which was super awkward because the UPS guy came and knocked on the door with my newest book purchase...and here I am, wiping tears, sniffling, signing for another book while my two puppies are freaking because they can't quite see who's outside.
Anywho, I would most DEFINITELY recommend this book to anyone who loves a steamy, real-life romance with real flaws, honest writing, and heart-catching characterization.
**Special thank you to Cari for sending me this incredible book. It was a true pleasure to read.**