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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

She was hired to clean up his image. He wants nothing more than to get her dirty.

Watching sex tapes at the office is just part of PR professional Vivian Blake's job, especially when she has to clean up a celebrity's image. Except that her newest client isn't quite that


A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

She was hired to clean up his image. He wants nothing more than to get her dirty.

Watching sex tapes at the office is just part of PR professional Vivian Blake's job, especially when she has to clean up a celebrity's image. Except that her newest client isn't quite that easy. Racecar driver Jarod Cage is beyond hot, and his onscreen "performance" is already compromising Viv's cool professionalism.

While Jarod hasn't exactly been discreet about his personal life, he never thought his reputation could cost him both his sponsor and his racing career. Now he has to put his future in the hands of a tiny, pixie-like publicist. Which is becoming a problem, because the heat between them is about to redline. But when you go this hard and fast, putting on the brakes is the most dangerous thing you can do...

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An Elite PR novel

By Clare James, Vanessa Mitchell

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Clare James
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ISBN: 978-1-63375-310-5


Holy shit, does this guy know what he's doing in the sack! Or in the bathroom stall, rather.

That was Vivian Blake's first thought as she watched the video. Watched as he slammed the voluptuous blonde against the wall and drove into her with so much force, it took Viv's breath away. Though she was watching the X-rated bathroom romp from her iPad — in the privacy of her own home — it didn't stop the heat from spreading over her chest, up her neck and face, to the tips of her ears. She felt downright pervy watching the footage. The surprisingly clear footage. Yeah, she could see everything. This was no shady production. The picture was clear and sharp, damn near HD. She sank a little deeper under her covers, the cool, crisp sheets brushing against her sensitive skin.

Viv couldn't help but wonder how she would feel up against that wall. Ah — she squirmed as another wave of warmth rolled in, blanketing her from head to toe, reaching places she hadn't felt in a long time. It was too much to even think about.

Get your mind out of your pants and focus, Viv.

The tendons in the man's arms bulged as he held Blondie up, cradling her thighs. It was one of the hottest things she had ever seen. And we were talking arms for fuck's sake. Once she locked in on his face? Forget about it. The camera was placed overhead so the angle provided Viv with an excellent view of that rugged mug. Piercing blue eyes, strong jaw with the perfect amount of stubble, and plump kissable lips that he used to his full advantage as he brought this unnamed woman to the brink of ecstasy in a bar bathroom.

The guy, however, had a name. A name worth millions. Mr. Bathroom Stall Sex Guy was better known as racing sensation Jarod Cage. And he was a foolish, foolish man.

The recording went viral almost immediately after he'd done the deed. What followed was a steady, and often vicious, stream of media coverage all over Racing Land. Cage Caught Again.More Trouble for Racing Bad Boy. Could This Be the Beginning of the End?

Now, twenty hours later, most of the photos and video clips had been taken down from the scummy websites. The attorneys made sure of it. But as a lucky insider, Viv had one of the few copies left for her viewing pleasure.

And what a pleasure it was.

As she assessed the evidence in question, it was easy to make out the delicious piece of mancake in the stall. Almost too easy. Viv wasn't even remotely into racing, yet she recognized the man on the screen as Jarod Cage. There'd be no way to deny it was him. She made a note to look into the logistics as soon as she could — the equipment used to get the footage, as well as the methods of distribution — to find out who was responsible for the leak.

PR Rule Number 1: Know your audience. That included your enemies.

Amazed that the guy could hold up this mystery woman for so long, Viv checked the running time on the video. Five minutes. She stroked her own flabby arms and grimaced. Then she typed "go to the gym" on her work calendar.

Jarod shifted his angle a bit, and the woman's blond locks fell over her full breasts. It reminded Viv that an appointment with her stylist was also in order. She could use some highlights in her hair for summer. She'd already been feeling frumpy lately, and this bombshell wasn't helping matters. Not that she wanted to ooze sex like Video Girl here — that would not go over well at the office — but she could stand to pump it up a notch. Maybe even start breaking into her collection of shoes, take them out for a spin every now and again. Viv was no Carrie Bradshaw, but she did have a few pairs of Manolos and Jimmy Choos from an off-season sale. She considered them an investment and cared for them like a comic book nerd cares for a first-edition Batman or his G.I. Joe action figure. It was true. In fact, her burgundy sling-backs had never even left the box. What a shame, when they could be digging into a fine ass like the one currently gracing her screen.

