Shameless

Shameless

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by Gina L. Maxwell
     
 

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People say I'm shameless. They're right.

I like my sex dirty. It takes a hell of a lot to tilt my moral compass, and I always follow when it's pointing at something I want. That goes double when it points straight at the one girl in all of Chicago who's not dying for a piece of me.

She's all I can think about, and that's a problem, because she wants

Overview

People say I'm shameless. They're right.

I like my sex dirty. It takes a hell of a lot to tilt my moral compass, and I always follow when it's pointing at something I want. That goes double when it points straight at the one girl in all of Chicago who's not dying for a piece of me.

She's all I can think about, and that's a problem, because she wants nothing to do with me. But I've seen her deepest secrets, her darkest fantasies, and they match mine to a fucking T.

I want her. Bad.

Now I need to show her how good it can feel...to be shameless.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781682812174
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing
Publication date:
05/23/2016
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
277,744
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Shameless

Playboys in Love Series


By Gina L. Maxwell, Liz Pelletier

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Gina L. Maxwell
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-671-7


CHAPTER 1

Jane


If such a thing as a Landlords of Chicago Convention existed, and said convention had an award for Worst Landlord of a Multi-Unit Building, mine would win by a landslide. A freaking landlord landslide.

Cursing his name for the umpteenth time in the last half hour, I wrap a Band-Aid around the cut in my thumb I'd acquired trying to unclog the pipes under my bathroom sink. God forbid Walter would actually do his job and call a plumber for me.

Since I'd moved into my small apartment in the South Shore area, my hot water heater, oven, and window A/C unit had all taken a crap at one point or another — just a few of the perks of living in a building so old that it predates the invention of the elevator — and each time it had taken Walter weeks to get them fixed.

But I'm nothing if not independent and self-reliant — traits born of being the child of workaholic parents. I'd managed to repair my garbage disposal and replace the tank assembly in my toilet by browsing the almighty Google and ignoring all my girly squeamishness at the ick factor of both. Neither instance had been pretty, but it wasn't anything a hot shower and the satisfaction of a job well done couldn't wash away.

Unfortunately, my stupid bathroom sink pipes aren't going to be added to that list of accomplishments anytime soon. I don't know if the slip nuts (thank you, Google Images) had been screwed on by the Incredible Hulk or fused in place by the lesser-known supervillain Rust Man. Either way, those suckers aren't budging for a mortal female with minimal experience handling a pipe wrench. (Feel free to insert dirty joke here.)

I glare at the standing water in the sink, hands on my hips, willing it to magically go down. I'm so focused on trying to Jedi-mind-trick the bastard into submission that I jump when my phone rings. Jogging into the living room, I snatch up the cell and answer as I plop onto the couch.

"Hey, you," I say, greeting my best friend Addison Paige. "Aren't you supposed to be burning the midnight oil?"

"It's only seven p.m., but I'm sure I'll still be here when midnight rolls around," Addison says wryly. "You writing your paper?"

I laugh. Calling my masters thesis on social work a paper was like calling the Taj Mahal a chapel. I've been working on it for two years, and I'm almost — almost — done. Turning it in is the last step in getting my dual degree. Then I can finally get a job in my field and start making some real money instead of the piddly-ass wages I make as an intern and part-time waitress. (And then move.)

"Surprisingly, no," I say. "I'm still trying to fix the clog in my bathroom sink, but all I've managed to do is pinch my thumb. Luckily, I managed to staunch the flow before I bled out all over the floor."

"Damn good thing, because if you die before I get my fun friend back, I'll kill you myself."

"You know what I love about you?" I ask, laying the sarcasm on thick. "It's that you make complete sense when you threaten me. I think it's what makes you the best lawyer ever."

"And I love that you love that about me. And also that you repeatedly tell me I'm the best lawyer ever instead of acknowledging my pathetic peon status. This boys club of a law firm isn't going to give me my own cases anytime soon."

"Nonsense. It's only a matter of time before they see your brilliance and make you a partner," I say with confidence. "Wait — since when am I not your 'fun' friend? I'm fun."

"Seriously? When was the last time you went out? For fun. Not for school or work or any other life-sucking activity. Like, to a dance club or a bar or a fucking baseball game? I don't know ... anything."

I open my mouth to respond with a list of all the things I've done recently that qualified — because surely there is a list — but come up with nothing. I honestly can't remember the last time I went out to be social. I've hung out with Addison, but that was more lunch dates and Netflix than clubbing and cavorting.

"Um ..."

"Exactly," Addison crows.

