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Dirty Trick

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by Christine Bell
 

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This matchmaker’s about to meet her match...

Grace Love is lousy with men. She can spot a match for someone else a mile away, and her balls-on instincts are why her matchmaking business is thriving, but finding her own Prince Charming? The only guy who makes her sixth sense tingle is her playboy best friend, Trick, and no way is she risking their

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This matchmaker’s about to meet her match...

Grace Love is lousy with men. She can spot a match for someone else a mile away, and her balls-on instincts are why her matchmaking business is thriving, but finding her own Prince Charming? The only guy who makes her sixth sense tingle is her playboy best friend, Trick, and no way is she risking their friendship, no matter how hot she knows the sex will be.

SWAT officer Trick Mathews is a patient guy, but Grace's inability to see what's right in front of her is grinding on his last nerve. Yeah, he blew his shot at breaking out of the friend zone when he tamped down the urge to lick her from head to toe the day they met, but he's got a plan that'll change her mind. Incognito at Salem's hottest Halloween party, he'll show her exactly how good they could be…and that he's the man for her.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622663187
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
09/23/2013
Series:
Perfectly Matched , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
53,131
File size:
1 MB

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Dirty Trick

A Perfectly Matched Novel


By Christine Bell, Kerri-Leigh Grady, Allison Blisard

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Christine Bell
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-318-7


CHAPTER 1

Grace Love stared at the telephone she'd just hung up and blew out a sigh. Fridays were usually her favorite day of the week, but today was sliding downhill faster than Shaun White at the X Games. Chaz Stanhope's second annual Halloween bash was tomorrow, and she was officially dateless. Halloween was the biggest night of the year in Salem, and party playboy Chaz had invited practically every young, unmarried person in town. This year, he was expecting a record turnout. What would all those people think if the owner of Love Will Find a Way matchmaking service showed up solo to a party? Again.

Terrible PR. Especially when she and Serena were hoping to add Chaz to their elite list of male clients.

She slumped forward to rest her forehead on the smooth surface of her walnut desk, breathing in the comforting scent of lemon oil. The desk she'd inherited from her grandmother had always smelled that way. In fact, her grandmother had pretty much smelled that way, too. Tears stung her eyes at the bittersweet memories, and she inhaled deeply one more time. She had to get a grip. Showing up to a party without a date wasn't the end of the world. If Gram were here, what would she have said? Probably, "Fuck 'em. Go have fun, girlie," Grace thought with a half smile. She'd been a real pistol, all the way up to the very day cancer had taken her. Her last words to Grace were feebly whispered.

"Don't even think about visiting tomorrow if you're not going to bring some bourbon with you, for chrissake."

"Hey, what's shakin'?"

Grace lifted her head. Her best friend and partner, Serena Elliott, stood draped in the doorway, looking every bit the trust-fund brat she was, decked in head to toe Lanvin, capped off by oversize sunglasses that she pulled off now to stare harder at Grace.

"Oh shit. This can't be good. Desk-sniffing on a Friday? What gives?"

Leave it to Serena to pick today of all days to actually get back from a meeting when she said she would. She ran on what Grace privately thought of as "Serena Time," which was an hour later than "Regular People Time." She kept her tone light and fished around for a smile. "Nothing. Busy and stressed, is all. How'd it go at the meeting with Rafferty?"

Serena stalked forward on her stilettos and sank into the crème leather chair in front of Grace's hulking desk. She leaned forward and poked an accusing, scarlet-tipped finger at her. "Don't bullshit me, missy. I know sad when I see it. What's going on?"

Grace bit back a groan and lifted her head. Serena was a lot of things — bossy, spoiled, perpetually tardy, and high maintenance — but she also had great instincts and could read people almost as well as Grace herself, which was the reason she'd brought her on as a partner in the first place. It was one of her best qualities, but that didn't stop it from sucking sometimes. Like now. There was no keeping a secret with Serena around. She'd caught the scent of misery and wouldn't stop until she dug her way to the bottom of it.

"Seth canceled." Despite the fact that her friend would never judge her for it, Grace's cheeks burned with humiliation. Years of constant reassurances from Victor, her ex-fiancé, that no one else would want her were hard to erase even now, more than two years later, and Seth's rejection brought old feelings bubbling to the surface.

"Motherfucker."

