Screwed

Screwed

by Kelly Jamieson

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Overview

"A sizzling forbidden romance." - #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely

Cash Hale has been in love with his best friend’s wife forever. Now Callie and Beau are divorced, but she’s still way off-limits. Dating her would betray his friendship with Beau. And Cash is nothing if not loyal.

Callie Sutherland is starting over. The end of her marriage was just one more way she failed to live up to her wealthy family’s expectations, so from now on she’s not even going to try. It’s time to live her life the way she wants. And she wants Cash.

Cash and Beau aren’t just friends, they’re business partners, and the drop in the price of oil has hurt their business. They need to win the bid for Sutherland Industries’ next big project—but it may get messy since Callie’s family owns the business. Not only would Cash risk his friendship with Beau to be with her, he’d be risking the company they worked so hard to create.

But this new Callie isn’t taking no for an answer.

He’s so screwed...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640635470
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/28/2018
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 319
Sales rank: 55,981
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today best-selling author of over fifty romance novels and novellas. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes her coffee black, her wine white (mostly!) and her heels high!

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CHAPTER 1

"Happy divorce!"

Callie walked into the private room in Houston's Nebula to see her girlfriends gathered amid balloons, streamers, and glitter. They stood near a buffet table loaded with finger foods, toasting her with martini glasses. Her best friend, Kristy, who'd picked her up and driven her to the club, followed behind her.

Charlotte, Emma, and Tess rushed at her for hugs and air kisses, all wearing short dresses and heels, their hair big and makeup impeccable. The exotic scents of Gucci and Yves St. Laurent surrounded her as she embraced her friends.

Callie still wasn't sure this divorce party was a good idea, but Kristy had organized the entire event, from invitations to decorations, food, and drinks. She'd booked this private room, where they would eat and drink before going out to dance on the club's multilevel dance floors to the music of some of the hottest DJs in the state of Texas.

Callie studied the tiered cake iced with white fondant and black polka dots sitting on the buffet table. The black letters WTF adorned the front of it, and on top a bride and a groom were feet up, their heads buried in the cake.

She gave Kristy a wry smile. "Yay."

Kristy bumped her shoulder into Callie's. "Come on. This will be fun! Now that your divorce is final, it's time to celebrate."

"I don't think a divorce is something you're supposed to celebrate." Callie accepted the glass Emma handed her and took a gulp of a potent green apple martini. The burn traced down her esophagus, but the sour apple taste was yummy.

"Okay, maybe celebrate isn't the right word. It's more ...a rite of passage. It's a marker in your life to say that you're moving on."

"I moved on when I kicked Beau out last year." She and Beau had been separated for over a year now. "And when I quit my job and left for Europe."

"Yes." Kristy pursed her lips. "You did sort of blow up your old life."

"Much to my parents' dismay."

"So are you going back to work for Manon?" Emma asked, picking up a cracker topped with goat cheese and a blackberry.

"I don't think so." Callie gave a rueful smile. "Manon called me a couple of weeks ago and offered me my job back, but I'm not sure that's what I want."

"Manon is fabulous!" Tess leaned forward. "I love her clothes."

Callie had worked at Manon's eponymous boutique after college, after marrying Beau, and up until she'd left for Europe. It was the kind of place her mother liked to shop — exclusive and expensive. It had been something to do to fill her time, and she'd enjoyed it, although a sales clerk job wasn't that challenging. She didn't need to work, at least not for the money, either when she'd been married or now. Her trust fund would amply support her. But she'd needed to do something with her life, and her college degree in art didn't lead to a lot of career opportunities.

Now she didn't know what she was going to do.

The girls chattered on, and Callie tossed back her first martini. She was going to need a few more to get through this party. Luckily the bartender quickly had another one in her hand, which she accepted with a smile and a courteous thank you.

"Did you really use Tinder to meet guys when you were traveling?" Charlotte asked.

Callie blinked, then grinned. "I sure did."

"That's crazy!"

"It was fun." She shrugged. "I didn't know anyone in any of the places I went, so it was a good way to meet people. We'd hang out, they'd show me the sights, and then I'd move on. I got to know places so much better being with local people. They'd take me to little restaurants I never would have found on my own, or cool shopping areas that weren't all touristy."

"And I know some of them were hot guys." Tess winked and lifted her martini glass.

