Killer Charm

Killer Charm

by Avery Flynn

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ISBN-13: 9781633751989
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Series: Killer Style , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 111,554
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is
desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with
their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and
brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

Find out more about Avery on her website, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Join her street
team, The Flynnbots, and receive special sneak peeks, prizes and early access to her latest
releases! E-mail her at avery@averyflynn.com.

Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she'll be your best friend for
life.

Read an Excerpt

Make Me Up

A Killer Style Novel


By Avery Flynn, Stephen Morgan

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Avery Flynn
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-198-9


CHAPTER 1

"The most beautiful makeup on a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy." - Yves Saint-Laurent


Drea Sanford didn't do the 'burbs. She didn't do backyard BBQs with screaming kids and romping dogs. And she most assuredly did not do Cam Hardy—at least not in public. In private? That boy was as hot in bed as his swagger promised, and as long as no one knew a damn thing about it, she'd keep riding him to happy town.

At least that had been the plan.

But here she was across the Harbor City Bridge in Waterburg, sitting on an outdoor swing with a paper plate filled with potato salad, chips, and a burnt-to-a-crisp hotdog on her lap. She held a red plastic cup full of cheap beer. And the ohso-full-of-himself-James-Bond-wanna-be's lips were locked onto hers in front of God and everyone like their friends-with-benefits agreement was common knowledge instead of one of her most guarded secrets.

Cam had been sniffing after her since the day they'd met nearly a year ago, and she'd cut him off at the knees every time. But a sex positive girl like herself could only deny her own lust for the hotness that was Cam Hardy for so long ... and she'd given in a few months ago—but only if he agreed to keep it just between them. No one needed to be in her business or realize that she'd fallen for the cocky super stud of Harbor City.

But now he was kissing her in Sylvie's backyard in front of everyone. There was no way around it. She had to cut off her secret lover—just as soon as she could find the willpower to end this kiss. Arrogant lothario or not, Cam knew how to kiss. Strong. Confident. Temping as all hell. He teased her just the way he knew she liked, making everything below her waist warm, wet, and tingly.

The sound of laughter broke through the lusty haze surrounding them and brought her back to reality. As much as she liked his mouth and all the things he could do with it, he'd crossed the line by kissing her in public. She'd grown up with her personal business being everyone's business, and she'd rather go makeup free forever than go through that again.

Anyway, she didn't do second chances.

Life's a bitch that way—and didn't she know it from personal experience.

She pushed against his chest—honed to a solid muscular mass by long hours in the gym and God knew what else—and got an inch of summer air between them.

"What's wrong, babe?" Cam rubbed light circles on her bare thigh just north of her knee.

Poor boy didn't have a clue. He'd made a promise, broken it, and she was done.

She knocked his hand away from her skin. "If anyone saw that, I'm going to punch you in the nuts."

Drea did a quick sweep of Sylvie's and Tony's backyard. Even from their semi-secluded spot in the yard's back corner, someone could have spotted them. The place was packed with people here to celebrate the couple's engagement. Her best friend's dads stood behind the fake Tiki bar, mixing sangria tasty enough to make people temporarily forget the fact that it was strong enough to strip paint. Tony manned the grill as various members of his family offered unsolicited advice on when to flip the burgers. Okay, maybe no one had seen the kiss.

She could almost convince herself of it ... except Sylvie and Ryder were giggling by the food table, never making eye contact with Drea. That was all she needed to know. Her besties hadn't missed a damn second of her unexpected kiss with Cam. Her cheeks burned, and she downed the rest of her beer.

"If anyone saw what?" Cam winked and snatched a chip off her plate. "Saw me kiss you, or saw you kiss me back?"

"You knew the deal. No going public."

"Who cares if anyone sees us? Let'm talk."

The truth smacked her in the face. "Was that your plan all along—to make our little fling public?" She nearly threw the plate at him.

"Babe." He laughed loud enough that heads turned in their direction. "You know I don't plan."

"You should, because this little harebrained scheme just cost you a chance at ever getting between my sweet thighs again."

"Why's that?" he asked.

"Because you're good in bed, but not good enough that I want to be known as just one more conquest for the man who accounted for most of Trojan's business in Harbor City. My private business, is my business."

Cam toyed with the purple strap of her tank top. "What's wrong, your ego can't take everyone finding out I've finally caught you?"