Grace's lips twitched. Bloodline of a princess, mouth like a trucker. Another thing to love about Serena. Not to mention, if Grace had suggested they break into Seth's house and replace his shampoo with hair removal cream, her friend would have been pulling the car around in three seconds flat. Forget hide the bodies. Serena was the type of friend who would plant the horse head and do the wet work.

Note to self: stop watching all those mafia movies.

Besides, there was no need for any of that. No one was getting whacked today. She and Seth had only been dating for a few weeks, and even though it was a serious bummer that she wasn't going to have someone to escort her to the hippest party in town, when she searched for something deeper than stung pride, she came up empty-handed. Seth was ... fine. Decent. Fair to middling. Not exactly the adjectives a girl hopes to use when describing her boyfriend.

"Seriously, I'm going to be fine. It's just that people are going to talk, and we're finally getting things popping with the business. I was hoping to get some face time with Chaz and add him to the roster, not to mention all the attractive young single ladies that will be there. It's a veritable cornucopia of new business. From a PR standpoint, it's got to look pretty bad that neither of us have dates to this thing, you know? We're matchmakers, for Pete's sake. It's embarrassing that we never seem to have men in our lives."

"Speak for yourself," Serena snorted. "I have a man in my life pretty much every weekend."

Grace pursed her lips and shook her head. "Not what I meant. I mean a special man."

"What do you mean by special? Derek has a nine-inch —"

"I'm pretty sure I don't want to hear the rest of that sentence." A rich male voice filled the room and Grace's foul mood instantly improved. "How are my two favorite ladies doing?"

Her neighbor and friend, Patrick Mathews, stepped into the office, making it feel smaller by half. He was a good six feet with a body as solid at the doors he sometimes had to break down. Exactly the physique one would expect from a bona fide police hero. He was decked out in his all-black SWAT gear, and she shook off the tingles that more than a year of near-daily interaction should have long mellowed.

Why was it that the only guy who sent her sixth senses twitching happened to be totally wrong for her? If she hadn't made 112 new matches this year alone based on those very same tingly feelings, she would've started wondering if her tingler was on the fritz. It had taken a while, but she'd finally figured out that it wasn't broken. It just only worked for other people. How was that for a kick in the ass? A matchmaker who could find true love for everyone but herself. Fabulous.

"Hey, Trick."

Serena didn't bother to swallow her sigh, adding a long, low purr for good measure. "Look at you, gorgeous. In your tough-guy gear, all ready to come in with your big baton and take care of business." She ran a hand through her platinum-blond hair and moved to give him what she called her "good side," which basically consisted of her wriggling until her skirt rode up to display the vast majority of her slim thighs.

Trick took it in stride as usual, a wide grin splitting his handsome face. "Hey, Serena. How's things?"

"Things are okay. Well, they were until Seth broke up with Grace just in time for the party tomorrow." Serena inched her chair around to face him more fully. "Speaking of which, what are you doing tomorrow night? Maybe you can come lend some moral support and be Grace's date."

While Serena flirted shamelessly with Trick out of sheer habit, Grace knew that her friend's ultimate goal was to fix the two of them up. As if. He was one of the two people she could trust in the world, and that was precisely because they weren't a couple. He was a fantastic friend, but as a boyfriend? He was exactly the type of heartbreaker she needed to keep her distance from. She'd had more than her fair share of bad relationships, and her ex-fiancé hadn't just broken her heart. He'd obliterated it. Wrecked it. Put it through a wood chipper and set what came out the other side on fire.

She had been so blind to his ways. Criticizing her in the bedroom in one breath and berating her for her sexual curiosity in the next, when all the while he was cheating on her with a stripper. And not the kind who was working to put herself through medical school. The kind who was making half her money up front and the other half in the back. Literally. How many times had she beaten herself up for being "too sexual" because of his snide remarks before she found out about Amber? She shivered with disgust and reminded herself that at least they'd used protection on the rare occasions they'd slept together. If not, she'd have seriously considered dousing herself in rubbing alcohol.

Grace's cheeks burned at the memory, and then flamed even higher as she felt Trick's sympathetic blue gaze on her face.

She sighed. "He doesn't want to come, Serena. He already told you that a dozen times. Don't make him feel bad about it. Plus, I would hardly call that thing with Seth 'dumped.' We weren't even official. And you." She stood and tipped her head to the to-go cartons in Trick's hands. "The fact that you brought me sustenance is more than enough. Don't let her guilt you. I totally get why you don't want to come."

