He's so much more than she bargained for...
Professional matchmaker Serena Elliott spends her workdays helping clients find love. It's the perfect gig. She gets to see the good part of the relationships...before things inevitably turn to crap. She leads her own love life the same way. Get in, and get out before things get too complicated. One date with sexy army doctor, Bryan Metcalf, won't be enough to make her change her mind, no matter how hot it gets...
Bryan has had his share of crazy women and isn't in the market for another relationship that ends by way of restraining order. When Serena Elliott gets into a bidding war for him at a charity bachelor auction, he's a little worried. Turns out she's just as anti-relationship as he is, and could be the solution to all his problems. If he can convince her to be his fake girlfriend, he just might be able to spend the rest of his leave in peace. Now if only he can stop thinking about that night on the beach...
But there are other forces at work that believe these two belong together, and they just might find out that happily ever afters do exist.
About 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. Visit her on her website (www.christine-bell.com), Twitter (@_ChristineBell), and Facebook.
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A Perfectly Matched Novel
By Christine Bell, Kerri-Leigh Grady
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Christine Bell
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"You've got to be fucking kidding me." Bryan Metcalf nearly choked on the words as he searched for his discarded coat. He had to get the hell out of here before things got even more bizarre.
"Oh come on, bro, don't be a baby. Everyone else is wearing them." His little sister looked up at him with a pleading expression she'd crafted in childhood and perfected as the years went by.
Quinn always did this to him. She'd call him up begging for help, like she was at her wit's end and was desperate for his help, and by the time he got there, desperation was nowhere to be found. Instead, he'd find a carefully planned set of tasks lined up for him and his smiling sister, proverbial whip in hand.
Today was no different.
She'd phoned him that morning, next to tears, choking out something about the last bachelor in tonight's charity auction having the flu and would he mind stepping in? Her job was on the line and, truly, he wouldn't have to do much. One date with a nice lady who wanted to help the hospital raise money, nothing embarrassing or stupid.
It was all very convincing. And so, like the big dumb idiot he was, he swooped in to save the day. What she didn't mention was the theme of tonight's festivities.
Adam and Eve.
Even that wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for the fact that all the bachelors in her little auction were practically naked, covered only by underwear made of ferns, which were apparently strung together by the last remnants of their dignity.
Getting him here might have been yet another notch on Q's belt of manipulation, but he'd be damned if he was about to prance around with his twig and berries covered by nothing except a few more twigs and berries.
He was just sizing up the other guys to see whom he might recruit to help him stage a coup when his sister's voice dragged him back to his bizarro reality.
"It's really not that bad," Quinn was saying. "You're going to look great. Green's totally your color." She smirked, brushing back the long braids hanging around her face. "What are you, a medium?" She held up a pair of briefs with a particularly small set of leaves glued onto them and then tossed them in his direction.
"Very funny. No chance in hell you're getting me to wear that."
She surveyed him for a moment, her eyes going soft and watery and her rounded features pinching into a pathetic, sad-clown face. "Please, bro. It's my first big event. I need you."
His sister had been in the party planning business for less than six months and already had landed a plum spot at an established company. This was her first time soloing a gig, and he knew how important it was to her that she succeed.
He snatched a pair of extra-large leaves from the rack behind her. "You owe me. Like, huge."
And as if by magic, the pitiful pout was gone.
"I have a feeling you'll be the one thanking me by the end of this, actually."
She straightened the golden pendant holding her white toga together and smirked at him, apparently satisfied that her pleading had paid off. And since he'd shielded himself behind a portable wardrobe and was shrugging off the rest of his clothes and putting on the wretched costume, her look of triumph was understandable.
Still, as her words sank in, his gut clenched. These schemes of hers were almost always two-parters. If she tricked him into picking up takeout for her, it wasn't just because she couldn't do it herself, it was because there was a nice waitress working the counter who'd already seen a picture of him and knew he'd be stopping in. If she suddenly needed him to meet her at the bank, it was because the teller had a cute granddaughter who was about his age.
She hadn't pulled him here just because she needed the help. This was her utopia. A veritable gold mine of potential wives. The ultimate chance to find him a "nice girl to settle down with."
