Series: Viking Bastards MC #1
on February 6th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Source: Entangled Publishing
Reading Challenges: Bad Boys of Romance 2017
I like my sex dirty and disposable. I'm not into commitment or chicks who want more than one night. My brothers and club come first, second and last. Until she walks into my life. Classy, rich and so out of my league it's crazy. A week together should get her out of my system, but this good girl is so bad when we're all alone and I can't get enough of her. I don't do forever, but she's hooked me so bad I don't ever want to let her go. Except there's no way a princess can live in my world and I sure as hell won't live in hers...
Links To Tour:http://tastybooktours.com/tours-master/2017/1/26/hooked-christina-phillips
Hooked is the first book in a new series by Christine Phillips. I was so excited that I got a chance to try this story and this author out, so thank you Entangled Publishing and Tasty Book Tours for the opportunity. I have wanted to try this author out, and she does a good variety both contemporary and historical. But I have a weakness for MC, so I was intrigued by the set up of this one. It sets off with our heroine, she has just broken off her engagement and her car has broken down and not in the best part of town. But there is a bar right across the strong, so she walks in like she own the place, wet as all get out but still classy as she can be in a bar that is full of rough riders and MC members. But there is one that catches her eye. A man who is rough around the edges and yeah they get it on pretty quickly. They begin to have a fling. Graec, is looking for something different from her boring life. And Zach is the perfect distraction. But what starts out as just a casual fling for both of them starts to turn into something much deeper. A relationship Grace is ready for, but Zach isn’t. He doesn’t do relationship, he has some emotional baggage and doesn’t know how to do serious romantic entanglements. But he can’t seem to resist Grace, or want to be with her all the time. There is some drama that happens but I loved seeing these two come together on a emotional level. The story is pretty erotic at times and they definitely have some powerful chemistry. But they are also good for each other in the ways that matter. I love that Zach sees the real grace, beneath what she portrays to the world and to her family. He encourages her to give up her current job, and start on her dream: to have a cupcake business (which she is super talented at). This pair does have some set backs especially when it comes to her family. But I liked the way they resolve the situation. The only downside was the ending. It was pretty quick and abrupt and had more of a happy for now instead of a happy ever after that I was expecting. But overall a sizzling romance that packs a punch.
I know I am a jerk, and I can’t give you the world, but I love you, Grace Mulholland. Never forget it.
I pull her close, and she winds her arms around me, which makes me almost forget what I was about to say. “What you see is what you get with me.”
“Hmm,” she says as though she doesn’t believe a word. “Big, bad, tough guy on the outside. That’s okay, your secret’s safe with me.”
I snort with laughter. “No secret, Grace.” I like saying her name. “That’s me, inside and out.”
“If you say so.”
“When I get you home, I’ll prove it to you.”
“Do you live far from here?”
With my arm still wrapped around her, I once again make for the door. “Nah. Just a couple of blocks. Won’t take long.”
“Can we pick my luggage up first?”
I pause, hand on doorknob. “Luggage?”
“Yes. From my car. You know, toothbrush and…stuff.” Her cheeks are pink and she gives a little shrug. “If I’m staying the night I need my things.”
“Sure.” My mind fills with the happy vision of Grace in my shower. I pull open the door, keen to get home and put that particular fantasy into action.
Tension vibrates from her as we walk back into the bar. I swagger across the room, ignoring the glances from my brothers and friends, and they soon get the message. Instead of catcalls and jeers, they go back to their business, and Grace gives a relieved sigh as the door swings shut behind us.
“At least it’s stopped raining.” She lowers her umbrella. “That’s my car, over there.”
I glance across the street and there’s no mistaking which car she’s talking about. It’s a silver Mercedes coupe, and if I don’t warn my brothers the car’s off-limits, it’ll be picked clean by morning.
She opens the trunk and takes out an overnight case, then looks at me expectantly, as though she’s waiting for me to haul out the massive case that takes up the entire space. Is she leaving home or going on vacation?
It’s none of my business, and I don’t know why the question even enters my head.
“You need all this shit for one night?”
“No, but I need a change of clothes.” She frowns as though something’s just occurred to her. “Oh, you mean we’re walking to your house? I thought you’d have your car here. It doesn’t matter, I can make do.”
She goes to shut the trunk, and I hold it open. “I don’t have a car.” Seriously, is she really that clueless? Her surprised glance tells me that yeah, she really is. I haul her case out and slam the trunk.
“There’s really no need.” She waves a finger at her case. “I don’t expect you to carry it along the street. It’s too heavy.”
“The hell it is.” Even if the damn thing were full of bricks I wouldn’t back down now. “You better have some killer underwear in here as payback.”