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- ASIN : B00K9NWRHW
- Publisher : Entangled: Brazen (June 9, 2014)
- Publication date : June 9, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1111 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 190 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,099 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I could gush endlessly about this book, but I won't. It was so fun (and SEXY!) to read about what happened when buttoned-up perfectionist Southern girl Julie and sexy, demanding, alpha Reed collided. I really liked Julie. I'm a planner and a people-pleaser so I could totally relate to her. I understand what it's like to be so busy making other people happy that you stop thinking about your own needs and wants. Reed definitely broke her out of her shell. Can we talk for a minute about Reed? Holy. Hell. I read a lot of books with sexy scenes, but I don't think *any* of them can hold a candle to Reed and his dirty talk. Good lord. I thought I was going to have to take a cold shower when I was finished because damn, this guy gives good dirty talk. And he delivers too. Reed's definitely landed a spot on my sexy-steamy book boyfriend list. Unf.
Even if you disregard the sexy scenes, though I'm not sure why you'd want to (SO DAMN HOT!), this was a fantastic book. The chemistry between Julie and Reed was fantastic. Neither of them was what the other was looking for – or what they even thought they wanted or needed – but they were a perfect match, even if neither of them wanted to admit it. They challenged each other. They were both strong characters on their own, but even better together. The love/hate dynamic was strong and their banter was fantastic.
If you're looking for a great, sexy adult standalone series, I can't recommend this one highly enough. I've read several Brazen titles, but I've never read an entire series yet. I tend to stick with the ones written by authors whose work I'm familiar with. This series has made me see the error of my ways. I'm definitely missing out on something. I thoroughly enjoyed the way all the characters appeared in each novel, giving another perspective to the pairings and the individual characters. These stories all meshed really well together and that's one of the things I enjoyed most about each of the books individually and the series as a whole.
Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey
Book Two of the Wedding Dare series
Publication Date: June 9, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Copy bought from Amazon
***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***
Summary (from Goodreads):
He’ll own her from the very first touch.
Julie Piper and Reed Lawson have nothing in common. She’s a people-pleasing sorority girl hiding behind her perfect mask. He’s a take-no-prisoners SWAT commander who isolates himself from the world. But when they’re forced together at their friends’ posh destination wedding, one thing is clear—Reed wants Julie more than he wants his next breath. Which is why he’s not about to stand by when she’s dared to seduce another man.
Julie wants neat, tidy sex, so she could get back to what she does best—making everybody else happy. She never expected to slip into a dark bedroom and have her mind blown by rough, demanding hands, and a sinfully filthy mouth—neither of which belong to the best man.
One night should have been all Reed needed to get the blond temptress out of his system, but when one taste is nowhere near enough, he’ll be forced confront the effects of his hellish past. One that may push Julie away forever...just when he realizes he can't live without her.
What I Liked:
TESSA BAILEY! Basically I will read anything she writes - her romance novels are AMAZING. One of my all-time favorite Brazen novels is an old one of hers, Officer Off Limits. It's basically a Brazen classic! Yes, it's only been out for two years. Anyway. That book is so good. I also enjoyed Bailey's Asking For Trouble. Also very good. I didn't absolutely love this novella, but I enjoyed it!
Julie is one of the bridesmaids in her friend Kady's wedding. Julie is a planner, organizer, people pleaser. She never stops buzzing around trying to help people, and so for the week of Kady and Colton's wedding celebration, all Julie is concerned about is making the week as awesome as possible. Enter Reed, one the groomsmen. He's a dirty-talking SWAT commander who wants Julie from the first sight - badly. Julie would rather be interested in the boring best man, but secretly she's really attracted to Reed. Opposites attract in this steamy novella set during a pre-wedding celebration week filled with drama!
Reed is a strange guy. He doesn't like physical touch other than sex, really. Meaning, hugs and warmy and fuzzy stuff are off limits (hehe). He doesn't want to fall in love or care about someone - he wants to have a good time. Julie wants a stable relationship with someone reliable and perfect, and that doesn't seem to be Reed. Being a perfect sorority girl, Julie thinks Reed is crass and rude and bold - but the thing is, a part of her likes his "bad-boy" nature.