Okay, so she's not wrong. It's been a while since I've had a social life and an even longer while since I've had a sex life, which makes me grateful she didn't bring that particular nugget up. My recent hermit status may have slipped my notice, but I'm painfully aware of how long it's been (for-freaking-ever) since I've been satisfied by someone other than myself.

Completing my masters coursework in two years instead of three, and then replacing school hours with work hours, doesn't leave me with any time to invest in a relationship. I'm all for casual flings or even one-night stands, but the handful of forays hadn't been worth shaving, much less the Brazilians I'd splurged on. After my last underwhelming sexual rendezvous, I decided that I wouldn't drop trou for anyone else unless I'm positive it'll be worth the pain of getting my pubic hair ripped out by the roots by a sadistic woman armed with strips of hot wax. If you've ever subjected yourself to that particular brand of cosmetic torture, you know that's setting the bar for sexual excellence pretty high.

So while I wait for Mr. Mind-Blowing-In-The-Sack, I bought a Hitachi Magic Wand — God bless the misguided man who thought he designed a great neck massager — and became a frequent purveyor of internet porn.

That's right. I'm a closet porn addict.

Don't judge me. It gets the job done. With the right video, I can be turned on in minutes. Then, depending on my mood, I'll either watch several to build the anticipation, or simply dive right in and get myself off in what I call an "express O." Bing, bam, boom, done.

But like I said, it's not something I'm ready to share with the class. Not even with Addison. Not because I think she'll judge me — that girl is all for owning your freak flag and letting it fly — but because I'd inevitably have to answer questions about how often do I watch it (several times a week), and what kind do I like (the rougher, the better), and do I have a favorite porn star (hands down, Harley Hummer). I'd just rather not get into the gory details of how I take the edge off my sexual frustrations, thank you very much.

"What's it called when the lawyer is being an obnoxious asshat?" I ask my best friend. "Is it contempt? I find you in contempt of court, and I object. Your argument is erroneous. I don't need a good time right now, I just need someone to fix my pipes."

"Yeah, your lady pipes," she jokes. "Things are probably just as rusted shut down there as they are under your sink."

Actually, since I don't use a dildo of any kind, it's highly likely. "Okay, that's it," I say, laughing in spite of myself, "I'm hanging up. You need to get back to work, and I need to do anything other than talk to you at the moment."

Sighing dramatically, Addison acquiesces. "Fine, killjoy. Does this mean you don't want the number of a handyman who came highly recommended to me?"

I sit up a little straighter, perking up at the words "highly recommended." Growing up in the digital age as I have, you'd think that I would trust online reviews of products and services. But things on the internet can be bought or faked. I'd much rather take the word of someone I know, and I'm ready to cry "uncle" and be done with this whole situation. "Who recommended him?"

"Rebecca, one of our paralegals. She said he's worth every cent and more. I believe her exact words were 'the best ever.'"

That sounds promising, so I grab the pen and pad of paper from the side table. "Okay, what's the number? I'll give him a call tomorrow."

"One sec, I've got another call coming in. Hang on." And with a click the line went silent.

I lean back on the couch, staring at the spidery ceiling paint, following the bigger cracks and admiring how they fan out with reckless abandon. Of course, they probably knew what I knew: no way was I standing on a ladder and painting upside down to fix them. When Addison clicks back over, I tell her, "All right. I'm ready for the number of my miracle plumber."

"No need," she replies. "I just called and paid in advance. Consider it an early birthday present. He'll be there in about an hour."

"What? It's too late for anyone to be making house calls on a Friday night."

"Riiiiight. Because everyone's shit only breaks between the hours of eight and five on weekdays." Addison is just as fond of sarcasm as I am. It's one of the reasons we make such great friends.

"Point taken, but you still shouldn't have called." I hate it when she tries to pay for things. Peon or not, she makes a good living as a lawyer and likes to make up dumb reasons why I should let her pick up the tab on stuff. "My birthday's not even for another six months."

"So then it's a half birthday present. Hasn't anyone ever told you not to look a gift-friend in the mouth? Have some wine, read a book, tweeze your eyebrows. I don't care, as long as you let the man do what he's hired for when he gets there, okay?"

"Yes, Mother," I say with the tone of an audible eye roll. But then I add a sincere, "Thanks, Addie."

"You're welcome, babe. Oh, and make sure you call me tomorrow and tell me all the juicy details. Ciao!"

Before I can comment on the ridiculousness of anything involving a middle-aged man with plumber's crack being "juicy," she hangs up. Belatedly, I realize I never even got the name of the guy or his business. I almost call her back to ask, but figure it's not a big deal. The odds of someone showing up coincidentally under false pretenses as a handyman in disguise are pretty much nil.

