Oh.My.God. This is such a fun book. And dirty. And emotional. And smart. Yes, smart. Ms. Malone is one of my go-to authors and she doesn’t disappoint in this offering in her London Billionaires series. I read Mr. Big but don’t worry, you don’t need to read it to enjoy this one. When I say smart, its written more in the tone and voice of Nathan and I loved it. I really enjoy the male POV and besides the alternative chapters, most authors won’t tackle it but Ms. Malone does and she does it brilliantly.
Nathan is the manwhore that you fall in love with from the start. The opening of the book sets the tone for him but he is so much more than just having a different bedmate every other night. He really cares for Sophie. From the very beginning. The “lessons” that he decides that she needs is just a ruse to get to know her and yes, sleep with her but in the end, that’s not what happens. I also loved that even with all the issues that he has with his dad, he can talk to his stepmother. The scenes near the end of the book with her just about broke me. What grown man, billionaire talks to his mom about falling in love? Nathan does and it is beautiful. Plus, he buys a theater.
Sophie is the complete opposite of Nathan but that’s why the relationship works. The complete each other and in ways they didn’t even know. But what’s even better about Sophie is that she didn’t want to fall in love with Nathan, but she did and when they black moment came up, it was her, not him, that had to realize that she never let him explain. She just reacted and walked. In most books, it’s the other way around but Ms. Malone just knows to twist it just a bit and her…she just knows. And that’s why I love Ms. Malone.
Ms. Malone writes a fast-paced book. Nothing ever lags and I appreciate that in more ways than I can ever express. Her writing is tight, fluid, and emotional. Manwhore or not, you will fall in love with Nathan. And Sophie. I will warn you though that it is written in British English. *sigh* All the slang is there and at times, I really felt like I was in London. Plus, the romance between Nathan and Sophie is relatable, emotional, funny, dirty and just plain fun. He might be a billionaire but he’s just a regular guy falling in love and hating the pain that goes with it. Sophie is just a lady that wants to be loved and not forgotten in the process. *sigh*
One of the best books that I’ve read this year and you won’t be disappointed.
USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.
Becoming a father was never part of Jager McNeill’s plan, until the heat between him and his luscious assistant turned into searing passion. Now Delia Rickard is carrying his baby. After growing up without a father, Jager’s determined to be there for his child. And marriage would ensure that. But despite their chemistry, Delia’s unwilling to marry for anything less than love.
A trip with Jager to Manhattan could change all that. For in this enchanting city ablaze with Christmas lights, romance begins to blossom. And a kiss under the mistletoe just might turn into lasting love.
“Are you okay, Delia?” The voice in her ear was familiar; she’d heard it nearly every day for the past year, even if she hadn’t seen the man in person for weeks on end.
“Fine,” she spluttered, the word ending in a cough. Of course, it was foolish to be embarrassed since she had dived in the water to save a child. And yet, it still felt terribly awkward to be caught with her dress up around her waist today of all days when she’d wanted to make the perfect professional impression. Also, she’d scratched him.
Coughed all over him. If she hadn’t had a crush on him once upon a time, maybe she wouldn’t be tingling from head to toe right now in spite of everything. But she feared if she tried to swim away from him to escape all the feelings, she just might drown. She was surprised to notice how far she’d drifted from the dock in her search. Behind
them, she noticed the transport skiff that Cyril had sent out to meet Jager’s seaplane. Jager must have been arriving at the same time she’d jumped into the water.
“Hold onto my shoulders,” he told her, shifting their positions in the water so he faced her. “I’ll tow you to the dock.”
Nose to nose with him, Delia stared up into his steel-blue eyes. She thought she’d gotten used to his good looks in the past two years that they’d known each other. His dark hair and sharp, shadowed jaw made for enticing contrasts to those incredibly blue eyes. His hair had grown longer in the past months, as if barber visits were the last thing on his mind. But the way the damp strands curled along the strong column of his neck only added to the appeal.
This close, she had the benefit of sensing the wealth of muscle in his athletic body where he held her. Feeling the flush of heat course through her, she ducked deeper into the cold water to hide her reaction to him.
“I can make it.” Shaking her head, she scattered droplets from her wet hair. “I just needed to catch my breath.”
She attempted to paddle away, but Jager only gripped her tighter. Oh. My. Feeling the warmth of his chest through their clingy clothes roused an ache she should not be feeling for her boss. Adding to the problem, the strapless bra she’d been wearing had shifted lower on her rib cage where it did absolutely no good.
“Humor me,” he ordered her, his voice as controlled as his movements. “You’re exhausted and dry land is farther away than it looks.” He took one of her hands and placed it
on his right shoulder. Then, turning away from her, he very deliberately set her other hand on his left shoulder. He began to swim toward the dock with measured strokes, towing her along behind him. Water lapped over them in light waves. She felt every ripple of his muscles under her palms as the light waves swished over them. She debated fishing one hand down her dress to haul up her bra before they reached land, but decided the potential scolding from Jager if she let go of him wasn’t worth it. So she clung to him and gritted her teeth against the friction of her pebbled breasts rubbing against his back. By now he had to be as keenly aware of her as she was of him.