The two of them are seriously hot together. The chemistry was jumping off the pages, super present and steamy. Seriously the chemistry is probably the best part of the book - I expect no less from Tessa Bailey! The sizzling scenes are well-written - and be prepared to fan yourself!
I liked Reed a lot - he's an odd guy, he acts like he has a heart of stone, but he's a good guy. Probably not a nice guy, and definitely not someone Julie saw herself falling for. I like seeing them fall for each other, though it's a bunch of drama and shenanigans. Really, Julie makes everything so complicated. I don't care for her too much.
Anyway. Overall I liked this book. I might read the rest of the novellas in this series! Each is written by a different author, which I think is pretty cool. All four authors are AMAZING!
What I Did Not Like:
I said this already, but I didn't really care for Julie. Let's explore this thought. I'm similar to Julie, in that I am a control freak, super organized, always running around trying to help everyone else. I get that. But Julie seemed a bit... fake to me. Too prissy, with a huge stick up her butt. She clearly thought she was above everyone else, especially Reed. The amount of privilege and power status rolling off of her when next to him was annoying. It was an indirect feeling I got, but I did not like it. Julie treated Reed like he had a plague, but then she burned for his touch. But then she denied that she was attracted to him. She did most of the pushing away, but of course, it's him that has to beg forgiveness in the end, and hope that she forgives him and decides to be with him. No! You hurt him too! You're the one with the stick up your butt! Ugh! This is a common theme in many romance novels - the man is always wrong/the female is always right - and the male is always the one apologizing and begging the female to stay with him, etc. Sometimes, it's totally warranted. Other times, girlfriend needs to apologize. Maybe he does too. But it's important that both parties chase back each other to make a relationship work, and not just the guy. That's only fair, right?
Would I Recommend It:
I'd give a firm maybe, in terms of recommending this book. While I loved the romance and chemistry, I really didn't like Julie. I'm well aware that this could just be a "me" tic and I could be the only one that is annoyed with Julie. But she's the only reason this book didn't get a higher rating. So. If you have this one already, read it! Otherwise, trust me, there are other Brazen novels! Three more sitting in this post, so convenient!
3 stars. Of the four I reviewed today, this one is the one that I liked the least - and yet, I still liked it! So that's saying something about Brazen's novels. It's clear that I can't stay away! I'll definitely be looking out for more of Tessa Bailey's books - I love her work!
Top reviews from other countries
Southern Belle Julie spends her time making sure other people are happy and that everything is going to plan. In one of her rare moments of weakness she runs into Reed. There's something about the sexy and troubled bad boy that Julie can't quite get out of her head. Reed can't help but have reactions to Julie that he's never had before, wanting to care for her and make sure that she's happy. While the rest of the wedding drama is going on the back and forth between Reed and Julie gets to them both and when they do end up in bed together their lives explode.
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Though this is book 2 in the Wedding Dare Series, its the last of the series that I read, and personally I thought that it was one of the best. books in the series. Though several of the biggest events are the same as in the other books I felt that some of the events had more of an explanation to them.
There was a lot of back and forth between Julie and Reed, though there was the undertone of sexual tension, the banter had me laughing at several points. Even before getting into the deeper issues that affect Reed and Julie, this grew the relationship between them and the connection felt real and valid.
The deeper issues that Reed and Julie were...bad. I can't really think of a better way of explaining it. Neither of them had had a particularly great time of it and it had made them have issues that needed overcoming. With Julie that was more Reed doing really sweet things (like cleaning up and the food, I couldn't help softening towards him), but with Reed it was how he felt and how he showed it. Also Reed was an idiot at times, mainly because he didn't want to face his feelings for Julie.
This series has been fantastic, and I can't believe I've read it all now. Though I wouldn't mind reading about the futures of the various characters!
Tessa always outshines herself with each book. She sets the scene, she develops the characters and you can distinguish their voices perfectly. It helps that she writes freaking sexy-as alpha males who can turn you to goo and strong females who arent afraid to stand up for themselves. This is what I love about her books. That and the fact she knows how to get you hot and bothered as each sex scene is entirely different and gets under your collar. Grab a fan people, seriously.
Quick read. Part of a parallel running series. Ms Bailey sure can write a sexy alpha male that makes the reader's pulse trip up a notch....or ten!