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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Review: Taking the Score by Kate Meader / @TastyBookTours @KittyMeader



Title: Taking the Score
Series: Tall, Dark, and Texan, Book 2
Author: Kate Meader
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

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

His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to moonlight as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.

Texas property tycoon Brody Kane hired Emma for her spreadsheet skills, but her prim and proper demeanor sealed the deal. There’s no room in his life for a sexy distraction … and yet, he can’t stop lusting after the delicious Ms. Strickland. And then he takes an important client to a Chicago strip club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history. From Emma.

Now that he knows his office good girl has a naughty streak, Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one steamy, illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time. But Emma is hiding more than her side job, and her final secret could end up destroying them both.

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Emma and Brody. The secretary and her boss. She was hired to keep his work life organized and on time. He hired her because she was damned good at her job and he needed her to make sure he stayed damned good at his. But Emma's moonlighting as a waitress at a strip club to pay off her sister's debt. Her boss may not know but he does when she lands on his lap and gives the worst lap dance in the history of lap dances. Except Brody's more than a smart rich guy. He's got the hots for Emma and will do everything in his power to 1)get her to tell him the real reason she's at the club and, 2)keep her in his life.

What happens is a game of give and take, with the exception of Emma's secret which isn't open for discussion throughout most of this story.

The banter between Brody and Emma was laugh-out-loud hilarious. The comebacks were quick and the conversations bold. Their physical attraction morphed into emotional attraction and attachment.

But it was Emma's reason for being at the strip club, her big secret, that really did not sit well with me. To love a sibling is one thing. To clean up their mess long after they became an adult is another. Emma was that kind of sibling. Her devotion and love for her sister were incredible but it irritated me that she went that far for a sister who hardly showed an ounce of gratitude.

Still, it didn't overshadow what was happening between Brody and Emma.

A quick and easy read where romance and love grow despite complications and outside forces. Brody and Emma make an interesting couple. Their circumstances make them less than ideal for one another but they find out soon enough they are perfect for one another.




Originally from Ireland, Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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