The only positive of this awkward reunion? Any anxiety she had about talking business with him was utterly eclipsed by physical awareness. So when they reached land, she clamped onto the dock, evenly met his blue gaze and said, “I definitely deserve a raise.”
Ever read a series and can’t wait for the next book to come out? Yep, this is that series for me. I’ll never forget when Ms. Rock offered me the first book in the series (Quinn’s book) and asked me to review it. Oh.My.Gosh. I was completely hooked. Then we get to Cam’s book (#3) and at the last 1/4 of it, we are told that there are 3 more McNeill’s to drool over and read about. I waited with bated breath when it came to reading about the others. And trust me, Ms. Rock does not disappoint. Next month, I get to drool over Damon’s story next. In fact, we get a bit of the backstory about him and what has happened. *sigh*
So now we have the “beginning” of the “other” McNeills. *sigh* This trio is going to be even more interesting and feisty that Quinn, Ian, and Cam…if that’s possible. Of course, we get a trope that I liked. Boss/Assistant/Accidental Pregnancy but with Delia and Jager it’s much more than that. As Jager’s assistant, Delia doesn’t see him much. In fact, it’s been at least a year since they have seen each other so the scene above is priceless. These two have a work history but the romance part is so new to both of them. In fact, in the beginning, I couldn’t get into it but eventually, Jager had me believing in his true feelings for Delia. These two at major “daddy” issues and it affected how they saw marriage and especially with a baby on the way. I loved how Ms. Rock brought a resolution to Delia’s issue but we are not done with Jager at all. *spoiler alert * That’s the whole story ARC between the six books. 😉
What sold me about their relationship is how Delia was able to get Jager to go to New York and at least meet with his “other” brothers. I especially liked how the other girls were there for Delia from the beginning. They had all been there before, so they knew. And Malcolm is just great. Of course, Cam at the gate of his estate on the island is hilarious and trust me, only Cam could get away with it. That’s when I knew that Ms. Rock sold me on Jager, Damon, and Gabe. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series plays out with all six of the brothers.
Ms. Rock cannot write a bad book. I’ve been reading her since her early, early Harlequin days (remember Spice? She wrote some historical shorts for that line and yes, I still have them on my old Nook) Plus, regardless of the trope, I always believe in the story. I might have had a bit of trouble in the beginning but once the story really started moving, I was sold. Bring the rest of the brothers. However, I will be really sad when it’s all over. I miss the lugs already.
Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her
life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann.
When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the next book in her sizzling O’Malleys family series, hailed as “The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet.” In UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION Aiden O’Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, offers ex-cop Charlotte Finch her last chance for justice.
Meet Aiden and Charlie!
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Title: Undercover Attraction
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Series: The O’Malleys
Page Count: 352 pages
Format: Digitial and Print
Scandal. Wealth. Power. Seduction. Welcome to the world of the O’Malleys.
Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it’s Aiden O’Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she’ll have to pretend to be his fiancée for his plan to work.
Aiden can’t afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O’Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they’re playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their “engagement” was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe– even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.
His brows slanted down, and then his expression cleared. “You’re worried about me? Bright eyes, you don’t have to be.”
Either he was lying to make her feel better or he’d missed the cold calculation in Alethea’s eyes when she’d watched them walk out. If he didn’t dance to the tune she set, she would have no problem killing him. She wouldn’t lose a wink of sleep at night over it.
Charlie gripped his hand tighter. “Promise me.”
“You know I can’t. I’ll do whatever it takes to see this through, and if that means getting into another situation like the one we just left, I won’t hesitate.”
She wanted to shake the stubbornness right out of him. “Even if it means you don’t walk out alive?”
He started to give her a pat answer. She saw the second he registered that she was actually scared for him—not herself. The mask slipped, and something like wonder dawned. Aiden pulled her into his lap and framed her face with his hands. “The end justifies the means. You know that.”
She’d thought the same thing earlier. Now she wasn’t so sure.
But he wasn’t going to listen to her tonight. Either he hadn’t seen the danger or he was determined to downplay it. If she kept pressing, it might mean a fight, and that was the last thing Charlie wanted. She’d never been more aware of time flowing, a river that she couldn’t fight. Aiden wasn’t hers. She couldn’t protect him. She didn’t even have a real right to demand he take more precautions. She was just a woman whose aims had lined up with his.
She kissed him. There wasn’t anything left to say that they couldn’t communicate with their bodies. She shifted to straddle him, the move making her dress ride up to indecent heights. All Aiden’s careful control was gone in an instant, replaced by a frenzy that matched her own. He slid his hands up her thighs to her hips, pushing the dress even higher, and grabbed her ass, grinding her against him.
All her fear and anger turned to desire, creating an inferno bound to incinerate them both. She could care less. Charlie reached between them and undid his slacks to pull out his cock. She palmed him. “Condom?”
