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Betting On The Wrong Brother by Cathryn Fox

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 14th January 2016
Betting On The Wrong Brother by Cathryn FoxBetting on the Wrong Brother by Cathryn Fox
Series: What Happens in Vegas, #12
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on February 8th 2016
Pages: 149
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two-stars

This good girl is ready to be bad…
He may be at a romance readers’ convention, but a naked woman in the elevator is not what horror writer Ryan Wheeler expects. Now he can’t take his eyes off of her—and not just because he saw her naked, though her luscious curves certainly aren’t helping the matter. She’s beautiful, funny, snarky…and a complication he doesn’t need.
Running into her teen heartthrob while naked wasn’t exactly part of romance novelist Andi Palmer’s weekend plans. Worse, he doesn’t recognize her and gives her a fake name. Years ago, he shot her down in the worst possible way, and now this? It’s time for a little down-and-dirty revenge.
Ryan’s more than a little turned on by this good girl who wants to be bad. But things aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re keeping from one another might just end this sexy little rendezvous before it ever begins…

The only way to get a teenage bad boy crush out of your dreams and head is to return that humiliation – even if that’s many years later, after you’ve long grown up. Never mind that these have been intervening years where maturity is supposed to kick in, but apparently a rejection from a crush can and will roll it all back.

Yet it’s exactly what romance author Andi Palmer does when she sees Ryan Grayson at a romance author’s convention, whom she believes is Nolan Wheeler. Except that Ryan Grayson is actually Nolan’s brother, with the same screwed up, no-commitment way of thinking and behaving.

Confusing yet? It all sounds like a very roundabout way of meeting a a teenage crush, getting revenge by getting hot between the sheets. For that reason I just couldn’t quite get into the ridiculousness of the whole affair, especially since a hot night in bed is suddenly sufficient to convince a man whose ‘sex-only rules’ that marital bliss is actually in the cards for him.

This isn’t quite the book for me, unfortunately, seeing as I spent more time trying to believe the farcical storyline than rooting for Andi/Ryan’s HEA.

two-stars

Tempting Her Best Friend by Gina L. Maxwell

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ New Adult/ Young Adult 28th August 2014
Tempting Her Best Friend by Gina L. MaxwellTempting Her Best Friend by Gina L. Maxwell
Series: What Happens in Vegas #1
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on August 11th 2014
Pages: 164
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two-stars

Alyssa Miller is tired of waiting for her next-door neighbor to see her as more than just his best friend. Ready to let off some steam, she heads to Las Vegas for a romance book convention where, if she's lucky, she’ll get down and dirty with one of the sexy cover models.
Dillon Alexander doesn’t do commitment—especially not where his best friend is concerned. She deserves a man who can give her the world, not damaged goods. But when he realizes Alyssa intends to have a one-night stand on her vacation, he hauls ass after her to make sure he’s the one to scratch her itch.
Neither of them expects their explosive chemistry to burn hotter than the lights on the strip, but with a little help from Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, a flamboyant matchmaker, and TSA, what happens in Vegas might not stay in Vegas…

Quick, fun and cute read with the prerequisite angst – don’t think I’d ever get sick of the best friends to lovers trope. Sure, both the H/h have issues, but I wasn’t too convinced about Dillon’s 180 degree sudden turnaround and the piss-poor excuse he makes about being his father’s son that seems to be an apparently good enough reason for his flagrant lifestyle. Can’t blame the heroine for fleeing when the cards didn’t fall the way she expected. Alyssa’s daddy problems made more sense to me and maybe it was the POV in the writing that I felt for her more than I did for Dillon. (My confession? I’m not a great fan of the reformed-playboy-cliche that abounds in chick lit)

two-stars
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