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Top Customer Reviews
Tessa is a real estate agent, a top performer at her agency, and the boss's pet. She is ambitious, talented, and assertive in her job, and she's on track to go places.
Then Damien comes along.
Damien is a transfer from a competing company, and immediately sizes Tessa up as his top competition, literally giving her a run for her money. He ruthlessly sets out to beat her numbers, even using some pretty underhanded methods to go about it.
But things aren't always what they seem, and they both find out soon enough that there's a little more to each other's story than what meets the eye.
3.5 STARS (Rounded up to 4)
This book has a pretty good opening line and immediately starts giving the reader some depth to the main character. Immediately, we know she has a habit of being late, and she's pretty realistic about making a point to work on that but knowing it's not likely to happen any time soon.
Throughout the book, there are some witty lines that made me laugh. The writer has a pretty good foundation on writing well, overall. I also felt like the story flowed at a good pace for the majority of the book.
Then there were the steamy scenes. Quite a few of them, actually! Those, I felt, were well-written and did a good job of pulling me in. In fact, I'd say the steamy scenes are what made this book work, and I especially liked the tension building up to those.
I also liked that the female protagonist/main character was a strong female lead, not just a weak, damsel-in-distress type who needs to be rescued and have other people solve her own problems for her. I definitely liked Tessa's character the most, but Damien's character wasn't so bad himself. Of course, isn't it every girl's secret fantasy to make the bad boy fall so desperately in love with her that he changes for her and her alone? No? Okay, well maybe that's just me.
What could use some work:
My biggest complaint about this book is, I felt like the ending could have been developed a lot more. I felt like there could have been a little more conflict in the final plot twist to help draw it out and keep the reader hooked in to the story. As it was, without giving too much away, it felt almost too easy, and then some emotional stuff that happened a little too instantly for my taste, or maybe not instantly but definitely too fast. This could just be a personal preference that others would not agree with.
Instead of an epilogue, I could see there being a sequel to this book, that goes into the struggles, conflict, and ultimate resolution for something major that was revealed in the end portion of the book, that would let us see how Tess would ultimately reach her biggest goal in life. Those are some stakes, right there.
There were a few minor grammatical errors here and there (against when it should have said again, he when it should have said she). These were few and far between, and not enough to deter me from reading.
Overall, I felt like the story was interesting, and there wasn't any point of the book where I really just felt like putting it down because of my interest level, even though I took several days to read it from beginning to end. It was a fairly quick read, and I would recommend it, especially for the steamy scenes! (/fans myself.)
Tess has worked hard in her career as a real estate agent and is the top seller at her agency. When the new guy, Damian, starts, Tess is instantly attracted to him. Until he opens his mouth and she finds out he's cocky and arrogant jerk. Damian sees Tess as a typical blonde Barbie and begins a war of sorts. Tess is one to never back down and the game is on. When they are forced to work together, the sparks begin to fly. As they grow closer, they each learn that their first impressions of the other are completely wrong.
I'm a sucker for insta-attraction and enemies to lovers stories and this book has both. Tess and Damian are sizzling hot together and I was completely drawn into the story.
Tess is at the top of her game as a realtor in Auckland, New Zealand. She works hard to find homes for her clients as well as taking care of younger sister that is a student at the University. She doesn't date much because she seems to attract the bad boys and she has vowed to stay clear of them. That is until the new guy comes into the office. She feels a pull towards him. He is one hot man in a suit but then he talks to her. To put it lightly...he is an a-. He is determined to dethrone her as top seller. She doesn't understand why he is being an arrogant jerk but she refuses to back down. If he wants a war, then he will get one.
Tess and Damian have to find a way to work together. A peace treaty, you can say. It's business after all and they need each other to achieve their goals. Tess doesn't fully trust him but he is showing other sides of himself that confuses the hell out of her. He seems to have the perfect blend of hotness, sweetness and a- down to a science. She doesn't know what to do about it. He body can't say no but her head wants to say it. The heat is too much for her. The banter is too fun. His sides are too confusing. Will she let him in or keep her heart closed?
I liked Tess but I loved Damian. There was just something about him that got to me even from the start. Yes, was an a- but he also made me laugh and I could tell it made Tess feel more alive. The banter both pissed her off and excited her. I loved that he enjoyed her when she was in power bitch mode. He took as much as he gave. And that made it a fun book. And the hate/lust sex made it hot.
Overall...it was a fun, sexy, and fast read.
“I don’t need your clients or your ideas, Barbie.” Damian’s voice was low, but the disdain was still unmistakable. “Stay out of my way, and I’ll stay out of yours.”
Will that meet your approval?”
“I suppose so. Only if you promise not to get my glass slippers dirty.”
“I’ve promised you many things, but I’ve never promised to be a gentleman.”
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tess is a real estate agent, She's the highest selling agent at her firm and gets on well with everyone.Read more
This is book four of the Hawaiian Series but it can really be read as a stand alone.Read more
This a sassy, sexy, fun read. Totally enjoyable characters. It was a great romance with some hot scenes too.Read more
I have to say I have a hard time rating this book. I'm stuck between 4 and 5 stars...Read more