Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Book Review: "Tamed By the Outlaw" (Michelle Sharp)

Jessie Jameson is known as the outlaw in the romance industry, renowned for writing smoking love stories filled with fan-yourself-they're-so-hot love scenes. Her real-world inspiration is none other than publishing executive Grayson Reynolds, who oversees the company where her books are published ... and who walked out on her a year ago after a one night stand together. 

Finally in charge of the family publishing company, Grayson has one thing foremost on his agenda: selling the romance division to a competitor. He's determined to publish serious, literary fiction, and outlaw author "Jessie James," with her too-desirable beauty and fantasy-land romances, doesn't fit anymore.

Her contract, though, presents a problem, and as he tries to ingratiate himself with Jessie, despite his anger with her for having walked out on him a year ago after their spectacular one-night stand, he realizes that the outlaw, too, will be a problem. She's not going to let him have the last word in this showdown.

Entangled Publishing's Lovestruck imprint presents the contemporary romance and a "What Happens in Vegas Story," Tamed by the Outlaw, by Michelle Sharp.

The bottom line in this novel is the sexual tension and subsequent fulfillment: refreshing, pleasantly bothersome, compelling, scintillating, with the kind of monumental buildup that both promises and demands a tremendous climax (pun intended). Sharp delivers and even exceeds expectations throughout.

The other part of what makes this novel so entertaining is the characters. Jessie and Grayson are, of course, proverbial opposites: Jessie once went skydiving, while Grayson, the businessman, wouldn't be caught dead doing something so outrageous. Their banter is more than half the fun, both furthering the story and revealing the snarky and sarcastic sides of their respective characters at once.

Equally intriguing is Lila Kent, Jessie's literary agent, who may be part pit bull for all her ferocity and Bronx-born attitude. It's uncommon to find such a well-developed secondary character as both a major part of the plot and a highly entertaining one, to boot, but Lila is just as well-rounded and likable as the dual protagonists.

What happens in Vegas ... rarely stays in Vegas. Perhaps that's never more true than in Tamed By the Outlaw. After all, there's not a city on earth that can contain the kind of passion Grayson and Jessie share, whether they know it or not!

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Author: Michelle Sharp
Title: Tamed By the Outlaw
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Lovestruck)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-378-5
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1Nc1ocW

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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