Callie laughed. "Yes, some of them were hot guys." She and Beau had been together since her freshman year of college, so hooking up with other guys had felt weird but like something she needed to do. Her heart may have been broken ... or maybe not so much. She'd felt betrayed and hurt, for sure, but had she ever really loved Beau that much? Or had she just married him because everyone expected them to get married? Most of all her parents. Marrying Beau had been the first thing she'd ever done that had made them proud.

In any case, going out and having fun with other men — and yes, sleeping with them — had felt incredibly liberating. Because she'd been traveling, there'd been no expectation of anything more than fun. She'd met some great guys and had some amazing experiences as far away from the state of Texas as you could get.

Not that she didn't love her home state, and she loved Houston. But she'd spent her whole life there doing what everyone else wanted her to do. Trying to be what everyone else thought she should be.

She was grateful for what she had: a lovely home and enough money to do whatever she wanted. Good friends who'd supported her through the decisions she'd made over the last year, including the biggest decision: to end her marriage. She was a lucky woman.

Right.

That vast empty feeling inside her intensified.

More people arrived. Callie tossed back another martini, the faint buzz from the alcohol distracting her from the heaviness in her chest and the desire to flee. The manners and social graces drummed into her since childhood took over, and she smiled and made small talk and, along with Kristy, ensured everyone had food and drinks and someone to converse with.

Later, she danced with some girlfriends, shaking it to the cool tracks the DJ was spinning, laughing when she spilled her martini on the dance floor. Her mother would be horrified. She laughed at that, too.

A guy made eye contact with her and moved closer. "You have a great smile. Dance?"

"Sure." She didn't know him, but he was cute and she was celebrating, so she flashed him another big smile and boogied out to the dance floor with him.

She danced with other men and with her girlfriends. She drank every martini that was handed to her. Then it was time to cut the cake.

"Where did you get this cake, anyway?" she asked Kristy as she sliced into it.

"Marlene's." Kristy flashed her a guilty look. "Sorry, but I couldn't ask you to make your own divorce cake."

Callie studied it critically. It was cute, but she could have done a much better job. After working for a few months at Duchesse, a patisserie in Paris, she'd learned a lot about baking and cake decorating, something that had always been a hobby.

"That's okay," she said. "I'm sure it's awesome."

She handed out pieces, then dug a fork into her own slice of cake. When she tasted it, she was even more sure she could have done better; the cake was bland and the texture too dry. The fondant icing was decent, she'd allow that.

She politely said none of that, but Kristy sighed as she tasted the cake. "Maybe I should have asked you to make your own cake. Yours are so much better than this."

Callie smiled.

"Why is divorce so expensive?" her friend Doug asked as he forked up cake.

"Why?" a bunch of people asked in return.

"Because it's worth it!"

Callie grinned at the dark humor.

Emma swatted Doug's shoulder, smiling. "Okay then, what's the difference between getting a divorce and getting circumcised?"

Callie lifted her hand. "I know, I know! When you get a divorce, you get rid of the whole prick!"

Everyone roared.

"You heard that one before," Emma pouted.

"Yeah." Callie grinned. "It's still good."

She danced again. The music got louder, the club grew warmer, and the flashing lights started to make her head hurt. She made her way unsteadily back to the private room they'd booked, using a hand to balance on various chairs, then paused at the bar to suck in a steadying breath.

"Another martini, beautiful?" The bartender winked at her.

"No, thank you." She managed her debutante smile. "I think I need to get some air."

"Patio is out those doors." He gestured across the bar.

Damn, that was far away. Focusing carefully on each step, she skirted the perimeter of the club to the open doors.

Outside on the patio, a few people sat at small tables. She spotted an empty table in a shadowy corner, next to a big potted palm. There, she sank into a wrought-iron chair and sucked in a breath of warm night air, then leaned her head back to gaze up at the dark sky.

It was quieter here, the music a distant throb. She closed her eyes, then opened them when things began to spin. Whoa.

She rubbed her forehead. Too many martinis. She was totally trying to drown out the fact that she was now divorced. A failure as a wife. A failure in life.

A tear slipped out of one eye and slid down her cheek.

Aw, damn.

"Hey."

She started, and her head jerked up at the male voice.

Her ex-husband's best friend, Cash Hale, stood near her. "What're you doing out here all by yourself when there's a party going on in there?"

She blinked. "Kristy invited you?"

