Sunday 6 July 2014

The Wedding Dare Series - #reviews

The Series as a whole I loved the concept of different authors collaborating together in the same series.  There is pros and cons to reading a series all at once.  One of the pros is that you are immersed into the series but on the flip side is that immersion can also cause saturation. The premise of this series is Kady and Colton from book #0.5 are getting married and once all the bridesmaids are there for the wedding they make a wedding dare to snag the groomsmen.
Dare to Resist (Wedding Dare 0.5)

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long…

Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they're bidding on the same military security services contract.

When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint.

Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.

Source: Kindle
Genre: Adult Contemporary Novella
The first 0.5 part of the series

My Dare To Resist Review ...

Well these two are the whole reason the wedding dare happened in the first place.

Kady is great at her job but her only real competition is her old crush who just happens to be her brother's best friend.

Colton has always wanted Kady but he is some personal demons that keep him from having her.

An unexpected situation throws them together that causes all the truths to come out.
"I could fucking live on the need I hear in your voice right now."
Colton has dark urges and he wants Kady but he knows he can't tame that part to have her.

Kady has secret desires but no one expect Colt has ever given her.  The only way she can get what she wants is with dark romance fiction.  Once Colt finds her secret everything changes and just maybe he can have his heart and not compromise who he is.

Once they let go, the sparks fly and all hell breaks loose.
"Tell me you want me inside you, Kady. Tell me you want so deep I might never find my way back out again."
Intriguing start to this series and I can't wait to find out more.  

4 Daring Thumbs up! 
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Falling for the Groomsman (Wedding Dare #1)

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

She’s the one that got away. He’s the one she can’t forget.

Photojournalist Christine Forsythe is ready to tackle her naughty little to-do list, and who better to tap for the job than a hot groomsman? But when she crashes into her best friend’s older brother, Christine realizes her list needs updating. And fast. Tyler Dresco took her virginity during the best night of her life, then bolted. Now that they’re trapped together at a destination wedding, she’s going to get her revenge.

Tyler has never forgiven himself for how completely he lost control all those years ago. Being in Christine’s arms had felt right…until he realized what he’d taken from her in the hallway of a cheap motel. And oh, how she’s making him pay for it now. The insatiable heat between them has only grown stronger, but every time things heat up, Christine walks away.

With every encounter, things go a little bit further until Christine’s caught in her own trap of seduction. And before their time’s up, Tyler’s not the only one wanting more…

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Part 1.5 in a series but this series doesn't have to be read in order

My Falling for the Groomsmen Review ...

I started to read this book but then I put it aside and read Baiting the Maid of Honor instead.  The reason why I did this was I felt it too similar of a story line to Dare to Resist so I needed a break and read #2 first.  I'm also glad I read that first because I felt it gave a better set up for the series.  After reading Baiting the Maid of Honor I came back to this one and quite enjoyed it. 

Tyler, Kady's brother has one regret and that is taking Christine's virginity 8 years ago and running like a scared kid. 

Christine has lost a lot and makes lists to try to keep her from getting to involved or getting hurt and one thing that is not on the list is Tyler. 

Christine who is Kady's friend does her best to ignore her brother but Tyler is not going to let that happen.  As she adjusts her list to accommodate her new choices it also blows up in her face when she finally realizes what she wants and needs. 

Tyler, is not one for risks so he is married to his job instead but with Christine its different and he is willing to do anything to make Christine a priority in his life. 

As Christine and Tyler give in to their desires, hearts are on the line when the truth comes out.  Sweet series, good couple, good drama.  

3.5 Falling Thumbs up! 
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Baiting the Maid of Honor (Wedding Dare #2)

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

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.

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Part 2.5  in a series but this series doesn't have to be read in order

My Baiting the Maid of Honor Review ...

Now before I start my review, let's just start with I friggin' LOVE Tessa Bailey.  She knows how to write a great broken alpha with lots of heart.  

Reed is the sexy, brooding broken and jaded SWAT guy who is only there to be by his friend's side that's it. 

Julie the pixie type 'a' personality who puts her everything to being perfect which is really her trying to fill a void.  She thinks she wants someone just as 'perfect ' on paper but what she doesn't know is she needs a dominating bad ass to balance her out. 
 "When you think she deserves someone better? When you can't imagine being the one who actually gets to keep her? That's how you know you're the one who deserves her. ..."
Reed and Julie's chemistry is undeniable but their own personal issues are what cause them to bicker and try to deny themselves. 

