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Emergency Attraction by Samanthe Beck

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 22nd March 2017
Emergency Attraction by Samanthe BeckEmergency Attraction by Samanthe Beck
Series: Love emergency #3
on April 17th 2017
Pages: 260
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four-stars

Ten years ago when Shane Maguire chose the Marines as his escape from some trouble of his own making, he only regretted one thing—leaving Sinclair Smith behind. Despite his best intentions, she ended up as the one that got away. Now he’s back, determined to reclaim everything he gave up, including Sinclair.
Sinclair is immune to Shane’s charms. She’s immune to stolen kisses behind the gym. And she’s definitely immune to that maneuver he did in the back seat of his car… Okay, maybe her hormones are susceptible, but she has absolutely no desire to risk anything on the bad boy who broke all his promises.
When a little emergency lands her at his mercy, he offers her a deal she can’t refuse. And this time, she’ll show Shane what it means to be left wanting…

A ten-year separation – due to circumstances that were truly out of their control – isn’t that difficult to get over the moment a dance during a wedding reminds both Sinclair and Shane of the spark that had never died between them.

For Sinclair, apart from her memories of him, Shane isn’t the bad boy in town who had no future to his name any longer; he’s now a respected emergency manager with so much experience in doing what he does. And as impressive as it is to see what he had made of his life, it’s how impulsively and wholly they loved each other back then that has her evaluating their relationship. Tragedy, however, has made her wary of every good thing that might come her way and Shane, from the onset, is determined to convinced her that fate will not outrun them this time.

There was a lot to savour about this book – the moment I got past my wariness about second-chances romance – not least of all, it’s really about Samanthe Beck’s fluid writing and her beautifully detailed descriptions of Sinclair’s and Shane’s personal battles to become the people they are today. Tangled up in their burgeoning relationship is also a zoning matter that threatens Sinclair’s home and tests her trust in Shane, but there isn’t mistaking the heat that can and still exist between them despite this difficulty. I also liked Shane’s fast and furious all-in stance (a far cry from too many male protagonists in books these days) and how he’d never let up in his efforts to win her back, though it truly wasn’t quite his fault when he left and never came back. In short, Beck not only makes the 10-year separation acceptable, but their coming back together a believable one. Once I breathed a sigh of relief at that, the story was all a-go for me.

The epilogue wraps up this series quite perfectly: men in a domesticated scene (and struggling with it), getting into trouble only just as the women return home to witness it. But Beck injects so many feels and so much poignant emotion into it that you can quite believe that these couples are truly living their HEA.

four-stars

Hard Compromise by Samanthe Beck

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Erotica/ Netgalley/ Reviews 15th November 2016
Hard Compromise by Samanthe BeckHard Compromise by Samanthe Beck
Series: Compromise Me #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 21st 2016
Pages: 183
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two-stars

Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.
Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he want anything to do with the women his wealthy family wants him to meet. Not when he’s waited ten years for his chance to make his move. His deal might have strings—and Laurie may not know the stakes—but nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart.

Laurie Peterson’s first brush with Deputy Ethan Booker at sixteen had already marked her for his, or so he thought. But that only comes into play a decade later, when Laurie has finally long grown up and holds everyone else at arm’s length as Ethan finds ways and means to punch through those walls through any manipulative scheme he can find, be it through sex-with-no-strings or a fake-girlfriend deal. Of course, her livelihood going up in smoke, tragically helps his case.

As the girl from the wrong side of the tracks manipulated by her mother, Laurie constantly struggles with a self-esteem issue especially when it comes to mingling with Ethan Booker’s upper class family. This emerges on a fairly repetitive basis throughout, and builds towards a climax based on Laurie’s small-mindedness and inability to trust Ethan as her mother played her strings. Yet Laurie, in her attempt to stay independent, seemed to have become a carbon-copy of her mother’s actions and most of the time, I felt as though I was reading about a chase that wouldn’t go anywhere unless Ethan kept proving himself over and over that he was trustworthy…until something breaks and he has to walk away before Laurie finally realises what she has lost.

The story is predictable, the pacing decent and Samanthe Beck’s writing is stellar enough to keep the pages turning. My frustrations with the story however, lie clearly with my own issues with reunion or second chance-type plot lines and the emotional pull required to lure me in just wasn’t there at all. The reason I could not feel invested in this couple is the lack of believability of a pairing that waited 10 years to come to fruition because Ethan waited too long (why the bloody wait if he truly had the balls to go for what he wanted?) for Laurie to grow up—as they sampled other people in the meantime—before ‘claiming’ her. It’s too much of a contradiction for me to find any plausibility in it, even with a happy ending that left me in disbelief when the trite-sounding confession of ‘it has always been you’ felt like a weak premise to start a HEA based on lust that was apparently love all along.

two-stars

Emergency Engagement by Samanthe Beck

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Erotica/ Netgalley/ Reviews 6th February 2016
Emergency Engagement by Samanthe BeckEmergency Engagement by Samanthe Beck
Series: Love Emergency #1
Published by Entangled: Brazen on February 15th 2016
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four-stars

Glass artist Savannah Smith expected a marriage proposal for Thanksgiving—just not from her strong, silent, super-hot neighbor. But when misplaced mail and a wayward can of paint lands them in a compromising position right as her family arrives for dinner, they assume he’s “The One” she’s been talking about.
Then his family shows up.
Fate dealt a crippling blow to paramedic Beau Montgomery’s heart, and he isn’t about to put it at risk again. Except, with his mother crying tears of joy over his surprise engagement to the sexy little blonde next door, he can’t bring himself to ruin her “Christmas miracle.”
Somewhere between the paint can to the head and the chaotic family trip to the ER, Beau manages to talk Savannah into being his fake fiancée long enough to survive the holidays.
If, of course, they don’t fall in love first…
He needs the kind of rescue only she can provide…
Series order:Love Emergency Book 1: Emergency EngagementLove Emergency Book 2: Emergency Delivery

A freak accident involving a noisy neighbour and a paint job turns Beau Montgomery’s uncomplicated existence upside-down. Chasing a criminally insane idea from this incident, he convinces said neighbour Savannah Smith to play along in a fake engagement to keep his parents happy. But it’s an admittedly juvenile scheme, which predictably backfires when attraction and circumstance change this relationship into something neither both expect.

Savannah in particular, was a great female protagonist: compassionate, spontaneous and beautifully perceptive to what Beau seems to need, who in turn, made me grimace more than usual when his own fears and emotional stuntedness cause him to do an abrupt – and inexcusable – turn with her towards the end.

Nevertheless, Samanthe Beck’s confident and witty writing made this book a breeze and a joy to go through and when the laughter finally stopped, the angst that eventually turned up doesn’t disappoint. Yet the rather rushed ending lessened my ability to believe in Beau/Savannah’s HEA and I thought that an added epilogue could have ended the story more solidly.

four-stars
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