He’s the man she loves to hate…
Olivia Kane’s wedding day has just imploded spectacularly. Shots lined up at the bar? Bring it. Hot stranger on the hook? Come on down. What this party does not need is six feet and change of home-grown Texas cockiness in the form of her brother’s best friend, the man who broke her heart seven years ago.
She’s the woman he has to have…
Flynn Cross won’t stand by while Liv finds sensual solace in the arms of a stranger, not when his own hard-for-her body is more than up for the task. For one week, he’ll make her honeymoon-for-one a sizzling party for two.
Breaking the rules, one steamy night at a time…
But the taboo they’re breaking is only the beginning…and Flynn’s part in Liv’s wedding debacle could bring about their end.
Each book in the Tall, Dark, and Texan series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Even The Score
Book #2 Taking the Score
Book #3 One Week to Score
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One Week to Score
A Tall, Dark, and Texan Novel
By Kate Meader, Liz Pelletier Robin Haseltine
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Seven years, four months later
Olivia Elizabeth Kane blinked at the hot mess staring back from the saloon mirror at the Four Seasons in beautiful downtown Houston. Panda-eyed, lipstick-smudged, but still perfectly veiled.
Her mother's voice boomed in her head. Sit up straight, Olivia. Pride starts with posture.
Her response to that maternal nag? Slump a few inches forward over the bar. Recovering her pride after today's events would require Liv to be stretched spine-taut on a medieval torture rack.
Five minutes ago, she had climbed onto the bar stool, arranged her Vera Wang gown's cream puff layers, and delivered a brook-no-bullshit glare. The bartender took one look and knew better than to refuse her. Who would refuse the bride on the happiest day of her life? Especially one who had just witnessed the rapidly deflating cock of the groom mere moments after it had been wedged between the maid of honor's over-tanned thighs?
In response to her demand for oblivion, five shot glasses were now lined up like good little soldiers on the bar. One for each year she had wasted on Peter Whitehouse, the not-so-honorable congressman from Texas.
She picked up the first and raised it high, like she was checking the color of a fine wine instead of contemplating how exactly she should dedicate this particular shot of Van Winkle Special Reserve.
"To freedom," she spoke to no one in particular, and knocked the bourbon back. The smoky burn scored her throat and pooled with the acid in her stomach. No doubt she'd be getting re-acquainted with that shot later.
What else deserved a toast? Who else?
Certainly not her bridesmaids, led by that rat-faced, traitorous wench, Jess. Not a single one of them had stayed with her. Stung by their malevolent glee, Liv had sent them away immediately after the wedding-that-never-was. In their eyes, she saw exactly what they were thinking: my-shit-don't-stink Olivia Kane sure is one ugly crier and ... squirrel! Now to re-purpose these bridesmaid gowns for the glitzy Houston wedding season.
Usually, this was Liv's favorite time of the year. As the owner of Let's Party!, the premier event planning firm in Houston, she was a veritable fixture on the scene. Everyone wanted her services, her élan, her joie de vivre. An Olivia Kane wedding was an event with a capital E, so naturally her own would be remembered as the most spectacular bash of the year.
Oh, there'd be no doubt about that.
Who knew her brother, Mr. Uptight Nerd, had such a clean right hook? Well, her former fiancé Peter was now in possession of that salient fact. So sweet of Brody to make Peter aware of his opinion in such a heroic way. Unlike Flynn Cross, her brother's best friend, business partner, and the man who had once filled Liv's fevered teenage dreams. That blue-eyed devil had stood by with a sardonic raise of his eyebrow that said it all: Slow clap for you, Liv.
She hadn't even invited him.
Somehow, the miscreant sheep fucker had wangled an invitation as Jess's plus one. That's right — the maid of honor, her so-called friend, the woman whose basketball-leathered thighs had been wrapped around Liv's former fiancé's hate-handles. Flynn hadn't seemed all that upset that his date was caught in flagrante with the groom. Knowing him, he probably had an arrangement with Jess to bang as many guests as possible before they hooked back up for the first dance.
Second shot down. Glass overturned. Evil Eye thrown at the judgy bartender.
How dare he? It was his job to accept drunken misery in all its misshapen, mascara-streaked, perfectly-veiled forms.
Damn, she'd forgotten to toast before that shot. "To Jess's heifer thighs," she shouted at the empty glass, drawing a few offhand looks from the other customers. Screw them. This was her wedding party and she was the fucking bride!
Her dirty scowl garnered her additional expressions of disgust mixed with pity ... except for one.
Well, hello, there, hottie-with-the-million-dollar-smile. Unlike the rest of the whispering bar patrons, this sandy-haired cutie pie was undoubtedly enjoying her efforts to strut through her misery (while sitting down). So her wedding day sucked, but the wedding night was looking up.
She raised her empty glass in his direction, not ready to waste precious bourbon on him just yet. He tipped his Stetson back to her. Promising. She turned back to her only friends — the shots she had yet to down. They'd see her right.
A one-night stand. She'd never had one before. She'd never dared. The daughter of Texas senator Broderick Kane II and Houston society doyenne Suzanne Boudreau Kane — both now happily divorced, thank her stars — was not one-night stand material. She'd disappointed her parents in numerous ways, from her unimpressive grades to her failure to meet the body image standards of a child beauty pageant queen (put that Ho Ho down now, Olivia!). But never by getting her name on Page Six or making an ignominious crawl home after a sexy hook-up.
Could she do this? After the day she'd had, her judgment was surely impaired.
Yes, she could do this.
Third shot down. Feel the burn. Sneer at Benny the bartender. (He looked like a Benny.)
