Series: Naughty or Nice #2
Published by Entangled: Brazen on March 3rd 2015
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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.