He leaned back against the back of the faded double swing, his six-foot, five-inch frame thick with muscles—the better to hold up his massive ego—taking up most of the space. The damn thing was so big that even after a year of knowing each other, he still didn't understand that presenting an impenetrable, no-one-can-hurt-me facade to the world was the biggest rule in her life. Really, it was her only rule. And letting everyone know that she'd almost fallen for a playboy like Cam, who left hearts shattered in his wake on a daily basis, broke shattered that image to smithereens.

He chuckled and relaxed back in the seat until his thigh lined up against hers, as if he had every right to jangle her nerves so thoroughly.

She got out of the seat and turned around to face him, but she was lost for words when she realized standing up had just given him a better view. His green-eyed gaze took in her entire body. Then he grinned, pissing her off and drenching her panties at the same damn time.

If anyone could carry off absolutely wicked and totally charismatic at the same time, it was Cam. She itched to run her fingers through his thick mass of tousled honey blond hair. His murky green eyes were full of dark promise, the kind she knew he could deliver.

And then there was his body. She could eat Jell-O off of his tanned washboard abs and the gelatin wouldn't have the courage to jiggle. Being near him was like standing at the edge of the subway platform as the train whooshed by—exhilarating, dangerous, and addicting on a completely visceral level.

But he'd broken her rule. The one thing she'd asked him not to do—and he'd gone and done it anyway. She wasn't sure whether knowing he'd done it without thinking made the situation worse or just sad. But she couldn't keep seeing him if she couldn't trust him to keep this a secret. Hell, after that kiss, there was no secret. Cover blown. Everyone knew.

Time to cut her losses. Breaking it off now was the smart plan.

"I know what it is." He stood up and closed the distance between them. "You're embarrassed because you think someone saw your tongue push its way into my mouth—accidentally, I'm sure. And heard that sweet, soft moan of pleasure—"

She pushed her hand against his chest and forced him back. "Get over yourself, pretty boy."

He didn't even blink at the insult. "You want me. I want you. The sex is amazing. Why are you fighting so damn hard against letting people know we're together?"

"Because we're not." She had no plans to trod down the well-worn path to Cam Hardy's bed again. "You knew the rules when this thing started."

"No going public." His gaze pinned her to the spot, and he looked at her like she was the only woman in the world. "Look, babe, give me another chance."

It made her mouth go dry and other places get wet. They'd had one hell of a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am twisting of the sheets, but they'd known from the start this was temporary. She'd known it. He'd known it. They'd agreed to keep it secret.

So why was he acting like it meant anything to him? She'd needed a little stress relief, preferably in the form of a hot guy who'd given her three—okay, four—orgasms in one night. Cam was hot, talented, and not into commitments. But he had just hung her dirty laundry out for the world to see. She'd sworn she'd never go through that again.

And she wouldn't.

Time to end this little charade and get back to Harbor City and the bitch of a client she had to deal with before the arts gala tonight. Natasha Orton wasn't the worst beauty client she'd ever had to dust with setting power from her makeup kit of wonders, but she was damn close.

"It's over." Drea took a single step away from him.

He moved lightning fast to get in front of her, his bulk blocking her view of the rest of the group. "Don't go away mad, babe. Let me make it up to you. Tonight. My place. No one has to know."

She tossed her cup and plate into the trashcan. "Charming."

He threw up his hands in frustration. "Around most people, I am."

"And I'm not most people." Pushing her point home, she traced a finger across his broad, sinewy shoulders and used the softest hint of pressure to nudge him out of her way so she could march across the grass to say goodbye to her best friends. "You should remember that."

"As if I could ever forget." He finally stood to the side, letting her pass.

Her step faltered, but she kept moving forward. She knew better than to show even the slightest weakness.


Cam Hardy watched slack-jawed as Drea strutted away as hot and untouchable as the sun. His standard operating procedure was to be the one making a quick escape without a second look back. Drea had shredded that SOP with her hot pink fingernails.

He was damned lucky she hadn't used those talons on him—on second thought, he always enjoyed it when she did. What he'd give to feel her nails scrapping down his chest, her dark brown skin pressed against him. Everything south of his belt buckle went from zero to sixty in a heartbeat.

He sank his hand into the nearby cooler. The ice cooled down his hand, but the rest of him remained hot and ready. What the fuck was he doing wrong? He hadn't been this clueless since he'd first realized there was a difference between boys and girls. Sweet talking women had always been easy, a skill that had served him well in his early years on his own when he needed a place to stay for the night ... or an alibi. As a kid on the street up to no good, he'd usually needed both.

"Dude, she just sank your battleship." Alex Lee, one of two new hires at Maltese Security, stopped at Cam's side but kept his gaze locked on Drea as she said her goodbyes. "That was like watching the Titanic go down, but without that annoying song."