"Not again, Quinn." His voice was ice cold, but she held her ground, shrugging her shoulders and wrinkling her brow in faux confusion.
"I don't know what you're talking about."
"Did you set this whole thing up?"
She batted her eyelashes and nodded. "The event? Yeah, you know tha —"
"Not the event. Did you set me up? Did you plant someone in the audience to bid on me or something?"
He'd only been home for a month and already she'd hoodwinked him into three "accidental" dates. All with her friends, who had proved themselves to be on the husband hunt within ten minutes of meeting him.
It was too much — not to mention the fact that she'd signed him up for a bunch of dating websites while he'd been deployed, even going so far as to sucker him into sending video messages to her and then editing them together so she could submit them on his behalf.
"You know, it wouldn't be so terrible for you to find a woman. You've got to find someone to take care of you. God knows you can hardly manage to take care of yourself."
And so the familiar dance begins ... But this time, he wasn't going to let her quick-step her way out of the line of fire. "That wasn't a no."
Quinn let out a long-suffering sigh and plopped onto the vanity chair, Trojan-style sandals in hand. "No, then. No I didn't set you up, okay. But I'm starting to think I should."
"Starting to think you should?" Had everything up until now been a practice run? The thought chilled him to the core.
"You clearly have no intention of ever giving me a niece or nephew. And I worry about you. You keep heading out to save the world. Sometimes I think, without someone here waiting, you might never come back." This time, when her face went serious, it was marred by a genuine sadness he hadn't seen in a very long time. Maybe not since the first time he'd been deployed.
In the eight years he'd been away from home in medical school and then in the army as a trauma doctor, she'd changed. The kid sister he'd left behind was a flighty flower child, innocent and sweet. While the woman in front of him looked just as hippie-like as ever with her long brunette braids and her doe-like eyes, her spirit had matured. She understood the world better now and realized how hard life could be.
But that still didn't mean she knew best for him when it came to women.
"Don't worry. I'm fine. It's better this way right now."
And she should know that. They'd both seen firsthand what a career in the military could do to a family. Their father — whom they'd spent a lifetime calling "Sir" or "the Colonel" — had been gone more than he was home, swinging by long enough for some "tough love" and to cultivate an ego-boosting amount of hero worship from his young son before shipping off again, leaving them all heartsick and alone to spend the next few months picking up the pieces until he did it all over again.
Best-case scenario, Bryan would find a woman who'd grown up in a military family like he had and understood the score. Even then, there would be sacrifices. Little League games, anniversaries, Christmases, birthdays — hell, births, even — would come and go. Even the strongest of couples struggled through reintegration to try to get back to "normal" when their spouse came home after a deployment.
Worst case? He'd end up destroying his own family the way the Colonel had destroyed theirs. And that, he wouldn't do. He was staying single and nothing would sway him, not even Q.
He shook off the unsettling feeling that came every time he thought of his father and focused his attention back on his sister.
"I'm doing the stupid date, but believe me when I tell you, that's that. Got it?" He pinned his gaze on her until she started to squirm and nodded.
"Fine! Fine, whatever," she grumbled. She continued to complain under her breath as she put together the last touches on her outfit. By the end of her fussing, she'd arranged her intricate brown braids on top of her head until she looked like a Medusa impersonator.
After she'd finished tying her sandals, he held out his hand and hoisted her up.
"The first bid starts in ten. I've gotta do mic checks." She flounced off but quickly turned on her heel and scurried back to him. When they were a few inches apart, she stood on tiptoes and kissed him on the cheek. "Thank you for coming tonight. Really," she said, then, with a flip of the curtain, she was gone again, leaving him alone in the musty backstage area.
Two guys shuffled past him dressed the same as he was and gave him commiserating half smiles. Poor suckers had gotten flimflammed too. God help him. If he didn't love Q so much, he was sure he'd hate her guts for this. He went back behind the wardrobe to collect his discarded clothes and caught sight of himself in the mirror.
To say he looked ridiculous would have been the understatement of the century, not that any of the schmucks around him looked much better. With a disgusted sigh, he made his way to the wings, listening as his sister tested the mic with a series of off-key vocal exercises and jokes about check, cash, and credit. Same old Q.
