He's fiery, courageous...and he can't resist a sexy challenge.
Survivalist Russ Donovan is known on TV as the "Wildest Man In The World." The last thing this headstrong Aries guy needs is to be wrangled into a cross-promotional TV special with a popular homemaker - even a sexy little thing like Susannah Stone. Besides, the Adirondacks in the dead of winter is no place for amateurs...especially a stubborn homemaker who's determined to show him up every chance she gets.
Susannah's a working single mom who knows plenty about roughing it. She can take anything this mountain man dishes out. Now Russ and Susannah are taking their competitive rivalry to new levels, and not even the canned beef stew is safe. Then Russ and Susannah's on-camera sparks turn into a sizzling off-camera romance, and their two conflicting worlds collide. Sure, major differences can turn chemistry red-hot...they also make compromise nearly impossible.
Each book in the Men of the Zodiac series is STANDALONE:
The Millionaire's Deception
The Millionaire's Forever
Ten Days in Tuscany
The Millionaire Daddy Project
Revenge Best Served Hot
The Prince's Runaway Lover
Seducing the Colonel's Daughter
One Night with the Billionaire
The Greek Tycoon's Tarnished Bride
Blurring the Lines
Her Sworn Enemy
About the Author
Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one gerbil, four fish, a Russian tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing romance. If she isn't baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.
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A Men of the Zodiac Series Novel
By Amanda Usen, Liz Pelletier
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Susannah sighed as the elevator stopped, one more delay in a Friday morning full of them. Murphy's Law is killing me. The universe didn't want her to attend this meeting any more than she wanted to be there.
A man boarded the elevator, glanced at the control panel, and stepped to the back of the car with her. She ignored him but could feel his heavy gaze assessing her. Didn't he know it was impolite to stare? Facing forward and staying in your own personal bubble was the unwritten rule of elevator etiquette, especially in Manhattan at Media Life Networks, where every other person was famous. Did he recognize her? She turned her head, intending to give him a brief glance of acknowledgment and hoping to shame some manners into him.
He held her gaze with cool amusement. "You look like your underwear is just as twisted as mine about this whole friggin' idea."
She took in the sun-scorched blond hair that looked like it had been cut with a knife, the deep tan, the rock-hard body not softened in the least by the sleek lines of an elegant suit, and the unexpected derision in his pale blue eyes. Heat swept through her, and her nerves tightened in warning. Just her luck that her new nemesis would resemble her ex- husband with longer hair—impossibly gorgeous, emphasis on the impossible—and that he would inspire the same involuntary response. "Russ Donovan, Wildest Man in the World, I presume."
He lifted a brow. "Presume? You don't know? You haven't watched my show?"
"Have you watched mine?" She gave him her sweetest smile.
"Touché." His grin bared even, white teeth. "But I Googled you, so I'd know what you look like."
She stiffened as his gaze slid over her, missing nothing, she was sure. His ramrod- straight bearing and superior attitude screamed military, and she was being subjected to an inspection. The not-quite-invisible spit-up stain on the shoulder of her tailored jacket would probably earn her fifty push-ups. The hastily applied makeup? Another twenty. Would he notice her highlights were growing out, too? Her teeth clenched at the thought of what her former spouse, the wanna-be drill sergeant, would've had to say about her appearance today. He'd have insisted she change before she left the house, watched her do it, and probably confiscated her exceedingly comfortable all-cotton underwear and replaced them with a uniform itchy, lacy thong.
Relief buoyed her as she remembered she didn't have to care anymore. She didn't have to please Ethan, and she certainly didn't have to care about what this sunbaked thrill junkie thought of her, his air of entitlement and Emmy awards notwithstanding.
She forced her lips into a polite grin. "Forgive me, I was too busy to research you."
"Baking cookies? Scrubbing the windows with newspaper and vinegar? Making organic baby food?"
