Series: Retreat #1
Published by Entangled: Indulgence
Publication Date: September 14th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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You can’t hide from love…or revenge.
Dodge Loving wants revenge…and he’s about to get it. On the cusp of closing a multi-billion-dollar luxury resort deal, Dodge can’t afford for anything go wrong. But then a fiery redhead shows up, the paparazzi hot on her trail, and throws his world into chaos. He has to get rid of her. Immediately.
Harper Conner just wants to be left alone, but after slapping her cheating senator ex-husband during a televised press conference, she’s a hot commodity. The ultra exclusive resort in Wyoming seems like the ideal place to hide–and work–so there’s no way she’s letting the Type-A jerk who runs the place fire her.
Despite the animosity sparking between them, Dodge and Harper can’t keep their hands to themselves. This thing between them can’t happen. It won’t. But his mother has other ideas…and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make sure Harper and Dodge fall in love.
Dodge Loving has been on a lifelong quest for revenge against his grandfather for disowning his mom because she married below her station and a black man to boot. Dodge’s plan is to hit his grandfather where it would hurt the most – financially – and he’s on the verge of inking a deal that would do just that, a deal to partner with an investor to expand his highly exclusive and private resort, in direct competition with his grandfather and he cannot allow anything to jeopardize his hard work, especially not a publicity magnet like Harper Conner.
Harper Conner broke the unspoken code of conduct by slapping her now ex-husband on national TV and refusing to stand by his cheating behind and she just wants to be left alone by the press. The resort in faraway Wyoming is the perfect hideout to avoid publicity as well as work on the first step to her hard won independence – her job authenticating old manuscripts and she is definitely not going to let the attractive owner chase her away.
Dodge’s laser focus on his revenge plan has made him bitter and much like the grandfather he despises and has also left him with no time for romance, much to his mother’s dismay. In her opinion, Harper is the perfect solution to that problem and she is willing to help that along, without much concern for boundaries which results in lots of hilarious moments. Dodge and Harper’s clash of wills and initial hostility hides a mutual attraction but not for long, because they can’t keep their hands off each other and their attraction bubbles over into lots of steamy encounters.
DODGING TEMPTATION is a fun and sexy read, with enjoyable, entertaining characters and a lot of laugh out loud moments. Did I mention the steam? Thanks to Dodge, Harper discovers and explores her kinky side very thoroughly. While Dodge initially gets involved with Harper as a means to manipulating her to do his bidding, all those late night conversations over ice cream show him that he’s wrong about her. But will Dodge give up his quest for revenge in order to keep the girl just when it’s all about to come together?
I’m loving this new crop of political wives and girlfriends who have taken a page from Jenny Sanford’s playbook and refuse to stick by their cheating partners. Harper has been groomed all her life to be the perfect political wife and has never deviated from that path until The Slap. Now she’s all about herself first, taking charge of her life and determined to make herself happy and I loved it! I love the glimpses we got of the entire Loving family and its dynamics and I especially love Dodge’s mom, May. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to see what she has planned for an encore for her sons.