It's been a long week, and that glass of wine Addison mentioned is suddenly calling my name.

Blowing out a deep breath, I stand and head to the kitchen where I have an open bottle of red. For once, I'm going to take my friend's advice: enjoy a glass of wine and a book while I wait for the "best ever handyman" to arrive and do his thing. Now that I know help is on the way, I'm really looking forward to getting my pipes fixed.

CHAPTER 2

Chance


I'm so not in the fucking mood to dance tonight, much less do a one-on-one sesh with some horny, middle-aged woman who'll probably angle for sex afterward. Normally, I'd be all over that shit. Hooking up with clients is one of the bennies of being a stripper-for-hire. I dance and make their panties wet, then they do the same to my dick. It's a win-win.

People might think less of me for having that attitude, but the way I see it, it's no different than hooking up with someone in a club. Did I say "in" a club? I meant from a club. But I've done it in a club, too. I'm not too particular on the when and where, and I'm sure as hell not shy.

Don't make the mistake of thinking I'm some kind of gigolo, though. The money I get as a private stripper is strictly for my stripping services, not for any extracurricular activities that might happen afterward. That's something different entirely. The guys who work for me at Playboys 4 Hire refer to them as "bonus dances." Bonus for the women, and definitely a bonus for us.

But tonight, I'm just not feeling it. For probably the first time since I started P4H with my best friends Roman Reeves and Austin Massey during our days as college students up at UW Madison, I'd rather be nursing a beer or six while playing Call of Duty than get groped as someone shoves money into my Tommy Hilfigers.

My head's not in the game. It's wrapped up in some issues I have with my other company — the construction company I've grown over the last several years using the knowledge I gained with my expensive-as-hell business degree. I have a huge contract currently stalled by the city, bound up with more fucking red tape than I could cut through with a Sawzall. Now we're way behind on schedule, and it's got me on edge. Not a great mood to be in when you have to seduce a woman, whether it's real or fantasy.

I pause in front of the apartment number I was given and do a quick mental dump. I need to get in the right head space if I'm going to pull off the job without the client realizing I have shit on my mind other than dry humping her into next week.

Showtime. Rolling my shoulders back in my navy blue handyman coveralls, I raise my fist, knock on the door, and wait for my client to let me in.

"Yes?" a feminine voice calls through the door.

I notice the absence of a peephole and frown. The place is old, but there's no excuse for not updating the apartments with some basic safety features. Still, she is expecting me, and clients enjoy the fantasy right from the start.

"Ms. Wendall, I'm the handyman," I say. "I'm here to give you a hand with whatever you need."

I expect the door to whip open. Instead, there's a long pause. "That's awfully vague." Her tone sounds suspicious. "What were you called for specifically?"

Smart girl, making me prove I'm her expected guest without making me break character. When she called earlier, she'd said she "needed a handyman to fix her pipes." Sometimes clients prefer to give us storylines to follow. None of us mind — after all, it's our job to sell them the fantasy, whatever that may be.

"To fix your pipes," I answer. "But I won't do you any good with this door" — I hear the lock roll through its tumbler a second before the door swings open — "between us," I finish absently as I try to process what I'm seeing.

What I'd expected — or rather who I'd expected — was a woman wearing lust like a heavy fur coat that practically swallows her whole. A woman with very little clothing, who would eye-fuck the shit out of me before moving aside to finally let me in so we can get on with my reason for being here.

What I got is a woman wearing yoga pants, fuzzy slipper socks, and a zipped up Loyola University hoodie. Long brown hair is tied up in some messy knot thing on her head. To complete her at-home-don't-care look, she's wearing rectangular dark-rimmed glasses and no makeup. Or at least, none that I can tell from the brief look I get at her face. She hasn't even glanced up from the thick hardcover book in her hands before she turns away and walks farther into the apartment, leaving me standing in the hallway like an idiot with my dick in my hands.

Shaking off the initial surprise, I step inside, closing and locking the door behind me. As she passes it, she points down a hallway that branches off of the tiny dining area next to the kitchen. "The bathroom is that way. Just let me know if you need me for anything."

Suddenly, it clicks. Jane Wendall (that's the name she'd given on the phone, even though the one on the credit card was Addison Paige) wants to be seduced. She wants to be that unsuspecting, naive girl seduced by the handyman who has other things on his mind than the "problem" she'd called him about. Damn, I'd almost blown it by asking her what she wanted me to do.

