Wednesday, May 10, 2017

4 stars-- His to Keep (Beauty and the Brit #3) by Terri L. Austin

Oh my word. These two. Iain and Brynn. Well, they were a handful.
"Stay on your best behavior and try not to say fuck so much."
So the basic gist is Iain's a wanker. He's working on a business deal and his best idea for getting close to a potential investor he has his eye on is chatting up the bloke's sister-in-law and waiting for his chance for an introduction. Yup. Wanker. His in? Hiring her to help boost morale at his company since she's a conflict resolution specialist and, well, his employees fear the hell out of him.

"Remember your new motto. Don't be a dickhead."
 Okay. So, yes. Iain and Brynn are characters I usually wouldn't like. She's a total doormat--lets her boss, family, coworkers take advantage pretty much constantly--and he's a total prick most of the time. But damn if they didn't charm me somehow. I don't even know how. He's full of dick moves, she's straight out of a conflict resolution manual. She is very tender hearted, though, and kind and just wants everyone to be happy. And he's focused, determined, hardworking and has pulled himself up from nothing. They both just needed some balance to not be full of suck. And somehow together they found that balance. lol
"I do care about you. More than I should.

"I care about you too, Brynnie. It's bloody inconvenient, isn't it?"

She laughed and drew her finger down the length of his tie. "Very. I don't want to like you, but I can't seem to help it."
I loved that they really were exact opposites in most ways. But when they were with each other he poked and prodded and brought out her fire. Got her voicing her actual opinions instead of avoiding conflict. And she brought out the softer sides in him and had him starting to see people's feelings and needs and realizing they weren't just replaceable. They really were better people when together than on their own. And had some pretty dang steamy moments, too. Woo! Yes. There's a little dominance play and exploring which was super hot and so fun. They could be a little silly now and again, too.
Brynn slammed her bottle on the counter. "For God's sake, I can't eat with your penis staring me in the face."
All in all, I'm ready for more from Austin. She took a trope I typically dislike and character traits that usually have me rolling my eyes and instead of feeling all growly I was totally smiling over these two and enjoyed watching them butt heads, steaming up the sheets and falling in love.

Iain wasn't just rough around the edges-he was uncivilized, despite all the elegant trappings and expensive suits. And Brynn wanted more of it. She wanted Iain in full-on barbarian mode.
She wanted to be taken.

Filthy rich British bad boy Iain Chapman made a name for himself as a ruthless businessman, but if he can secure an investment from Vegas powerhouse Trevor Blake, Iain could take his business to the next level. Solution? Hire beautifully timid corporate trainer-and Trevor's sister-in-law-Brynn Campbell and seduce his way to success.

Brynn's everything Iain is not: kind, delicate, decent. But she's also got a taste for something a little beastly, and it doesn't take long for Iain to break through her every inhibition. Brynn was supposed to be his pawn, but as Iain gets closer to his goal, he begins to realize he's not ready to let her go, not now, not ever-even if it costs him everything.

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