Another minute ticked by. Viv's brain finally, reluctantly, pulled away from Mr. Sex on Wheels and shifted to work mode. It was time for some serious damage control, and they would need to come up with the mother of all excuses for this one. Drinking problem? A bad reaction from prescription drugs? A doppelgänger? She'd have to cook up something good to get him out of this predicament.

How he didn't realize he was being recorded in this compromising position, she had no idea. Actually, that wasn't true. She did understand. After dealing with so many athletes, musicians, and actors — and their very delicate dirty laundry — she'd come to realize that incredible talent came with a price ... intellect, in most cases. Thus, leaving the other head in charge of the important decisions.

No difference here. It was an open-and-shut case. Thankfully for the manwhore, it was Viv's job to clean up indiscretions like these and make him nice and shiny again.

And she wasn't above spinning the story, either. Whatever it took. She never would've made it as a lawyer, bound by all the rules and ethics. She was more of a rule bender than follower, an imperative strategy if they wanted to win in the court of public opinion.

The only court that mattered.

Viv paused the tape and zoomed in.

Was that a tattoo on his hip?

Jarod's jeans hung around his ankles, but she could only get a view of the black spot on his right side when he pulled away from Video Girl. And it was never long enough for a decent look. Damn. Though her skin was unmarked, Viv had an unhealthy obsession with ink. Particularly on hot, strapping men.

She pulled up her laptop and opened Jarod's file. It was going to take more than this sex show to see exactly what she was dealing with. Not that she really had a choice in the matter. Her boss simply emailed the file on the way out of the office and said, "Read up. Your new client will be here in the morning."

That was Miranda Wells — president of Elite Public Relations' Atlanta Group and world-class spin doctor. With one of the most impressive track records in the industry, Elite PR managed clients in major business, sports, and entertainment hubs around the world. The majority of the Atlanta Group's roster came from the Nashville music scene, Southern athletes, and actors. Miranda knew them all, and she was one woman you never wanted to piss off.

Viv knew that firsthand, which is why she'd hit this case hard to ensure she was more than prepared for her new assignment. Even if tomorrow was the day before the Fourth of July and technically a company holiday.

Who needed picnics and fireworks, anyway?

Viv didn't work sixty hours a week and move every eight to twelve months for the fun of it. She was there to learn. Recruited right out of college for Elite's executive track, she had worked stints in the Chicago, Philly, and DC offices before Atlanta. Her goal was to make it to the New York office by the time she was twenty-five, and then start planting some roots. That was the dream. Until then, everything else was just temporary.

But thanks to Miranda, she was already a year off schedule. Viv celebrated her twenty-sixth birthday last week ... and it wasn't anywhere near the Big Apple. The timing of her next move was at her boss's discretion, and so far Miranda had rejected three of her transfer requests. "You're not ready," she'd said each time.

So Viv would do her job and repair the reputation of this latest exhibitionist. What was it with celebrities anyway? If she had a dollar for every sex scandal that came through Elite's doors ...

Viv clicked through the notes and files of this latest PR nightmare, which included some very serious threats from Jarod's sponsor — the squeaky clean Saturn Corp. It was apparent that the leading American manufacturer of confectionery was not at all impressed by these recent events. As it turned out, chocolate and T-and-A didn't mix.

Thing was, if Jarod lost his sponsor, he would also lose his place on the NASCAR circuit and millions of dollars in endorsements. This was a career-defining moment for the driver. And if Viv played it right, she could restore Mr. Cage's image, protect his livelihood, and watch him win whatever it is that you win in racing.

Then she'd be a shoo-in for the New York transfer.

She made a quick detour to search for more information about Jarod's profession. What was it called anyway? A club? Pastime? Activity?

