From USA Today Best Selling Author C.M. Owens
A Sterling Shores Novel
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I’m a mature and very pragmatic person, whom others like to call boring.
At least I was…until Harley came back into town…
What do you do when a girl comes back for some petty revenge against you and seduction is part of her game?
You pretend to be a millionaire dom, of course.
Yeah…it sounded better in theory. My execution keeps ending up in awkward messes, and this game between us gets even messier when I learn more about Harley. She’s easy to fall for, even though she’s hazardous as hell.
What happens when all the games end?
One simple little goal turns into one giant disaster.
On the surface, Dale Sterling seemed like an a*****e from my past; the typical arrogant guy who boulders through life and anyone in his way. So a little revenge seemed plausible, considering what he did to me once upon a long time ago. In hindsight, it was immature. But revenge has kept me on top of the world since I stopped being on the bottom of everyone’s shoes, so I make no apologies for my immaturity.
But Dale is weirdly kinky…
Everything is going fine…until it gets real. Now the guy I wanted to humiliate is the same guy I’m begging my heart not to stupidly fall in love with.
Unfortunately, my heart tends to be stubborn.
*Can be read as a stand-alone
This book is absolutely fabulous! It’s funny, sexy, and gave me all kinds of feels. This is my second read by C.M Owens, and if all of her female leads are this strong, feisty, and confident, I’ll definitely be back for more. Something else I love about this book is that there is little angst, a whole lot of revenge plotting, and straight communication. Granted your going to get the whole break-up/misunderstanding type scene that puts a wedge between the couple, but that’s expected and not over-the-top here. And her lead character seems to decide that love is worth more than hating the people who did you wrong. But make no mistake, Harley still gets her revenge.
I adored Harley and everything about the quirky outcast. She’s fun, sexy, and brilliant. I enjoyed her relationship with Vivica, the revenge specialist, and Britt, the intern, as well as the way she handled herself in the face of adversity. It takes guts to go home when you were humiliated as badly as she was. I’m also glad she found her place among the women in Dale’s life. She was worthy and in need of some good girlfriends.
Dale would definitely have been that “one guy”. I don’t blame Harley for the decisions she made in regard to him. Not only is he hot, but he’s also loyal, sweet, and a little kinky once he figures things out. It was fun watching him squirm trying to pretend to be something he’s not. I like how Dale is a bit more reserved and caring than the rest of his family. You can see it in how he’s always treated Harley. Dale is also a bit insecure and unwilling to trust women in general. This make it easy for them both to open up to each other. He can see how open and honest Harley is, which allows him to finally feel comfortable just being him.
I loved, loved, loved Dale and Harley together. Even though they were teens and clearly too immature to deal with or recognize their feelings for each other, it’s clear that their was a special pull between them way back then. I’m a sucker for second chance romances, and while this isn’t a traditional one, it had elements of a missed opportunity. And while they moved on to become strong and confident adults, they both lived their lives looking for acceptance. I’m glad they were able to find it with each other.
“I don’t have any idea how to use all this stuff,” I whisper-yell, and they both turn to look at me like I’ve sprouted a second head.
My cousins are loading down baskets full of somewhat complicated, kinky shit, yet I’m the one who is an idiot for not knowing how to use it.
I should have gone to Rye and Brin.
“You don’t actually use it,” Maverick says, his smile turning mocking.
“You kinky bastard,” Corbin adds, goading me with his own taunting smile.
I’m going to kill them both.
“Then why are we buying it?” I growl.
They exchange a horrified look mixed with fascination before doubling over, laughing harder and drawing too much attention our way.
“You really are a kinky little shit, aren’t you?” Maverick asks through his guffaws. “You wanted to use this stuff?”
Dead. They’re both dead.
“It’s always the quiet ones,” Corbin says, too damn amused for his own good.
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author of the Sterling Shore Series, Property of Drex, and Deadly Beauties.
C.M. Owens always loves a good laugh, and lives and breathes the emotions of the characters she becomes attached to. Though she came from a family of musicians, she has zero abilities with instruments; she sounds like a strangled cat when she sings; and her dancing is downright embarrassing. Just ask anyone who knows her. Her creativity rests solely in the written word. Her family is grateful that she gave up her quest to become a famous singer.
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