"Yeah." He stepped closer. A big man, with the broad shoulders of the college football player he'd been, he still moved with athletic grace and confidence. "Wasn't sure if I could make it, but ... here I am."

"Oh. Well, thanks."

It was probably weird that her ex's best friend was still friends with her. The things that had been hardest to divide up when she and Beau had separated were their friends. Callie had drifted away from some of their couple friends who'd still included Beau in get-togethers when Callie hadn't wanted to see him. But Cash hadn't let that happen.

She would've been sad if he had, because she'd always liked him. Well, maybe not always. When they'd first met, she'd thought he was a bossy, standoffish control freak who in turn thought she was a spoiled, superficial princess. Because he was Beau's friend, she'd spent more time with Cash and gotten to know him better. He'd had the patience to teach her to play pool when Beau hadn't, and she'd discovered that under his stony exterior he had a sense of humor and a surprising protective streak as wide as a football field. And over the years they'd become friends, too.

Cash pulled out a chair and sat. "I saw you come out here as I walked in. You okay, darlin'?"

"I'm fine."

"It's my party and I'll cry if I want to?"

"I'm not crying."

He lifted an eyebrow.

She swiped her fingertips beneath one eye. "Okay, just feeling a bit blue. Not really in a mood to celebrate." She grimaced in an attempt to smile.

After a short silence, Cash said, "Do you still love him, Callie?"

"No." She shook her head. "To be honest, I was thinking earlier that I'm not so sure I ever did love him."

"'Course you did."

She smiled. "Yeah, I guess I did, sort of. I don't know. But over the last year ... I've done a lot of thinking about stuff."

"While you were in France. And Italy. And Greece."

"Yeah." She traced her index finger over the wrought-iron arm of the chair. "And since I've been back, too. I think I'm going to get a tattoo."

"Jesus." Cash frowned. "Are you drunk?"

"Uh ... yeah. That's what a divorce party is for, right?"

"Hell if I know."

"My mama will freak if I get inked. Maybe I should get a piercing, too." She tapped her chin. "Where would be a good place to get pierced?"

"Make sure you go somewhere reputable and clean —"

"No, I mean on my body. You know ... like, my belly button? Or my nipples?"

"Christ." Cash rubbed his face.

"And I need a new job. I need a whole new life."

"You are drunk."

She laughed, feeling more at ease. "I thought we established that?"

"Uh-huh."

"I just don't know what kind of job I want. Or what I can do."

"I thought Manon offered you your old job back?"

"Yeah, but I'm not sure. Working in an upscale clothing boutique is what my mother thinks I should do." She sighed.

"I'm getting the feeling some of this is about rebelling against your parents."

She snorted. "You make me sound like a teenager."

"Just sayin', darlin'."

She sighed. "Okay, maybe it is. I just ... I just ..." Her throat closed up. She rubbed her nose. "I just want to be my own person. I want to accomplish something. Something real. Something I can be proud of. Oh fuck, I do sound like a teenager."

"Callie. What's going on?"

"I don't know! This party just made me feel like a big failure."

"You are not a failure. Your marriage ended because Beau fucked up."

"He wouldn't have done that if ..." She swallowed.

"Don't even say it. He fucked up. It wasn't your fault."

She pressed her lips together, her throat aching. "My parents wanted us to be married. They wanted me to marry a guy they approved of, and Beau was perfect. My parents have been together for thirty years." She sucked in a shaky breath. "When I told Mama I was splitting up with Beau because he cheated on me, she told me that my daddy had had affairs with other women. And it was no big deal. You just ignored it and carried on and made everything look good."

Cash closed his eyes, his mouth tightening, grooves deepening on his face. "Jesus fuck."

"Yeah. I couldn't do that." She eyed him. "Did you know Beau was cheating on me?"

His mouth thinned even more. "Shit, Callie."

"Did you?"

"Yeah."

"Why didn't you tell me?"

"He's my best friend. It would be against the guy code." He frowned at his boots.

"I understand." Cash and Beau were not only buddies, they were business partners. They'd been close since they met in college, playing on the football team together. Much as she despised Beau for what he'd done, Cash had to work with him, and she understood why he wouldn't have wanted to jeopardize that, let alone their friendship.

She'd found out about her husband's infidelity completely by accident. He'd been away on a business trip and had been emailing on his iPhone. Callie had picked up his iPad at home one night to download a new fashion magazine, and when the email had pinged, she'd absently swiped over to look at it. He was emailing the woman he'd been having an affair with, and all the emails were also showing up on his iPad, there for her to see.

