Series: Rule Breakers #4
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, New Adult, Romance
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As dominating in business as he is in bed, Rand Sterling Winston, IV, always gets what he wants. And even before he realizes that she’s scammed him into paying triple the cost for her friend’s painting, he wants Dani Michaels. To catch her alone, Rand demands she personally deliver his purchase. The attraction between them is immediate and electric, and he knows she feels it, too. So when the part-time petty thief rebuffs his advances, he gives her a choice: a night in jail or an evening with him.
Despite her checkered past, Dani has never met someone like Rand: brooding, intense, and oh-so tempting. Only a man with a broken soul could make losing control feel this dangerous. Still, when Rand proposes a no-strings, no-holds-barred affair, Dani’s more than a little intrigued. It’ll be the trickiest con she's ever run and a chance to indulge her steamiest fantasies—nothing more. But as their encounters grow increasingly intimate, Dani uncovers a vulnerable side to Rand’s steely exterior . . . and opens her heart to the ultimate risk.
This is one of the few series I have read from the beginning and continued along with. I’ve liked all the books in the series (although I have my favorite) and this book was a good addition to the series. I’m not quite sure if this was my favorite book of the series, but if it it’s not then it’s a close second.
I think part of the reason why this book worked for me in this series so well is that both of the characters were a bit unexpected for me. I mean as soon as the book started I knew Dani was a con artist (most likely by necessity), which instantly made her more appealing to me, but I don’t think I was prepared for Rand to be who he turned out to be, nor how the two of them would end up being together.
So Dani, she’s definitely interesting, and in some ways a contradiction. She lives live like it is one big game, even when no one else is playing, she always finds a way to play the game. Oh and losing is not an option. As Rand notes later on in the book, the only time she isn’t in complete control is when she is asleep, she wears her armor at all times. But at the same time she has her younger brother Jimmy, who she loves without reservation, that is beyond clear. Most of her softer moments have to do with Jimmy because he really is the one person she cares about without any second thoughts. And when it seems that Jimmy might be in trouble, Dani has no problem offering herself up to Rand in order to help him out.
So Rand, from the beginning is painted as fourth generation Silver Spoon (as she refers to him) and Dani, as well as the reader, all have some kind of preconceived notion as to who he is going to be, basically some self-important, entitled a-hole. As it turns out, he recognized the game Dani is playing, and he wants to play. There are moments in the book where he walks in Dani’s shoes, in her life, without so much as a second thought, and you can’t help but wonder every time he does it, who exactly is this guy. There were a couple of moments in the book where I didn’t like Rand, mostly because I thought he was pushing in a way that just made me too uncomfortable, but you will have to read the book to understand what I am talking about. In the end though, I liked Rand. And more to the point I liked the way Rand and Dani interacted together. It’s not just that the two of them had good chemistry, it was more than that, it was the way the two of them played the game, the game that only the two of them knew was being played.
I’ve enjoyed this series, and without a doubt I enjoyed this latest book in the series. I would easily recommend the entire series, but if you had to pick just one, I think this would be the one I would pick, that or the first book.