She was going to do this. She was going to have hot, drunken, impaired-judgment sex with a stranger on her wedding day while wearing her Vera Wang dress and a gorgeous veil. Maybe in the bar restroom of the Four Seasons in beautiful downtown Houston.
Hauling a deep, make-me-feel-sexy breath, she pinned on what she hoped was a coquettish smile, turned as smoothly as her bulky gown allowed, and found her previously pleasure-filled sightline newly blocked by six-foot-and-change of home-grown Texas assholery.
This particular example happened to have thick, wavy hair as dark as his heart, deep, soulful eyes as blue as the garter still circling her thigh, and a face that made angels weep. Probably after he'd screwed them senseless, knocked them up, and abandoned them with a wink and a smile.
Flynn Cross, her least favorite person in the world — and that was saying a lot after the horror she'd witnessed earlier in that back room of the First Congregational Church — leaned on the bar, looking (a) devastatingly handsome in a tux and (b) like he had any number of smart-ass comments at the ready.
And because the worst day of her life could always descend one more hell-born circle, he obliged on (b).
"Why, Miz Olivia Kane, you sure know how to throw a party."
* * *
Flynn could think of no woman in the world who could pull off the Bride-With-One-Foot-In-Hell look better than Liv.
As diminutive as she was, she still managed to bear herself like a queen, even with that gash of smeared pink lipstick across her cheek and the damp smudges of make-up below her whiskey-colored eyes.
The last place he'd expected to find her was here, in the bar of the hotel where she was to hold her reception for the wedding that had spectacularly crashed and burned this afternoon. When he'd asked Brody if she was okay, he'd been informed she was curled up in a fetal ball of misery in her room.
Misery and this girl had never been on speaking terms. Not the girl who could drink every one of her older brother's friends under the table. Not the girl who had kept Flynn's hopes for the future alive during his tour of Iraq.
Not the girl who hated his guts for reasons he understood only too well and a few she had yet to discover.
"Don't even think about it," she hissed at him.
"What?" He sat down on the stool beside her. "Crash this pity party you're throwing? Don't mind if I do."
He noted the line-up of shot glasses on the bar. Two down, three to go.
"Drinking alone? Slippery slope and all that."
"I think if anyone's entitled to get smashed tonight, it's me. And I don't need a drinking buddy or guardian or spy. Toddle along back to ..." Those summer storm eyes, still remarkably focused for someone with likely more alcohol than plasma in her bloodstream, narrowed on him. "Oh, I see. Apparently even you have standards and don't want to sleep with that skank who brought you to my wedding. Is this why you're trawling hotel bars, Flynn? Looking for a warm body?"
He was looking for a moment's peace, a quiet place to have a drink. In fact, he'd almost about-faced when he saw Liv hunched over the bar, not wanting to inflict one more iota of misery on her. Christ knew, he'd hurt her enough. But she'd turned just then, a tentative smile on her face, and a soul-lightening thought had pinged his brain:
That's for me.
It wasn't, because the gods were off taking a piss right now. No, Liv's smile was directed at some pipsqueak with a Stetson too large for his head over near the fireplace. The guy was sitting alone in a hotel bar, so what did that tell you? At least Liv had reason to be here solo with her five — now, three — shots of bourbon, and Flynn would've had a good reason, too, because he had planned to get very, very drunk. Except he no longer needed that excuse because now he was here to rescue the fair damsel.
A knight in beat-up armor is still a fucking knight.
"Jess and I weren't sleeping together, by the way."
Growling her disbelieving disgust, she tossed sun-blond hair and a stiff-looking veil over her shoulder.
"And she did you a favor," he added. Hell, Jess couldn't help herself. That girl was just naturally horizontal.
At that sure-as-shit pronouncement, Liv's palms splayed on the bar, likely because that kept her from wrapping them around his neck and squeezing what little life he had left from his weary body. He had no problem playing truth teller. One more shot, and she wouldn't even remember this conversation.
"My maid of honor," she gritted out, "your date for the wedding to which I did not invite you, by the way, fucked my fiancé in the back room of the church where I was supposed to get married."
"Speak up. Not sure that couple in the corner heard you." He winked at the elderly lady duo, enjoying their pinch-faced shock and Flynn-induced blushes. No demographic was immune to his charm.
"God, you can't stop, can you?"
"No need to be jealous, Liv. Lovely as those ladies are, I can't take on both of them at once. The one on the right looks like she scratches."
She cast her eyes upward. "Why are you here again?"
"I had hoped to have a nice, quiet drink. No drama, no fireworks, and then there was you. The quietest girl I know." He gave her his cockiest grin. He knew it would piss her off.
But not quite. In fact, not at all.
Uncertainty came over her, a startling vulnerability on her elfin features that checked him hard. He remembered that. It was the same expression thirteen-year-old Liv would wear whenever her father called at the last minute to cancel his one weekend a month with her. Broderick Kane II, the senior senator from Texas, made every effort to be a stand-up parent to his male child. But with Favored Son away doing his nerd-off mathlete events, father-daughter quality time was never deemed an adequate substitute. The bastard only started to appreciate his amazing daughter when she reached marriageable age, and then only as a pawn in his byzantine political machinations.
Back when they were kids, after yet another ditched daddy-daughter visit, Flynn would have put his arm around this beautiful girl and whispered, "Much prefer when you hang out here, Livvie." And he'd meant it. But within a couple of years, he'd learned not to touch. She was his best friend's sister, off-limits, and so what if he wanted to be the guy who made her forget her troubles? She was also a Texas American princess, bright as the North Star, while he was the homeless son of an abusive alcoholic who relied on the Kanes' charity to survive. Who lived on Olivia Kane's smile like it was sunshine to a weed.