According to Wiki, NASCAR is a sport. Second only to the NFL in TV ratings, it held some major world attendance titles in sporting events. No wonder the sponsors were worried. The public had serious power in the racing world.

This wasn't going to be easy. Music, business, even baseball or football, were all in Viv's wheelhouse. But NASCAR? Let's be serious. She simply couldn't comprehend why anyone would think it was a challenge to drive around in circles all day. Or why people would pay to watch.

Didn't matter. This assignment was a chance to get back on track — see, she was already acclimating — but only if she did everything perfectly.

Eye on the prize.

She organized her paperwork and electronics, creating a makeshift office on her plush king-size bed. Viv loved working in her bedroom — a space that took up the entire top floor in her swanky loft. Soft blue tones covered the walls and seemed to soothe her after the long and grueling hours she spent in the downtown office. It was a cozy nest: a four-poster bed, floral prints, and an oversize puffy chaise. A stark contrast to the main floor, which looked more like a model home with the sleek furniture and modern art. There wasn't a hint of anything personal to be found. Viv rented the place fully furnished — except for the bedroom — and hadn't made one change to the place. She never did.

That was Viv, a walking contradiction. She recognized it, but it suited her. She could entertain and look the part of a successful businesswoman if she wished. And then, at the end of the day, she could curl up in her cozy bedroom with her cooking magazines, watch a romcom, or read one of her steamy romance novels.

Speaking of steamy, Viv turned her attention back to the video and hit play. Geez, the sounds that came from that little bathroom stall were enough to make a grown woman blush. Jarod was still going strong. My God, how long could he last?

A loud groan or growl — was it a growl? — echoed in her bedroom. She wasn't quite sure what that was, but Video Girl sure seemed to like it. And that only reminded Viv how long it'd been since she'd been manhandled.

Not that her experiences were anything close to this, and not that she'd wanted it like that anyway. Still ...

Ever since she started at Elite, she'd had no time for a relationship. Men, even those with the stamina of an Olympic athlete and ass of a Greek god, were not part of her plan just yet. Why put down roots and get attached when she'd be leaving soon? And honestly, relationship and commitment or not, Viv wasn't a hook-up-in-a-bar-bathroom kind of gal. Though she had to admit, she was seriously considering changing her position on that hard-and-fast rule. Thanks in part to this showing of Legally Boned with Jarod Cage.

Thing was, even Viv's most determined suitors, like Jake at the local TV station, never got to see her naked. Okay, maybe once or twice, but that was it. And it was well over a year ago.

Snuggled in bed, Viv continued to watch the video. Just. A. Little. More. Prep. For. Tomorrow's. Meeting. Oh God. She was actually pacing her thoughts to Jarod's thrusts. This was getting out of hand.

Suddenly, Jarod stopped all motion and began talking. But this wasn't idle chitchat. Even if she couldn't make out the words, she could tell it was intense and demanding, and apparently so hot it made the woman's eyes roll back in her head. Viv messed with the volume, straining to hear him, to no avail.

What the hell did he say?

She couldn't read Jarod's lips because they were fastened on Video Girl's ear, and she couldn't sweeten the audio without the studio equipment they had at the office. It was driving Viv crazy. Not that it really mattered for her work. It was her own curiosity making her mad. His words, and the effect they had on his woman. Holy shit.

Seconds later, they both slumped against the wall, and Viv's chest deflated like a popped balloon. If it were possible, she'd say she just had a vicarious orgasm. Though hers had none of the relief, so she went to the kitchen and snagged the last of the leftover chocolate cake to find her happy place.

Back in bed with her heaping plate, she made it to the last scene in the footage. Jarod pulled up his pants and rubbed the scruff on his chin, looking perfectly sated. Video Girl was not as composed. She was a messy puddle of afterglow, so Jarod helped dress her. It was odd, and also strangely sweet.

Viv wolfed down the remaining morsels of her dessert, relieved the video was finally over. Then she put it out of her mind for the next few hours while she worked. She read about Jarod Cage's racing history and his personal life. And that's when she found another potential crisis to deal with — his engagement to a Gina McKnight, a motocross reporter for ESPN. The article said the two were on the rocks, but still ... what a dumbass. Yes, his relationship status would definitely have to be addressed.