How this asshat had made it through the pre-hire personality screening was a mystery. "Fuck you."

"My lip reading skills are off, but going by body language, I'd say that's exactly what she told you." Alex crossed his arms, his gaze still tracking Drea's progress across the yard to the side gate that lead to the driveway.

The other man didn't leer exactly, but Cam didn't have a bit of doubt about the thoughts playing out in Alex's head right now. And that made him want to pound the other guy's face until his eyes were swollen shut. Just because it was a fling didn't mean he wasn't possessive of Drea.

Years ago, when he was still hanging on the bottom rung of a street crew, he would have let the other guy know as much. But this little puke stain wasn't going to fuck things up for him now. He'd come home to the last city in the world he'd ever wanted to return to so he could pay an old debt. His teenage years had been a bitch, and if it hadn't been for the judge, he'd either be dead or in jail. So when the old man had said he needed a favor, Cam had dropped everything and come home to Harbor City.

"Is there a point to this chat?" He finished the last third of his beer in one long pull.

Alex shrugged. "Just my enjoyment."

He crumbled the beer can and tossed the squashed aluminum ball into the recycling bin. "You're a real son of a bitch that way."

"No doubt." Alex took a swig of beer, his eyes never leaving Drea's ass as she walked out of the gate. "Ever think you're just not her type?"

What a total tool. "And I suppose you are?"

"Yeah. I am." Alex turned and stepped into Cam's personal space like a frat boy hungry for a fight. "Trust me, she can see through your bullshit from a mile away."

He didn't give a millimeter. "Don't hold back."

"I never do. Unlike you. I've been reading the old case files. You're good, but you're a loose cannon, and you don't play well with others. It shows in your results."

A familiar coldness spread outward from his stomach. It used to be all he ever felt. They'd called him the Iceman for good reason, but this prick didn't know any of that. "You don't know jack shit about me."

"Ah yes, the mysterious pseudo-military organization you were with before Maltese?" Alex flipped his empty can into the trash, and the move brought him toe-to-toe with Cam. "Being a hired thug really doesn't do much to build up a resume. Add to that your criminal record and I'm surprised you even got an investigator's license. What did you do, sleep your way into the approval?"

Everything froze. The air went from summer's heat to the polar vortex's frigidity in an instant. All of the BBQ's noise faded into the background, and Cam was in the Iceman's kill zone. "You'd better shut your mouth before I shut it for you."

Alex puffed up his chest. "I'd like to see you try."

"Hey, morons." Ryder pushed her way between them, managing to stomp a foot down on both of their shoes and jam an elbow in each of their ribs. "May I remind you this is a family BBQ with kids and others who aren't used to dealing with your daily bitch fits? Now, make nice before I throat punch both of you."

Cam rubbed the spot on his fourth rib where Ryder had elbowed him. He'd find a bruise there in the morning. If it had been anyone else Cam would have returned the favor, but aside from not wanting to ruin the BBQ for everyone, Ryder was one of the few women who'd rather try to kick his ass in the ring rather than kiss it outside of the ropes. "So much for making lovey-dovey cow eyes with Devin mellowing you out."

She cut him a don't-fuck-with-me glare. "I'm serious. It's not the time or the place for you two to measure dicks."

Alex held up his hands and took a step back. "You're right. You've got nothing to worry about—when it comes to me."

Cam fisted his hands before the urge to knock that smarmy grin right off the asshole's face took over.

The other man smirked and let out a laugh before pivoting on his heel and sauntering off across the crowded backyard.

Ryder leaned over. "You know his mom was a prosecutor—at least until some of Diamond Tommy's people got to her. They found the body last year. Not surprisingly, he's got a chip on his shoulder the size of the Grand Canyon. Once he gets to know you ..."

"He'll still be an asshole."

She chuckled. "Probably."

But being a douchebag and being right weren't mutually exclusive.

"Do you think he's on to something? When it comes to Drea?" He hated himself for being such a total wuss and even asking the question, but he had to know.

Ryder sighed and tucked her short hair behind her ear. "It's not my story to tell. Let's just say the truth is always more complicated than it first appears."

Complicated women and complicated truths. He'd spent his life avoiding both, but Drea Sanford had him reconsidering, and wondering what it would be like if he were a different kind of man.

CHAPTER 2

"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


If the true sign of being rich was to never have to ask how much something cost, then Drea's clients had never uttered those words in their entire lives. She was one of Harbor City's most sought-after makeup artists, and it's most expensive—but worth every penny.