He had to admit, though, she was good at her job. Once she completed sound check and went over her lines, she managed to wrangle all the bachelors together and get them in some semblance of order with little effort. She showed them where to stand and encouraged them to smile, flex, and "suck it in" if need be. Then she took some time to chat with each one individually, charming them until they were ready to line up like pigs to slaughter, which was oddly comforting. At least he wasn't the only idiot in the room.
Soon, he could hear the murmur of the crowd through the curtain, and his fight-or-flight instinct kicked in. It was almost showtime, and every passing second added another layer to his cake of regret. Before he could act on his impulse and tear ass out of the building, his sister called for them all to shush and swept out onto the stage like a princess.
"Ladies and ... ladies! Have we got a treat for you tonight!" There were catcalls and wolf whistles galore, to the point that he wondered if his sister had brought him to a charity auction or a women's prison. He'd been led to believe that this was a nice bunch of do-gooders who expected a white rose, a plate of stuffed chicken, a glass of wine, and a kiss on the cheek at the end of the night.
These ladies sounded like they were out for blood — or other bodily fluids — and suddenly, he was contemplating flight again.
The ginger-haired guy in front of him must have been on the same page because he gave him a nervous grimace. "My mother's making me do this," he admitted. "I already have a girlfriend. Judy. Mother hates her." He adjusted his leaves and eyed Bryan assessingly. "I don't suppose you think Quinn would let me back out?" Bryan bit back a laugh and offered him a sympathetic smile. "Sorry, man. Not a chance."
"I hear you, it's cool."
Judging by the cooked lobster shade of his skin and the sweat that had broken out over his brow, it was not at all cool, but Bryan had his own issues to worry about. The show was in full swing now. Guys shuffled past him, one after the other, each halfheartedly shielding their meat and potatoes as best they could, the energy growing more and more frenetic with every new victim who stepped on the stage.
Jesus, had Q been so good at her job that she'd whipped these bridge-club-goers into some sort of frenzy? If he got saddled with some handsy bingo maven, he was going to officially murder his sister.
After the first handful of nervous bachelors had gone, the one guy who seemed way too comfortable in his foliage strutted out, cock-first, to the tune of "Thrift Shop." Hoots and hollers sounded from the crowd, and Bryan sneaked a quick look from behind the community college curtains to get a look at the crowd while they were distracted.
It was a packed house, with the audience full of women sitting shoulder to shoulder at faux ritzy tables draped in white linens with glittery apple centerpieces. Q hadn't lied about one thing. Most of the benefactors were middle-aged, but there was one table full of twenty-somethings who seemed to be the cause of at least half the commotion. Each of them held snake-shaped bidding paddles with numbers emblazoned on them, and they were in a bidding war.
A shrill scream sounded, and his eyes narrowed. Heart thrumming against his ribs, he searched the dim room for the source of that all-too-familiar screech. There was no way ...
But there was a way, because seated in the center of the auditorium was Piper Joyce.
Of all the activities in all of Salem, why in the hell did his crazy-ass ex have to show up here? His sister wasn't responsible for this part of the evening, that much was for sure. She hated Piper and wouldn't be at all happy to see her there.
But Q's job was to make the hospital as much money as possible tonight, and if Piper decided to bid on him ...
Before he had time to process his next course of action, a new song started pumping through the speakers. A song his sister always used to blast in her room on an endless loop when they were growing up. It was the soundtrack of his nightmares.
Still behind the curtain, he closed his eyes and weighed his options. He could probably get away with leaving now. Q would understand if he explained afterward. She might even forgive him. Eventually. The hospital charity, though, might not be so forgiving and neither might her boss ...
"Now, ladies and gentlemen. The moment you've all been waiting for!" His sister's voice boomed through the speakers, and he opened his eyes, focusing on her willowy figure behind the lectern. "Some of you may know him as Salem High's former star quarterback. Some of you know him as the man of your dreams." She tossed a wink over her shoulder at him, and he glared at her, making a silent vow to exact revenge.
"He's here tonight to offer you a limo ride to a sexy —"
Sexy? He blanched.
" ... romantic, five-course meal. And maybe his heart."
Yeah, she was going to pay for this.
"May I present to you our hometown hero, an officer and a gentleman, unless you don't want him to be, the one, the only, Dr. Bryan Metcalf!"