His scorn of the things she loved was palpable, and it took more effort than she would like to shrug it off. "You're research was thorough, wasn't it? I'm guessing from your tone, you're as eager to put the kibosh on the network's idea as I am. Perfect. Let's continue this conversation during the meeting."
The elevator door opened onto the top floor, and she swept out in front of him, glad she'd worn the punishing heels that gave her some much-needed height and confidence. Still, he loomed over her as they reached the reception desk, making her feel small. When he stepped up beside her, his arm brushed hers, and she caught a whiff of sunshine and pine, even though it was January and snowing, and an unwanted surge of desire tied her tongue.
He winked at Holly. "Mr. Bergman is expecting us."
"Right this way," Holly said, giving her a split-second loaded look. She had no doubt her best friend and roommate would be waxing eloquent on Donovan's über hotness at home later. Could she threaten to withhold the roasted sweet potato and black bean nachos unless Holly kept her mind out of the gutter? Maybe she'd hide the tequila, although she had a feeling she was going to be in desperate want of a drink by the time she got through this day. This was only the first unpleasant task on her to-do list, and Billy's erupting teeth were making him clingy. She'd round out her long day with a twenty-three pound boulder wrapped around her leg and another sleepless night, for sure.
Since her back was to Donovan, she made a face at Holly, who acknowledged her pained grimace with a slight curve of her perfectly glossed lips and stood. Even before motherhood had turned Susannah into a sleep-deprived, last-season-wearing, diaper-toting mess, she'd never been able to attain the glamour Holly wore so casually. She had to work for it. But that's why you have a career, silly. Women watched her because they didn't feel threatened by her. She was normal. Sort of. More of a has-been normal. A hysterical giggle rose in her throat.
She straightened her spine and swallowed her nerves as Holly opened the door to their boss's office. Donovan made a courtly "after you" gesture, and she stepped forward, conscious of a blast of heat at her back as he fell in behind her. She walked faster.
Mr. Bergman was just going to have to accept that At Home in the Wild was dead in the water. She could create a home just about anywhere and whip up a delicious dinner from next to nothing, but she wasn't going to do it with Russ Donovan. After what he'd said in the elevator, she was sure Donovan felt the same way. She flicked a glance over her shoulder and caught him looking, not at Holly as she expected, but at her; specifically, her butt. Every ounce of baby weight she hadn't shed got heavier, and she glared at him.
He shrugged, not looking the least bit apologetic, obviously another trait he shared with her ex-husband. Humiliation cranked her temper higher as she remembered catching Ethan not just looking at but touching another woman—in their bed, with their son sleeping in the room across the hall. She pushed the thought away. It was over. She'd found the strength to get out of her rotten marriage, and she was free to make her own decisions. Nothing on earth was going to put her in close contact with another man who enjoyed making her feel like she wasn't good enough.
* * *
Susannah Stone looked exactly like her Google images, but the pictures hadn't prepared him for the punch of those lovely, warm brown eyes skating over him with utter disdain. Apparently, Susie Homemaker didn't go for his type. That was a pity. She was a looker, if you liked uptight, perfectly pulled together, not-a-hair-out-of-place women, and he did. He enjoyed messing them up.
He checked her out from the back as he followed her into Bergman's office. Her brown hair was pulled into a neat knot, displaying the elegant curve of her neck. Her suit was cut precisely to the knee and a mouthwatering shade of strawberry-ice-cream pink. She glanced over her shoulder and busted him having a flash fantasy of running his tongue up her shapely calf. He shrugged, trying to play it off. The special series idea the network had planned was a nonstarter, but the host of At Home was totally doable. Goddamn, those shoes. If he didn't get a grip on himself, he was going to walk into Berman's office with a hard-on.
He shifted his mind back to work. Filming in the Adirondacks this weekend was going to be exhilarating, and he couldn't wait to get out into the woods. Snowshoeing, hunting, and pitting himself against frozen nature always restored his equilibrium. There was something about stripping it down to the basics needed for survival that put everything into perspective. It would also make for a good show. He liked winning, and ratings were an excellent way of keeping score.