She walked up the stone steps to the five story brownstone that took up half a block of Harbor City's most expensive real estate. The place looked so different from Tony and Sylvie's Waterburg home. It wasn't just the size, it was the whole atmosphere. Her client, Natasha Orton, kept the brownstone's vibe as icy as the pale blue walls in each one of the twenty-something rooms.

The thick front door swung open, revealing the Orton's butler, Fergus. From the bland expression to the steel gray of close-cropped hair, he looked every inch the English butler. Until he smiled. Then it wasn't hard to imagine the Harbor City heartbreaker he must have been twenty years ago. Drea had almost fired temperamental Natasha as a client a million times, but the thought of not getting to joke around with Fergus kept her coming back armed with a ten-pound makeup case and skin thicker than the oldest elephant.


(Continues...)

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Killer Charm 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
cnapper67 More than 1 year ago
I am never disappointed when I pick up an Avery Flynn book and this was no exception. This is the third book in the Killer Style series but they all are stand-alone reads. This was Cam and Drea's story. They had been having a casual fling when Cam breaks the rules and then Drea ends it. The same day Drea is a suspect in a murder. Cam will do anything to keep her safe and they end up going on  the run. This is when Drea sees the real Cam and not the person she assumed him to be. With danger around every corner would  they make it to try again? It was a well written story that blended suspense and romance and wrapped it in some nice steamy scenes. I recommend this story and the other titles in the Killer Style series.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An incredibly fun sexy read that everyone should read. The story is filled with snarky banter, adventure, and lots of sexy times. Drea Sanford has been taking care of herself for a long time and she's just fine, thank you very much. Her business is hers and she doesn't like it being broadcast around. So when Cam Hardy tries to take their fling public she kicks him to the curb. But when one of her clients ends of dead and she's the prime suspect, Cam may be the only one who can help her. You'll definitely want to grab this one. I highly recommend it.
skkgagnon More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book in Avery Flynn's wonderful Killer Style series. It is a fast paced murder suspense story that is engaging, thrilling, and super sexy right from the start. This book features Cam Hardy, a handsome, charming, former special ops-turned private- investigator and Drea Sanford, a beautiful, tough-as-nails makeup artist. Cam & Drea met a year ago, had instant chemistry, and started having a covert affair. When Cam wanted it to be out in the open, Drea, who is a very private person, broke up with him on the spot. Drea has a history of everyone she loves and counts on, deserting her, and she doesn't want to be left high and dry by a lady killer like Cam. Cam was surprisingly hurt by that but because he had always been a fly by the seat of his pants, never make any plans kind of guy he figured he wasn't good enough for her anyway. But when a client of Drea's winds up dead and she is the main suspect, Cam comes to her aide and will do what it takes to clear her name and keep her safe. Drea however does not just count on Cam to get her out of this mess but is very courageous and dynamic in uncovering the truth, they make a great team. I love the growth in both of them as they realize that there was more and something worthy in themselves and each other. Their banter was hilarious and their chemistry explosive! This story is fast paced, full of heart pounding danger, heart pounding sex, and enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is fun and exciting, and I can't wait for the next book!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Avery Flynn does it again and better than ever! MAKE ME UP is book 3 in the Killer Style series, and it’s hard to believe, but it’s even better than the ones before! Great characters: Drea Sanford is my favourite ever! She and Cam are a perfect couple! MAKE ME UP is a quick read, exciting, fast-paced. Lots of sexy, a great story! A fantastic book!
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csingh More than 1 year ago
I haven't read any of the books that precede this one in the series, so I was a little worried I'd be lost, seeing that this is book three.  I was wrong.  The book started off in an interesting way, with Cam kissing Drea, which effectively ended their romantic relationship.  I wasn't sure why Drea wanted to keep it so hush-hush, and she alluded to her past, but it wasn't until half way into the book the real reason why came out.   Cam and Drea had great chemistry.  I like how both had made assumptions about the other that were completely untrue.  They just weren't sharing everything they were supposed to.  Each thought the other wasn't in it for the long haul so they kept the best parts of themselves under wraps.  It took adversity to bring them out. The mystery was very interesting.  The identity of the killer didn't become clear to me until later on and neither did the motive for the murder.  That in itself was a little confusing.  I think I'm going to need to go back and read the preceding books to find out more about the particular perp and the past. Overall, I really enjoyed this high octane mystery.  It was hard to put down and I read it very quickly in one sitting.  
BlushingReader More than 1 year ago