Dumb kicker of a kid, that's what he'd been.
Eyeballing him, she seemed to give her brain an inward mental shake, and that soft, hopeless expression turned as hard as the cherry wood bar. She leaned in, a move that displayed the tops of her ample breasts as they strained for freedom.
Come on, beauties, make that border break.
He swallowed. Hard. And then his cock got on the "hard" train and he was officially on an express to hell. Because who the fuck lusts after a woman — after his best friend's sister — when she was having the worst day of her life? A day that had Flynn's bloody fingerprints all over it?
"You know what?" she announced imperiously. "I'm glad you're here."
"Need someone to pay for those shots?"
She picked up one and blinked those big, amber eyes. "Yes, I do, but that's not what I meant." She held the glass aloft. "To going for it."
"Going for what?"
His query delayed her mid-chug. "It."
He nodded wisely. "Oh, it."
She threw her drink back like it was lemonade, not even a grimace. Atta girl.
"You didn't finish," he prompted.
"Yes, I did." She turned the shot glass over to match the other empties. Three bullets gone, two left in the barrel.
"You didn't finish telling me why you're glad I'm here."
She frowned at him, as if he hadn't been paying attention. "I need to get laid."
His lungs went on hiatus. He could not have heard that right. Should not have heard that right. More likely, she didn't know what she was saying. She was mighty upset, in a weakened state, vulnerable. She'd downed at least three shots, though he'd seen her put away more and still walk a straight line in five-inch heels.
Stop trying to rationalize this, man. There is no scenario here that ends with you between this woman's thighs.
Though it went against every instinct raging through his veins, he kept it cool. "Can't help you there, Livvie."
"Don't call me that," she snapped. "I'm not a kid."
"You'll always be little Livvie to me." Getting this back to their usual dynamic was imperative, for his sanity and the stress levels of the fabric covering his straining dick. They annoyed the hell out of each other, like any brother and sister. That's how it had always been. Though their dynamic had also been overlaid with a confusing mix of sexual tension and something deeper he had a hard time labeling.
Now she wanted to find comfort. Not wholly unreasonable after the day she'd had.
"So you want to get laid." Said so damn casually it had its own whistling soundtrack.
She squared her shoulders and delivered a look that should have given his dick frostbite. The little bastard merely turned harder.
"Flynn Cross, if we were the last two people on earth and the fate of the human race depended on us procreating, I would happily go to my grave knowing mankind's blip in the universe's history had just come to an end."
"Not one iota." She leaned in again, showcasing those breasts with their own gravitational pull. "I'm glad you're here, because I want you to play my wing girl."
"Don't you mean wing man?"
"No, wing girl. You've always felt like a sister to me — an older one I despise but am obliged to talk to because, y'know, family."
Torn between happiness that she appeared to be her snarky, fork-tongued self and foreboding at what exactly she might mean by her request, he schooled his expression to a blandness he did not feel. He saw where this was going, and it was a ditch he had no intention of traveling.
"There's a guy here ..." She grabbed Flynn's arm dramatically. "Don't look!"
He hadn't made a move.
"He's the perfect guy to help me get over the disaster piece that is today. An orgasm. That's what I need."
Keep calm and think of Brody. "Orgasms tend to be short-term solutions."
"Maybe in your case, Cross." Another dick-shriveling look. Another appreciative jolt from said dick. "Though I suppose when you have to move so quickly from bimbo to bimbo, taking the time to make sure each one is satisfied is going to have an unfortunate effect on your sex-point-average."
So he'd spent a few years since leaving the military sewing his oats and had gained a not undeserved reputation as a man who knew how to pleasure a woman with no expectations outside of the bedroom.
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Kate Meader has consistently hit the spot with her Tall, Dark and Texan series and One Week to Score doesn't disappoint. Flynn and Olivia featured fairly prominently in Brody and Emma's story and, with it clear that there was some history, along with Olivia's pending nuptials and Flynn's relationship ending, I couldn't wait to dive in and see how things would play out for this couple. "For one week, I’ll fulfill every fantasy on demand and get you off so many times we’ll break records." I love the older brother's best-friend trope and this couple do it serious justice. They have the perfect love-hate relationship, Olivia hates, Flynn loves and between them they create sharp, witty banter, leading to some scorching action between them. "You think one kiss is enough for me to fall to my knees in thanks that you’re gracing me with your magic pen!s?" Whilst fairly short, Flynn and Olivia's romance never felt rushed and he was the right balance of charming and dirty to her stubborn and headstrong, but each have a vulnerable side, and it was this that balanced things out nicely with an injection of the feels. "You’re my best friend’s sister, the light to my dark, the woman who haunts my dreams." If you're looking for a light read that doesn't scrimp on the sexy with loveable characters who have a fabulous chemistry, then One Week to Score is definitely worth checking out. As is the entire series; it's one of the best to come from the Brazen imprint in a long time. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.
Great story! Love this author!
ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Review 'One Week to Score' was fabulous, brother's baby sister and brother's best-friend, beach romance! I really liked this read, not only because it was uplifting and NOT overly depressing, but because it worked. And there wasn't a lot of those stereotypical or cliche scenarios and problems which usually appear (and ruin) a good romance read. What I continue to love about this series is that the men are LEGITIMATE men. In the first novella, the guy was a bit of an Alpha, but the next two novellas where a lot more realistic. Sure, the guys were still manly, but they weren't overly dominating. They weren't oppressive and all alpha, if you get what I mean. What I also continue to like about this series is their shortness. They were fun and easy and quick to read. There wasn't anything that made me feel bored for their short length, and I would highly recommend these novella series to those who are going on a vacation or feel the need for something light and quick. I don't think I enjoyed this instalment as much as the second. Brody's and Emma's novella is and will always remain my favourite. I just connected with those two a lot faster and stronger than with Flynn and Olivia. There was a good plot, despite my favouritism of the couples, and a very good, steady pace which revealed plenty whilst still keeping me intrigued. A lot of the scenes were hot and sexy, so maybe keep these novellas away from prying eyes! ;) This leads me to chemistry. I felt like Olivia and Flynn worked in that part, but I wasn't sure whether they were the best suited? They seemed to care deeply about each other but I had some wariness as to whether they would work long-term. I couldn't spot any typos or mistakes in my ARC copy of the novella. I loved how neat everything was! Congratulations to Kate Meader on publishing the final instalment in 'The Tall, Dark and Texan' series! Rating Plan 1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking. 2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me. 3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea. 4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting. 5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!
"One Week to Score" is a second chance and friends to lovers romance. If you like hot, hot, steamy, funny, and heartfelt scenes, then this book is for you! "One Week to Score" by Kate Meader is book number three in the "Tall, Dark, and Texan" series. The book is a standalone. This is Olivia Kane and Flynn Cross' story. Flynn is Olivia's brother's best friend and she thought they were friends too. Olivia has always loved Flynn but never told him. Then seven years ago, Flynn broke off all communication with her and broke her heart. Olivia's day hasn't turned out how she expected it to. Instead of getting married she is in a bar drinking shots. Olivia has always wanted to do the right thing, but she is not so sure anymore. Flynn cares for Olivia but has always felt he wasn't good enough for her so hid his feelings. Flynn wants to be there for Olivia during this emotional time and to protect her from herself. He offers Olivia a proposition? Will Olivia accept his proposition? What will Olivia do when she finds out the role Flynn had in her wedding day disaster? FYI, this is a mature content story. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Entangled Publishing for an honest review.
ONE WEEK TO SCORE is the third installment in Kate Meader’s contemporary, adult TALL, DARK AND TEXAN romance series. This is Flynn Cross, and Olivia Kane’s friends to lovers story. ONE WEEK TO SCORE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous installments is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Olivia and Flynn) ONE WEEK TO SCORE follows the events immediately after Olivia’s ‘almost wedding’. Catching her fiancé between the legs of her maid of honor just minutes before the wedding pushed Olivia over the edge and into the arms of the man she has loved for most of her life. Enter Flynn Cross, Olivia’s brother Brody’s best friend, and the man who has starred in all of Olivia’s fantasies and dreams. While on vacation in Mexico using the honeymoon that never was, Flynn offers Olivia one week of no-strings attached $ex knowing that in the end that his love for Olivia is what the week is all about. Olivia has been in love with Flynn for most of her life but something changed in Flynn after his tour of the Middle East, and Flynn disappeared from Olivia’s life for close to seven years. They had always been close friends, even Skyping while Flynn was on tour, but life and everything it had to offer found both Flynn and Olivia looking for something else while their hearts remained tethered to one another. Olivia is a strong-willed heroine whose ego has been bashed by her politically connected parents; Flynn’s earlier years left him scarred both inside and out. The $ex scenes are erotic, intense and seductive. All of the previous storyline couples play secondary and supporting roles including Olivia’s brother and Flynn’s best friend Brody Kane, and his girlfriend Emma Strickland. The author adds an eclectic mix of characters on the plane, as well as in the Mexican resort where Flynn seduces the woman that he loves. ONE WEEK TO SCORE is a story about second chances; a friends to lovers romance where our hero must atone for the sins of his past; where the heroine’s love for her brother’s best friend never waivered but was pushed to the side as life got in the way. The premise is entertaining and fun; the characters are animated and colorful; the romance is sexy and hot.