But he sure as hell couldn't take it to the edge with little Susie Homemaker and her designer backpack tramping after him into subzero weather, although her curvy body would keep the tent warm at night. He stepped up beside her, watched her shake Bergman's hand, and then held out his own. "Good to see you, Rich."
"Likewise. How've you been? I had dinner with your parents the other night, and they asked about you."
"Can't complain. I'm keeping busy, and some parts of the world don't have cell coverage." But he didn't call home even when they did, and Bergman knew it. The skin on the back of his neck tightened. His instincts frequently saved his life, and right now they were screaming a warning.
Bergman sat at the planning table on one side of his office, creative command central, as he liked to call it. "Have a seat."
Russ waited for Susannah to sit and then debated between the seat beside her and one on the opposite side of the table. She glanced pointedly across the table, so he slid into the seat next to her, chuckling softly when she shot him a sideways death ray. Man, she was touchy, and it made him want to keep teasing her. With effort, he subdued the urge. This was neither the time nor the place, and he had a brand to defend. The star of Wild Man was not volunteering for domestication on television.
Bergman tossed a graph onto the screen behind him.
The other man's grin was pure satisfaction. "Susannah's ratings are through the roof, and I think she's got a shot at being the next Martha Stewart if we play our cards right. At Home is the most-watched show on the network, but we need a bump, something to get even more viewers to tune in. That's where you come in." He pointed at Russ. "This crossover idea is pure genius, and I know you won't say no because you owe me."
Russ sat back and eyed the man, noting his steady, hard gray gaze. Bergman didn't exhibit the zeal of a man riding the high of an exciting brainstorm; he looked like a leader about to lay out a course and make sure every soldier knew his and her job. Russ's stomach sank into his shoes. He wasn't under contract to Media Life anymore, but if Bergman was calling in favors, it didn't matter. He did owe the guy—big-time. Shit. "I have to be in Washington soon—"
"Not for a week. I spoke with your parents, remember? They haven't heard a peep from you in months, but they know you won't shirk your responsibilities to the family charity."
To your brother. Berman didn't say it, but Russ heard it, loud and clear. No, he wouldn't bail on Lance, not after he'd already failed his little brother in the most fundamental way possible. Lance might still be alive if it weren't for him. He forced a slow breath into his tight chest. The annual gala was their biggest fund-raiser, and no matter where he was in the world, he never missed it.
Bergman pulled up the next slide. "We're going to create a show—maybe even a series of shows—that will broaden Susannah's viewer base. We want to give people a fresh angle, something they aren't getting from the other cooking shows: a spirit of adventure. Russ, I know you've moved on, but In the Wild still has a cult following. It made you famous and gave you the money to go out on your own and get all those Emmy awards. I love your new show—Wild Man is amazing, and I'm even prouder of the documentaries you've made. I've never tried to make you feel guilty for leaving Media Life Networks, but Susannah is my shot at having an award-winning show. I need this favor." Russ felt the walls begin to close in. Bergman knew just how to get to him—he always had. That had been a good thing back when Russ was a defiant teenager chasing more trouble than he could handle, not such a good thing now that it was time for payback.
Panic squeezed the air out of his lungs. He forced it back in. One show—two shows tops—then he'd be free again.
Bergman kept talking, a low buzz in his ears. "Once we start filming, we'll expand our reach on social media with you two posting real-time pics and status updates that I hope will go viral within minutes. Since you're experts in your fields, you'll help us plan the shows for maximum impact, and I want a post-shoot wrap-up blog post from each of you to cover the his and hers perspectives. If necessary, I'll get you a ghost writer, but the posts don't have to be long."
"You've got to be kidding me," Russ said. It was one thing to do a few shows as a favor, another to tie himself to Susie Homemaker in the media. He was the Wild Man, not the whipped man.