         Avery Flynn!!  I love her stories, you are always going to get more than just a romance with her books; you get intrigue, action, heat, emotion and excitement.  This is my first book in the Killer Style series (and I have no idea how I missed out on the first two) and I really enjoyed Drea and Cam!  I didn't feel lost jumping into the series at book three, but I am curious about the first two books so I will be going back to read those soon (probably in order this time)! Make Me Up was fast paced, full of action and just damn fun to read!  Avery Flynn is magnificent at creating characters that have more going on than you first assume.  I love how the dialogue in her books is engaging, witty and smart (no dumb characters that make your groan here).  Cam and Drea were a fun couple to read and I really enjoyed that their story started off right away with Drea being mad at Cam for "outing" their secret affair.  Avery Flynn definitely enjoys taking stories and twisting them until they are not what you are used to, leaving you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what is going to happen next. I love a good "running from the bad guys" story and Make Me Up did this with style and sass.  Drea's character was one of the more fun female leads I have read in a book in a while.  She was full of spunkish, fun style and not what you expect (I loved that)!  Cam was her opposite in feelings and that made for a unique and refreshing read, having the male lead want to be "more" right off the bat.  From suspecting murder, running from mobsters and keeping your make-up fresh while on the lamb, Avery Flynn delivered a great story that kept me engaged and turning pages in one sitting. If you are looking for a fun read that has heat and style then look now further than Make Me Up and Avery Flynn
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you combine two strong-willed characters with lots of emotional baggage with on-the-edge suspense courtesy of somewhat stereotypical villains...you get an energetic read with lots of steaminess in a story that's a comfort read for all its predictability. As the third book in the Killer Style series main character's Cam and Drea have a past connection that's easy to pick up on even if you haven't read the other installments and it's their interactions that keep the story sailing along in crackling style. Cam and Drea have been having a secret affair that he's tired of keeping secret. His decision has Drea running away from him and headlong into trouble when she's accused of murder. Not only are the cops now looking for her but so too are the real bad guys which leads her right back into Cam's strong arms. With his security and military knowledge he'll do whatever it takes to keep her safe and find the bad guys before they find them. All this leads to a fast-paced tale of cat and mouse intrigue amidst crackling sensual interludes between Cam and Drea. The more time they spend together though the more they have to deal with their pasts and the resulting emotions. Drea's scared of opening her heart for fear of losing the one she's come to love as her past has taught her that happiness can be snatched away in the blink of an eye. Her past is further tied up in the murder she's found herself caught up in and could eventually destroy her family. Cam too is letting past insecurities weigh on him making him feel unworthy of Drea. He had a difficult upbringing and seen lots of vileness in his life and it's left it's mark. All in all, their feelings are those seen in numerous romances but are still easy to understand. Drea's a strong-willed woman more than capable of keeping up with Cam. Though she's a bit superior at first, she becomes more sympathetic as readers discover more about her past. Cam's always seemed so self-assured so his feelings of unworthiness don't exactly ring true but I like that these feelings draw them closer together ultimately, as does the danger. This was a sexually tense read full of witty and sensually-tinged banter flaring often between Cam and Drea. They're a fun and flirty couple who barrel their way to the truth in this fast-paced story that's full of twists and turns. The secondary characters provide good support to keep the story progressing at a good pace that resulted in a conclusion that left me sighing in relief and in satisfaction. I hope there's more tales to tell in the Killer Style series as the combination of action and romance is an engaging one and well-handled by Ms. Flynn.
austhokie More than 1 year ago
Solid Romance Installment, but mystery was a bit ehhh **REVIEW COPY PROVIDED BY PUBLISHER** Ever since Avery introduced Drea in High-Heeled Wonder as one of Sylvie’s partners in crime (and knowing Avery and her 2 partners in crime, I have an idea of who Drea is modeled after, I think) – i’ve been waiting for her story. She has one of those quirky personalities, that I could see early on was going to make for a fun romance between her and whoever her partner ended up being. And don’t worry, Cam didn’t disappoint either. Although I will admit that while I remember Drea from previous books in the series, I don’t have as much of a recollection of Cam (although, I’m sure that he has made an appearance because he works for the same Private Investigations company that previous characters have been employed by). In keeping with previous themes, each chapter of Make-Me Up started off with a quote about make-up and its influence on life. That being said, anyone who knows me, knows how much I am not a make-up girl. Diverging a bit from my review (but it kind of ties in), I needed to buy make-up for an event a few years back, so my friend took me to Sephora and asked the sales woman to help…let’s just say, deer in the headlights was probably a good description when she started asking me about my make-up routine and t-zones…but even with my lack of make-up wearing (i mean, seriously, make-up or 10 min more in bed in the am…bed is going to win); I could connect to Drea as a character. I will admit that the mystery/suspense element for me was fairly obvious and I knew the reveal about halfway through the book, but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of Drea/Cam’s romance. I loved how Drea was a strong enough/confident enough woman in her own sexuality that she was ok with having a sex-based relationship with someone because that is what she wanted (does that make sense?). Overall, I gave Make-Me Up 4 stars and can’t wait to see what Ms Flynn comes up with next.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