"Sure thing," I say as I cross to the dining table, keeping a discreet eye on her. She's doing an excellent job of ignoring me. If I didn't know any better, I'd think she really wasn't interested in what I'm doing.

I set down my old red toolbox and open it up. It doesn't hold the kind of tools one would typically find, but rather the tools of this trade. A few bottles of water (for drinking and/or pouring over my body), a fresh can of whipped cream I picked up on the way, a change of clothes, a portable speaker that's synced with the playlists on my phone, and for the occasional "bonus dances," some flavored lube and a box of condoms.

Intuition says I probably only need the speaker and a bottle of water to drink afterward for this one. Though, if I'm being honest, something about Jane/Addison is seriously doing it for me. I hope she's just feigning disinterest, and maybe, if things click between us like I think they might, we can explore things on a more real level after I dance for her.

Tonight actually has the potential to not suck.

"Mind if I listen to some music?"

She glances up from her book, her glasses now dangling from the earpiece held between her teeth, and furrows her brow like she's forgotten why I'm there. My cock must be on the fritz because her blatant disregard for my presence makes it twitch with interest.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Shameless by Gina L. Maxwell, Liz Pelletier. Copyright © 2016 Gina L. Maxwell. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Gina L. Maxwell is a shameless romance addict with no intentions of ever kicking the habit. Thanks to her family's wonderful support, she's able to live her dream of bringing a little romantic fantasy to the world, even if only in the pages of a good book.