She waved him onto the stage with an exaggerated flourish.
Now or never.
With a deep breath, he strode out, trying hard to pretend he was in his scrubs and not in this ridiculous getup. Marching down the makeshift catwalk, he caught sight of his yearlong mistake and prayed to all things great and good that she was there by way of coincidence. He was a last-minute stand-in, so there was no way she could've known he'd be there. Surely she'd moved on by now anyway and wouldn't want to —
"Five hundred dollars!"
The grating soprano of his former girlfriend split the air as her paddle darted upward. She sat on the edge of her seat, bright-eyed and shaking like a Chihuahua in need of a walk.
"Uh, yeah. Good. Great start," Quinn said, shooting him a panicked glance. "Who will give me five-fifty?" she called, a note of desperation in her voice.
She was clearly as shocked as he was by Piper's presence, which made him feel a little better.
Not much, though. He made his way across the stage a second time and, mercifully, another paddle shot up. He sent a grateful smile toward the bidder until he realized who it was. Grace Love, owner of one of the numerous dating companies Quinn had harangued him into joining, sat at the table across from his ex, her gaze fixed intently on him.
There was no way to know which was the lesser of the two evils. Piper was basically a gold medalist in stalking, but Grace was making strides toward surpassing his ex's record. In the weeks since he'd been home, she'd contacted him half a dozen times, begging him to endorse her company. It was weird, and not a little unsettling. No doubt if she won the auction he'd be forced to sit through five courses listening to why it was best for everyone that he "be the face of Love Will Find a Way matchmaking services."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
## After really enjoying "Dirty Trick" I thought I'd give this one a try. I seem to like the stories of the sassy, beautiful best friend. I'm glad I did. This was a quick, sexy read (apprx 150 pages). I loved everything (especially the dirty talk) except the conflict. Serena puts herself out there and the hero's reaction was horrible. Scared or not, some things can never be unsaid. This is one book when I wish the heroine would've remained strong and moved on with someone else. Don't get me wrong, I still will be reading this again. Just a minor star deduction for Bryan reacting like a douche.
Great book! Second in the series and as good as the first!
Sometimes love showes when you least inspect it
Christine Bell is an excellent writer!
There are some authors you know you can rely on for fun, frolics and fornicating and Christine Bell is one of them. Throw together an uber hot military doctor and a sassy pro matchmaker with a mutual dislike of relationships and we find no scrimping on any of the above. With a fabulous chemistry and a romantic romp that brought the hot and the heartfelt, when Serena successfully bids for Bryan during a charity auction, she soon discovers he is keeping hidden under his fig leaf *wink wink*. There was nothing not to love about this couple. They’re far from perfect and that is what makes them so. He is about to be redeployed and for someone who helps people find love she has a tendency to walk away before complication sets in, so a few weeks of no-strings mutual pleasure can't harm either. “D-don’t boss me. I’m not one of your patients, Doc.” “That’s good, because if you were, what I’m about to do to you would be illegal.” I swooned over Bryan, adored Serena and with Grace bringing her 'magic' (if you haven’t read the first book, Dirty Trick, do so) it was quite simply a pleasure to read. A hot, steamy and seductive pleasure filled with those little pockets of humour that Christine always treats her readers to. Here’s to hoping Q gets her turn to be perfectly matched. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion
When I'm in the mood for a short and sexy read with good characters and an interesting storyline, I turn to Entangled's Brazen line. I've yet to be disappointed by one of these titles. Dirty Deal begins with two commitment-phobic characters doing favors for someone close to them and ends with a perfectly hot and steamy romance. I loved pretty much every minute of it. Serena and Bryan were both strong characters and it was easy to like them. I could respect the fact they were willing to push themselves outside of their comfort zone to help someone they loved – Bryan agreeing to be part of the bachelor auction to help his sister and Serena stepping up to claim the purchased date with him to help her friend and co-worker Grace land him as a model. The chemistry between them the first night was intense and immediate. And when they got down to business? Hot. Damn. Straight-up steamy. Serena nor Bryan were looking for a relationship. Serena had seen too many go badly. She had a career she loved and that was enough for her. After having some bad experiences with crazy women, Bryan looks for the hookup and that's it. All that begins to change as they start their fake relationship. There's something undeniably strong between them. Oh, they try to resist, but it was futile. Dirty Deal is my first ever Christine Bell novel. I definitely have a new author to look for while perusing the Brazen catalog. I enjoyed her characters and writing. After reading this book, I intend to go back and read the first book in this standalone series. I want to know Grace's story! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Serena owns part of a matchmaking service. She works with her best friend. Her partner in crime has been trying to get Bryan Metcalf who is a sexy army doctor to do some ad campagning for her. Bryan wants nothing to do with that or the match making business. Then one night his sister cons him into being a bachlor for auction and he is forced to go out with Serena who works her charm and they agree to a trade. She goes with him to some family functions he is attending on leave, and he does the ad pictures for her. Little did they know that would lead to much more. Loved this book. It was cute, funny, and had everything going for it. Looking for any other books that might come up from this author. I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
Whenever I'm in need of a good, steamy read the Brazen line is always a good choice. I have read a few other books by Christine Bell and was excited to see she was coming out with another Brazen. Although I did not read the first book in the Perfectly Matched series, I was still able to follow along with this one- though now I want to go back and read Grace and Trick's story! Pacing: Christine's stories are always fast paced, sexy reads. I felt the build up between Serena and Bryan worked well and realistically. They are attracted to one another, and while they act on that attraction, it isn't until later that they realize feelings are involved. Storyline: Neither Serena nor Bryan are looking for love. They are thrown together due to scheming best friends and siblings and despite their red hot attraction to one another, find they need one another for different reasons. Serena needs Bryan to be the face of their matchmaking company and Bryan needs Serena to pretend they are together to ward off his crazy ex-girlfriend. Along the way, the two discover that resisting one another isn't quite as easy as it seems and as much as they want to hold on to the promises they have made to themselves, some promises are worth breaking. Characters: Bryan definitely is over the crazy women he seems to attract. Helping his sister out at a charity date auction is the last thing he wants to do. However, he cares deeply for his sister, and she desperately wants to see her brother happy. Bryan, however, has made an oath not to settle down until his time in the service has come to an end. He refuses to end up like his father, not valuing the institution of love and marriage, cheating and hurting someone who cares for him. However, Serena blows into his life and suddenly things aren't as clear as they used to be. He is confused by his feelings and is unsure of what the right thing to do is. As tough as Serena appears on the outside, when it comes to love, she is terrified. She has not had the best example in her parents, and has not had much luck in the relationship department herself. She thinks it fleeting and while she believes it exists, just doesn't think it's a right fit for her. The more time she spends with Bryan, the more he starts to change her mind.... and her heart. These two have some seriously hot chemistry. I love that Serena isn't a shy, meek character. She can definitely hold her own and I love that she has some sass. Bryan is a pretty dirty talker himself and has a bit of a commanding sexual side! Final Thoughts: As I said earlier, I definitely want to go back and read the first book in the series, because Grace and Trick sound like they had a great story too. I will definitely continue to read more of Christine's Brazens- they always have just the right amount of sexy and steamy!
So if like me you enjoyed the first book in this series about Grace and Trick, then hold onto your hats because this one is about to blow you away!!! I loved the story of Serena and Bryan and once again this author did not disappoint. Serena is co owner of a match making business with Grace and she has been tasked with agreeing to get Bryan to pose as their spokesperson. After she wins him at a charity auction, they enjoy a very memorable evening together where he agrees to help her out and she agrees to pose as his fake girlfriend for a wedding and reunion that he has to attend, in order to throw his ex stalker girlfriend off his trail. Bryan is a doctor in the army and he has no plans of ever leaving. He made his dad a promise on his death bed that he plans to keep, because growing up as army brat he knows what it is like to see a relationship suffer like his mom and dads did. He has sworn off ever getting married or falling in love. He however did not plan of Serena. The fun loving girl who also guards her heart like him as she is all alone in the world and does not want to get close to anyone ever again in case they leave her too. This is a great little story about love and how no matter what your plans are for life, it has a way of changing it for you for the better!!!
