Series: Beauty and the Brit #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: March 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Iain wasn’t just rough around the edges-he was uncivilized, despite all the elegant trappings and expensive suits. And Brynn wanted more of it. She wanted Iain in full-on barbarian mode.
She wanted to be taken.
Filthy rich British bad boy Iain Chapman made a name for himself as a ruthless businessman, but if he can secure an investment from Vegas powerhouse Trevor Blake, Iain could take his business to the next level. Solution? Hire beautifully timid corporate trainer-and Trevor’s sister-in-law-Brynn Campbell and seduce his way to success.
Brynn’s everything Iain is not: kind, delicate, decent. But she’s also got a taste for something a little beastly, and it doesn’t take long for Iain to break through her every inhibition. Brynn was supposed to be his pawn, but as Iain gets closer to his goal, he begins to realize he’s not ready to let her go, not now, not ever-even if it costs him everything.
Iain Chapman is a fighter. Born into very poor circumstances, He scrapped his way to fortune and has his eye on more. To get to the next level, he needs an opportunity to convince one of the most successful businessmen in Vegas to invest in his venture and he’ll go as far as seducing a family member to get an introduction.
I had my eye on this book from the first time I read the blurb and I was looking forward to a very enjoyable experience reading it. Well, it wasn’t exactly what I expected but I learned one thing: I have a terminal aversion to passive, weak characters who let people walk all over them and Brynn Campbell is by far the worst of them. My issue isn’t that she actually had a mild personality, it’s that she never stood up for herself and even in her internal monologues, she talked down to herself.
Iain on the other hand, is the alpha male you always look forward to reading about. Barely contained, quite crude in spite of the high end suits and very ruthless in business. In the bedroom, he’s very untamed and absolutely dominant. With a woman who is strong enough to go toe to toe with him, it would have been a combustible combination. Sadly, Brynn was not that woman. In fact their every encounter made me think of a big cat playing with prey before going in for the kill and way he steamrolled over her all the time was so annoying, I found myself throwing my tablet to the side a few times. The only place Iain and Brynn were a perfect match was sexually because it was where they completely let go with each other.
Surprisingly, in spite of my dislike of the characters, the story was actually enjoyable and Ms. Austin’s writing was really good. The changes in Iain were obvious because he went from uncaring and brusque with his employees to a more likable and friendly version of himself. Even personally, it was obvious that he had mellowed quite a bit so maybe Brynn wasn’t so bad after all. And she finally grew a spine, very late in the game.
If you are not a fan of wimpy females, I’ll suggest you pass on this. If you prefer you alpha males to be civilized, cultured and polished, then you may not enjoy this book. And if you don’t enjoy explicit sex scenes, then this is not the book for you. If however any of the above flips your buttons, then this is the book for you.