Avery Flynn once again delivers a fun-filled, sexy story with romance, action, and suspense that leaves you smiling and wishing you could be the heroine in her next novel! In this third book of her Killer Style series, we finally get to learn just what exactly is going on between Cam and Drea…and let me tell you the two of them have some serious chemistry – even if Drea insists on keeping all the chemistry private. Drea was so much fun. She’s wound a little tight when it comes to keeping her personal life…well, personal. Of course once you learn a little more about her it’s no surprise why she has boundaries and cherishes every bit of privacy she can get. Of course Cam seems to turn her world upside down, and even though he’s stepped over the line with a PDA and she tells him she’s done with him, Drea just can’t seem to ignore that chemistry between them. Cam is 6’5” of cocky, alpha male who has a reputation as the Casanova of Harbor City. He has all sorts of issues from his past that have kept him from letting himself get close to anyone, but he can’t seem to get Drea out of his head. When Drea finds herself in trouble Cam doesn't even think twice before hopping on his motorcycle and riding to the rescue…of course nothing is ever easy and Cam and Drea find themselves on the run, and Cam has to pull out all the stops to keep her safe so they can clear her name. I loved all the action and suspense in the book, and also loved watching the tension skyrocket between Cam and Drea – these two could certainly bring the heat and try as they might, it was hard for both of them to keep their hands to themselves. In typical Avery Flynn fashion, she brings the snarky banter and sexy dialogue in just the right doses to balance out the romance and the suspense. If you like your romantic suspense filled with alpha heroes and kick-a$$ heroines, with lots of snarky, sexy banter, then this is definitely a series you will want to check out! I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Drea doesn't do public. Especially with her love live. When Cam tries to push the issue, Drea leaves...but then realizes she really can't leave love. Loved This book. Great read. Can't wait to see additional books from this author.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
When Drea says no public displays of affection, did Cam think she was kidding? What woman wants to become another notch on the bedpost of the town stud? So what if they are having a secret and explosive affair and the sex is pure high –voltage stuff? Great job, Cam, what were you thinking? Drea keeps her word, she is history, but do either of them really believe it was just sex, just one year of flaming sex? When Drea becomes the prime suspect in the murder of one of her society make up clients, as well as a target in something dark and unknown, Cam can do nothing less than keep her alive and find the true murderer, whether she likes it or not? Will their flight for life bring their feelings into perspective? Will they finally admit there is more to their relationship than a secret tryst? Hang on for one hot suspense, as these two blaze the trail for answers, both inside the bedroom and in their hearts. Make Me Up by Avery Flynn adds a spicy new flavor to suspense and who-dunnits as one alpha male does all he can to protect the woman he loves. Filling her world with snark, passion and danger, and dialogue sharp as tacks, Ms. Flynn has kept the pace fast, the characters brilliantly vibrant and the smoldering heat on high. The thrill of the chase, the romance, and strong characters, it’s all here! Add a comfy chair, settle in and enjoy!
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Cam is a total alpha male out to protect his woman - even if Drea doesn't this she is his. Drea is forced into accepting Cam protection when it looks like she is being framed for the murder.  Fun, sexy and fast paced - not a boring moment!  ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Private Investigator Cam Hardy is the ultimate playboy. He loves the ladies and then leaves them, until he meets makeup artist Drea Sanford. She's a challenge. She doesn't believe in love and commitment. She walks out when he makes their affair public. When she's set up for the murder of one of her famous clients, Cam rushes to her rescue. Can her knight on a motorcycle save her? This is a fast paced, suspenseful story. Cam has worked hard to escape from his rough childhood. He is a loner. Unexpectedly a person from his past issues an ultimate, Cam needs to make Drea run so that she'll distract the police or she'll be dead. Why? Cam and Drea have unbelievable chemistry. I love seeing them together. Their interaction is fierce and the dialogue is snarky, but they need and depend on each other. They both have secrets that haunt them. To have a future they need to put the past behind them. The story is well plotted and is filled with well written characters. I was surprised by the unexpected twists. Make Me Up is a well told mystery filled with sexual tension and exhilarating adventure. Avery Flynn had me hooked from the first page. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Killer Style series.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