Beau was a very smart man, but "the iCloud" had tripped him up.

"I think I should sell the house, too," she added.

Cash's head snapped up. "What?"

She shrugged. "You're supposed to wait a year before you make any big decisions like that. It's been over a year. I loved our house when we moved in, but it's crazy to be living in that big place by myself. And I can't look after it."

"You know you just have to call, and I'll come fix whatever you need."

"I know." She smiled. "And I appreciate that. But I can't keep bothering you."

Cash sounded like he was being strangled when he said, "You're not a bother."

She smiled and reached out to pat his hand. "Sure I am. But you're too much of a gentleman to say so."

To her surprise, he turned his hand and caught her fingers in his. She stared at his big, tanned fingers holding her smaller ones. His hand was warm and strong. A little shiver worked over her arm, then down her spine. She lifted her gaze to meet his.

"A gentleman," he repeated. "Yeah."

Mesmerized by his deep, dark eyes, her head spun even more. "I think maybe I should go home. I'm not feeling so well."

"You didn't drive here, did you?"

"No, Kristy brought me. I should find her."

"I'll take you home."

"But you just got here!" She tried to stand. Cash rose at the same time, and when one of her skinny heels slipped on the rough stone patio, she started to go down. With a little squeak, she grabbed for the chair and missed.

Strong arms caught her waist and kept her from hitting the ground. Cash pulled her up against him. "Damn, darlin'. You're right. We better get you home."

"Shit." She closed her eyes. "I am so embarrassed."

"Hey, I got you. It's all good."

He was big and muscled and warm. "You've kept in shape since you played football in college." Oh sweet baby Jesus in the lap of Mary. She was totally shnockered. She shouldn't be saying things like that to Cash. She shouldn't be noticing things like that about Cash. "We're friends, right?"

He loosened his grip on her, and she caught the twitch of his lips as she turned to face him, still close enough to smell his cologne, a scent already familiar to her, though tonight it smelled especially enticing. "You smell good."

He muttered something under his breath. "Come on. Do you have a purse or something?" He began to lead her across the patio, and she held onto his arm, grateful to have that because her feet weren't cooperating.

"I think so." She frowned.

Inside, Cash paused to survey the club. "There's Kristy. Stay right here. I'll tell her we're leaving."

"No, I want to talk to her. I have to ..." What? She rubbed her forehead. "Thank you. Thank her. I have to thank her." She grabbed hold of his arm again and maintained her balance as they walked. She could hold her liquor, and she could do it in four-inch heels.

(Continues…)