She continued brainstorming ideas and polishing her presentation until she was confident she had a strategy in place to solve the Cage crisis. At two in the morning, she shut everything down, closed her eyes, and let the exhaustion take her under. Not surprisingly, it didn't last. Viv never slept well the night before a client meeting, so she spent the next six hours tossing and turning, dozing in and out. Only this time it wasn't the stress of the presentation messing with her shut-eye. It was the image of Jarod Cage playing on the screen behind her eyelids and the sounds of his demands vibrating in her ears.

* * *

Viv moved into downward facing dog for the third time in her morning yoga class, desperate for a pair of fresh panties. Unable to banish the thoughts of Mr. Sex on Wheels and that damn video from the night before, Viv felt dirty and stupid ... but mostly, incredibly horny. She was like a groupie or stalker or something, fixated on a man she couldn't have. It was embarrassing, and completely unlike her.

She tried to burn off the shit-pot of nervous energy simmering under her skin, holding each pose longer than anyone in the class. Her Eagle was something to behold. Still, as she twisted her body into various pretzel-like shapes, all she could focus on was her meeting with the notorious bad boy. In two hours.

Maybe morning yoga wasn't such a good idea.

But Viv Blake wasn't a quitter. She toughed out the session, though she felt none of the relief that she usually did by the time the class said Namaste. All of the uneasiness had yet to subside, so she hit the locker room hoping a steaming shower would help.

It didn't.

She dried off and slipped into a slate-gray wrap dress and pale pink Louboutins, and, oh yeah, the ensemble worked its magic — lifting her spirits and her measly five-foot-three height. She actually felt more powerful with the shoe's extra inches. So far, so good.

Her makeup was another story. She was hot and splotchy with bags under her eyes, and the minimal makeup she carried in her bag wasn't cutting it. She'd have to polish up her game face at the office, where she kept the big guns (like heavy-duty concealer, eye brightener, and berry lip stain) for mornings such as this.

Making quick work of her long dark hair, she secured it in a loose bun and headed out to the coffee shop across from the firm, ordering an iced dark roast. She really wasn't a fan, but couldn't take regular coffee in this heat. Connecticut had its steamy moments in the summertime, but the Nutmeg State had nothing on Hotlanta.

Viv placed the cool cup up to her forehead as she walked the last block to her building. The city was sleepy for midweek — even at Elite. Everyone was already off celebrating the holiday, leaving the sorry saps like her to hold down the fort.


Excerpted from Caught by Clare James, Vanessa Mitchell. Copyright © 2015 Clare James. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

A fan of spunky women, gorgeous guys, and super-hot romance, Clare James spends most of her time lost in books. When she's not reading, you can find her locked away writing her own steamy stories.

Clare is also a former dancer and still loves to get her groove on - mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men - her husband and young son - and is always on social media chatting with readers.