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Shameless 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
163 pages for 3.99 of just sex and no plot!
JenniferSchultheisJS 10 months ago
Holy Batman! Shameless is raw, dirty, and is exactly what fantasies are made of. The only thing this author left out was the number to call, for um…their services. The sex scenes are seriously hot and the connection between the characters is surprisingly strong, right off the bat. All Jane wanted was her pipes fixed…and trust me, the handyman delivers…repeatedly. The sex is off the charts but the emotions flowing between the characters is what made me happy. Did I mention, that the sex is hot???? It so is!!! Can’t wait to read the next book from Gina Maxwell!
AFOX0 20 days ago
Thor as Magic Mike, delicious, funny, and scorching HOT! 5+ Jane Wendall gets punked by her best friend, Addison. Jane’s got a plumbing problem, Addison sends over a plumber, but it’s not what Jane envisions at all. Standing in her doorway is one sexy, panty-melting, over six feet tall, man in sleeveless T-shirt, overalls with rippling muscles and a voice that can melt butter. The scene is to die for, I thought it funny with Jane flustered over the whole misunderstanding. Clearly, her BFF has no idea she ordered up one hot, god-like Thor doing the Magic Mike routine right in Jane’s living room. With sexual innuendos and metaphors flying all over the place, Jane has a tough time deciding which pipes need more attention, hers or the bathroom sink. Jane can’t help the dirty, kinky thoughts that cross her mind when all she wants to do is ravage one delicious stripper. Blame it all on her secret addiction to porn. Jane’s embarrassed about her sexual desire for rough and humiliating sex, and her only outlet is her addiction to the porn she finds on the internet. Chance Danvers, a.k.a. “The Handyman” , along with his two best friends from college, formed the Playboys 4 Hire, a private stripper business. It was a great way to earn money while in college along plus the added benefit of getting “bonus dances” from clients, more intimate play. And now as an owner of two successful companies, Chance works construction during the day, but continues to work as a stripper for the pure pleasure of dancing. Jane and Chance agree on a one night stand, but it doesn’t take long for both to agree on a no-strings affair. Chance understands what Jane secretly hides beneath her good girl facade, and helps her realize her fantasies without the shame. Jane learns to embrace her darkest desires, and Chance is unapologetic in getting what Jane needs in her pleasure. Both finding their sexual needs equally fulfilling. Chance finds Jane funny, innocent, nerdy, and yet, wickedly sexy. A wonderful combination of the all the things that intrigue him. But matters get complicated as their attachment grows, shifting from affair to a relationship that neither saw coming. And when Jane witnesses Chance’s private dancing at her cousin’s birthday party, the demands of his stripper job might prove too much for their relationship to survive, and Jane’s heart from breaking. I just loved this book and I’d give it more than 5 stars. Chance Danvers is one sexy, dominant alpha that can win a dirty talking contest any day. The author is a new one for me, and I just love her voice in this story which made for such an enjoyable read. Ms Maxwell shows her craft in imaginative descriptions, interesting characters, witty dialogue, and sexy hot scenes. Shameless is a well written, erotic romance at it’s best. I can’t wait for Addison’s story, the next book in the Playboys in Love series. Copy provided by Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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KimP65 6 months ago
Seriously hot start to a new series. This is not your average romance, for one, the lead male character is a stripper. Not what you'd expect for a book about a couple coming together but this time it works. He's a narcissistic but not so much that he's not open to pursue a romance even though he doesn't realize that's what it is in the beginning. She's a good girl on the outside but a very naughty girl at heart. I liked these characters, not sure why but they just really came together and made this an exciting read.
starznstripes24 6 months ago
DEAR LORD this read was SMOKING HOT!!! 4 1/2 spank worthy stars. I haven't read a Gina Maxwell book in a while and forgot just how much I enjoy her writing. She's got great characters, stories and can write a sex scene like nobody's business. The book starts with Jane having a clogged sink and her BFF sends her over a handyman Unbeknownst to Jane, Chance arrives at her door to fix her pipes. Chance is actually a stripper known as The Handyman. That's not the only business that Chance is involved with, but confusion and humor is quickly in place as Jane's dismissive of him and tries to send him to the bathroom. As he's finishing up in the bathroom (spoiler - he fixes the clog) he accidentally opens a tab on her laptop that practically defines what she likes sexually. He couldn't be happier to have this piece of insider information. Their chemistry and attraction are instant and believable. Chance being the male that he is screws up at several turns throughout the book. Jane is only so forgiving but sometimes sex can trump emotion. Especially their great sex which is erotic and has BDSM elements. There is also some humiliation at play, but it's done in a way that arouses the characters and (quite possibly) the reader. This was a fast paced read where you got to know the main characters and even set up secondary characters for future books in the series. It was lacking a smidgen of emotion for me to give a full 5 stars, but there was enough to see the couple throughout their single time. I can't praise it enough and would recommend it to everyone. I received a copy from NetGalley for review.
tsmb02 7 months ago
OMG I loved this book! It was laugh out funny while being hot and sexy at the same time! Jane Wendall just wants to finish up her masters degree, get a real job and get out of the crappy apartment she is living in that always has a problem and a landlord who couldn't care less. Jane's best friend Addison is a lawyer and decides to help her friend out by hiring a "handyman" to come take care of her bathroom sink. The "handyman" is Chance Danvers, owner of Danvers & Son Construction who is also part owner of Playboys 4 Hire, a group of men who can be hired to dance for woman using a certain theme. Jane doesn't realize that when Chance shows up, he is really there to dance for her. This scene was hysterical. What Chance finds in Jane's bathroom is even funnier and I love how it helped them hook up. I just loved the story these two went through. They each thought they could use the other for awhile to get through their lust they felt for each other, since neither of them wanted a relationship. I just adored how this slowly changed. Overall I really enjoyed this story and cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this series!