And boy, did she. Trick looked like a third, sexier Hemsworth brother. With a leanly muscled body like Liam, and the more masculine facial features of Chris, he seemed out of place in modern-day Massachusetts. Like he'd been transported from the days of the Vikings via time machine. His angular jaw was perpetually peppered with tawny stubble. His eyes were the truest of blues — like a frigging Crayola crayon simply labeled "blue." They sparkled with wit and something a little ... naughty. Although Chaz had invited him to the party, too, it had been grudgingly, and only because Trick had been standing there when Chaz cornered her and Serena to make sure they were coming. Chaz liked the party life and tended to travel with an entourage of wingmen, but he loved being the best-looking guy in the room. If the single ladies in Salem got wind of Trick at this shindig, Chaz would end up eating his dust.

She'd heard the term "fighting them off" before, but she'd never seen it in action until she, Serena, and Trick had gone out to happy hour for the first time. Even before she'd been accosted in the ladies' room by a group of thirtysomethings and grilled about her relationship with him, they'd been eyeing him like he was the last rib at the barbecue. Once she'd explained that they were only friends and that Trick was, indeed, single? It was pandemonium, and every woman in the bar, ages fake ID to fifty, had let him know in no uncertain terms that they would love to be his huckleberry for the night.

He took it all in stride, and while some of them made the cut short-term, he somehow managed to charm them all enough to take the sting out of his "no, thank you." But considering she and Serena had encouraged the majority of their existing clients to attend the Halloween party in hopes of making some introductions, he would avoid it like the plague. A bar was one thing. A party stacked with desperately seeking singles was another thing altogether.

Trick stepped closer to set the cartons onto her desk, and the spicy scent of kung pao tickled her nose. "Yes," she hissed, her stomach growling as if on cue. Maybe some lunch would make her feel better and give her some perspective.

Serena wrinkled her nose and stood. "You two have fun with that garbage. I think I gained a pound just smelling it."

Her friend's model figure came at a price, and although Grace had managed to loosen her up a little over the past year or so when it came to food, Chinese was so not on the menu.

"I'm off to meet up with that real estate agent to see the office on West Gate Street. I'll be back in an hour or so."

They'd been scoping out some new, bigger spaces for their growing business, and Serena had taken point so far, identifying and checking out all the available properties in the area. Still, she'd gone to the last three appointments solo, and Grace was starting to feel a little guilty. She tore her gaze from the carton of food regretfully. "Do you want me to come with you?" She could eat her trail mix on the road. It would be fine.

Serena shook her head vehemently. "No! I will call you over if it looks like something we want to consider."

Grace gave her the side-eye. "Boy, you sure answered fast."

"Because you're the worst. When we got this place, the agent told you the asking rental price was twenty-two hundred a month and you were like, 'We'll take it!' before he even got the words out."

"He said that was his best price," Grace argued, her hackles rising. She knew as soon as she said the words how ridiculous they sounded.

"That's his job." She looked to Trick for backup, and he nodded. "What did you think he was he going to say? 'This place has been on the market for six months, so make me an offer and you can get it way cheaper?' You're so lucky to have me, I swear."

She was right about that. There was no way to quantify the business savvy that her friend brought to the table. It was probably good for Grace to stay as far away from the negotiating table as possible. Even after all the lies Victor had told her, her nature hadn't changed. She took people at face value, and if the real estate agent said that was the best he could do, then she believed him. Serena, on the other hand, thought everyone was full of crap. She would go look at that rental property, grab on like a pit bull, and shake until the actual best price was determined.

Grace's stomach growled again and the decision was made. "Okay, but if you want me to see it, call me. I'll come out and I'll pretend I don't speak English or something so I don't mess with your flow."

"Will do." Serena glided across the room — overdoing the hip sway a little, in Grace's opinion — and tossed a finger wiggle over her shoulder at Trick. "Make sure you keep that gun cleaned and ready to fire. Wouldn't want to get caught with your pants down," she called, stepping out the door and closing it behind her.

"Will do." He chuckled and turned to Grace. "She never runs out of 'em."

"Never," she said, shaking her head. "What can you do? She'd take a bullet for me, and vice versa. That's all that matters."

"Agreed." He collapsed into the chair Serena had vacated and blew out a breath that sent the honey-colored lock on his forehead dancing. He'd been asking her to trim his hair for over a month now, but she kept putting him off. The last time she'd done it had wreaked havoc on her libido. Sinking her fingers into the short, thick waves, all those breast-to-shoulder incidental touches as she made her way around his big body ... She'd woken up to the kinkiest dream she'd ever had, bathed in sweat, and hadn't been able to make eye contact with him for a week.

