Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Law Enforcement, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Politics, Romance, Suspense
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I push her buttons. I want to push them in the good way. Dirty, up-against-the-wall, my-hand-in-her-pants kind of way.
But that’s not possible, because I’m dark and she’s light, and we both know it.
So I push her buttons in the bad way, making her hate me.
If a genie granted me three wishes, I’d ask for Cole Parker to never look at me again, that I’d forget the dark promise in his eyes, and that just once, before he vanished from my life completely, that he’d push me up against a wall and make me scream.
Then I’d go wash my mouth out with soap.
So first things first, I hate serials. I know that’s kind of hostile, but I really don’t like reading short books (novella length) and serials are even worse then novellas for me because they tend to just cut off, like the author wrote one book and then cut it into pieces and released it like tv episodes. I like to read a story from beginning to end, so every once in a while a serial looks interesting and I wait for the complete series to come out, like I did with this one. Honestly the title is what appealed to me, because I love when two characters are at each others throats but yet come together anyways, so going into this book I really thought it was going to be two characters fighting a lot, and honestly it really wasn’t.
So when you meet Hailey what you find out about her right away is that she is one member of a family who clearly attracts scandal, and another one is going on. Hailey though is not really a fan of the vast majority of her family, and she wants to just live her life simply and without any scandal in it. Only with her family, that’s quite unlikely, so when she leaves work she finds herself face to face with one of the security/PR guys her family has hired. And she’s less then thrilled about it. Her and Cole have a bit of an uneasy relationship, but I think it’s more of pushback from Hailey because of her family and she resents in the invasion of privacy that he represents, and on his ends its because he’s attracted to her but knows he can’t really do anything about it. Hailey was an interesting character, she’s really a good person who lives a good life just trying to give back and be normal. She’s a good sister, she’s fiercely loyal, and she is also strong when she needs to be.
Cole is more complex. The firm he works for/is partner’s with is into some weird situations. They seem to do some morally questionable things in order to work for a bigger cause. They work with politicians and wealthy elite, and deal a lot with the shady underside of that world. Cole has a past where he has seen and done some things that honestly makes him believe he isn’t a good guy, and certainly not good enough for Hailey. They certainly did have a lot of chemistry, and they did push each others buttons quite a lot in the beginning of the book, but they came together pretty early on, so its for that reason why I think the title isn’t exactly applicable to the book.
There was a lot of sex in this book, so it would fall a lot more under the erotica category then just straight up romance. I do thing the between the sheets scenes did minimize some of the character/relationship building. I did however really enjoy the political and suspense elements of this book, I think they are what really kept me interested in the book. The book is pretty fast paced, and even though its three serials in one book, it still read pretty quick. So if you are looking for a hot quick read with a bit of suspense in it, then this might be the book for you.