DaneWeimMama 8 months ago
Dang!!! This was one SEXY read. I loved loved loved it. Chance is a hoot but also a truly awesome man who finds himself falling in love for Jane. And Jane is also pretty amazing too, smart & pretty & very much in control of her life. I love that she is her own person & not the weak-willed woman we see in so many stories. I can't wait to read more in this series!! If you are looking for a hot read to brighten your day, check this one out! Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
sportochick 8 months ago
This is one of those books that is a quick enjoyable read. Within the first four pages I felt like laughing out loud.. I love the meeting between Jane and Chance. It was well played. Throughout the story the author takes you along for the ride as Chance chases Jane. Having always loved a good resistance and chase book this one was that. It follows the saying "that a man always want what he can't have" then it continues with the "you can't tell me what do do" part. There is a part of the story where my heart dropped to my feet when Jane saw Chance doing his job with her cousin. Yikes I could feel her pain and I really was proud of the confrontation with Chase. She was very self assured and mature in her words. Chance starts out too full of himself and I enjoyed him being taken down to a regular man. A very, hot, sexy in-charge man. The reader will love his way of taking charge of Jane and will looking forward to more books featuring Chance's two best friends and business partners. Though I can't wait to read the next book in the series and hope Jane pays back her BFF I give this 3.5 STARS because I would of liked a little more substance to the storyline. a copy was gifted via Netgalley
Anonymous 9 months ago
Ok, so there's a lot of sexy times and dirty talk and not a huge story. But there's a story none the less. Just the way I shamelessly love it!
TammyS32 9 months ago
Most people see Jane as the shy nerdy girl, however she has another side that she keeps well hidden. Her desire for hot, rough sex. When her friend sends over stripper Chance disguised as a handyman she expects him to just fix the sink but he has so much more in mind. This is a fast paced fun, steamy read. I liked the characters as well as the story. Hot!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Another great read by gina maxwell
Anonymous 9 months ago
Looking forward to Ruthless
Anonymous 9 months ago
I could not put this book down. The story is awesome and the sex scenes are off the charts hot! Love Chance and Jane. I can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Loved it and loved Chance! Can't wait until Roman's story is told.
AboutThatStory 10 months ago
Holy hot read batman! Wow! This was just super entertaining... and scorching HOT! It’s pretty fast paced and we are right in the thick of things (no pun intended!) from the start. Here's my breakdown: I liked the characters Chance and Jane. There was enough info given so that I had a good feel for them but it wasn't really in depth. I really liked the story of them coming together, they had serious chemistry and crazy heat. These two together – seriously panty melting sex! I thought the writing was great, a lighter story for sure. But here's the deal, it was just awesome sexy fun! These two had a heck of a pull with what they wanted from each other, they were totally naughty and played their rolls well. I liked the other characters that were introduced that Chance works with and I liked Jane’s friend as well. I see more wickedly fun stories in my future with this group. ;-) This was just pure, hot fun! So if you want steamy and nothing that is to taxing, but full of naughty goodness… this is it! And may I just say wow again about the schmexy. *fans self* Complimentary copy received for honest review.
astroyic 10 months ago
Wow! This is the first story that I have read by Gina L. Maxwell and all I can say is it will definitely not be my last. This story was so erotically sexy and boundary pushing, Gina L. Maxwell knows how to seduce the reader. I was captivated (drooling possibly) from the beginning to the end and you will be too. I could not put this story down. What starts as a prank on a good friend, turns into the hottest hookup for Workaholic Jane as well as Chance Danvers Playboy 4 hire, stripper and founder. Their sexual connection is simply magnetic and a little twisted, when Chance accidentally finds out Jane's porn fantasy fits him to a tee. Chance has never been turned down and tuned out before, so he uses Jane's closet kink fantasies to get her to do a 180 and do things his way. Jane is unable to resist Chances' body, off the charts sex appeal, as well as being able to live out her secret kink fantasies even if it might be for only one night. And oh what a night, sparks fly and sizzle, and it has never felt so good for either one of them. But what was suppose to be a one time thing, after a few days where both of them still cannot stop thinking about their hookup. Turns into an ongoing sex only relationship. Written from dual POV which I love, we get to experience this entertaining and oh so hot, romance. Get ready to watch them fall for each other, feel their protectiveness for one another, and even more so feel the anticipation, the want, the desire that they feel for each other. Loved the alpha maleness from him, but also how he could be loving and protective. It was nice to see the softer side of him. I really loved this story, the build and how it was all came together. So freaking good. Couldn't get enough. Highly recommended! Receive a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Good book...could have gone a little more in depth with developing the characters but I won't let that stop me from buying the next one in the series.