A strangled sound from Susannah told him she was equally horrified. "I don't ... I can't ... there's no way—"
Bergman called up the next slide, and a promo pic appeared on the screen, a mix-up of him in Susannah's kitchen wearing full climbing gear and her in an apron and hanging on the side of a mountain. At Home in the Wild was splashed below the image in an eye-catching red font. He looked tough as hell, not in the least domesticated. A smile spread across his face.
Susannah gave him a venomous glare.
"What? You have to admit it's kind of awesome."
"It's horrid. I look ridiculous." Her ivory cheeks turned pink.
"You aren't the one standing in a kitchen."
The fire in her cheeks moved to her eyes, stirring him up. "Are you saying my kitchen is ridiculous?"
"I'm saying real food is cooked over an open flame and eaten outside," he said.
"Only by barbarians," she snapped back.
Bergman applauded. "America will enjoy watching you two debate that topic during your camping trip next weekend."
Caught up in goading her, he'd forgotten Bergman was listening. "No social media, Rich. Honestly, I don't even have time to do the shows."
"Bullshit. I know where you're filming, and the Adirondacks are perfect. Don't try to tell me you can't crunch your schedule, either. You own the production company. If I know you—and I do since you were in diapers, in fact—you've got extra episodes in the can for just this sort of emergency. Use them."
Russ didn't like feeling cornered, and if anybody knew that it was Bergman. "Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine, old man."
Bergman settled back in his chair. "How much do you need?"
"Money. How much?"
"It's not a matter of money, and you know it," Russ growled.
Bergman shook his head. "I'm not talking about your salary. You'll be working for free, although the network will pick up the cost of filming, production, and incidentals, of course." He sat back and crossed his arms. "How much do you need to endow a chair for Lance's charity?"
Russ's stomach jumped. Was he serious? "Five million."
"I won't give you the money, but I bet donations will pour in when viewers find out you're working for free—and why. You may have all those Emmys, but I have a huge reach. You can do a lot with Media Life Networks backing you. Say yes, and I'll put trailers on every hour and take a film crew down to Washington with me for the gala." His smile was smug. "You know I wouldn't miss it."
Currently, his parents handled fund-raising, but they wouldn't live forever. An endowed chair would guarantee Lance's legacy and maybe even find a cure for the cancer that had killed him. Russ couldn't say no. Every extra penny he made went into the endowment fund, but it was slow going when he also needed to invest in the production company so he could keep making money. "Yes."
Susannah gasped and then lifted her chin. "Respectfully, sir, this is a catastrophe waiting to happen. I appreciate your faith in my show, but Mr. Donovan and I just met, and we haven't said a civil word to each other."
Sitting, she was just a little bit of a thing. All her height must have come from those sexy pink shoes. Did she own hiking boots? He hoped so, but he'd happily pack those pink heels into the mountains if she'd be willing to wear them in the tent at night. Adrenaline slid into his veins. He was ready to go right now.
