Series: Search and Seduce #1
Published by Entangled: Brazen
Publication Date: November 16th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Playing dirty can be the best kind of fun…
Chloe Franklin wouldn’t call herself a commitment-phobe, so much as she’s allergic to anything long term. She loves the sexy, sweaty and intensely hot hours of the night that come before the sun rises, though. Especially when those nights are spent with Search-and-Rescuer Gage McGraw…
Gage loves his job, but there is one thing he’s starting to like more than the rush of a mission—a stacked blonde with a mouth that haunts his dreams. Every time he steps foot in the sleepy town of Beaufort, he hooks up with Chloe. But he’s tired of hooks-ups. He wants more.
Just the sight of Gage gets Chloe’s blood going. Hot, bothered, and finally naked, she’s ready for their night to start. But before he takes her, he whispers what his intentions really are…and then the games really begin.
This is a first for me: reading a book where I dislike both main characters all the way to the end and it touched a huge nerve. I’m glad I got a chance to take breath before writing this review because it was a lot more heated in my brain! I usually enjoy Ms. Ryan’s writing and the commitment-phobic heroine trope is something I would enjoy. I really was interested in how she would be convinced to take a chance on love and settled in to enjoy a fun and sexy romp, but for the life of me I could not enjoy this story because of how much I disliked the characters! All I could see on every page was how very selfish they both were.
Chloe is not interested in love and commitment because of her late mother’s experiences. So when her occasional weekend hook-up, Gage McGraw returns to town with the intention of making their fling something more permanent, she employs all the tricks at her disposal to convince him to keep their ‘relationship’ exactly as it is. Never mind that they are already committed to having sex with each other only.
And Gage. I actually liked him initially and was excited to see how he would convince Chloe to make their relationship permanent, but apparently his hero complex was too overwhelming for his life-changing epiphany to mean much. Usually, when people experience those moments, they actually make changes in their lives but he was more interested in testing the waters by going on a date with Chloe to see how that would turn out. And he expected her to agree to wait for him while he raced around the country rescuing people. Yeah, that’s just the ticket!
Honestly, the only upside to this book was Gage’s friend, East who just kept dishing out truths like an oracle and he’s the only reason I kept reading, which must make me some kind of masochist because in spite of how much I disliked Chloe and Gage, I kept hoping they would somehow redeem themselves and by the time the book ended, I was so over them! Of course, Ms. Ryan knows how to write some very steamy scenes, so even if the characters were annoying, everything else was actually worth reading. Now, I am looking forward to East’s story and I have high hopes that I’ll love it.