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book from Christine Bell. Picking up Dirty Deal reminded me why I love her. The first page had me laughing and set the pace for a nice, steamy comfort read. Serena Elliott is part owner of Love Will Find a Way, a matchmaking service. Her partner, Grace Love, is convinced that Bryan Metcalf will make the perfect spokesperson for the company. But Grace has over extended her approaching limit. Bryan now runs from her and her phone calls. Grace convinces Serena that winning an evening with Bryan is her last chance to do her pitch. Bryan Metcalf gets tricked by his sister, Quinn to fill in at the last minute to be a bachelor up for auction at a charity event she planned. Not only does the Adam and Eve theme leave little for his costume, he discovers that his crazy ex is in the audience and bidding on him. Serena ultimately wins the evening with Bryan and makes a deal that he will be their spokesperson, in exchange for her being his fake girlfriend, to keep the crazy ex away. There is no denying that these two are attracted to each other. They both had less than desirable childhoods that have resulted in them not believing in relationships. They just never thought that a fake relationship turned real friendship could lead to more than they expected or knew they wanted. Dirty Deal is one of those books you aren’t going to want to put down. Christine continues to write books filled with humor and characters you can’t help but love. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series. Source: Publisher
Bryan is a hot army doctor who is home on leave with a crazy ex "stalking him." To help out his sister in her new job, he agrees to let himself be auctioned off for a good cause. Serena needs to talk to Bryan and convince him to be the poster boy for her (and her best friends) match making company so she wins him. Great read!
Loved this book. It was sweet, funny, and full of heart. There were parts where I was teary eyed and heartbroken. Parts where I laughed and some where there were "Awww's". I have read several of Christine Bell's books and thoroughly enjoyed them. Dirty Deal is now one of them. Bryan and Serena are golden. Both of them messed up from their childhoods and parents, both close with their grandmothers. Two peas in a pod, even in admitting to themselves that they need the other person. They had amazing chemistry and just fit each other. The only thing I truly did not like was the last line of the book because seriously(!) when will I know! Ha ha! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
I've never read a book by Christine Bell that I didn't thoroughly enjoy and Dirty Deal was no exception!! I loved Serena and Bryan!! This had the perfect combo of chemistry, sweetness and Sexy!!! Loved it!!!
Christine Bell’s Dirty Deal is set in Salem. Bryan Metcalf is an Army Doctor, who is home on leave. His sister, Quinn, is in the party planning business. Bryan calls her Q. For a hospital fund raiser, Q has gotten together several men to be auction off. She calls Bryan and does whatever she has to do to get him to be part of this. Since he has been home, Q has been trying to set him up with different women, and has even signed him up with several dating services. He loves his sister, but wishes she would stop it. Their father was a career military man, and torn their family apart. Bryan doesn’t want to live like that. He feels after he leaves the Army, he will settle down with a woman. Grace Love and Serena Elliott are professional matchmakers at Love Will Find A Way. Grace has been trying to get Bryan to become the face for their business Love Will Find A Way. Bryan has been avoiding Grace. When it is time for Bryan to come out on stage, he spots his ex-girlfriend from 9 years ago, Piper Joyce, in the audience. Piper starts bidding on him right away. Then Grace makes a bid right after Piper’s bid. Piper says crazy things to Grace. Bryan doesn’t know which one of them is the worst. He is afraid of them both. Serena takes Grace’s paddle, and she starts bidding against Piper. She feels she needs to save this man from this psycho. Serena makes a bid that the hospital board cannot refuse. Serena comes out the winner. All of the winners go back stage to meet with the guys they are going to go out on a date with. Grace and Serena go back stage to meet Bryan. Bryan asks which one of them is going to have dinner with him. Grace bails out and says she has to take care of something, and Serena will be going. They end up at Bryan’s favorite restaurant. It was set-up by Quinn. Serena and Bryan don’t believe in romance, marriage, and forever after. Needless to say they both are turned on by each other, and we know where that leads. Serena says sex is a one time deal. Serena makes a deal with Bryan if he becomes the face for Love Will Find A Way, she will be his pretend girlfriend for the reunion and wedding that Piper will be attending. This way it will keep Piper from bothering him. He accepts. He keeps thinking about Serena, and knows that one time is not enough. Serena also thinks about Bryan, but she is worried about falling for him. They fulfill their bargain. Do you think Grace and Quinn got what they wanted? You have to read this story to find out. Received copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