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Caught (Entangled Brazen) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! It's super hot and steamy from the very first page, and I loved the characters. He's supposed to be some stuck up famous jerk, but he's just a down to earth guy that not many people ever take the time to really know. And she likes that side of him ... a lot! I didn't want the book to end, I was ready for more of these two. Vivian Blake works for Elite Public Relations in Atlanta, but she's been dreaming of making it to the New York office for a long time now. Her boss keeps holding her back and refusing to send her there ... but hands her a new client that she says will get her the job she's been wanting if she succeeds in cleaning up his image and getting him to the big race in 2 months. Jarod Cage is a NASCAR hottie, who has been caught with his pants down. Literally. A tape of him getting it on has been leaked to the press ... and now Viv needs to put a different spin on it and clean up his image. Will she be able to keep him under control long enough to get to that big race? And when heat flies between the two of them over and over again, will she really want to control it?
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
Upon finishing, my initial reaction: LOVED. I was so sad when it was over, I want to read more! Full review to come. My Thoughts (full review): Loved this! I jumped into it and found a really intriguing story--one with a story line following a NASCAR driver and the PR girl who's trying to straighten out his image. I thoroughly enjoyed the racing aspect. It was unique and added to my interest in the book. Vivian and Jarod don't get off to the greatest start. She's bad-mouthing him on the phone, making him unsure whether he can trust her to help him. After a little bit of sexual tension and some getting-to-know-you, they fall into some sensual moments together. Unfortunately, Vivian's attitude about the sport that is his life creates some more friction between them. As time goes by, Jarod teaches her about his love of racing and she begins to understand. Their chemistry never stops and eventually things are heating up again, and it seems that it might include more than just physical attraction. Caught was an absolutely sexy and compelling book! I loved the dynamic between Vivian and Jarod and how it developed over the weeks they spent together. The romance was hot AND sweet and I couldn't get enough. The best part was that while the book was insanely sexy, there was a lot of heart. So much love for this book! Can't wait to read more by Clare James! My Rating: Exceptional
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
This book definitely takes you on a hot and sexy ride! Vivian and Jarod were explosive from their first encounter, and what starts as quid pro quo quickly turns into an attraction that neither one can - nor wants to - deny, and once they realize that scratching the itch just makes it impossible for them to get each other out of their systems, the real fun begins! Jarod was all sorts of sex-on-a-stick. Unfortunately, being the bad boy of racing can find you in all sorts of trouble when your sport is one that screams family values and your sponsors can make or break your career. Of course there is so much more to Jarod than he lets on, and I loved getting to see past his public bad boy persona to see the person he truly was. He’s been carrying around a secret and has paid the price for it, which explains a lot of the issues and rumors about him. Of course that doesn’t mean he can’t dirty talk with the best of them and provide some hot and steamy times for Vivian! Vivian was a tough one for me. I didn’t really like her at first, thought her initial run in with Jarod was a bit much (the whole quid pro quo thing was a bit of a stretch for me, but boy was the scene H-O-T!). She did grow on me as the book went on, and by the end I was totally on board with her and Jarod. Jarod and Vivian together were totally combustible. You could feel the tension between the two from their first meeting, and they never lost that heat – even when things got difficult. From a relationship perspective, these two didn’t work for me initially, but as the story progressed and you started to see the real Jarod and Vivian it became clear just how right these two were for each other. I loved the racing backdrop to the story and getting to see what happens behind the scenes. There were a lot of great secondary characters that helped add depth to the story, especially the mystery surrounding Vivian’s boss – which I hope leads to a few more stories! Overall this was fun read that I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quick read with some dirty talk and sizzle! I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick, steamy read...glad to have stumbled across this story!
