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Screwed Paperback – September 15, 2015
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"Dirty and delicious -- I loved Screwed!" (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst)
"Kendall Ryan brings her talent for writing sexy men and steamy romance to her first (and hopefully not last) romantic comedy. Readers will be squirming and laughing as Hayden "The Playboy" Oliver attempts to be "just friends" with sassy, smart Emery Winters. He's so screwed." (USA Today bestselling author Daisy Prescott)
"Screwed is a hot, humorous, heady, and hypnotizing romance that sucks you in from the very first page--consuming your heart, soul, and panties--you'll want to eat up this deliciously decadent book with lightning speed. Kendall Ryan's writing is refreshing and raw--a breath of fresh air--sprinkled with humor and heat." (Karen M, Bookalicious Babes Blog)
About the Author
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Hayden has screwed his way through all the female tenants of his building and wants to add Emery to that list the second he lays eyes on her. Only his business partner and friend, Hudson, puts a kibosh on that plan right away. He informs Hayden that he will be keeping it in his pants from now on concerning their tenants or they will be in legal trouble.
The warnings on both sides don't stop them from trying out a friendship. They both have the hots for each other but know it can not go further. I was actually really annoyed with Emery at this point, she was supposed to be this uber smart women but she blew off warning after warning from everyone concerning Hayden, even her own mother's!
Of course things finally end up in the bedroom with them only to have Hayden act like a complete idiot.
Cocky casanova aka Hayden Oliver runs the apartment building that just got a new pretty female tenant. Since his co-partner had just told him to stop sleeping with the single female tenants due to complaints, he, of course, sets his eyes on Emery and instantly wants her. Instead of trying to do what he normally does, though, he does the unthinkable, he befriends her.
Emery just got hired as an intern for a law office and is all business. She got a heads up from another female tenant to watch out for Hayden and doesn't want any part of him. But when he comes over and invites her out as a friend she's intrigued. She's in a new city, doesn't know anyone so decides to go out with him and see what all the fuss is about. They have a great time, and quickly become good friends. Hayden and Emery wind up texting a lot, and going out a lot together and just growing closer. Neither realizes as their friendship grows that they're wanting more. As yall know, I love to see who cracks first and realizes it. There are bumps in the road, which kept things interesting and makes the characters work for it. And I just overall really enjoyed Screwed. If you like Contemporary Romance, I think you'd get a kick out of this one.
"Together, Hudson and I own thirty buildings in the greater Los Angeles area. And some of our buildings have f-able tenants."
Emery Winters represents ultimate temptation but Hayden is set on proving it to the world that he can have a lady-friend and not get into her pants. But then again, he'll have a hard time getting into Emery's because all she's after is making it through the summer and through her internship at a renowned LA law firm.
What I loved about this book:
It's a quick, nice read
It has just the right amount of humour and steam
What I felt needed improvement:
Some parts of the book didn't add up
Some parts would have deserved more attention
The characters are not always consistent
I just finished reading Screwed , which at some point in time was all over my Goodreads feed. I really have mixed feelings about this book though.
On the one hand, it was an extremely entertaining read. It was pretty quick and had enough humour and steam to keep me on my toes. I especially liked Hayden's cocky character (despite him being a total manwhore) and the fact that Emery was a woman on a mission.
The plot was interesting: manwhore wants to prove it to his friends and family that he can very well have a female friend. But hey, it was ridiculous just how sexually attracted Hayden was to Emery. He literally fought with raging hard-ons all the time and all it takes is just a look in her direction. Sounded very pubertarian to me. And yeah, it looked like a disaster waiting to happen. But the whole situation made the interactions between the two main characters wonderfully humourous.
"I have a luxury condo in the heart of Hollywood Hills, drive a new BM, and possess a nine-inch cock. Translation: life is good."
Now on the other hand, while I had a good time reading this book, I just couldn't look past some details that screamed "quick-story" to me, as opposed to a really thought out read with no loose ends.
There are some things this book just doesn't really follow through with. For once, there's the fact that there are a lot of side characters and while they're featured, they don't make enough appearances to my liking. The best example here is the past Hayden shared with another building tenant called Roxy. The whole thing felt a bit overdone, when really it was nothing that warranted that much attention. Also, some things just didn't add up (timelines and behaviours) and made the whole thing too unrealistic.
So yeah, a couple of things here are left out in the open although they could have been given more attention. Bu then again, the timeline in this book is extremely short (at least for most part of the story, it spans over a couple of months, and interactions between Hayden and Emery mainly happen during the weekends).
"There's no denying that the lack of orgasms is really starting to piss me off. I need things stuck in places, things licked and sucked that aren't polite to mention in mixed company."
Oh and did I mention that the business-partner who forbade any sexual activities with tenant suddenly doesn't mind any more? Strange how quickly opinions change... Also, I was a bit disappointed to see that in the eyes of Emery, Hayden's manwhore past was quite quickly forgotten, although she swore to not "fall into the trap". From one moment to the other the whole "friends" thing goes out of the window. And then Hayden goes and does something so immensely predictable that it's just sad.
But still, it was quite an enjoyable read, especially if you're looking for something fun and lighthearted.
Hayden was told my his business partner and best friend that he could longer sleep with tenants and then he sees his newest tenant and can't think of anything but sleeping with her. So, he decides he wants to be her friend and no one believes he can just be friends with a woman.
Emery is warned that Hayden is just a player and looking to get laid, but decides not to listen to everyone and just accepts his friendship, regardless of the their warnings.
This was my first Kendall Ryan book and I felt it was a little lackluster and should have been deeper to allow us to really get inside the characters heads. But, it was a cute, funny, sweet and sexy read that I finished in a few hours. Great for a quick read.
The keyword here is tries.
Hayden is a lovable businessman attracted to someone he shouldn't be. Emery, beautiful as she is ambitious is just looking for a nice place to live while she starts an internship at a law firm.
This fun, sexy friends to lovers story hooked me from the first page. I loved the duel POV and how the pacing of the story wasn't rushed but didn't take forever to unfold.
A fun guilty pleasure read