terrific whodunit with a great HEA-highly recommend this story! ****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review**** Make Me Up-wow what can I say- really good and has just that bit of mystery along with the chemistry between the H/h to keep me reading.  Cam is a former special ops turned private private-investigator. Drea is a beautiful make up artist who has a outer shell that is tough and comes off as hard. Cam and Drea have been having this secret affair. Cam wants to bring their affair into the open but Drea refuses because to her, if she allows this, then that means Cam will leave her. That has been her experience in the past and she loves Cam and she doesn’t want that to her happen so she wants to keep their affair secret. Drea decides to end things so that way things do not get messy and Cam doesn’t hurt her.  When Drea suddenly finds herself in a dire situation (I.E. framed for the murder of one of her regular clients) , Cam is quick to help her and things get serious real quick.  Think Makeup, murder and Mayhem along with hot sex, passion and words of love. This is an interesting story that has a lot of everything for a reader to love. There is action, romance and lots of adventure. Drea and Cam are a great couple.   My rating: 4.4  stars ****
SylveT More than 1 year ago
Avery Flynn has become one of my newest favorite authors. I would highly recommend this series to anyone! This third book was great, I couldn’t put it down! I love the dynamics between the characters of Cam and Drea (who are both hilarious!). You get to see a little of their chemistry from book one. If you love action, mystery and romance and comedy then this is the book/series for you! You get to see just how much and how far Cam is willing to go to save Drea's life after she gets pinned for a murder she didn’t commit.
Grandma_Tami More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! Love this Series Avery has a way of pulling you in and keeping you up till you finish the book! Cam and Drea are such a dynamic pair that you get pulling in and wishing you can jump in and help them . I am already waiting for the next book in this series to come out . Sure Hope Avery is writing fast lol . If you have not read any of her books what are you waiting for get to it you can't go wrong. Start with this series or any of them but Please give Avery a chance to pull you in
Staci70 More than 1 year ago
I've looked forward to Cam's book since book one in this series. Drea as his perfect match did not disappoint! Drew is a make up artist to the rich and famous. Cam us the bad boy who's been sleeping with her in secret until he breaks the rules and kisses her in public. She dumps him and rushes off to meet her client. That client ends up dying and her death is pinned on Drea. What follows is all of the twists and turns Cam and Drea take trying to solve the murder and get the charges against Drea dropped. It was a great story with a great resolution. It definitely made the glimpses of Cam in previous books worth the wait for his full story.
Dlb0221 More than 1 year ago
This story is great, it is a fast moving storyline and you will definitely be drawn in by the 2 main characters Cam and Drea. This book has humor, hotness, a murder mystery, lots of hot loving, a sexy as hell alpha male and a kickass spitfire heroine. I love the banter between these 2. I really enjoyed this book. I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
An interesting story, full of action, adventure, mystery and romance. I liked the way author started every chapter with a quotation. it was a nice touch and some of those were my favourites. the story is about a make up artist who is framed for the murder of one of her regular clients. Her only option is to runaway. Which she did with Cam. Who is private investigator and he must find the real killer to save her. Together Drea and Cam solve the mystery of her client's death. along the way they must revisit their pasts. Which wasn't easy but needed in order for them to move forward... It is a well writen book, I have not read previous books in the series but still loved it.
Sophie_Valencia More than 1 year ago
A killer read!! This book started off swinging and I just knew that I was in for a fun read. From the opening pages, we saw a snappy relationship (for lack of a better word) between Drea and Cam.  Drea had a lot of attitude and refused to be smooth-talked by Cam.  Then, a few pages later, Drea's client dropped dead while Drea was on a beauty house call.  It was a lot of action crammed into the first few chapters and the whole book continued on that fast pace. Drea and Cam were the types of characters that I like to read about in a romance novel.  Cam was a hot guy, who knew he was a hot guy.  He's so confident that it bordered on arrogant.  Not that Drea would ever let Cam get too overbearing.  Drea wasn't a shy wallflower; she was a take-charge woman, unafraid to speak her mind or ask for what she wants.  The back and forth between the two of them kept everything fresh, sexy, and fun. I enjoyed how this story played with the idea of how a person hides behind his or her image.  Drea lived a fabulous life, but there was a dark, sad side to her.  Being a tough woman, however, she used her image as protection so that people didn't see how damaged she was by her history.  Similarly, Cam appeared to be nothing more than a heartbreaker with ripped body and an easy smile.  It was a bulletproof façade that didn't betray his hard childhood.  Part of the beauty of this story was how Drea and Cam slowly began to trust each other enough to let their guards down and show their vulnerabilities. Overall, this is a great story filled with sexy times and a mystery that keeps Drea and Cam on their toes to the very end. Reviewer's Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All errors and omissions are my own.  This review is excerpted from my book blog.