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Screwed 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars for Screwed by Kelly Jamieson Callie is recently divorced and is trying to keep her life on track but her family seem hell bent on getting her to make it up with her ex Cash because they believe he was the perfect husband for the two wealthy families business connections. Beau is Cash’s business partner and best friend but since the divorce he has been spending more time with Callie and whilst getting to know her his heart starts ruling his head, she should be off limits so why can’t he forget her..... Screwed had me hooked from the first page, it has just the right amount of angst and romance, it’s a story that will have you rooting for a HEA, the characters are easy to like and it left me feeling all fuzzy inside In another words a perfect romance.
Anonymous 11 months ago
very+excited+enjoyable
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
(4-4.5 stars) SCREWED is one of my favorite Kelly Jamieson books EVER! It’s funny, sexy and a tiny bit taboo. Callie and Beau have been divorced for over a year. After enjoying some time abroad, she has recently returned to the states. She needs to prove to everybody and herself that she can make it on her own. She decides to open her own bakery against her parents wishes. She also goes after something else she wants…her ex’s best friend and business partner, Cash. There were so many elements of this story I enjoyed. Most of all there was the man himself, Cash. He was charming, sexy and such a gentleman. While he always had feelings for Callie, he hid them. Never let on to anyone that he was in love with his best friend’s wife. Callie never found herself attracted to him until well after her divorce was final. That detail right there made the entire story for me. It gave Callie such character and never diminished her marriage to Beau even if he threw it away. The only thing I found lacking was the epilogue. I like them to be a bit farther in the future than a week.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Kelly Jamieson crafts a highly mature, sweet and enjoyable contemporary Texan romance. With her marriage over and tired of continually failing to uphold her family’s expectation, Callie Sutherland has realized she needs to live her own life and go after what she wants. Finding something to do with her love for art and baking would be nice, but what she really wants is her ex-husband’s best friend and business partner. No matter how he spins it, Cash Hale is Scr3w3d! He’s been in love with his best friend’s girlfriend, later wife and now ex-wife since the all met. But his friend made the first move and now he’s stuck in the friend zone because he’s nothing if not loyal and wouldn’t dare violate the bro-code… except for her. Will he risk his business and friendship to be with the woman of his dreams? The novel explores Callie’s newfound independence as she ignores her parent’s wishes to reconcile with her cheating ex-husband and searches for her true purpose and happiness while Cash struggles with his undeniable feelings for Callie, his loyalty to his best friend and his outlook on life and relationships based on his own father’s deception. Cash and Callie’s friendship went back for year as witnessed through flashbacks, but the extended freedom they were given with Callie’s divorce allowed them to test the boundaries of that friendship and give into their attraction although still within their own contrived limitations due to Cash and Beau’s friendship and business dealings. Quite a lot of self-discovery, budding romance and sexiness happens, and Cash and Callie are certainly endearing central characters, yet I was never fully hooked. A romance full of everything from a divorce party to bro-code breaking confession, Jamieson writes an entertaining read that even with its even keel will surely produce lots of smiles Screwed is a standalone contemporary romance by Kelly Jamieson. Told from both points of view with a happy ending.
Kelly Swanson More than 1 year ago
Freshly divorce and back on American soil, Callie Sutherland is surprised by her friends with a Divorce Party at a local club. After a few hours of dancing, and few too many martini's and a little bit of self-loathing, Cash Hale arrives at the party. Cash Hale who is also her ex-husbands best friend. Cash Hale who is also her ex-husbands business partner. Cash Hale who has been in love with Callie for years. & Absoutely Off Limits. Well, until the sexual attraction becomes too much..... The story flowed nicely, and the characters were great. I didn't feel like the story got "boring" at all. Cash was the perfect mix of alpha male and a total sweetheart. I love how he treated EVERYONE in the book, his family, friends (even punching one a *few* times) and Callie. He just came across as a very honourable kind of guy - which was great. And I loved Callie, she wasn't a doormat and could really stand up for herself when needed - WHICH I LOVED! Her family was never supportive, her ex is a total douche and she held her own. (HELL YES to strong heroines) Like I said, the characters were truly great and you will stay totally engrossed with each page, watching them fight the inevitable. Kelly Jamieson is a new-to-me author, and I really enjoyed Callie and Cash's friends-t0-lovers story. This was a really sweet, quick read and would be perfect one of those days where you just want to get lost in a love story. By the end of this book, I had a giant smile on my face. Although I would have loved a further-in-the-future Epilogue - only because I wasn't ready to say goodbye yet.