Series: , Dark, , #2
Published by Entangled: Brazen on February 15th 2016
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His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…
Paying down her sister’s debts has left personal assistant 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 get a second job 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.
But 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 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.
The double-life Brody Kane’s PA is leading is way more up his alley than anyone can ever imagine, after his fantasies burst into life in a seedy back room of a strip club. Emma Strickland, as he finds out, is a chameleon running from her past, working hard to keep out of debt and failing miserably at all of it. Temporarily putting her up in his apartment, Brody and Emma eventually work their lustful way through a strange relationship so full of emotional tugs-of war that the growing connection between the both of them is nearly severed before it can be strengthened.
‘Taking the Score’ is one of those books where I really liked a character and disliked the other, which leaves me in a fix when it comes to rating this. Brody’s gruff openness and his (in)ability to take care of things the only way he knows how won me over immediately. Unfortunately, I found it hard to reconcile all the various pieces of Emma’s personality, especially after the initial showing of enviable independence turned into mule-headed stubbornness and unreasoning distrust that ultimately made Brody pay (literally and emotionally) for her own insecurities. Emma takes more than she gives – at least where Brody is concerned – and dishing out her affection rather measly only after she is convinced of his own felt like the last selfish act that I couldn’t tolerate, especially in the epilogue.
That being said, Kate Meader’s snappy dialogue and buoyant storytelling make this story engaging and at times, lough-out-loud funny. The continual subtext involving the issues of control and allowing burdens to be shared is so eloquently put out that I can’t help but want the next installment immediately – even if it’s just to read Ms. Meader’s special way with words.