Bergman shrugged, attention back on the tablet in front of him, and Russ felt sorry for her. She didn't seem to know she was fighting a losing battle. Bergman's mind was clearly made up, and he was very good at tightening screws. "Frankly, Susannah, the worse it goes, the better it will play on TV. Some of the most famous on-screen couples couldn't stand each other. You don't have to be friends to have great chemistry."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This had a good story, great characters & a few good steamy scenes
Susannah Stone could be the next Martha Stewart with her show At Home. Russ Donovan has an adventure show called Wild Man. Susie's producer, which is a friend of Russ', needs to give her show a little boost, so he teams them up together with a two show series called At Home In The Wild. She'll go into the wild with him and he'll come into the home with her. Can she survive climbing a mountain in freezing cold conditions with Russ to keep her warm? Even better, can he survive domestic life at home with Susie and her infant son? I loved it! Russ and Susie were brilliant! Susie was one tough lady, a wonderful mother, with a successful tv show. Her only problem was her shattered self confidence, compliments of her ex-husband. Russ also had some major issues relating to his deceased brother but Russ was a little better at hiding them. Billy was adorable and I don't think anyone could have resisted him for long. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Impulse Control was a very good read. Russ grew on me very quickly. At first I was a little taken back by his arrogance but then he became so much fun to get to know. And I love seeing his softer side. So sweet. And his continued use of her nickname he gave her - swoon! Susannah was a very strong independent single mother, which I love. Together they were a lot of fun with their banter and texting. And at the end I have go admit I had a swell in my heart area along with watery eyes. I love how they brought out their opposite parts of their personalities in each other. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
One thing that I do know is I really like Amanda’s books. I really like reading where food comes into play in the story. All of Amanda’s books have that. Either it be the guy being a chef or the woman. From the very beginning Russ and Susannah are attracted to each other. Russ and Susannah don’t want to admit at first. But the attraction is strong. Both have their own TV show and are very different. Russ is the star of a reality show that’s something like Man VS. Wild. And Susannah has a home cooking show. More like Martha Stewart. And these two completely opposite people have too pair up and do a show together. Which, I found I really enjoyed watching these too together. I liked how Russ was with Susannah’s little boy, Billy. Russ really wasn’t the fatherly type, or so he thought. But add a little adorable boy and something’s change. Overall thoughts… If you enjoyed Amanda’s previoud books then, you will more than likely enjoy this one. Although it is a bit different than her other books. So, if your wanting a fairly short book, with a bit of steam, then this would be the prefect book. I really hope Holly and Adam get a book. Those two were heating up the pages along with Russ and Susannah.
Outlet for several emotions. I laughed, cried, oohed, and dreamt of Russ.
Russ Donovan is always up for an extreme adventure. He fearlessly faces the unknown. Until he meets Susie Homemaker aka Susannah Stone and her infant son. The network wants to film them working together in the other's area of expertise. This should be a rating winner. Can they survive without killing each other? Let the battles begin. I loved Russ and Susannah. These two were perfectly matched. Their attraction was both hot and humorous. I loved their snappy and snarky dialogue. Regardless of where they were, these two never missed a beat. Oh what a romance! This story had it all. There was love, laughter and deeply buried pain. I couldn't put this book down. I loved Amanda Usen's writing. She did a wonderful job creating characters that I cared about. I loved Wild Man and his woman. I wanted them to confront their fears and embrace love. I was just glad I could read it in my nice warm house not while hiking the Adirondack Mountains in winter
Such a fun read! I love the idea behind it--survivalist/daredevil guy and Susie homemaker go head-to-head, forced to take on each other's environment in front of an audience--so much potential! Add in fabulous characters and you've got a real recipe for a great story! (Pun totally intended) Both Russ and Susannah are strong characters. They start out as rivals (such an awesome troupe!), each sure the other couldn't possibly survive on their show and wanting to scrap the whole idea. They have some serious chemistry, though, and hidden strengths and talents that even they didn't expect. Soon respect gives way to something more...but can it lead to something lasting? Amanda Usen does a great job of pitting the two against each other, and then making us--and eventually them--believe that Russ and Suze have a real chance together. Suze's fourteen-month-old son Billy adds both comic relief and some truly adorable moments (be warned--the Russ/Billy combo might cause ovary combustion!), and Russ's use of social media had more than just Suze's heart melting. Toward the end things got a little fast--Russ's resolution with his parents was fairly abrupt and almost too easy, and the real reason behind the Russ/Suze series collaboration was a bit of a stretch. Still, I couldn't find it in me to take off more than a half a star. I had a total blast reading this one, and am definitely looking forward to the rest of the series. Bring on more men of the zodiac; I'm ready for them! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
We all have things in our past that haunt us and drive us in our lives. For Susannah it is the failure of her marriage and the things her ex put her through. For Russ it was the loss of his brother and the part he feels he played in it. Both are now rising stars in the network world. When the boss of the network thinks of merging their shows to boost ratings neither Susannah nor Russ are thrilled. Russ is the out doorsy type always looking for his next adventure while Susannah is the homebody her show is all about cleaning, cooking and taking care of your family. Never one to back down from a challenge they both accept. Russ finds himself insanely attracted to Susannah and is deter=mined to het past her ice queen act. Susannah knows Russ is trouble with a capital T from the moment she set eyes on him. Can these two actually become the savior for the other? With the heat that comes off of these two you could melt the polar ice caps! Will Susannah learn to trust again? Can Russ let go of the guilt and finally start living?