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Watching sex tapes at the office is just part of PR professional Vivian Blake's job, especially when she has to clean up a celebrity's image. Except that her newest client isn't quite that easy. Racecar driver Jarod Cage is beyond hot, and his onscreen “performance” is already compromising Viv's cool professionalism. While Jarod hasn’t exactly been discreet about his personal life, he never thought his reputation could cost him both his sponsor and his racing career. Now he has to put his future in the hands of a tiny, pixie-like publicist. Which is becoming a problem, because the heat between them is about to redline. But when you go this hard and fast, putting on the brakes is the most dangerous thing you can do... Review: Boogity, Boogity, Boogity...let's go racing. Okay that is the extent of my racing lingo and Like Vivian, I view racing as paint drying, so if real racing were anything like this, I would be all over it. I don't know as I have read a book centered around racing before and even though I don't enjoy racing I thought it was a good backdrop for s story. The thing that was working against this story for me was Vivian, she was just not a a heroine I could relate to. I liked that she was a smart, aggressive business woman, but as soon as she met Jarod things get weird. What was kind of a ugh moment for me is she has just been judgmental about racers and racing and within the hour she is letting Jarod feel her up in a closet to keep the job...yuck. I think for me if this had been left out, it would have been better. I liked the idea of Jarod the bad-boy racer, though there is more to him than meets the eye. It was a fast read and definitely sexy. I thought all the machinations going on behind everyone's back kept the story interesting. This is the first book I have read by this Author and even-though this was not my favorite book, I plan to pick up another of her works. 3Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Vivian Blake has been hired to clean up the image of sexy racecar driver Jarod Cage, which wouldn’t be so difficult if she wasn’t so attracted to him. I love the interaction between Vivian and Jarod so much fun and very sexy. The story has plenty of suspense and drama to keep you turning those pages and the romance/sex is nice and steamy. An all-around great read!
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3 stars When I read the summary for Caught I was really looking forward to reading, unfortunately I didn't connect with Vivian. This upsets me as I'm a huge fan of motor racing =( The story had potential and the sexy times were hot, just wished I connected with Vivian's character because Jarod was smoking =) Please don't let my disconnect stop you from reading Caught.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
NASCAR Hottie and PR Lady- "Caught UP-- great read I received an ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Racecar driver Jarod Cage & PR professional Vivian Blake give this story all the heat needed to make this a great story. Vivian is called in to protect aka clean up Jarod’s image when it could affect his NASCAR career and when it calls for watching his sex tapes –wow— that is what you called dedication to the job {wink} Vivian is someone who is somewhat stuck up at first but that is because she is in a male driven career and also she is attracted to Jarod. The chemistry between them is full of heat but Vivian fought against it- she was afraid she would lose her position in her company and she thought she was just another faceless woman for Jarod. Jarod knows his personal affairs haven’t been really discreet but he really never thought he would lose his sponsors AND his NASCAR career. Now he has to trust this PR wiz; the thing is, he is falling for her BIG time. The chemistry he feels for her is the real thing and he wants Lead lap for everything that is going but he knows that he has to just sit back and be her backup car. For Jarod, who is the ultimate ALPHA male, sitting back is NOT his style. There are fireworks over that. Having to trust a woman to fix and repair his reputation is something he is not liking—but he loves her figure and he loves her brains and the fiery sparks coming off them was fantastic. There are so many twists and turns all the way til the very end. The secondary characters are terrific & I hope to see Mel's book next . My rating: 4.3 stars ****
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Caught by Clare James Publisher: Brazen Publication Date: June 30, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): She was hired to clean up his image. He wants nothing more than to get her dirty. Watching sex tapes at the office is just part of PR professional Vivian Blake's job, especially when she has to clean up a celebrity's image. Except that her newest client isn't quite that easy. Racecar driver Jarod Cage is beyond hot, and his onscreen "performance" is already compromising Viv's cool professionalism. While Jarod hasn't exactly been discreet about his personal life, he never thought his reputation could cost him both his sponsor and his racing career. Now he has to put his future in the hands of a tiny, pixie-like publicist. Which is becoming a problem, because the heat between them is about to redline. But when you go this hard and fast, putting on the brakes is the most dangerous thing you can do... What I Liked: This book was hot hot hot! I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it, because, like Viv, I'm not really into car racing. I'm still not entirely convinced that it's a sport (to me), but I've definitely been educated a little on this, uh, sport. We'll call it a sport because that's what the world declares it (but you all know my slight skepticism. Sorry to fans/drivers!). In any case, I really, really liked the backdrop of car racing, with a scandal and a hot romance. Vivian's new client needs his image to be cleaned up a little - Jarod Cage was taped having sex in a bathroom. His sponsors are prepared to pull his funding if he doesn't clean up his act. Upon their first meeting, Viv and Blake are anything but professional. They can't seem to keep their hands off each other, which could prove to be dangerous for both of them - and their careers. This story was very fun to read! I don't think I've read a story featuring a race-car driver/car racing. So I learned a lot about of car racing and the "sport" of it. I guarantee you, I'd probably throw up everywhere if I went in a car with a driver during a race. Anyway, I was happy for the unique backdrop