4 ohmygawd stars Bryan Metcalf is a sexy, army doctor, who is currently on home leave. He has been cajoled into being a bidding item by his sister, Quinn, who is an event’s organiser. She has him standing in line donning a very attractive bunch of ferns, hoping they will cover his embarrassment and dignity. Grace and Serena find themselves at the charity auction, but Grace has her heart set on winning Bryan. She sees him as the home bred hottie her business needs in its advertising campaigns, and she won’t settle for anything less. Needless to say, there are words, a verbal fight, but the best girl wins. Serena finds her work time increasingly in Bryan’s company, which throws both the commitment phobes out of their comfort zones. Due to Bryan’s suggestion that Serena might want to consider being his fake fiancé in exchange for him taking up the advertising post, she starts to seriously consider their physical dalliances may have a justified excuse. I love this author’s voice, and this book was no exception. Their gravitation towards one another was full of jollity, not only from them, but also the wonderful supporting characters. There were some crazies, and some odd situations, but they didn’t outweigh the chemistry this couple oozed or the connection I gained to them almost immediately. A great, humorous, smexy read. Hoping for quirky Quinn's tale next.. Complimentary copy generously provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review
Good Book! Christine Bell is one of those authors that I like a lot, so whenever she comes out with a new book, I automatically pick it up. I do not care what the book is about nor what kind of reviews it has received (they are always very positive however). In a nutshell, anything that Ms. Bell writes I know I will enjoy and Dirty Deal is no exception. This story is about professional and successful matchmaker Serena Elliott. She is a smart and beautiful commitment-phobe. Serena is afraid of getting hurt, and a result, her relationships do not last very long. Grace, Serena's business partner and best friend, knows that all Serena needs to make her life complete is a good man. Luckily, Grace knows of the perfect guy and goes out of her way to make sure they meet and fall in love. Dr. Bryan Metcalf is a trauma physician for the US Army. Since he is always away serving his country, he has little time for a permanent residence or love life. Now that he is home on leave, his nutty younger sister Quinn, an event planner, ropes him into being a part of the local charity bachelor auction. Bryan is a good-looking guy and a bidding war ensues between his crazy ex-girlfriend and Serena. Serena and Grace want Bryan to be their matchmaking company's spokesperson, since he is the total package....looks, brains and a great sense of humor. Serena wins and a hot relationship develops over a very short period of time. This is a well-written, charming romance that heats up the pages with amusement, love, and fun. Give this book a shout if you enjoy a contemporary story with a small town vibe and a happily ever after. Dirty Deal can be read as a standalone, but I also recommend reading Dirty Trick, Ms. Bell's first book in the Perfectly Matched series because it is excellent as well. Complimentary copy provided by Entangled Publishing.
4 - "I am more of a show-er than a tell-er." Stars! Dirty Deal, just like every other book I have read by Christine Bell is absolutely cracking. Bryan and Serena are people that the reader will easily fall in love with, although they both have a few commitment issues, their story is an easy-going, funny, sexy and enjoyable read. ”No matter where I go, the crazy bus follows me.” Serena Elliott ends up buying Bryan Metcalfe in a Bachelor Auction, partially to save him from an overly eager ex, and also because her business partner Grace wants to use him as their cover-boy in relation to marketing Love Will Find A Way matchmaking services! Bryan is grateful for the save and after a little persuasion from Serena, and an agreement to be his Plus One, without strings for the few weeks he is in town, a mutually beneficial deal is struck. As you would suspect, with the passing of time the strings from Bryan and Serena’s lives start to appear and begin to get entangled. ”Why buy the cow when you can have the steak for free.” I enjoyed this book so much that I pretty much forgot that I was supposed to be reading it for review, as such the usual note taking and highlighting went by the wayside as I got lost in what I was reading. She went from wet and ready to soaked and ready to scream in thirty seconds flat. Luckily, most readers don’t need me to go on and on about how good this book is, it is written by Christine Bell so we all know that is a given. If you liked Book One – Dirty Trick in the Perfectly Matched series, you are without a doubt going to enjoy Dirty Deal, as well! ARC generously provided by Entangled, for the above honest review.
I don't got a girlfriend.
Love the abbs.