Doing it at: 74%
Catnip: Hot Neighbor, Friends to Lovers, Manwhore, Emotional Unavailability
Shame Scale: Lowwww.
Fantasy Cast: Joshua Bowman, Vanessa Hudgens
I have one rule: Don’t shit where you eat.
Several of the women in the condo complex I own would love some one-on-one playtime, and why wouldn’t they? I’m young, fit, attractive, and loaded. Not to mention I’m packing a sizable bulge below the belt. It’s a combination that drops panties on a regular basis.
Yay, me, right?
But my cock, troublemaker that he is, has been confined to my trousers by my business partner. A concession I agreed to, and one that’s never been hard to enforce until Emery moves in across the hall. She’s smart, young, determined, and sexy as hell. I want a taste. I won’t stop until I’m buried deep inside the succulent new-in-town brunette.
After being warned about my past, she does her best to steer clear, but I’m about to show her that underneath it all, I’m a guy with a heart of gold and a cock of steel.
My name is Hayden Oliver, and this is my story.
This was my second Kendall Ryan book, the first being Filthy Beautiful Lies – a sweet little “auctioning off her virginity” romance, and god, that trope will never ever get old for me. Screwed is billed as a romantic comedy, and it has a fantastic cover. Marketing women take note – that’s really all you need to sell us a book.
Things start off strong; Hayden and his buddy Hudson own several properties, and Hudson is laying down the law, telling Hayden he needs to stop banging their tenants. Girls are getting pissed and they’re losing rent money in the fallout.
The condo building that Hudson and I own – and I live in – is like a real-life Melrose Place. With sexy young twenty-somethings all living in close proximity, there’s bound to be a little drama now and again.
Right there, I was hooked. I fucking loved Melrose Place, and everything else Aaron Spelling ever touched. Do any of you guys remember Titans, where Yasmine Bleeth sleeps with Casper Van Dien and then finds out that he’s her fiancé’s son? I’m still salty that that one was cancelled because there was major drama and I have been dying to know how it was all going to shake out for the past 15 years. And now Aaron is dead, so I’ll never fucking know. Although I’m pretty sure that’s the plot of a Brooke Cumberland book I’ve got at the top of my TBR list.
But anyways, Melrose Place was referenced, I got on board with this story. So as Hudson is lecturing Hayden about diddling the tenants, Hayden is looking over his shoulder, checking out New Tenant Emery:
That firm, round ass needs a good spanking for making my dick so hard.
That’s Hayden in a nutshell. A funny, bro-y inner monologue all about his boners and the dirty things he wants to do to Emery. But he decides to prove to Hudson that he can be counted on, by being just friends with Emery.
Emery is not interested in any type of relationship with men; she’s coming off of a trio of bad relationships, and just moved to California for a prestigious internship. She has to prove herself at work and pass the Bar exam. When Hayden suggests they hang out as friends, she tries to blow him off by suggesting yoga, but he calls her bluff. Soon they’re hanging out all the time, blatantly ignoring the sexual tension in the room, and we all know where this is going.
It was a fun story, and I enjoyed Hayden. Kendall Ryan can write, so my issues with the book were not about the quality. My main issue stems from us over here being total perverts: for a book that talks a lot of big game about a 9 inch cock, there really isn’t much sex, and what little sex there is comes late in the book. I also felt that the resolution of the main conflict was far too easy. One minute its all ‘Hero’s Behaving Badly,’ the next thing we know, he apologizes, and everything is forgiven. You all know I like a guy to walk on his knees and atone. I like him to suffer a bit (I rarely get full satisfaction on this front, btw). The forgiveness for Hayden’s heinous behavior was far too quick for my liking.
This book was up against some big books for it’s release day, and as a follow up to two books that I absolutely adored, it fell a little short. It was a nice, light, quick little romance. It wasn’t really my cup of tea, but I could see how it could be exactly the kind of tea that other readers might be looking for.
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