☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
There are worse things in life than owning a thriving business in the heart of Manhattan and being labeled one of the Big Apple’s most eligible bachelors. Trust me, I know. I’ve had some bad $h!t go down before I got to where I am.
No matter what curve balls life lobs at me, I take a swing. If I strike out, I learn, adjust, and make the best of it. For instance, when an injury ended my dream of playing in the Bigs, I could’ve sunken into self-pity. When my fiancée dumped me about thirty seconds after the major league scout did, I could’ve become a drunk. Instead, I got off my ass, finished my senior year of college, and put the degree my baseball scholarship earned me to work.
Seven years later, I’m living a new dream. I’m single, well off, and about to take my business to the next level. I’ve got plans for A Pound of Flesh Fitness gyms to open nationwide.
Except the one person standing between me and my dream has become a fantasy. A hot, redheaded fantasy. My competition…my business enemy, is five feet nothing and packed full of dynamite, and I can’t get her out of my mind or my fantasies. Her sexy as sin body, her sultry voice, and her bold personality that’s just as fiery as her hair may have gotten under my skin, but there’s no way I’ll let her stay there.
Because no one gets to Ethan Wilde.
There’s just one little detail I can’t stop wondering about. The one thing that has brought men down since the beginning of time. I can’t leave it alone until I know for sure: Is she a true redhead?
Bestselling author Shelly Alexander brings you this brand new series of super sexy, sizzling hot heroes. It’s a fun, flirty, and dirty series written in the male POV.
If you like your romance hot and fun, then grab a comfy spot under a fan and enjoy! If you like them sweeter with a touch of steam, try Shelly Alexander’s Red River Series.
Excerpt–Read Chapter One HERE!
Guest Reviewer Mandi’s Thoughts:
This was my first Shelly Alexander novel. When I finished the first page I was pretty sure the hero was an arrogant jerk. By the second chapter I had been reluctantly swayed to his side. I’m not sure if all of Shelly’s books are written entirely from the male side or not. It took a little bit to realize that I was never going to see the heroine’s point of view.
Our hero, Ethan, is not a jerk, he’s just blunt. At the same time that the author is trying to set the stage and give all the details, we are also just trying to get to know the hero. I think when most authors give the details when speaking from the heroine’s or a third-party perspective it makes them softer. To have it come from a guy gives it a harder edge, makes it feel like he’s a douche. But once I got use to Ethan’s “voice”, everything was better. His side of the story is what makes this a short, easy read. Men do not wax poetic about every little detail. The heroine, Adeline, was hard to know. We saw what Ethan saw. It made her a little shallow emotionally, and I wasn’t connecting with her well.
Two people thrown together for a friendly work competition. Simple plot that never went deeper. There were a couple brief’s attempts, our heroine had a crappy ex-boyfriend, he stole her money. Our hero had some kind of ex-girlfriend that left him when he couldn’t play baseball anymore. The hero had based his whole life on this bad experience but it felt like an excuse. The big ‘issues’ were mentioned in less than a page, floated across the story like the didn’t belong. By the end of the book I had warmed the writing style and was enjoying myself. Then the big emotional bang….it was a fizzle. And the fizzle was made worse by the immediate forgiveness of the heroine. It was like screaming the house is on fire and then finding a candle lit.
In the end, I stick with my 3-star rating. It wasn’t bad and I hope I didn’t make it sound that way. I think I was just disappointed because it could have been so much better. I wanted to like the characters and the story. I will definitely give Shelly Alexander’s books another try. I felt the potential for greatness, the physical scenes were definitely hot. If I could get that much detail and emotion in the rest of the plot, it would have been 5 stars.
About the author: A 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, Shelly Alexander grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I. Joes while the Barbie Corvette stayed tucked in the closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now, she spends her days writing steamy contemporary romances while tending to a miniature schnauzer named Omer, a tiny toy poodle named Mozart, and a pet boa named Zeus.
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