of this story. The story revolves around racing - Jarod's racing life, personal life, what he has to do to impress his sponsors (and racing fans). This book is extremely hot. Jarod is one of those alpha, sex-on-two-legs type, and Viv is prim and proper but doesn't shy away from having a plan as to what she wants and what she thinks is best. The chemistry between these two is fiery, and there are plenty of sizzling scenes. The chemistry is constant and unpredictable throughout the book - a great thing! This book is also very emotionally charged. There is a lot of insecurity in this book, as well as doubt, and just plain emotion. Lots of chemistry, emotions, drama. Well, not too much drama. Some drama, towards the end. It makes sense though - Jarod and Viv are an explosive pair. Anyway! I liked this book. I liked Jarod and Viv, and I liked their pairing. The relationship starts very lusty (as most relationships in romance novels do), and continues to be lusty and sexually charged, but takes on a sweeter edge. Love! What I Did Not Like: There is this one scene in the book that totally bothers me - pretty much... see more at my blog! (The Eater of Books!)
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Vivian Blake's job is to repair Jarod Cage's reputation and image. He is a racecar drive for NASCAR. His image needs to be spotless and clean for the family friendly sport. Caught in a bar bathroom on video and gone viral, he has to hurry to get his life back on track or lose his sponsors and career completely. Right from the start the chemistry between them is explosive! He wants to even the field between them. Since she has seen him naked and writhing in passion on video, he wants to see her in the same state. She agrees since her attraction to him cannot be toned down. Trying to get everything back on track, so to speak, she aims to be professional and keep her hands to herself. Easier said than done. She does her homework, learns the lingo for the NASCAR circuit and a whole lot more. Jarod takes her for a ride in his car and helps her to appreciate the sport is more than just a fun day with a car in a circle. Viv knows that fixing his image is the fast track for her to get the job she has been aiming for in New York. Her boss and her assistant have been keeping it from her in kind of a sadistic way. She needs this as much as Jarod does. I really liked the sparks and the honesty you see the characters share. It was very fulfilling as a reader to see they both could teach each other things and learn too. I liked the banter, the sexy times, and most of all the NASCAR pieces of the book. ***This ARC was free from and its publisher for review purposes.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Caught features a smexy, bad boy, NASCAR driver Jarod and the publicist Viv, who was hired to rehab his public image. Jarod was caught in a very uncomfortable position when he and an ex were filmed. Viv, of course watches the sex tape, and thus begins the long steamy relationship between Jarod and Viv. Will Viv be able to save Jarod image so he can keep his sponsors? Is Jarod being sabotaged by people he is close to? This was a really steamy book, that was well written, fun to read, and well paced. I would recommend it to fans of contemporary and sport romances. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
KYBookmama More than 1 year ago
Jarrod is a race car driver and his reputation is on the line from a video of a private moment in a bathroom with an old "friend". With his sponsors getting ready to leave him, his "boss man" hires a PR firm to clean up his image. Vivian hopes that this is the job that gets her to the New York office. She knows her stuff but she isn't ready for how hot Jarrod is and the sparks that fly between them. Knowing that Jarrod is a playboy and sleeps around, I didn't like how easily Vivian slept with him....eeew! Despite this, I loved the storyline with a bit of mystery that had a surprise with who the bad guys were! *I received this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this quick paced super hot read. From the first page of this book, one would need a fan, goodness the opening pages were smoking. And when they met in private, holy moly. Jarod and his words were on fire. I loved all his words when he was in the moment. Viv and Jarod brought out the heat in each other. And yet also the worst. To watch them get to know each other and how they were different than the first impressions or stereotypes was great. They were a great couple to read about and get to know. The epilogue left an opening for future books in this series. I hope that comes to fruition. I would love to know more about the fellow race car drivers along with his sister Kate and her friend Mel. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
With Caught, you get a steamy, emotinal and very refreshing book which lets you feel like sitting in a racing car yourself. I loved the pace of this story as there was never a moment during which I was bored. The combination of different topics including the racing, the really hot alpha and the relationship which to be honest wouldn't exist if Miss Charming wouldn't be so heated as he definetly is , is something which works out pretty well. Moreover the writing style is very good as it entertains the reader from time to time but still isn't overfilled with senseless or unuseful information. In my opinion, the most important part of the story is the way both protagonists Jared and Viv interact. Directly after turning the first page of this book you can not only feel how much the author put into the background of the whole story- it's also awesome to see how much both of the characters seem to have developed a very interesting life which can't be described with other words than fiery. Jarod is my favourite as there is something about him which directly attracts me. He feels real and raw ,but at the same time there is also some vulnerability about him of which you can get a glimpse in so many different scenes. In contrast, the personality of Vivian felt totally different. Of course this is the way she is. But at some points I just wished that there would be a little bit more about her which for sure can be find deep down. This is the reason I rated this book wih 4 instead of 5 Stars as in my opinion the protagonists are the most important part of a novel as they are the ones which make us feel the story. I can say for sure that this is a book I am going to recommend! > > > I have received this book as an ARC from the publisher. > > In exchange, I promised an honest review.