If you are looking for a really good, sweet and funny romance this is a great choice. This is a brother’s best friend romance that has you saying “the hell with the bro code” go and take what you want and need. The banter that happens between Liv and Flynn at times is hilarious. But don’t let that fool you because all of the unfinished and unsaid business between these two can break your heart as well and the chemistry between these two is off the charts. Not only are Flynn and Brody best friends but it was Brody’s family that took Flynn in when he witnessed Flynn enduring physical abuse at the hands of his father. That means that Flynn was living in the same house as his infatuation. Liv came from a very affluent family with her father being a senator and her mother a country club woman. Even though Liv was not the shining star in this family because Brody was always better at “everything”, Flynn still thought that she was ten times the person he was mainly due to where he came from. He would never be boyfriend material in the senator’s family’s eye. Even though Flynn wanted Liv he never let anyone know that he was head over heels for this girl. After putting in a year at college on a football scholarship Flynn enlisted and meets with some pretty heavy stuff in Iraq. He came home scarred in more ways than one and made it a point not to let Liv into his life. Liv was moving on without Flynn too and was about to marry a congressman who had aspirations of moving up in the political world with the help of his soon to be senator father-in-law. So what happens when you find your fiancé getting down and dirty twenty minutes before you are to walk down the aisle and is your finding out all a big setup? Will Liv let Flynn in to her life and let him be the person who she lets on top to forget at her honeymoon destination; minus the groom of course? Even though Flynn is Brody’s best friend is Brody going to allow the bro code to go up in flames? This book will have you laughing and breaking your heart all at the same time. I have found myself another author in which to follow. This book was provided as an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
One Week to Score goes down as my favorite Kate Meader book ever. One Week to Score is the third and final book in Kate Meader’s Tall, Dark, and Texan series. While the book is a standalone read, readers were first made aware of a possible history between Flynn Cross and Olivia Kane in Taking the Score. The glimpse given of those two promised to be a crazy enemies to lovers romance. It seems when Kate sat down to write this story, she threw every trope she could think of into this story. One Week to Score turns out to be a friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, best friend little sister, forbidden love romance all put together. I feel like I’m missing one or two, but you get the picture. From page one, I was a goner. We get a glimpse into what the two were like as friends before tragedy struck and the distance between them became as big as Texas itself. Fast forward seven years and it’s Olivia’s wedding day to the honorable congressman from Texas, Peter “Pecker” Whitehouse. Unfortunately, the wedding doesn't take place and Flynn plays a substantial part in the “unhappy” day. He didn’t punch anyone, but there was definitely a punch involved. Needing an escape, Olivia decides to take her honeymoon for two and turn it into a no-holds-barred, any man with a heartbeat and is attractive will do for a week of hedonism. She just doesn’t expect the devil aka Flynn to follow her to Mexico and offer to be her sex slave. It turns out Flynn and Olivia have had a thing for each other for years and this week in paradise will open their eyes to a possibility they never knew they had. I’ve read all of Kate’s books except one. Thus, I think that makes me a Kate Meader super fan. One Week to Score goes down as my favorite Kate Meader book ever. Seriously, it tops a cocky hot firefighter crushing on a moody chef. I don’t know which character I loved more, Flynn or Olivia. I love dirty talkers, and these two are among the best. Notice, I said “two”. Olivia has a mouth on her that rivals any sailor. I loved her so much! Flynn does do some questionable things in this book, but his heart is truly in the right place. They have this back and forth banter, making this enemies to lovers story special and fun. Their smexy times are hot. But in the end, it’s their love for each other that’s just below the surface which makes this a perfect romance. **Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Great writing and steamy scenes made me love this love-to-hate, former friends who have been secretly in love forever but too afraid to act on their feelings second chance romance! While some of the story is a bit predictable, the journey is still entertaining with lots of romantic, sexy and emotional moments. Flynn is incredibly charming and sexy, and I could see the love he felt for Liv in everything he did for her, even when it was bit misguided. Liv is a strong heroine, but has been putting aside her own personality and needs to try to please her dad and now former fiancé. But Flynn loves her just the way she is and sets out to show her how incredible she really is. That made me fall for him just like she did all over again. It was a great ending to the series and I highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun and sexy read. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
An awesome end to a great series! Flynn and Olivia's story was definitely worth the wait :) Olivia Kane has been in love with Flynn Cross since she was thirteen--and he with her almost as long. However, as he was her older brother's best friend and their mother's "unofficial foster son", things were a bit complicated. When he enlisted in the service midway through college, her emails and Skype chats got him through some of his toughest days. Until tragedy strikes, and he makes the decision to cut her out of his life. But bringing Olivia's brother Brody and his assistant Emma together ( Taking the Score ) reunited them for a common cause--perfect, right? Well, except for the teensy litttle problem of Olivia's finacee... A problem that, as One Week to Score begins, is quickly--and messily--disposed of. Now Olivia's off on her Mexican honeymoon, solo...except she isn't. Because suddenly there's Flynn, offering to give her the mindless sex she's looking for to help her forget the craptastic turn her life has taken. She'd be crazy to turn him down, right? Right! ;) I loved Olivia and Flynn together--I knew I would! Ms. Meader definitely did not disappoint with this one. Those two have burn-up-the-sheets chemistry, along with some of the best banter I've read in a while. "Might be nice to leave the suite sometime." Liv slumped back on the lounger by the penthouse pool, the effort of uttering just that statement too much for her. After three passion-packed days, she wasn't so interested in leaving this cozy bubble of sex-swim-sex-eat-sex, but no way did she want fathead Flynn thinking he was the end all be all of her world. "Why the hell would you want to do that?" Not even raising his head from the lounger beside hers, he slid her some serious side-eye from behind his sunglasses. "You've