He opened his mouth and then considered. “Fuck, I don’t have any.”
Damn. Disappointment soured in her stomach, but she shoved it away. “Then I guess we’ll have to get creative. I need you inside me. I don’t care how.” She pushed away his hands and slid down the seat to kneel between his thighs.
Or she tried to.
He caught her halfway through the move and shook his head. “No, bright eyes.”
“What?” Surely he wasn’t rejecting a blow job? That had to break some kind of international law. It just wasn’t done. “You’re starting to give me a complex.”
Aiden lifted her back to his lap, this time facing away from him. The passing lights showed her reflection in the glass separating them from the front seat. Her blue eyes were wild, her hair tangled from his fingers, her dress in danger of slipping off her breasts. Behind her, Aiden was barely a shadow. He moved her hair to one side and kissed her neck. “You come first, bright eyes. Second, too, if I have any say in it.”
She licked her lips. “One of these days, I’m going to tie you down and give you all the blow jobs I’ve been craving.”
“One of these days…” He bracketed her throat with one hand, keeping her head tilted to the side, and coasted the other hand up her inner thigh, spreading her legs further. “One of these days, I’ll let you.”
She nodded. “Good answer.” The move increased the pressure of his hand against her neck, and she squirmed, turned on far more than she should be.
His wandering hand reached the junction between her thighs, and he parted her, idly stroking. “I think I like that you’re worried about me.” His finger circled her clit and away. “I like it a lot.”
“Mmm.” What was she supposed to say to that? She’d already had to face the fact that she didn’t have the right words because she didn’t have the right.
His finger pushed into her slowly. “I won’t be without a condom again, bright eyes. Feeling you so hot and wet around my finger makes me crave the same around my cock.” He pumped as idly as he’d touched her to begin with. “A woman like you could make a man forget himself.”
It was hard to think, with his hard body behind her, his erection pressing against her ass, and his hand moving between her legs. She tried despite that. “Only for a while.”
“No, bright eyes. Not just for a while.” He dragged his mouth down the line of her shoulder. “When I’m inside you, all I can think of is you. When I’m near you, all I can think of is getting inside you again. If you gave me half a chance, I’d be buried to the hilt right now, condom be damned. That’s crazy.”
She rocked against his hand, letting her head fall back to rest on his shoulder. He let go of her throat. The only warning she got was his thumb brushing her sternum and then he pushed down her dress, baring her breasts completely. Aiden cursed. “Next time you forget such a vital part of your wardrobe, the moment I find out, I’m going to fuck you. I might give you the option of dragging you to the nearest bathroom…if you’re lucky.”
Praise for UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION
“Robert (Forbidden Promises) combines strong chemistry, snappy plotting, and imperfect yet appealing characters in her fifth O’Malley contemporary.”—Publishers Weekly on UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION
“Imagine the erotic sensibility of Red Shoe Diaries expertly fused with the ruthless power struggles that fueled The Sopranos and you have some idea of the flavor of Robert’s RITA–nominated O’Malleys series. In the fifth installment, she doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the searing sensuality of the love scenes or the brutal danger propelling the plot, thus delivering exactly the kind of intense love story her readers crave.”—Booklist on UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION
Dirty words, dirty words. Yes, lots of them. Oh, my word. *fans self* Seriously. This is one of the hottest books that I’ve read in a long time. And get this, there is a great plot to go with it. Plus, come on its Charlie and Aiden. I fell in love with this family a long time ago and the series just gets better and better. In fact, I can’t wait to see what happens with the “villain” Dmitri in the next book. Yes, you heard that right. If you don’t have a clue about the series, it’s about a family of mobsters in Boston and how they deal with the business and the partners that they find along the way. Fiercely loyal and will betray even themselves but Ms. Roberts has written the series that every nuisance, word, emotion, betrayal, and character makes sense.
I normally don’t read mobster books. I know, it is another sub-genre that I just don’t “get” but don’t mess with my O’Malley’s. But what truly draws me into the series is how intense driven it is. Most times I’m holding my breath and only exhale when there are smexy times. I can finally relax and feel the emotions between Charlie and Aiden. Plus, Aiden is just plain dirty. *growl* Charlie and Aiden fight their attraction but that’s what makes it so sweet in the end. They can truly be themselves with each other when they can’t with other people. Aiden has been the mystery man to me throughout the series and I’m so glad that I got to know him now. Charlie is just too cool. I loved how she had to decide what shade of gray she believed in with everything that had happened to her.
Seeing the other couples and how they are doing is great, too. I love it when an author doesn’t forget about them and gives you an update. Don’t worry about reading the other books first. This one does stand alone but you might be reaching for the one-click button afterward. Trust me on this. Overall, again, I can’t get enough of this series and I’m so looking forward to the magic that Ms. Robert’s is going to have to weave with Kiera and Dmitri. If you have read the series, you will understand what I mean.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.” When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.