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
You have to get past the extremely unprofessional first meeting between these two for the story to work. And I do mean unprofessional … but super hot. Jarod definitely has moves both on and off the track. And that’s what got him into trouble in the first place :) Caught is sexy and fun - together Jordan and Viv are sassy and sizzling. They keep telling themselves that they aren’t getting involved, but what they say out loud isn’t what’s going on on the inside. The sparks that fly while they butt heads is definitely caused by more than just opposing views and when they let that attraction free it gets quite steamy. There is more going on between the two besides just the sex, though. Jarod has had people trying to get a piece of him his entire life and it is hard to trust that someone isn’t out to get something from him. And Viv doesn’t have the best track record with men … especially men as complicated as her racecar driver. They have a lot of work ahead of them, not just trying to clean up Jarod’s image, but in trying to find a way to forge a real relationship. One that is based on more than just their hormones. It’s not going to be easy when neither is willing to let their heart rule and take a chance on someone else. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book since I enjoy auto racing. I was very happy to find that the story is awesome! I loved it and was disappointed that it had to end. The characters are well written with depth and complexity. The story is fresh with secrets, surprises and steamy encounters. Mms. James is a new to me author and I look forward many more of her books. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
MeganSmith More than 1 year ago
***This ARC was received from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review*** I love that there was a bigger story line behind the main story of PR agent saving a driver reputation. I don't really care for the "I love him/her but I'm not going to tell them because they don't feel the same" mentality because you don't know unless you say something!! Even worse when both characters are like that. But I did like the book as a whole and am looking forward to more.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Bring on the ice, Caught is a scorcher. It started with a bang and kept getting better. A misunderstood bad boy and a straight laced workaholic could end up being each others saving grace. Viv is tasked with cleaning up Jarod's image after a particularly embarrassing fiasco. What ensues gives new meaning to the words spin doctor. Clare James wrote a steamy, awkwardly amusing look at unexpected love. Received an ARC of Caught for an honest review.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 3.5-4 Stars Caught follows the story of Jarod and Vivian. Vivian works hard at her job as a PR professional. She’s at the top of her game and takes her job very seriously. Her newest client may prove to be her biggest challenge yet. Jarod loves his life and loves racing. He’s never been one to care about what people think of him, until one incident nearly costs Jarod everything. That’s where Vivian comes into play. He hopes that she will be able to turn his career around. Then he meets Vivian and it’s like all bets are off. Jarod is supposed to fix his career and leave his bad boy reputation behind. But, there’s something about Vivian that just draws him in and will test his control…. Caught was a sexy, quick read for me. From the moment I read the first page, I couldn’t wait to read more. I loved the chemistry between Jarod and Vivian. They had an instant connection. I liked how Jarod made Vivian step out her comfort zone and start really living. Vivian was a great challenge for Jarod. She didn’t make things easy for him. She challenged and fought him. I loved the push and pull between the two of them. I liked watching them try to maneuver their personal and professional relationship. I couldn’t get enough of the two them together. Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable read. I loved the steam, the angst, the drama, and of course the romance. There were a few good twists thrown in along the way and it was fun trying to figure those out. This book was very entertaining and I’m glad I checked it out. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book via Entangled Publishing and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review* My review can also be seen at:
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one a lot! It was a fun, very sexy read. Having the world of car racing as the backdrop was new and fresh for me so it definitely made it more interesting. The writing, pace, and overall story were great. The lead characters Viv and Jarod have sizzling hot chemistry that really cranked up the heat level. This is one I would definitely recommend.