Series: Naughty or Nice

Ask Me Nicely by Amy Andrews

Ask Me Nicely by Amy AndrewsAsk Me Nicely by Amy Andrews
Series: Naughty or Nice #2
Published by Entangled: Brazen on March 3rd 2015
Pages: 263
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Veterinarian Sal Kennedy's lost her mojo and is desperate to get it back. In fact, as the anniversary of the tragedy that destroyed her life looms large, she'll do anything to erase the painful memories, including overdoing the tequila and making a pass at the most annoyingly inappropriate man on the planet. Fellow veterinarian Doyle Jackson is her flatmate and her employee and therefore strictly off-limits. 
Unfortunately, Doyle knows how to bring the goods and make her mojo sit up and beg. Doyle is only too happy to oblige Sal in her hour of need, but then she demands more, and she's perfectly happy playing dirty to get it. He wants more, too—more than just sex, that is, and it's something Sal's not willing to give. But Doyle is in this for the long haul now, and he's prepared to fight even dirtier to get what he wants. Even if that means they both keep losing all their clothes in the process.

While I can definitely appreciate Amy Andrews’s fluid and very witty writing, I’m not as able to appreciate Sal’s story as much as I’d like to, despite wanting to know what happened to her in Mack’s book which I absolutely adored.

Yes, she’s damaged, hardened, developed a bristly alpha front, is unapologetic for what she does but this isn’t the sort of take-charge heroine that I really take to, maybe because Sal simply reads like the female version of the alpha male who’s cynically damaged, in dire need of saving, does the love ’em and leave ’em routine as he fucks his way – and only successfully to an extent – through his demons. In other words, Sal’s too much of an archetype (only with boobs this time) that I’ve read too much about without too much variation across the board, which bores me because it keeps reappearing in various guises. Doyle is definitely a character I could get into very easily however; he seems more fleshed out, funny and likeable (and he’s probably supposed to be) than Sal herself yet firm enough to take her bull. Again, there’s that role-reversal here as Doyle takes the place of the typical female character riding in on a white horse who will turn things around for her.

I did think though, that what happened in the last half of the book just seemed more significant than what happened in the first…by which time, the story had pretty much ended after the climax and the make-up sex.


No More Mr. Nice Guy by Amy Andrews

No More Mr. Nice Guy by Amy AndrewsNo More Mr. Nice Guy by Amy Andrews
Series: Naughty or Nice #1
Published by Macmillan on September 29th 2014
Pages: 200
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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...
He's done playing the nice guy...
Newly single school counselor Josie Butler just made herself a Sexy To-Do list (featuring Bad Boys only). To her mortification, her best friend's gorgeous older brother Mack finds it...and laughs. But when Josie goes looking for some sexy fun, Mack's nice guy side turns all hot bad-assery, and suddenly she's pinned against an alley wall. Hottest. Sex. Ever.
Veterinarian Mack Kennedy can't believe Josie wants to ditch her sweet, girl-next-door lifestyle. Even worse, that she'd consider doing it with anyone but him. When she leaves for London they'll go back to being 'just friends' but until then, he's going to show her just how bad nice guys can be.
And it's the perfect plan, as long as no one finds out... and no one falls in love.

Amy Andrews’s books have personally always been either a hit or miss for me, but this is definitely the former – especially when it has you rooting for the Mack and Josie the whole way. I loved the scorching chemistry and the hint of bdsm and the spin on the best friend’s brother trope that Ms Andrews has gotten going here. That they’ve both fallen in love only after 10 days or hot sex is not entirely believable but if it’s a resolution that’s necessary for category books, I’d happily suspend my disbelief here with more willingness than I normally do for stories with a rushed HEA.

Obviously I’m crossing my fingers that Sal’s story is going to be next and I’ll be waiting as I do up my own bucket list that can’t possibly trump Josie’s.