Serena insisted that it was because she had a secret thing for Trick, but Grace knew better. It was nothing more than middle school biology. Trick was a fox, and it had been close to two years since she'd been with a man. Hell, even then it had been with Victor. She was way past due for some conjugals, but just because her body was willing didn't mean her heart was anywhere close to ready. And if it was? It would never be ready for a wild card like him. Nope, she and Trick were friends, and she could count the true friends she had on one hand, without the thumb. She'd never jeopardize what they had.

"You want kung pao or cashew pork?" he asked, brows raised.

She cleared her throat, suddenly parched. "Doesn't matter. I'd eat the box if I had to right now."

He pulled two sporks from the plastic bag and passed her a carton. "My mother always told me, when I settle down, it should be with a good eater. She would highly approve of you."

Grace laughed and rolled her eyes to disguise the annoying tingle that came with his words. Maybe Trick's mother didn't know this, but her son was never settling down. "Thanks a lot." He never pulled punches with her, which was both a curse and a blessing sometimes. Today, after getting dumped and finding herself dateless, it did sting her pride a little, but not enough to get her to turn down Chinese takeout.

"You know I don't mean it like that. I like that you can eat and enjoy your food. A woman like Serena would drive me crazy. Food is the best — well, the second-best — thing in the world." His eye sparkled with a naughty gleam. "I don't trust people who don't allow themselves to enjoy it."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Dirty Trick by Christine Bell, Kerri-Leigh Grady, Allison Blisard. Copyright © 2013 Christine Bell. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author Christine Bell is one half of the happiest couple in the world. She doesn't like clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but loves movies, football, and playing Texas Hold ‘Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she'd be a wizard. She loves writing fun, sexy contemporary romances, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with rusty spoons. Christine loves to hear from her readers.