got everything you need here. Food, adult beverages, your own personal sex slave." "Oh, that." Heavy sigh. Examines nails. He waved a hand across her face. "So sorry. Is the oodles of sex boring you?" "Don't say 'oodles.' It sounds weird coming out of that mouth." She prepared for another needle of his massive ego. "I miss adult conversation." ...it only takes him another beat or two to find the insult there. Apparently being in a f*ck daze will do that to a guy... ;) So much fun to read...though a fan and cold beverage are definitely in order! It's a close call, but I think the final book in the series just might be my favorite of them all. One Week to Score could be read as a standalone, though if you've read the others you'll appreciate the dynamics between Olivia and Flynn and the secondary characters that much more...and be really excited about Brody and Emma's big announcement! :) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Romantic story with humor and plenty of steam. This book was more than just a typical – in love with your brother’s best friend – story. Flynn Cross is one sexy tall drink of water!! Olivia Kane is a rich, pissed, jilted bride. Her fiancé is a complete douche and Flynn is there to help “Liv” enjoy her solo honeymoon. Even if she doesn’t want him to. This story was funny, steamy, and there was much more to Flynn than you’d expect from an “I’ve lusted after you since you were sixteen” story. They enjoy almost a week's worth of incredibly hot, sexy days and nights together, but it all implodes when Olivia realizes what role Flynn played in the douche outing on her wedding day. He’ll have to grovel to make up for hurting her once again. My heart stopped at the forlorn – “I thought she might let me be the one.” Sigh – Flynn is one hot, troubled book boyfriend. It was a romantic story with humor (my favorite kind) and Flynn goes the extra mile to win Olivia’s heart. This one made me smile! Received copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
This book offers a favorite theme of mine, a delicious forbidden brothers best friend romance. Flynn is so yummy and he has been in love with Liv for years. She has had feelings for him too, but is mad because he broke off contact with her so many years ago. But when her wedding derails, Flynn finds the perfect opportunity to escape with her to satisfy his cravings and temper her own. What can go wrong? While I loved this story, I really thought that Liv was too mean to Flynn. This guy has his heart on his sleeve, is trying to protect her, and she is too wrapped up in herself to notice. All she does is argue most of the time. Some steamy scenes and a delightful HEA make this a save for me. I also wish that it was a bit longer so we could actually enjoy more parts where Liv wasn't being so argumentative and mean and enjoy their time together as a couple. However, Kate Meader knows how to entertain and delight her readers with beautifully written stories that offer a build up of great things to come and romance that makes you sigh. * Copy received for review purposes
Liv showed up to the church for her wedding and discovered her groom getting it on with her maid of honor. Her wedding is called off and she finds herself getting drunk and crying on the shoulder of her brother's best friend and her longtime crush Flynn. They haven't seen each other in a long time, but Flynn is determined to take of her. Liv decides to go on her honeymoon minus the groom, and discovers that her room is occupied by guess who.. Flynn. He offers to be her cabana/rebound guy and they commence to get it on. Will their new relationship last beyond the vacation? This is a smoking hot book, and shouldn't be read by people under the age of 18! It is an interesting set up, and a fun couple to watch as they pursue each other. The book is written as a stand alone, but I wish I had read the first two books in the series. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Be sure to read all three books in this series, great characters and steamy love scenes. Flynn was my favorite.
One Week to Score (Tall, Dark, and Texan #3) by Kate Meader is the long awaited conclusion in the Tall, Dark, and Texan series and it does not disappoint. If you have not read the other books in this series, no worries because you can read this as a stand alone. There is a bit of back story given about the characters, but not so much that it weighs down the story with a lot of details. This is the story of Olivia and Flynn. Olivia Kane is the princess of the Kane family. She is the younger sister of Brody and has forever in his shadow. Never good enough by her families standards, not smart enough, not pretty enough, not thin enough, not lady-like enough. But her brother's best friend Flynn Cross has always been the one that has seen her for more that she is. Has seen the real Olivia, and she has loved him for years. But for some reason after Flynn went into the Marines, he cut all ties with Olivia, leaving her feeling alone, adrift, and again, unwanted. On her wedding day, she finds her soon to be husband and her maid of honor getting it on in the back of the church. Olivia decides that she needs to get away and regroup, get her armor back in place, so why not take advantage of the honeymoon for one. Flynn Cross has loved Olivia since she was sixteen years old. Never wanting to rock the boat, with her brother Brody being his best friend, with her mother telling him that his will never be good enough for Princess Olivia, Flynn has loved her from afar. When an IED while on tour almost takes his life, he decides to spare Olivia that pain, and asks Brody to keep her in the dark. When he is invited to her wedding, he knows that it is now or never to try and win her. When she decides to go on the honeymoon by herself to engage in random hook-ups, Flynn decides to tag along, keep her out of trouble and convince her to allow him to be her one week hook-up. When some truths come to light, when big brother Brody tracks Olivia and Flynn down, and when Olivia finds out exactly how her ex and her ex best friend hooked up, it will take fast work on Flynn's part to get Olivia to see that what they have is more than a one week fling, it is a forever kind of love. OMG! I can say that this book is HOT HOT HOT! Flynn and Olivia have a chemistry that burns the pages of this amazing story. This book made me laugh at their banter, made me cry at their heartbreak, and left me panting when they finally got together. The fact that Flynn stood up to his best friend, letting him know that no matter what he thought, no matter what he tried to do to stop him, that he was going after the one woman that he has loved forever. The fact that Olivia has loved Flynn for just as long, but was afraid that he would eventually get tired of her, find her wanting and leave broke my heart. These characters are so perfectly matched for each other, both a broken, both are looking for acceptance and love and they find that and so much more with each other. I have loved Kate Meader and her writing forever, and I am sad to see this series come to an end, but I am hopeful and eager for the next series to come. An amazing summer read that will have you wishing you were somewhere on a beach with a drink and a HUNK like Flynn.