I am a fan of Amanda Usen and I continue to eat up her romance novels. In this story, she pairs Susannah, a lifestyle maven with Russ, a extreme sports star. Each has a tv show that showcases their talents.Their production company has planned a crossover challenge that each by placing them in unfamiliar situations: Susannah has to climb a mountain and Russ has to cook and clean for Susannah and her young son. This book was funny, sexy and oddly endearing. I loved how each of the characters developed by learning from the other. I would gladly recommend this to fans of reality romance, adventure romance, and romance in general. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
This book is a great read. Susannah and Russ story is life can be an adventure and then some and so is falling in love.
4.5 Stars! *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review* What happens when a Survivalist and a Homemaker are forced to make a TV show together? Great sex, a few laughs and a great romance, that’s what. Russ started out on the Network where Susannah has her “lifestyle” show. Now the network is asking for them to work together for “At Home in the Wild”. It’s safe to say none of them were happy about it. All the more, Russ and Susannah couldn’t be more different from each other and still both belong to the human race. So when they are forced on this show what comes out is not the best sportsmanship. But as usual opposites attract, or in this case, with the little time they spend together in each episode, they begin to realize that they weren’t actually all that different, and that they are very compatible in many, many ways. What I loved about this book was the characters growth throughout their time together. Even when both start as a bit of a cliché (him the super macho adrenalin junky and her… well, Susie Homemaker) they evolve mainly thanks to each other and the feelings that they evoke in the other. I found Impulse Control a very easy and enjoyable read. Their scenes together were really hot, I kept smiling at their banter and constant one-upmanship and melted when they were sweet to each other. In addition it touched on a couple of intense subjects apparently just in passing, but that gave a more “real” feel to the story and it’s characters. I’m definitely going to be looking for more from Amanda Usen, and I’m adding her to my “feel good read” favorite authors list.
4.5 stars Impulse Control was a fun, steamy and very entertaining read. Enjoyed the characters Susannah and Russ. They had amazing chemistry, loved how they both would challenge each other =) And seeing Russ interact with little Billy *swoon* Overall a great read and I highly recommend it.
Challenges outdoors and in in this fun book! A great story where supposed opposites attract. It shows how preconceptions can influence how people react and just how wrong these can be. This is a great read, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking for other books by this author in future. Susannah Stone is an independent, single Mum, who stars in a popular TV show demonstrating how to be a homemaker now without her domineering ex-husband. Russ Donovan is also the star of his own TV show but his is about surviving in the wild. The TV company want to join the two together in a couple of special shows, “At Home in the Wild”. For Russ this could mean millions for the charity his family set up in memory of his brother whilst for Susannah is threatened by the producer should she not cooperate and take part in this. Neither expect the sparks to fly when they first meet! They’re in for an interesting time as he doesn’t believe she’ll survive mountain climbing and camping whilst she doesn’t think he’ll cope cooking in a small kitchen with her toddler running round! Cameras will follow their every move, will chemistry or catastrophe follow? Come on, you know you want to read this to see what happens! Thanks to the author and publishers, too, for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was tons of fun and it came really super close to getting that 4th star. I loved watching Russ and Susannah interact, it was the perfect example of an opposites attract relationship. Their conversations were witty and their accidental touches sparked some seriously hot thinking. My favorite parts were watching them interact in each of their respective new environments. Susannah showed just how tough she could be hiking a mountin in freezing temperatures (you sure won't find me doing anything like that - I need warmth). This is when things really started for the two of them - in close quarters sharing a tent it was hard to to react to each other. I was a bit disappointed in her side of the show. While Russ got to take her into his environment for a few days, she only seemed to get a couple hours of "domestication" on her show with him. The story carries it a bit further outside of her show, but I really wanted to seem him try to cook and clean while chasing a kid around. Overall, this was quite fun. There is some silly social media and blog posts that really helped to bring their relationship to life. I just really wanted to see Russ cook asparagus. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! Have I told you lately just how much I enjoy books where the main characters don't get along/have some sort of rivalry/are enemies before hand? It always cracks me up and puts a huge smile on my face watching two people with an obvious intense chemistry fight their feelings, and each other. Just reading that blurb let me know that I had to read this book and I did end up enjoying the storyline a lot! The characters were fun up to a point. Susannah had zero self esteem. Okay I somewhat take that back. When it came to her show At Home and cooking and being a mom she was full of confidence so I really enjoyed her in that aspect. It's just that part of her character's thing is that in her past she was really torn down from a relationship and made to feel unworthy and a failure in basically every other area of her life. And she's one of those women who will bend and reinvent herself to please others. I can't stand women like that. I always feel like shaking them and screaming have an opinion of your own!! But once I pushed past that she really was a fun character. Watching her grow and gain confidence. Russ, well, I took issue with him as well. I loved the fact that he was very alpha male. And there have been plenty of times in which a guy who is real cocky will crack me up and make me fall for him anyway but it was too in your face with Russ. Too much of the all-the-women-from-my-past-who-screamed-my-name-never-complained for me. And yes...he did say something very similar to Susannah at one point. He's actually such a great character. Very much a Bear Grylls type of a guy, has that type of a survival reality show going on. I loved everything about him except that one thing so he still made me swoon on more than one occasion! The plot was such a fun concept and it was executed really well. I loved the idea of someone who's very Martha Stewart like having to do a merged reality show with someone very Bear Grylls like. Seeing both Russ and Susannah try to live in each other's worlds made for lots of fun moments. Not to mention the oh so steamy ones. Holy chemistry Batman. These two have got it! I'm glad I gave this one a chance, very worth it in the end! Thank you Entangled Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book!
This opposites attract contemporary romance is the story of Russ and Susie, two TV personalities who have vastly different shows. Russ headlines an outdoor wilderness adventure program, while Susie has a lifestyle show dealing with all things domestic. Ostensibly to improve Susie's show ratings, their boss has decided to have each of them crossover to the other's program. Despite their differences in approaches to life, there is an instant chemistry between them that is only heightened by their close quarters. But can single mother Susie convince Russ that home is where the heart is? I loved this story! Russ and Susie were both really fun, down to earth characters. Russ is the charming playboy, ready to take on any dare and thriving in his adventurous life - or so it seems on the surface. When confronted with Susie and her infant son, domesticated life extraordinaire, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to the idea of hearth and home, a scary proposition for him when all he's ever wanted was to push himself higher and farther in memory of his deceased brother. Susie is trying to balance her career and single motherhood after having been through a failed marriage. I really liked how her character became more adventurous and self confident as the story progressed and she was put into situations she would never have picked for herself. Equally I enjoyed how Russ dealt with things that were outside of his element, putting on his game face and making the best of situations. The sexual tension between them is high from the beginning of the story, leading to several steamy love scenes as they fight their attraction to each other. There were a lot of funny and entertaining scenes in this story as well as some emotional moments as Russ comes to grips with what he wants for his life and Susie goes after what she wants too. 5 stars for this delightful read!
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. Impulse Control is the story of two strong willed people searching for something that they never expected to find in each other. Impulse Control is the ultimate story of opposites attracting. Impulse Control is a heartwarming, entertaining fun read.