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- Publisher: Sitting Bull Publishing (January 24, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 24, 2011
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- Language: English
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Have I Told You Lately? (The Men of 3X CONStruction Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Ross is an ex convict who, with his two other business partners Red and Smoke, also former convicts, have a successful construction company. Thus the rather witty title of 3X CONStruction! Gotta love that title. At any rate, lets meet the heroine; Cherise. She has been through a lot and subsequently suffers from debilitating anxiety attacks. She has been under medical and psychological treatment for over a year and has finally been able to some what manage her episodes.
Cherise runs a light and is side swiped by one of Ross's construction workers. He comes to the scene to asses the damage and finds himself attracted to Cherise who is struggling to stop herself from having a full blown attack. This story gets a booster shot of mystery when Ross notices a strange package in Cherise's car which I will not go into. Safice it to say this couple struggles between blazing sexual attraction and poor communication. Each has skeletons they don't want to tell the other for fear their love affair will end.
Ross's character was a awesome site to behold. He is bold, shrewed, funny, proud, and struck me as the perfect Alpha male who has been around the block. I fell in love with him myself.
Cherise's character is a bit of a trick bag. She gives Ross a hard time for keeping secrets yet will not tell him what her issues are. She appears very hypocritical. Her saving grace is that she brings out both the best and worst in Ross. They really fit well together. She knows how hypocritical she is and makes up for it in one of the best groveling, "please baby, baby, please" moments I have ever read. (Picture her serenading him with the lyrics from a Teddy Pedergrass song while making love to him). She won major cool points for that one. Often times it's the man that has to beg forgiveness but this time the roles are reversed and it totally redeems her in my book.
As one reviewer wrote, the author left the ending open to make way for the next installment in this story which will be Red's story. I usually don't like those types of stunts but, she did give Ross and Cherise a HEA. The open ending leaves us with the mystery still unsolved.
This is my second story from this writer and so far she has put forth solid works with likable characters. I look forward to reading more from her.
On to the storyline - Cherise suffers from debilitating panic attacks and is just getting a handle on her life when she's out one day, runs a red light and hits one of Ross's company trucks. Ross, Red and Smoke arrive on the scene and Ross makes sure Cherise is comfortable etc. There is a mutual attraction. For some unknown reason, Ross notices an envelope under the passenger seat that isn't covered in the dust from Cherise's deployed airbags and 1) feels the need to ask if anyone came up to her car and 2) automatically assumes it might be drugs. Really?? She'd just been in an accident. It couldn't have slid from the back seat? Made no sense. At any rate, Cherise insists that it's not hers and that she knows nothing about it. Smoke (yummmy, you have to read his book) is called over and does the taste test and confirms to Ross that it's drugs but tells Cherise it's salt. She is immensely relieved. Really?? times 2.
Ok, so now Ross asks Cherise out on a date and they have a great time. A week or so passes and they go out on a second date with Cherise dry humping him on the dance floor and then practically running to his truck so he can take her home and blow her back out. In his excitement, he rushes out the truck to unlock the door to his house and forgets to open her car door and she's all like, 'Ross, you WILL treat me with respect at all times.' DEEP BREATH. Heifer, that might have had some weight if he didn't almost impregnate you on the dancefloor and if you didn't let him run up in you RAW on the second date. PLEASE go sit down somewhere. I'm all for getting yours, but let's not get carried away and try to berate the guy because he forgot to open your damn door. He probably thought you were bolting for the door to the house, just like he was, the way you were carrying on. Anyway, he takes her to the moon and back and things are going well. Cherise trying to be coy and sexy was anything but considering how neurotic she was the rest of the time but, whatever, I gave her a pass.
So now we get to THE MOMENT. She and Ross are out at dinner and run into Ross's ex parole officer, who takes that opportunity to call someone over to talk about how Ross and his multi-million dollar company are a success story for ex convicts (Russ, Red and Smoke are ex cons who banded together to form 3XCONStruction - catchy, right?) Ross is, of course, mortified and Cherise is upset because Ross hadn't told her yet. They'd been dating 6 weeks at this point. Now, no one would have faulted Cherise for being upset; we would have all understood. But she starts going on with some kind of circular logic over why she understands why Ross didn't tell her and that she wouldn't necessarily have been upset...even though she is...I had no idea what was going on. She was confusing the hell out of me, Ross and her damn self, just to be contrary. So Ross grovels etc etc and she takes him back, but by that point I was so digusted by her lameness I couldn't read anymore and I had to bail at 50%. I mean, this is someone who was supposedly doing a Masters degree in Education, but when Ross told her about his net profit after he flipped a house, she was like 'Net?' and he had to explain it to her. Really?? You don't know what net means????
I enjoyed Books 3 and 4, but I definitely won't be reading Book 2 since the heroine there seems lame too.