5 stars I loved One Week to Score! This was such a fun and entertaining read. Loved the storyline, it was well written with wonderful characters that are likable, relatable and will bring out all the feels. The Tall, Dark, and Texan series has been a great read, each book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend them all :)
Oh my goodness how I enjoyed this book. Olivia and Flynn were hysterical! From the very beginning, I was laughing. They are too feisty for words, sarcasm as their foreplay, and so freaking sexy hot. I felt for Olivia as her wedding day imploded. But Flynn did not let her sulk for long. He baited her until she went along with his way. Their banter was so funny. I read most of this book with a smile on my face, a tear in my eye or under a fan to keep cool in the hot scenes. This was a great end to the series. I have read the first one but now need to go back to read the second one. I want to meet Emma and Brody from their beginning since they had great roles in thus story. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
I truly enjoyed reading One Week to Score! The writing was very sensual and captivating. The story hooked me from the beginning and the book was over before I knew it. I loved how it started out with Liv nursing her troubles away and Flynn showing up to rescue her. All the little unknowns of their past sprinkled through the first half of the book kept me curious about their separate and combined pasts. I loved the dynamic between Liv and Flynn. Their banter was so fun and lively. Liv had a love-hate relationship with her older brother’s best friend. Flynn had hurt her in the past and was the last person she wanted to save her from problems. Flynn had so many reasons why he shouldn’t act on his feelings for Liv, but he saw his chance and couldn’t stay away from her. He wanted to show her he was the right person for her, even if it was only for a week. They both had family dynamics that shaped their thoughts and feelings about themselves and each other. I loved when they let their guard down and went for it. Their sexual chemistry was scorching! I spent a lot of time fanning myself. My one small complaint about the story was the obscurity of Liv and Flynn’s relationship at the beginning of the book. I loved their emails in the Prologue, but felt like something was missing between it and Chapter One. I was just confused by the nature of their friendship/relationship and it’s demise for longer than I wanted to be. Liv’s reasons for hating Flynn didn’t really make sense to me for much of the book. I would have liked to have known more of their past earlier. One Week to Score is a really steamy, fun read. I really liked Kate Meader’s writing style. It’s first book I’ve read in the Tall, Dark and Texan series, but it won’t be the last. I’m really looking forward to going back and finding out more about Liv’s brother and his girlfriend.
4.5 Stars This book has one of my favorite troupes Best friends sister/br4other's best friend. I feel for Olivia what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life turns into the most humiliating day. Now her plan to spend what should have been her honeymoon using sexual healing. Finding her true self again. Flynn who has had a thing for Olivia since for forever vows to make all her sexual fantasies come true. One huge problem he is keeping big from her. This is supposed to be a one week fling between the two before reality comes crashing back, but what happens when things start to feel like more?The chemistry between Flynn and Olivia is off the charts and brings so much to the book. They generate a lot of heat to where you need a nice tall glass of ice water. Great book that hooked me right in.
I wanted to read this book in a single sitting it was so entertainingly fun and sexy and then it was downright sizzling and swoony! The last person Olivia Kane wants to be witness to her disastrous wedding day is her brother’s best friend. The boy she had a crush on, the friend she supported while deployed and the man who hurt and ignored her when he came back seven years ago. But now he’s hijacked her honeymoon for one and making an offer she should refuse. Even though Flynn Cross has loved Olivia Kane since he was a teenager he knew he didn’t deserve her, not when her family saved him from his abusive alcoholic father, certainly not when he came back a broken man from war. But he won’t stand by and watch her suffer alone or in the wrong hands which are anyone else’s except his. He’ll give her anything and everything in the hopes that one week will turn into more. Can their budding relationship survive the truth about Flynn’s part in her wedding fiasco though? Kate Meader’s books are irresistibly sexy and fun. I want to snatch up everything she writes knowing I’ll enjoy it. One Week to Score is fast paced, with sassy, flirty banter between a dirty talking alpha hero and a sharp and snarky heroine who have a long history and flaming hot chemistry. He’d wanted to give her this for so long. Give her pleasure and take his own with the one woman who’d been a constant in his life forever. Flynn and Olivia are as wonderful together as they are apart. Flynn is a take charge, domineering, cocky, dirty talker. I felt for him not believing he was good enough and loved that despite this, despite the bro-code (Olivia was his best friend's 'lil sister), and everything else he fought to get Olivia. Even if it was a bit dirty and underhanded, but you know what they say… all is fair in love! Olivia had always lived under her brother’s shadow, her parents never expecting much of her. Finding out her fiancée only wanted her for her family connections was crushing, but I loved that she was strong and didn’t hesitate to fling snark and sarcasm Flynn’s way as well as love and understanding. Back to the flaming hot chemistry and long standing history between Flynn and Olivia. Their friendship made me smile big and hooked me on page one. I really enjoyed how perfect they were for each other because of the friendship and support they had since they were young coupled with the irresistible attraction and love. The developing romance and fun push-pull kept me engaged through out. One Week To Score is book #3 in the Tall, Dark and Texan series by Kate Meader. It is a fun, flirty, smoldering hot, standalone contemporary romance with a delicious alpha male, a vivacious heroine and a back and forth guaranteed to make you smile. Told from both points of view that has a happy ending.
Olivia and Flynn have known each other almost their whole lives, and they have been in love with each other for most of their adult lives but both are too stubborn to admit that to themselves let alone each other. The story line of best friends sister turned love interest can be a bit predictable however, I believe the author found a very refreshing and fun way to tell this story. Olivia is a really complex woman who I loved so much I wish she was a real person I could meet and hang out with. It’s no wonder Flynn is so taken with her. Flynn is a very broken man who believes he doesn’t deserve love or happiness in his life but wants Olivia anyway. I really loved reading this book! It was rated “R” sexy so if you are like me and think the sexier the better than this book is for you. I love all of Kate’s books because they are always the perfect combination of sex, funny, emotional, and real. This book will grab you from the first page and keep you enthralled through the last. This is an amazing conclusion to a wonderful series. I do hope there are additional books in the future or maybe a novella or two.