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Vivi24 More than 1 year ago
Although I only recently discovered Christine Bell, I am a big fan already!  I really like that she writes "friends to lovers" books. Love the Dare Me Series and was really excited to pick this book up.  Grace is such a great characters.  She's sweet, charming, funny and a romantic.  She also has a few moments of comedic gold in this book!  Trick is also a great character trying so hard to figure out how to get Grace to see he's changed his playboy ways.  Sure, this book has a predictable ending but that doesn't mean the journey to get there isn't fun, hot and steamy!  
rn-writes More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite things about reading Christine Bell's stories is, her characters are so real. Each scene plays out with such reality you can see it happening to you. Some of it, you WISH would happen to you, lol! Her one liners, her humor, her emotion and steamy love scenes make it a joy to read her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read by Christine Bell and I was very pleased. I am halfway through "Down or the Count" and it is equally as good. I highly recommend her books.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
So, I spent most of my day reading Dirty Trick by Christine Bell. Which happens to be the first in Bell's newest series Perfectly Matched. Basically it's about two friends, Grace and Serena, who own a matchmaking company in Salem, MA.  Dirty Trick starts off right before the biggest Halloween Party of the year. Grace basically gets dump before the party and now she's dateless.  Trick has been in love with Grace since the first moment they met, but he wasn't really ready for a relationship. So, all Grace saw was the playboy side and didn't believe he would change. She figure it would be best to keep them at the friend level. During their friendship, Trick decided to grow-up and want a real relationship with Grace. Somehow, Grace didn't notice Trick had change. Man that gotta suck for him. So, he figure it would be a good idea to let Grace see him differently and try to win her over using a disguise. When will guys learn?  I actually like these two characters, because they really pack some heat when they are together. Grace is a vulnerable woman who is naïve at times. Plus, he's afraid to let Trick into her heart, because she's afraid to get burned again. The last guy did a doozy on her, so she doesn't really trust her instincts when it comes to guys. Yes, Trick was a player, but he really wanted to get with Grace. So, he cleaned up his act. Honestly, that's really sweet.  Overall, I enjoyed Dirty Trick. Yes, Trick was an idiot the way he went about to get past the friendship wall. Still, the guy had to do what a guy has to do to get what he wants. Plus, Grace put up some serious walls to protect her heart. Basically Dirty Trick is a hot steamy read with a sappy ending. So, if you are looking for some steam with a dash of sweet, you might like Dirty Trick. Copy provided by the publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a long-time fan of Christine Bell and all her other pen names, but this book may be my all time favorite. She's as hilarious as ever, but this time with two main characters that are just as lovable and realistic as Christine Bell's writing. Trust me, this one some be on everyone's insta-buy list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I enjoyed this book tremendously. The two leads have fantastic chemistry which is a must for sure. The first sex scene was a little awkward but things get better from there. This was a short and fun story which I will gladly read again. I only wish Ms. Bell would've added a couple of pages to the ending which I felt was a bit rushed, ergo the 4 star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much had a hard time putting it down. Something about Christine Bell's writing just had me hooked from the get go and had me cheering for Trick to finally show Grace what she'd been missing.  Their chemistry was off the charts and the emotions I hate to say had this heavily pregnant woman a little teary toward the end.  I'll admit I loved this book so much I immediately purchased the two Dare Me book in the Brazen series also by Ms Bell and I loved them too looking forward to more in the Matchmakers series. Overall I give this 5 out of 5(less)
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Great Book! I am a huge Brazen fan and Dirty Trick by Christine Bell is an excellent addition to the imprint. This original story is well-written and flows nicely from beginning to end. The two main characters, matchmaker Grace Love and SWAT officer Trick Matthews are likeable, flirty and hot. Ms. Bell does a wonderful job of evolving the characters from the friend-zone into the love-zone by creating a unique storyline unlike any other I have read. Grace and her best friend Serena, own and manage an up and coming matchmaking company. Their firm is successful because once Serena reels in the client, Grace's incredible instincts and ability to understand people takes over, which enables her to conceive the perfect couple. It is interesting to note that neither Grace nor Serena are in a successful relationship. However, Grace's heart, mind and body always tingles whenever she is around Trick, her good friend and neighbor. However, due to a prior relationship that damaged her self-esteem, in addition to her desperate need to ensure Trick remains in her life, she never acts upon her feelings. Two things are very important to smart and hunky Trick Matthews, his job and Grace. In fact, he stopped playing the field over six months ago because his feelings for Grace are so strong. He wants to settle down and to prove to Grace that he is a changed man. So he institutes a plan that he believes will change her feelings about him from friend to lover. Trick's seduction techniques are steamy and wild. He certainly has Grace's attention. And due to Trick's encouragement, Grace's confidence and sexiness is slowly gaining strength. Once he is able to share his true self with Grace, they can find happiness together. This is an entertaining, sweet and sexy romance that should not be missed.
Elle2006 More than 1 year ago