Maria-Rose 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this novella! Part of the new Scorched imprint by Entangled Publishing, it definitely pushes the boundaries and it's no wonder they created a new line for it, and the others that will follow. Chance is into rough sex, and Jane is reluctant to tell anyone about her interest in humiliation kink. Together they've found quite the playmate in each other, and there are several fully consensual and steamy scenes between them where Jane is free to explore her desires and Chance is quite willing to lead the way. Chance works two jobs. He's a star attraction and co-owner of Playboys 4 Hire, a male stripping company and takes pride in his dancing and his guys. But he also runs a successful construction company. He doesn't have to strip for a living anymore, but he enjoys it and the attention he gets from it. Up until now, his only other serious relationship was with a woman who gave him an ultimatum - her or the stripping business, and he didn't choose her. He's always maintained that no woman would be able to make him give up what he enjoys. This, then, is the main conflict as Jane and Chance start to really like each other and want to spend time together, outside of the fabulous sex they have. While Jane has no problem with Chance's job when they are just starting out, the more she falls for him, the less comfortable she is with the idea of other women being able to touch him at will. It's not that she worries that he'll be unfaithful to her - he's made it clear that if he's sleeping with her, it's exclusive. It's more that meeting while he was on a gig makes her wonder if he might meet someone prettier and sexier than her. Jane considers herself to be a pretty 'plain Jane' and wonders whether she'll have the goods to keep Chance interested for the long term. Chance has to make some decisions about Jane, and what he really wants for his future. Jane is working part time at a restaurant pursuing her master's degree in social work, and her thesis involves the objectification of women. She'd never considered what it would be like to be in a man's shoes in this regard, but her new relationship gives her access to some interesting research material - that of the male strippers. Most of them are young, putting themselves through college, and their families don't know what they are doing on the side. It's a reflection of the reality that a lot of women escorts and strippers face, and I thought it was interesting to touch on that perspective in this story. Along with all the super sexy scenes, we get some great camaraderie between Chance and his team, including his best friends and partners Roman and Austin. And surprisingly, we get a really sweet romance. When Chance isn't sexing up Jane, he's treating her like someone he really cares for, and it's this obvious affection for her that scares him - he's never felt for a woman the way he feels for Jane. I really enjoyed all the aspects of this story, from the hot hot scenes to the tender ones, and combined with lots of laughs, this one is a winner. 4.5 stars and I'm eagerly anticipating the next one in the series!
mamalovestoread22 10 months ago
Jane Wendall is burning her candle at both ends, when she isn't working, she's either buried in her thesis work at home, or taking care of home repairs... and it's definitely caused her social life and love life to take a major hit. She hasn't been on a date in forever, and her friends are starting to worry she's that she's boarding on nun-hood. She'd love nothing more than to have a little steamy action between sheets, but she just doesn't have enough hours in the day to fit in a relationship, so she settles for an occasional night of solo action, but even that is starting to wear thin. When her friend Addison calls to check in with her, and finds out that yet again she is spending the night working on her dilapidated apartment instead of spending her evening trying to pick up a man, she decides to intervene, and sends her a handyman to get things fixed up. Jane thinks he's coming to fix the clogged drain in her bathroom, but he's there on another mission... one that leads to exploring her kinky secret side!!! The minute Chance Danvers shows up on Jane's doorstep he senses something is a little off, normally when he's called to "fix things" woman are falling all over themselves at the sight of him, and Jane can't even pry her eyes from her book long enough to look him in the eyes. But after some discussion he realizes she actually expects him to fix her clogged sink, and not do what he came to do. There is something about her that has him wanting to stay, so he makes her a deal, he'll fix her sink, then they'll get down to the real business at hand... he owes her a dance and he's planning to give her a dance she'll never forget!! This was my first experience with Ms. Maxwell's work, and I have to say I was quite impressed with what I found, it is by far one of the hottest reads I have had in my hands this year! Her sinfully sexy tale had me tingling in all the right places, and reaching for a fan barely a chapter into it!!! She put the perfect amount of naughty and nice into the story line, which gave it a plausible feel and which is sure to give readers a very well balanced and highly satisfying reading experience! I thoroughlly enjoyed this one and definitely plan to make a return visit to the series and see what she has in store for the other Playboys!! ARC requested through NetGalley and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC-Scorched in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
MELHUTCHINSON 10 months ago
Gina Maxwell is back and smoking hot with this new one!! I would have to put a word of caution out for this one and say that those that don't like things "rough" may want to skip those parts of shy away from this one. Chance and Jane like it pretty rough! This was a great quick, sexy read though!! Well done Gina Maxwell and I can't wait for the others in this series!! Jane is a college student trying to finish up her thesis to where she can be done with school, obtain her Master's and focus on getting a better job. Jane has been so busy with work and school that she really has not had any time for anything else. No fun for sure! When she starts having problems with the plumbing in her building, she puts off calling someone because she is busy. When her friend calls her one night and tells her that she has found a handyman that she is sending to her house to fix the plumbing, Jane had no clue what she was in store for. Gina Maxwell is so descriptive in her writing that you have no problem trying to imagine what people look like. I love that about her writing. I feel like I am in the story with the characters. Chance works for a construction company during the day but has come to "dance" for a little extra money at night. When he sees Jane and realizes that she needs a little fun in her life, he starts to open up a little and dance for her. Jane is not interested in Chance's dance routine at all. Things progress though for these two pretty quickly. I loved the humor and banter between these two. It made the story so much more enjoyable to read. The sex was rough as I mentioned before and some scenes will not be for everyone but I think these were done very tastefully. I can't wait to see what is next for us as readers from Gina Maxwell. She has come back with a vengeance and I can't wait!!