As Reed realizes that he wants Julie, he gets dragged along to help her because he can't seem to let her go. 
"So we bust in like some kind of vigilante cock blocks and ruin their night. Sounds like a stellar plan."
I so love the way Tessa Bailey writes and makes you fall in love with her characters.  This book is by far my favorite of the series.  As Julie and Reed figure out their shit with the help of their friends they finally open up enough to let each other in and find exactly what they need to be whole. 
"You said in the forest, you don't know who you are with me. I hated it at the time.  But the truth is, I don't know who I am with you, either. I only know I'm so much better. Stronger. Happier." 

4.5 Baiting Thumbs up! 
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Seducing The Bridesmaid (Wedding Dare #3)

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

She has a plan. He’s about to change it.

Regan Wakefield is a headhunter in both name and personality: driven, motivated, and unafraid to pursue what—and who—she wants. Naturally, she’s thrilled when her friend's wedding offers her an opportunity to score Logan McCade, the practically perfect best man. Unfortunately, groomsman Brock McNeil keeps getting in her way, riling her up in the most delicious of ways. But Brock’s smooth southern charm isn't part of the how exactly did they end up having searing-hot sex?

Regan may pretend the erotic electricity sparking between them is merely a distraction, but Brock knows better. She refuses to see beyond the devil-may-care fa├žade he presents to the world, while he sees straight through hers. Changing her mind—and getting under her skin—is a challenge he can’t resist. And when he wins, Brock will do whatever it takes to convince Regan that the best man for her is him.

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Part 3.5 in a series but this series doesn't have to be read in order

My Seducing the Bridesmaid Review ...

I am all for the strong woman but Regan came across more as a bossy bitch instead of a kick ass strong woman. 
"Woman, you're as mean as a copperhead. Come here and let's find out if you're as cold-blooded."
Regan is the tough as nails friend who has a plan and what here plan doesn't have room for his the rich spoiled arrogant types like Brock. 

Brock is the loveable type who has charm coming out of his ears but he has always been misunderstood and not given the worth that he deserves. 

Brock has his sites on Regan even though she is trouble, but Brock sees more than is there.  Regan has her sites on Logan who fits her plan. 

Even though it's not part of the plan Regan thinks she can bed Brock and still have Logan but the more she is with Brock she starts to doubt her plan.
"I swear to God, woman, I'm going to make love to you good and proper before the week's out."
I did like this story but Regan's plan became to much that I wanted to throttle her judgmental ass.  Brock was perfect in my eyes and I thought he deserved better than Regan.  She slightly redeemed herself but she was hard to like especially compared to the awesomeness of Brock.  I have read other books by Katee Roberts and liked them as I did this one, my dislike for Regan had nothing to do with the writing of this book, just personal preference is all.

3 Not so seducing Thumbs up!
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Best Man with Benefits (Wedding Dare #4)

A sexy category romance by Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

How far can one favor go…

Logan McCade arrives at his best friend’s wedding overworked and in desperate need of a vacation, only to discover his best man duties have been…expanded. He must coax Colton’s sister out of her shell, or risk her hiding in her room all week. Logan figures he can handle one introverted bridesmaid, but he’s not expecting how much he enjoys “handling” Sophie…or how much she enjoys being handled.

Socializing has never been web designer Sophie Brooks’s strong suit, but she’s determined to shed her wallflower image and embrace the “New Sophie”—a feat made easier with the supremely sexy Logan McCade tempting her to explore all her forbidden fantasies. If she’s not careful, she just might fall for the best man.

Sophie’s sweet, sexy, and delectably awkward demeanor brings much-needed calm to Logan’s hectic life. With the nuptials only days away, Logan is forced to face the possibility that his favor to a friend might have become something else entirely…and that he’s not willing to let Sophie go. Ever.

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Part 4.5 in a series but this series doesn't have to be read in order

My Best Man with Benefits Review ...

Finally we get to find out what has been happening behind the scenes with Logan and Sophie.

Sophie is the super shy woman who wants to re-invent herself but can Logan really be the answer to this transition. 

Logan started his own business and loved it but lately the business has become to much and it doesn't know how to balance everything.  Even though he is super busy he is also loyal so when his best friend ask for him to look out for his little sister.  He said yes not realizing that Sophie was going to change his world in so many different ways. 

This was my first Samanthe Beck Novel (insert gasp here) I know, but after this it definitely won' t be my last.  I have a few of her other books on my kindle that will be bumping there way up my TBR.

I thought this story was adorable with some heat.  Sophie the shy misunderstood girl with kinky desires seems to pull in the most eligible groomsmen.  I loved the idea of Sophie her insecurities got a bit much at times and took away from her character but Logan *sigh* he made up for her weakness. 

Logan teaches Sophie to be herself and see the beauty that everyone else sees when they see her.  With the love and acceptance of Logan, Sophie shines which causes Logan to re-evaluate his needs and wants out of life.  For the first time he wants more and makes it happen. 

Great chemistry, great story, great series.

4 Sweet & Sexy thumbs up! 
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