I loved it! It's one hot and steamy romance novel. The chemistry between Olivia and Flynn is off the charts. Story is good and it's well-written. I enjoyed reading this amazing book. Olivia's wedding was supposed to be perfect but it turned out to be a disaster. Now she is going off to her honeymoon alone, as well as heartbroken, and what more Flynn is there to taunt her. She hates him. She wants to be alone to just forget about the whole ordeal. Apparently that's too much to ask for. She must deal with her brother's good-for-nothing friends as well. Flynn is worried for Olivia and just wants to make sure that she is ok. But as soon as they are alone in Mexico things get out of hands. After all it has been long time since he is trying to control his lust for his best friend's baby sister. Olivia is an amazing woman and her ex-fiance is an idiot for not seeing that. So here he is trying to pick up the pieces and may be he will also make amends for his past behaviour, only if Olivia let's him... This is perfect summer read. The kind of story which keeps readers engrossed, and well entertained, totally worth the read.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** One Week to Score by Kate Meader Book Three of the Tall, Dark, and Texan series Publisher: Entangled Brazen Publication Date: July 11, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): He’s the man she loves to hate . . . Olivia Kane’s wedding day has just imploded spectacularly. Shots lined up at the bar? Bring it. Hot stranger on the hook? Come on down. What this party does not need is six feet and change of home-grown Texas cockiness in the form of her brother’s best friend, the man who broke her heart seven years ago. She’s the woman he has to have . . . Flynn Cross won’t stand by while Liv finds sensual solace in the arms of a stranger, not when his own hard-for-her body is more than up for the task. For one week, he’ll make her honeymoon-for-one a sizzling party for two. Breaking the rules, one steamy night at a time . . . But the taboo they’re breaking is only the beginning . . . and Flynn’s part in Liv’s wedding debacle could bring about their end. What I Liked: Even the Score was the first book I'd read by Kate Meader, and it was one of my favorite romance novels of 2015. Hunter and Tess's story was wonderful, romantic, and very steamy. I read Taking the Score and also liked it, though not as much as its predecessor. One Week to Score falls somewhere in-between those two novels! It was a fantastic conclusion to the series. Twenty minutes before reaching the altar, Liv discovers her groom and her maid of honor getting it on. What was supposed to be the happiest day of her life turns into the worst day of her life. She's not heartbroken (her relationship with Peter was somewhat politically arranged), but she's angry. She decides to go on the honeymoon trip to Mexico anyway... and Flynn Cross decides to invite himself along. Best friend of her brother Brody, Flynn used to be one of Liv's favorite people, when they were younger. But now all they do is bicker and fight. But Flynn is determined to be there for Liv, and he doesn't want to see her do anything she'd regret later. He offers to be her sex buddy for the trip, since she's pretty desperate to get laid and forget all about the almost-wedding. But what is between Liv and Flynn goes so much deeper than the surface, and they'll have to face their past and realize that they've been in love with each other all along. This book is somewhat similar, initially, to Down for the Count by Christine Bell, which is one of my favorite Brazen books of all time. Bride finds groom with maid of honor, bride goes on honeymoon, bride's former crush and childhood friend goes with her, things get hot. I loved Down for the Count, so I was sure I'd like this one too. Plus, Kate Meader's books are so great. Full of humor and steamy steam and realness, her books are so enjoyable. I've wanted to read Flynn's story since reading book one! Flynn came from nothing, and was taken in by the Kane family when he was young. He's always felt welcome in the family, but in the back of his head, he's also always felt like a charity case. So he dropped out of Texas A&M and enlisted in the army. He communicated with Liv a lot, when he was in Iraq, but then an accident happened, and he cut off communication with her. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
This book is the 3rd in the Tall, Dark, & Texan series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order intended. Flynn has wanted Olivia from afar since they were young. Everyone kept reminding him he is not good enough for her. Now, she hates him for the space between them. Olivia is not happy that her heart has been broken by Flynn more than once. Can she trust him to help her mend it again? Flynn is everything she has wanted, and more. Very sweet and sexy book. The characters make reading this fun. I enjoyed the light banter. The heat was a scorcher! Good installment to the series. ***This ARC was given by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
One Week to Score by Kate Meader is book three in the Tall, Dark and Texan Series and completely riveting with its heated scenes, strong characters, and amazing use of the love and hate relationship tied with the brother’s best friend trope. Olivia Kane is full of fire where Flynn Cross is concerned. The man she’s crushed on for ages, who hasn’t treated her very nicely in the past, has offered her his body to do whatever she wishes with it. The struggle Olivia must have gone through to accept this decision….lol. After her almost wedding, Olivia deserves a little something from her troubles and Flynn is exactly what she gets. Flynn is in love with Olivia, its plain to see, but only if you have that playground mentality, where the boys pull the ponytail of the girl’s they like. He doesn’t advance to the “sharing feelings” stage until the end. Olivia has always been off limits, but she’s the only woman he constantly thinks about and if Olivia wants a warm body to warm her bed, it will be him and no one else. This author never fails to provide an excellent read and One Week to Score is highly recommended!
Book 3 of the Tall, Dark, and Texan Series, One Week to Score by Kate Meader failed to score with me. This book came across purely as porn on paper. This read had such potential. Sadly, I ended up being disappointed. By the end, I didn’t even care what really happened anymore with the book and it’s characters. Normally, Ms. Meader stories are amazing with great characters that suck you right into a storyline. This was not the case with this read. The characters lacked definition and credibility, and ended up irritating the crap out of me as I read. The main characters had sex, lots and lots of freaking sex but no chemistry to speak of. Sex is not chemistry people. And the sex was soooooooo over the freaking top and took over the book that before you even realize it, you are quickly skimming the story to get through the book. That’s pretty damn sad. I expect some sex and heat in a story but not this...again, porn on paper people. When I read a book, no matter the genre, I want to be sucked in, involved and interested in the characters and the storyline; engage me, dammit. I also want the story to be substantial and conceivable. One Week gave us nothing but immature characters, whorish behavior, sex for sex’s sake, and no apparent emotional connection between the main couple...yea, thanks but no thanks. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.