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Whoa--this forbidden love/starting over story blew me away! I loved Callie and Cash's story. Talk about complicated--he's her ex's best friend and business partner, and their business is bidding on a project involving her family's company. Her very influential family's company--the family that still hasn't completely accepted the fact that her ex is actually ex. Callie's glad her marriage is over--she's been questioning if their relationship was ever really built on solid ground for some years now--and wants to finally do something with her life...but what? Her mother can't get over the fact that Callie isn't/doesn't want to be a society wife like she is, and when Callie does come up with a plan for her future--her family is less than supportive. But Cash isn't. He's with her 100%. As their friendship grows into something more and Callie's business starts to take off, things get even more complicated. Does her ex still have feelings for her? Is this relationship a rebound one (or worse, revenge one) for Callie? Will Cash be able to be with Callie and keep his business partner? Even more importantly--does the recipe for those cookie dough macrons really exist? ;) Things aren't going to be easy for Callie and Cash, but reading about their story is truly delightful. I loved every minute of this book, even when the things they were doing or saying were breaking my heart--fortunately, their HEA made up for a whole lot. If you like somewhat angsty stories about having the courage to start over and finding the person you were meant to be with in live, then this is the book for you. Just don't read it when you're hungry--you have been warned. ;) Rating: 4 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
readsandreviews More than 1 year ago
3. 5 Stars This started sort of slow and felt like it was filled with too many Texan cliches. Eventually the story settled down and I really enjoyed the insight into Cash and Callie. As always with Kelly Jamieson books, this story is very grown up. I love to read her books because a lot of the immature behavior that I see in other books is missing. These characters are adults with adult issues and they handle them that way. I enjoyed the family dynamics and the parallels that Jamieson drew between Cash's situation and his history with his father. Callie's family wasn't as cut and dry as they seemed when the book started and that was a pleasant surprise. Even the main conflict played out in a very satisfying way. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Callie Sutherland is a woman on a mission, after a devastating divorce she has vowed to make her life about her for a change, and plans to fully enjoy every second of it, and if that means acting on her longtime crush, and hooking up with with her exes best friend then by damned she is going to do it! She understands Cash's obligations to his best friend, but she also understands that there are some serious sparks arching between them and it would be a waste not to embrace them, and bring a little much needed happiness to both of their lives. Cash Hale has loved Callie for a long time, and always stood on the sidelines and watched his best friend have the life with her that he wanted... and it hurt a lot more than he cared to admit, especially when he noticed that his friend wasn't treating her right. But now that they are no longer together Cash secretly wants to act on his feelings for her, but doing so could royally screw up his friendship with her ex and also their business relationship. With Callie dropping hints and making passes it's becoming harder to keep her in the forbidden zone, and his resolve to hold up the bro code is starting to slip... he's so close to having everything he's ever wanted! Screwed is an enthralling forbidden romance that will put a squeeze on your heart and leave a permanent blush on your face... forbidden has never been so sweet!! I thoroughly enjoyed this one, it had moments that were sweet and tender, and then some hot and steamy moments that required a fan... it was good mix of everything really! The characters were downright amazing, I loved Callie's tenacity and the way she went after what she wanted and didn't let others perceptions of right and wrong get in the way. And there is SO much to love about Cash, he was loyal, sweet, caring, protective and knew how to turn on the heat! I highly recommend you give this one a try it's sure to leave you smiling!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
Cash has been in love with Callie since the day he met her, but she was the girlfriend and then wife of his best friend. But when his best friend cheats on Callie, she kicks him out and then divorces him. A year later, Callie is back from traveling the world that she used to escape her hurt. So when she asks Cash to come over and fix some things for her, he has no idea that his life will spin out of control as his desire for her grows. Callie begins to see Cash in a new light and falls head over heels for him ... and they begin a secret affair. This book is a cute romantic comedy and you can't help but fall into the story wondering if they are going to get caught. At first I thought Callie was a spoiled princess ... and don't get me wrong she is, but there is also a whole other side to her that's strong and determined to prove her parents wrong. And Cash ... you can't help but fall in love with him. He's truly a good guy who just wants to "fix" everything and everyone ... but he's tired of that saying "nice guys finish last" so he goes after what he wants ... Callie! I received an ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
1flyerphan More than 1 year ago
This book was originally part of The Sutherland’s Anthology. I loved it then, and love it even more now. Kelly updated the story and added about 7000 words... 7000 lovely, sweet, sexy, hot words!!! I was given an ARC of Screwed by Kelly Jamieson. This is Callie Sutherland's story. Being a Sutherland means she has money to spare, but money can't buy happiness. Recently divorced, She finds herself at a crossroads. She's wondering where she went wrong in life and looking to make a change. Dismissed by her parents as a child, humiliated by her ex-husband Beau, Callie is looking to finally find herself. Cash is Beau's best friend and business partner. Callie and Beau may have divorced, but Cash wasn't part of the settlement. He and Callie can still be friends right? Someone needs to help Callie now that she's on her own. One crazy night has sparks flying. Cash and Callie try to fight their feelings for each other. Friendships, business and family all hang in the balance. But does any of that matter when true love sits on the other side of the scale? I loved the characters in this book! While Callie may have been a bit insecure because of past relationships, she was still strong and chased her dreams. And Cash... Oh Cash!!! The consummate Southern Gentleman, with some Alpha, Caveman, dirty talking tendencies.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
