Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews

Posted January 28, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Scandalize Me by Caitlin CrewsScandalize Me by Caitlin Crews
Format: eARC
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance
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I’m not going to stop. I’m going to drown in you, and then I’m going to do it again. And again. Until I’ve had my fill.

Zoe Brook has been sent to clean up a bad boy’s reputation. And that’s just fine - she knows all about hiding the sins of the past. But Hunter Grant, sports hero and renowned womaniser is so much...more than she ever expected.

Money, passion and power come as naturally to this man as the women who flock to his bed. But Zoe’s determined not to be another notch on his bedpost. So when Hunter turns his considerable focus and energy to seducing her, she draws on every sharp put-down in her arsenal. But with no sassy comebacks left, the final words on Zoe’s lips are...Yes. Oh, yes.

I think part of the reason why this series intrigued me is that it is a series by three different authors. I really like the idea of three different authors, three different voices and writing styles, existing in the same world, and creating work that fits together in order to propel a plot line forward. I really did enjoy the first book in this series, so I was looking forward to reading this book.

I have to say that I did enjoy Crews’ addition to the series. I liked both the main characters, Zoe and Hunter, they were both unique in their own ways, and in a lot of ways they kind of clash against each other because of their strong personalities, but it really works for them, they sizzle on the page.

So Zoe has a past involved in the incident that ties this whole trilogy together, she knew Sarah, she was like her. So she is out for revenge against Jason Treffen just like everyone else in this trilogy is. Zoe is working alone though, and she needs Hunter in order for her plan to work. Zoe is a PR specialist and one of the best in New York, Hunter is a despised ex-athlete who worked his butt off to make sure everyone hates him (hey self-punishment can be a powerful thing). The thing is Hunter doesn’t want to be rehabbed, he likes his image the way it is, it was well crafted by him, but Zoe intrigues him in a way that makes him feel alive again.

Zoe and Hunter are both very big personalities, and they both seem to really enjoy playing power struggle games with each other, it’s really hard to tell who is winning the game at times. I liked that Zoe has taken her past and made herself into a force to be reckoned with, I like that she’s smart and strong, and is willing to do what it takes to get justice for her friend. Hunter, well he is definitely an alpha guy, but he’s also intentionally sitting at the bottom of the barrel. Yes he is charming, yes he is hot, yes somewhere hidden in his deep dark chest of secrets is a good buy; but almost no one gets to see that but Zoe, which makes it all the more interesting on the page.

My one complaint with the book is the passage of time. I felt like the book did not take place over a long enough period of time, or rather it didn’t feel like there was a lot of time. For example a chapter would start weeks later after the previous chapter ended, but yet it felt like only a day had passed. Or there is the really long love scene which felt like it took up a ton of chapters and dragged on for days, which in reality was probably a very short period of time.

Other than that, I think this book is a really good follow up in the Fifth Avenue series, and I enjoyed reading it. It did a really good job setting up for the finale in the trilogy, which I am also looking forward to reading. I would easily recommend this book if you like alpha guys and characters who are out to get justice for a wrongdoing.

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About Caitlin Crews

Caitlin Crews discovered her first romance novel at the age of twelve, in a bargain bin at the local five and dime. It involved swashbuckling pirates, grand adventures, a heroine with rustling skirts and a mind of her own, and a seriously mouthwatering and masterful hero. The book (the title of which remains lost in the mists of time) made a serious impression. Caitlin was immediately smitten with romances and romance heroes, to the detriment of her middle school social life. And so began her life-long love affair with romance novels, many of which she insists on keeping near her at all times, thus creating a fire hazard of love wherever she lives.

Caitlin has made her home in places as far-flung as York, England and Atlanta, Georgia. She was raised near New York City, and fell in love with London on her first visit when she was a teenager. She has backpacked in Zimbabwe, been on safari in Botswana, and visited tiny villages in Namibia. She has, while visiting the place in question, declared her intention to live in Prague, Dublin, Paris, Athens, Nice, the Greek Islands, Rome, Venice, and/or any of the Hawaiian islands. Writing about exotic places seems like the next best thing to actually moving there.

She currently lives in California with her animator/comic book artist husband and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.

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