In a word, this book is "delightful." The story revolves around Grace Love and Trick Matthews, two friends who are perfect for each other. Unfortunately, Grace is terrified of risking a relationship with Trick - she has been burned by love before and Trick has a bad track record as a reformed player that makes her wary. All this adds up to him desperately willing to do anything, and we mean anything, for Grace to see him as serious boyfriend material. Let's just say, he embarks on a mission that is sexy but certainly risky, to finally get her attention. (Hint - it involves a hot Halloween costume and a disguised voice). The writing is snappy and at times laugh out loud funny. I love Autumn and Halloween and it doesn't get much more fun and seasonally appropriate than Dirty Trick.  Their best friend and Grace's business partner, Serena, plays a key role and may be one of my favorite female characters in as long as I can remember. She is funny, sassy and a player in her own right. It looks like hers will be the next book and I am dying for the day her story comes out!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Hot guy, nice girl and a great love story with some juicy hit sex!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At only 138 pages, this book is a rip-off. There is very little dialog and the typos are too many to count.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Ok, the author immediately won me over simply by describing Trick as a Chris Hemsworth look alike. It was not a chore to imagine him in this role and add to that, Trick is a member of the SWAT team. Yep, I was sold! Joking aside, this was a really cute and short read. I loved Trick and Grace as our main MC's. I really like the pairing of a reformed playboy and the beautiful, but down to earth heroine. Albeit a bit unrealistic, I liked that Grace and her best friend owned a matchmaking business that was completely successful based off of Grace's tingles she receives when she finds two souls that were a match. The best part is when the mighty fall. Trick, once being a playboy, changes his ways when he recognizes Grace as his own soul mate. It's too bad Grace has placed him firmly in the friend zone when they first meet, after seeing the steady stream of girls coming and going from his home. It doesn't take Trick long to realize Grace is special, but by then it's too late to make a move. He knows he will have to prove to her that he has changed. When that isn't enough, he takes the next step to open her eyes. Problem is, it may not be the right step. The author teases us with a segue into the next book that will be on Serena, the best friend and one of the new clients of their matchmaking business. Serena was a bit too forward in this book and I am intrigued to read her story to see if her match will tame her wild ways. ARC provided by NetGalley.
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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Dirty Trick by Christine Bell Book One of the Perfectly Matched series Publisher: Brazen Publication Date: September 23, 2013 Rating: 3 stars Source: Copy bought from Amazon ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): This matchmaker's about to meet her match... Grace Love is lousy with men. She can spot a match for someone else a mile away, and her balls-on instincts are why her matchmaking business is thriving, but finding her own Prince Charming? The only guy who makes her sixth sense tingle is her playboy best friend, Trick, and no way is she risking their friendship, no matter how hot she knows the sex will be. SWAT officer Trick Mathews is a patient guy, but Grace’s inability to see what’s right in front of her is grinding on his last nerve. Yeah, he blew his shot at breaking out of the friend zone when he tamped down the urge to lick her from head to toe the day they met, but he’s got a plan that’ll change her mind. Incognito at Salem's hottest Halloween party, he’ll show her exactly how good they could be…and that he’s the man for her.  What I Liked: You all know how much I LOVE Brazen books. Literally every time Brazen has a publication day for any of its new titles, I have to hold myself back. I can't afford to buy all of them, but oh how I would like to... a lot of times, I buy them way on sale. Like this one - more than a year after its publication, it was free, I believe, for a day. You can't go wrong with free. I didn't love the book, but I didn't dislike it either! Trick Matthews has been in love with his friend Grace for quite some time, but she doesn't see him that way (or so he thinks). He thinks that she only sees him as a player, a guy bouncing between different women. But that's not the case, because Trick has been in love with Grace, and won't give up. Grace, on the other hand, has been nursing her wounds as a single lady, never seeming to find the right guy. Sure, her best friend Trick is hot... but he's her best friend. Too bad she has no idea how much he wants her. I like these types of stories - two best friends fall for each other, or are already in love, but need something to make them realize that they're not alone in their feelings. Trick finally does something, and disguises himself for a Halloween party. He and Grace do the deed... but she has no idea that it's Trick. She is totally into it, and wants more from "Catman". Little does she know! The author definitely dials up the steamy in this book. A true Brazen novel, this one does not like in the physicality of the romance aspect. But, the love story is really there as well. I liked seeing Grace fall for "Catman", and eventually, realize her feelings for Trick. I really like Trick. Grace is cool, but Trick is probably my favorite. He's actually super sweet, thoughtful, considerate, and extremely sexy. Obviously the ones in uniform are the good ones, right? Perhaps... Overall, I liked the romance, and the sizzling chemistry. This type of romance - the best friend type - is one of my favorites, as long as it's developed, and there is no love triangle. None of that in this novel! What I Did Not Like: I think this story could have benefited from more pages. It felt very short, like there could have been more in the very beginning, between Grace and Trick. THEN there could be Grace and "Catman", and THEN she finds out. But I wanted more scenes from Grace and Trick. Also, Grace's business with her friend - that wasn't nearly as present/significant in this book as I had thought it would be. For some reason, I thought it would have come into play at some point in the book, besides being the reason that Grace went to the party. Finally, I think there could have been more depth to this book, more sentimentality. I didn't really feel much towards Trick besides omg-he-sounds-smoking. Grace, more so, because she had a terrible ex-boyfriend, and this is pretty significant in the novel. Maybe I just wanted more personal scenes between Grace and Trick. Maybe more in general, from the depth. Would I Recommend It: I liked this one, but it definitely isn't my favorite Brazen novel. I enjoyed the read! Rating: 3 stars. I'll be looking forward to reading more Brazen books by Christine Bell!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was just ok for me - didn't leave any lasting impression.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But I felt bored every so often, which doesn't happen when I read her books.
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Love this author
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Loved this book. The characters were so real in emotion. Made me laugh,get mad at the characters and cry and rejoice
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138pgs... okay story. The end seemed too rushed, the story had a decent baseline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story for it's relationship between the two main characters, who are best friends who secretly have deeper feelings for each other. I also loved how they mentioned Batman and Joe Manganiello.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story that kept me wanting more. It was a new twist on the "friends to lovers" story. My only negative comment would be that the story ended abruptly. It didnt leave the ending up to you, but an epilogue would have been nice!!