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I am not sure what I was expecting but what I got were a lot of sex and very little story. I was disappointed, to say the least. The characters were great and could’ve been a lot more if more time was spent on character and relationship building. I felt there wasn’t enough time on building the sexual tension and they jumped into bed way too quickly. I am no prude and love erotica, yet this story just didn’t do it for me. I found myself skipping over those scenes, which was a good portion of the book. I felt like they didn’t contribute to the story or the characters.
Wicked Takeover wasn’t for me and really could have been a lot better. I am giving it Two Boundless Stars.
Lauren was way past being down on her luck, being let go from a corporate job due to downsizing and unable to find another job, being in debt and what does she get in return? She inherits a tattoo parlor from a father who left she and her mother when she was 5. Never saw or heard from him again. It destroyed her mother and Lauren has never been able to trust that anyone she lets in close won't leave her. Part of it is her poor body image, she's a curvy girl. She doesn't see herself as desirable, and certainly not someone worthy of a long term commitment. Bring in Dante. Sigh.
When Lauren goes to visit what she inherits, she watches at first, seeing a young girl who she measures herself against dash up the street wearing not too much. She walks in and she meets Dante, he thinks she's there for a tat or piercing, she's just taking in all the art on the walls and photos of the piercings and is that what she thinks it is tattoo on a man's genital area including his penis? Yep, it is.
She informs Dante who she is, tells him she owns the business now and him. He introduces Van Gogh another very talented artist and tattoo artist and when Miss cutie, Jasmina pops back in, she's got lunch for everyone. Of course, this group is like family, they invite her to eat. She turns them down even though she hasn't eaten a real meal since she can remember. She lives on PB&J. She's tells them she's looking to sell the business and also looking for a job for herself, explaining the situation. Or at least in part. Certainly not the details of her father, because her father helped everyone in that business of his, helping them out when no one else would. Confused, this seems to add to her misconceptions about herself and wondering who her Dad really was.
Lauren hits it off in a big way with Dante and with Jasmina encouraging her, the two start off slow, a dinner here and there and then like a bottle rocket the sex just explodes. Sex can be not done, well done or overdone. In this book, it was a bit overdone and didn't add to the story. I do understand what the author was trying to get across and that was Dante's desire for her and her for him. Even though her self talk was they were just friends. Well wow, if that's what friends do.... yes indeed!
Lauren finally tells Dante about her father and why she feels the way she does, but still doesn't admit her physical appearance and self doubt and Dante's made in clear to her he loves curvy women.
This girl has the worst self esteem for an HR manager, holy crow.
Let me round this out here because I can digress forever, Dante reveals some personal things about his life to her also. Things that he feels may make her run away. They have their ups and downs.
I loved all the characters in the book, even the quiet rarely seen Van Gogh. We meet some of Dante's family and since this is book one I see a lot of potential stories ahead coming off this first book.
Good solid bones to the plot line.
**arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review**
Lauren has been unemployed for just over six months. She had a career in human resources but her job was outsourced and she has been unable to find a new one. Things were looking pretty scary for her. When she found out that she had inherited a struggling tattoo parlor her first reaction was to have the lawyer just handle the details of liquidating or selling the business. Given the amount of money the lawyer was going to charge she decided to just try and sell it herself.
Lauren was not the kind of girl who would ever get a tattoo and she knew next to nothing about running a tattoo business but what she did know was that she needed to get down there and check it out. On first glance Lauren was surprised that the parlor was neat and clean, what stood out the most to her was the artwork. When she met the employees, she liked them immediately, especially Dante. Now there was a man that Lauren wanted to sink her teeth into.
Dante was basically sex on a stick and Lauren knew that a guy like him would never look twice at a girl like her. In addition to being dreamy, he was a kind and considerate person who cared about his co-workers. Lauren knew she had two things that she needed to focus on, selling the business and finding herself a job, but it was truly hard to focus on those tasks when all she could do was fantasize about Dante. She has a very active and healthy imagination.
Dante’s character is just wow! From the moment he saw Lauren he was captivated. He knew that she was there to sell the business but he was still kind to her and tried to help her out in any way that he could. When he was not helping out Lauren though, he was fantasizing about doing naughty things to her. There was just something about her that made him crazy….in the best way possible. He knew he wanted to have her and it was just a matter of time until he made his move.
When Lauren and Dante finally acted on their attraction, it was explosive. They were sooo cute together. There was also the workplace romance angle that many readers would enjoy. Swoony times my friends, swoony times! I really appreciated that although there was some conflict between these characters it was nothing cliché or overly dramatic.
Wicked Takeover was a nice girl meets guy romance. It had plenty of humorous times, some BDSM, and a whole lot of lovin’. I want to be clear that there is a lot of sex in this story. Just know that going in. This book is a guilty pleasure that will have you crossing your fingers for this couple and enjoying their sweet relationship.
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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