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
Avery Flynn knocks it out of the park in her newest installment of her Killer Style series! Cam & Drea are hot from the start! Their chemistry definitely flies off the page. There is lots of heat and lots of excitement in this book. It comes with a really good "Who Done It?"! Awesome book!
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
When you have no one to turn to and trouble comes storming into your life, sometimes you find out unexpectedly who has your back. Drea Sanford has been running from her past and trying to redefine herself for what seems like forever. She's dead-serious about keeping her private and public lives separate, so when Cam Hardy, the man she's been sleeping with, breaks one of her rules and outs her to their friends, she dumps him on the spot. Next thing she knows, though, she needs his expertise ... because one of her clients dies under her care, and the police suspect Drea of murder. Cam is a private investigator, formerly special ops, and he's never been one to tie himself down to a single woman. Nonetheless, something about Drea keeps him coming back for more, even after she dumps him and especially when he finds out she's the prime suspect in a high-profile murder case. Then a crime boss gets involved, threatening Drea's life. Cam couldn't walk away now if his life depended on it. Entangled Publishing's Ignite imprint presents the romantic suspense MAKE ME UP by Avery Flynn, to be published on February 16. Flynn writes a complex story, equal parts sweet romance, sensual intimacy, unexpected twists, and heightened mystery. Her characters are vibrant and compelling, innately likable despite (or perhaps because of) their respective quirks, hang-ups, and fears. The sexual intimacy underscores the larger romance and suspense stories, rather than dominating the novel, which is a laudable feat. Other accomplishments include the chill factor of a very real "what if?" scenario: What if one of your clients suddenly died while in your company and under your care? Something that few of us stop to think about, but the situation makes nothing less than a fascinating story. You'll keep turning pages hours after you should have put the book down to do something else on your to-do list to find out how everything turns out. # # # Author: Avery Flynn Title: MAKE ME UP Publisher: Ignite (Entangled Publishing) ISBN: 978-1-63375-198-9 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Entangled title is quite enjoyable. It's romantic suspense with a solid dose of sexiness. Drea and Cam are perfectly matched from their rough childhoods to their policies of never getting too close to their, ah, romantic partners.  I liked how vivid Drea was - from her sassy attitude to her brightly coloured apartment and clothing - I found it easy to picture her quite clearly in my mind. I loved that she's a makeup artist - definitely not an occupation that I've read a lot of in romance, which is always nice. Cam's a bit more of the expected type for romantic suspense - tall, former military now working for a security company staffed by people are like family. Though he has a reputation as a Casanova -type, there's not any real evidence of that in the book other than his charming personality. This book has a good balance of mystery, action and romance/heat. There's some investigative work, lots of physical danger and a healthy dose of sex. I think the pacing is pretty good, I was swept along from start to finish. The one plot detail that really had me scrunching up my nose surrounds the way that Drea is set-up for the murder. It all felt a little obvious to me. If someone's going to take the time to plan a murder, would they not think ahead to avoiding being caught? There were just too many obvious clues pointing to Drea for me to feel like the cops would simply accept her guilt at face value - particularly if there's a known crime boss in the area who seems to have his hands into everything.  Just saying. Otherwise, Make Me Up kept me entertained and I'll look for more from this author in the future. Received in exchange for an honest review.
xrayer0 More than 1 year ago
The third book in the Killer Style novel once again kills it. Avery Flynn takes an alpha male, kick a$$ heroine and murder to a killer level. The action in this book starts off from the very beginning. Drea and Cam are carrying on with a friends with benefits relationship but that changes with Drea must go on the run after being a suspect in one of her clients murders. Cam is determined to keep her safe. The discover who is the real killer in the beginning but that only makes it harder for Cam to keep Drea safe. Both Drea and Cam think they don't deserve each other but as they grow closer their relationship grows. I love Avery Flynn's book and she does not disappoint in this one. From page one the suspense and mayhem draw you in. Throw in someone trying to frame you for murder, wild sexual tension, friends that are there for you through anything, and the angst of will Drea's name be cleared and you have one wild ride. Great story line and awesome characters. I love that at the beginning of every chapter there was a quote from some fashion icon. I received a gift copy in exchange for an honest review.