MoniqueD 10 months ago
Jane Wendall is having issues with the plumbing in her dilapidated building. Jane has been writing her masters thesis on social work for two years, which will finally permit her to get a good job. She has not been into fun recently; she just has no time, with school and work. But she finds time for internet porn, although no one knows. One evening, her friend Addison phones, and tells her she has the number of a great handyman; Addison paid for him; he’ll be there in an hour: seven pm on a Friday night. Said handyman is Chance Danvers; he works for a construction company, but he also strips for fun. He started in college, and along with some friends, simply continued. He likes his sideline, he enjoys seducing women with his dancing, besides the perks are fab: he can bed his clients when he wants to. That Friday, he’s not in the mood to dance, but he gathers he was hired by Addison for a fantasy, Jane thinks he’s a handyman. She’s not at all what he expected: she’s in yoga pants, slippers, and a hoodie, but she’s an attractive nerd nevertheless. Jane keeps studying, while he starts to dance; she is understandably flustered, and tells him to fix her sink. She might watch porn, but she’s not into strippers, although this one is pretty cute! SHAMELESS was a very pleasant surprise to a point. The writing is really spectacular, flowing and quite witty, but a word of caution though: Chance likes rough sex, which for Jane is a fantasy, and although everything is unequivocally consensual, some readers might object to the politically incorrect language and the nature of the sexual acts. I did not quite like the mild “light choking”; it’s a personal thing, but still. There is a lot of said rough sex, and just as I was starting to get a bit bored by it, more story took place, so that was good. The beginning was obviously predictable, but it was very well done, original without the usual annoying parts of the misunderstanding, and very amusing. Told in alternate POVs, I loved the two very different voices. The descriptions are very vivid: I had a crystal clear idea of what Chance looked like, and he was definitely scrumptious! He’s cocky, he knows what he’s got, he initially sounded really nice until the ending, which I did not like as much. While I understand that both Jane and Chance enjoy their rough sex and that it is what turns them on, I wasn’t too fond of how a conflict was resolved, and I felt that things were a tad too quickly settled. I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I thought it was much better than I anticipated. SHAMELESS is a very sexy, quick read, and there is more to come – pun not really intended – in this series with Chance’s stripping co-workers. I hope that Ms. Maxwell can maintain her level of originality with the next instalments, because I’m not quite sure how different the trope can be varied, but we shall see. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR 10 months ago
3.5 - I need to cut down on the porn... Stars! Gina Maxwell returns after a pretty long hiatus between releases, to be one of the authors launching Entangled Publishing’s, new Scorched imprint, with the start of her new series Playboys in Love. Those of you that have read books from the publishers Brazen imprint, will probably understand what I mean when I say that from reading Shameless it would appear they have gone one step further along the erotica path with this branch, by stepping into the unadulterated smut category. Now that’s not be being judgey or a put-down, I am all for a bit of smut on occasion. And Jane and Chase’s story fell 100% into that category for me. To clarify further, reading romance for me, even on an erotic level is still carried along by a story and not just by the sex the couple has, but moving into the smut category usually tips the balance firmly to more sex over story-line for the bulk of the book. You then generally find one or both of the characters have some sort of come to Jesus moment in the latter stages to then make it more about the story and their relationship. Again, Shameless, sits firmly in that folder for me too. I’d never had such dirty sex with such a clean girl before. Shameless is definitely an exploration of every possible position, available entry and the dirtier aspects of sex between a fully consenting couple. (view spoiler) And for the first 70% or so that is pretty much the mainstay of this book, as I said not a bad thing if that is what you have a yearning to read. Chase and Jane meet under unusual circumstances, and rather than fall for his charms Jane intrigues him with her initial lack of interest. What ensues is of the no-strings variety, with Jane exploring her sexuality with a man who certainly knows what buttons to push and how hard to push them. The last 20% is where the story really plays out, and I have to say that I actually started to like the man that the author portrayed as a bit of a tool for most of the book. Chase Danvers is your A-typical cocky-boy, and being told from dual 1st person POV you really get to see just how big his ego is. "I’m thinking that maybe it doesn’t have to be only about the sex." I’m not going to lie, in all honesty I would probably say this erred on the side of not being my cup-of-tea, particularly with a few baser aspects of this storyline, but the blurb was promising, as I said I like my smut, but Shameless was literally a buffet of the stuff, and that is what I have sort of based my rating on for it really, because if you are looking for an out-and-out sexathon, this is really a book you are going to want to check out. I have liked pretty much everything I have read by Gina Maxwell in the past, and the aspects of her writing that I liked are still there in this one, but I honestly feel that the lack of story development and depth in Shameless until the latter stages in favour of sex, took a little of the enjoyment out of this couples non-relationship. But I think that is wholly my personal preferences which is why I haven’t given it a lower rating. There are a whole plethora of male strippers working for Playboys 4 You, starting with Chase’s co-owners Austin and Roman, and I am sure the author has even more deliciously dirty ideas up her sleeve for them as well.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great characters. The dialog was believable and hot. Can't wait for the rest of the series.