I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Tamed By The Outlaw (Entangled Lovestruck) by Michelle Sharp
Series: What Happens in Vegas
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on August 17th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing, Netgalley
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He's taking on the bad girl of romance...Author Jessie Jameson is the Bad Girl of romance, making a huge name for herself writing love stories with sizzling hot sex scenes. No one needs to know that her real-life inspiration is sexy publishing exec Grayson Reynolds. Or that after the hottest sex of her life, Grayson walked out on her.Grayson's finally taken the reins of his family's publishing business, and he's determined to sell off the romance division. But Jessie Jameson's contract is complicating things. It's like she's been trying to ruin him ever since the mind-blowing night they shared-the night she walked out on him.Now the sparks are flying. Heated, sexy sparks. It's a Wild West showdown between Jessie and Grayson. But when Romance ends up in bed with Business, only one can walk away...
This was a really fun, quick read. Jessie and Grayson had great chemistry. Obviously one of them had to be wrong about who snuck out after their night together, and once they worked through that, which happened pretty quickly, they realized that the chemistry hadn’t lessened in the year since they’d seen each other.
Jessie was a very entertaining character. She’s smart, sassy, takes no shit from anyone, and is absolutely fearless. One of the ways she solidified her status as the outlaw of romance is by publicly taking part in a lot of extreme stunts like bungee jumping, skydiving, etc. She speaks her mind and doesn’t let anyone push her around. Not even arrogant, pushy CEOs. No matter how gorgeous they are or how hot their kisses.
I wasn’t so sure of Grayson in the beginning. He wanted to sell off the romance division of the publishing company to focus on ‘serious literature’. He wanted Reynolds to become a well-respected name in publishing, and he didn’t think that can happen if they kept the romance division. There are so many reasons that this is complete bullshit, and Jessie wasted no time reading him the riot act. Not that it does any good. He’s extremely cynical about love and relationships, and this is not up for debate as far as he’s concerned. Romance novels are completely formulaic, silly, and the entire division needs to be sold off.
That conversation between them was so real it was almost painful to read. Anyone who reads romance novels has had this conversation more than once. But Jessie does not back down from a fight. She stands her ground and gives as good she gets. This story mainly focused on Jessie trying to get Grayson to be less cynical and more open-minded. He’s never even read any of the romance novels he’s so quick to denigrate, a point which Jessie did not hesitate to make.
For such a short book, Michelle Sharp did a great job of fleshing these characters out. Even the side characters were well-done, something that’s rare in a novella. If you’re looking for a fun, steamy afternoon read, this one is a great choice.