Series: Search and Seduce #1
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Friends With Benefits, Law Enforcement, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Playing dirty can be the best kind of fun…
Chloe Franklin wouldn’t call herself a commitment-phobe, so much as she’s allergic to anything long term. She loves the sexy, sweaty, and intensely hot hours of the night that come before the sun rises, though. Especially when those nights are spent with Search-and-Rescuer Gage McGraw...
Gage loves his job, but there is one thing he’s starting to like more than the rush of a mission—a stacked blonde with a mouth that haunts his dreams. Every time he steps foot in the sleepy town of Beaufort, he hooks up with Chloe. But he’s tired of hooks-ups. He wants more.
Just the sight of Gage gets Chloe's blood going. Hot, bothered, and finally naked, she’s ready for their night to start. But before he takes her, he whispers what his intentions really are…and then the games really begin.
I am a huge fan of friends with benefits that turns into something more, so I went into this book pretty excited. One thing that was interesting about this book though was that instead of developing the friends with benefits relationship first, and then having it evolve into something more, this relationship was established before the book even started. So when the book starts you have Gage, our hero, looking for something more from Chloe, our heroine. Chloe is not at all interesting in the whole something more thing, but Gage is totally up for the challenge of changing her mind.
So Gage is a search and rescue guy and he embodies the definition of masculine. He’s definitely a hot guy and he’s without a doubt a good guy. It was fun to watch the guy pursue the whole no-sex before relationship thing, I mean it’s normally something that is portrayed from the woman’s point of view. But Gage is at a stage in his life where he is finally realizing that he wants something more meaningful then casual. The thing about Gage though is that he is, I don’t know if I would call it an adrenaline junkie, but he definitely has some kind of complex that compels him to go forth on these search-and-rescue missions even when it puts him at serious risk.
So I have to be honest, the reason why this book is only three stars for me is almost completely because of Chloe. I didn’t really like her all the much. She has a good thing going with things with Gage before the book starts, but she is so closed off emotionally. I get that she has kind of a jaded view of love because she watched how her mother responded to her father leaving her, her mom basically never recovered from it. But it has turned her into just a person I felt sorry for. I really didn’t like the way she pushed Gage, and some times the way in which she did push him away. Especially because in one breath she would push him away and in the next she would be lying naked on a table. It was so abundantly clear that he had feelings for her and she just basically insisted on treating him like a piece of meat. For me, it made her kind of unlikable.
I did think that the author wrote well, the pacing was good, and there was definitely a chemistry between the characters that worked. While this book didn’t completely work for me, I would be more than willing to give this author another go in the future.