4.5-Stars This story features Cash and Callie. Two people who were maybe meant to be together years ago and finally have the chance to find that out now. He's her ex-husband's best friend and difficult choices need to be made. Someone will get hurt. This is an SUPER sexy story with great characters. I love the excitement at the end. Well deserved!
carvanz More than 1 year ago
After a divorce from her cheating ex-husband, Callie is trying to figure out what to do with her life. Having always done what her family wanted, she is now breaking away, but the answers to her dilemma aren’t so easy to find. Cash, her friend and yet her ex’s best friend as well, has been there to help her with small problems along the way. After a drunken night, a discussion of tattoos and some cookies, Callie is suddenly seeing something in Cash she was never expecting. I enjoyed this “ex’s best friend” story. Cash has been in love with Callie for years and yet his loyalty to his friend has kept him at a distance. Now he can’t seem to stay away, but what will happen to his friendship and most importantly, the business they share together, if news of their relationship gets out? Callie had a real struggle on her hands but she was strong and determined despite the emotional obstacles that stood in her way. Cash was wonderful! He was so caring and supportive of her every step of the way. I loved when his alpha tendencies arose! I was so curious how this whole situation was going to sort itself out because it felt like someone was going to lose along the way. The ending was maybe a tad bit tidy and smooth for the circumstances, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. This was a well-paced read that had some great secondary characters, some of which I wanted to push out of a fast running car. The heat level was steamy and oh so good with some dirty talk, which I LOVE, thrown in and the chemistry between Callie and Cash was at overload. There’s an epilogue that only covers a few weeks, so I would’ve liked a further look into their future, but I closed this book feeling happy and sated and again, so pleased with this author’s work. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and Entangled. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Kelly Jamieson’s Screwed was originally published in 2016 as part of The Sutherlands: One Family Saga anthology. Since I didn’t read the book when it first came out, I don’t know if there has been any changes to the story. Screwed is a taboo/forbidden relationship story featuring Callie Sutherland and Cash Hale. Callie is a socialite from a prominent Houston area family. Cash is a self-made, established business man. The two know each other from college. But their connection is deeper. Callie is the ex-wife of Cash’s best friend and business partner, Beau. Callie is also Cash’s secret crush, going back six years. Immediately, my heart went out to Cash for being in love with Beau's ex for years. He had a ringside seat to all of the couple’s ups and downs. Whenever Callie hurt, he hurt. I enjoyed reading the story, but my God, I had a serious dislike for Callie’s parents who are all about money and image. Callie and Cash are so much more than what you see on the surface. They each have backstories that they don’t talk about. These stories have helped to shape their lives and make them the people they are today. While they may be from different worlds, they are really good for each other. I don’t want to give away anything that happened, because honestly, while I couldn’t think of a way for these two to be together, they found a way. I loved that Callie found her inner-strength, true worth, and learned to truly love herself. I loved that Cash decided to look at his earlier life in a different way and embrace new possibilities. My only complaint is that I felt the story ended too soon. Yes, I know that the book is over 250 pages long but, the story ended during what I would consider to be an important moment in Cash’s life. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Kelly Jamieson’s Screwed was originally published in 2016 as part of The Sutherlands: One Family Saga anthology. Since I didn’t read the book when it first came out, I don’t know if there has been any changes to the story. Screwed is a taboo/forbidden relationship story featuring Callie Sutherland and Cash Hale. Callie is a socialite from a prominent Houston area family. Cash is a self-made, established business man. The two know each other from college. But their connection is deeper. Callie is the ex-wife of Cash’s best friend and business partner, Beau. Callie is also Cash’s secret crush, going back six years. Immediately, my heart went out to Cash for being in love with Beau's ex for years. He had a ringside seat to all of the couple’s ups and downs. Whenever Callie hurt, he hurt. I enjoyed reading the story, but my God, I had a serious dislike for Callie’s parents who are all about money and image. Callie and Cash are so much more than what you see on the surface. They each have backstories that they don’t talk about. These stories have helped to shape their lives and make them the people they are today. While they may be from different worlds, they are really good for each other. I don’t want to give away anything that happened, because honestly, while I couldn’t think of a way for these two to be together, they found a way. I loved that Callie found her inner-strength, true worth, and learned to truly love herself. I loved that Cash decided to look at his earlier life in a different way and embrace new possibilities. My only complaint is that I felt the story ended too soon. Yes, I know that the book is over 250 pages long but, the story ended during what I would consider to be an important moment in Cash’s life. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Everything about this story and the characters captivated me. From beginning jto the end, I was hooked. Screwed is so well written, Kelly Jamieson knows how to capture and secure the heart of her readers. This oozed heart felt goodness. And boy did I fall in love. This was blissful. Cash and Callie are delicious together. Their personalities, their conversations, their chemistry....my, my, my. I was a goner, charmed by Cash’s southern charm, loyalty and manners beyond words. This was such a treat. A big, Delicious romantic treat for the heart. I can’t stop swooning. I’m absolutely smitten with every little detail that makes up this story. I also thoroughly enjoyed Callie’s feisty attitude, as well as her perseverance in doing something that she wanted to do, and not do what was easy or what her family wanted her to do. There is such beauty in this love story, such decadent sweetness in their friendship to lovers Romance that transforms Callie and Cash. I ate up each page of this romance, watching their relationship grow was fun, and sweet, and sexy, and so good. I can’t recommend this story enough. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this sweet friends to lovers story. It is sexy and smart and has just the right amount of humor infused into it. Kelly is one of my go-to romance authors because she always makes me smile. Cash & Callie are so good for each other and just perfect together. Poor Cash has been in love with Callie since his best friend Beau dated her in college and then married her. Now divorced from Beau, Cash is still there for Callie but he still works with Beau so his feelings tear him up. He tries so hard to just be friends with Callie but his heart gets in the way and he just gets in deeper. Yep that’s right, he’s screwed. There is no way he can keep from going down the rabbit hole with Callie. He's so sweet, amazing and lovable and is there for Callie always; he’s the perfect man. Callie is so lovable, sweet and amazing too. See, they really are perfect for each other, but can they overcome the roadblocks life sets in their way? One such roadblock has a name, and it’s Beau and things could get ugly.
voraciousreaderKB More than 1 year ago
SIZZLING HOT!!! Kelly Jamison writes with heart and sizzling heat and I always devour everything she writes. I enjoyed reading SCREWED it is a feel good story with emotion. The characters are entertaining and easy to connect with and the story is sweet and sexy. Callie is rediscovering herself after divorcing her cheating husband. She has grown up in a family with lots of money and their only concern is what others think. Now that she is divorced, Callie is questioning everything about her life. She is tired of pleasing her parents in spite of herself and she is slowly figuring out who she is and what she wants. Along the way, Callie finds herself attracted to Cash, her ex’s best friend. Cash is a good guy who grew up poor but is now rich and successful. He has always admired Callie and now that she is divorced, he can’t seem to stop himself from falling for her. Even though Callie’s husband cheated in her, Cash knows he should stay away from her. I love the way Cash treats Callie. He is always there for her and will do anything to make her happy. He is protective, warm and loving and I love his sexy Texas drawl. Callie and Cash are both struggling with their feelings for each other. They are easy to like and their biggest flaw is trying to please everyone else but themselves. They have to learn to make themselves happy without feeling guilty and worried about hurting others.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Based off this title I wasn't expecting this to be such a sweet story. Both main characters were genuinely good people that were just in a difficult situation. I really liked both of them and loved seeing these two together despite the obstacles in their way. Back in college, Cash's best friend beat him to the girl first. He had to stuff down his attraction to Callie and watch his best friend date and eventually marry her. This story begins after Callie divorces Baeu and spent a year traveling. It was the perfect way to start the story so that enough time had lapsed for Callie and Cash to have their beginning. That doesn't mean there wasn't still a barrier for them. Cash is a true gentlemen. He knows Callie should be off limits despite the divorce but his love for her was just too strong. Cash's love for Callie is what really made this such a sweet story for me. He waited for her for so long, tried to stay loyal to his best friend and business partner but his love for her trumped everything. Despite the situation, this wasn't an overly angsty story. The author gave a good portion of the story to these two just being together as good friends that turns to more. I enjoyed it very much and loved how everything resolved in the end. Great story! ARC provided by NetGalley.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! It is everything you would expect from the author - a well crafted and sexy contemporary romance filled with humor and poignant moments. She made me care about the characters and feel invested in their story. Callie is sweet, funny, and lovable....to everyone but the people that should love her most. Cash is hard working and running a company that he co-owns with his best friend....who is Callie's ex-husband. This novel is set up perfectly with the friends to lovers concept, but with the ex-husband and Callie's parents as complications. I found myself rooting for the characters and wanting them to get their HEA ending. This one is a must read for fans of the genre. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The heart is a lonely hunter looking for a way to make itself whole. In the case of Callie and Cash love proves to be a minefield. Cash is willing to risk friendships, business deals and his emotions to have his heart's desire. Callie is the woman of his dreams. Hopefully their feelings won't become a waking nightmare. Screwed is the beginning of what could be for two people willing to take a risk and make it so. Jamieson takes a detour into the ugly stuff to get to the rainbow in the end. Emotional romance.