This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Wicked Takeover by Tina Donahue
Series: Wicked Brand #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Womens Fiction
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Scorched
Format: ARC, E-book
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She’s just inherited a tattoo parlor…and the hunk who comes with it.
Lauren’s in a helluva mess. Not only has she lost her corporate HR job, she’s just inherited Wicked Brand, a struggling West Palm Beach tattoo parlor…along with the virile dude who runs it. Lauren’s full-figured, sorta pretty, and wanting him badly. Dream on. She’s here to sell the place as quickly as possible for some much-needed cash and score a new position in the corporate world.
Dante’s sinfully hot with a killer smile and beautifully inked biceps. He sees the heat in Lauren’s eyes despite her conservative appearance, recognizing the dynamite woman she could be if she’d just loosen up and have some wicked fun. Dominance and submission. Making love in a public place. Having her lush body always accessible to and ready for his.
Unwilling and unable to keep their hands to themselves, Lauren and Dante turn to carnal games and seduction. Until lust turns to surprising need and friendship to something deeper that might just change their futures.
Wicked Takeover was a wickedly naughty and romantic book. I think it walked right up to the line of romance looked over at erotica and blew it a kiss with a saucy wink. For you romantic readers who enjoy romance with plenty of sexy times and a lot of heat, this is a perfect story for you.
Lauren has been unemployed for just over six months. She had a career in human resources but her job was outsourced and she has been unable to find a new one. Things were looking pretty scary for her. When she found out that she had inherited a struggling tattoo parlor her first reaction was to have the lawyer just handle the details of liquidating or selling the business. Given the amount of money the lawyer was going to charge she decided to just try and sell it herself.
Lauren was not the kind of girl who would ever get a tattoo and she knew next to nothing about running a tattoo business but what she did know was that she needed to get down there and check it out. On first glance Lauren was surprised that the parlor was neat and clean, what stood out the most to her was the artwork. When she met the employees, she liked them immediately, especially Dante. Now there was a man that Lauren wanted to sink her teeth into.
Dante was basically sex on a stick and Lauren knew that a guy like him would never look twice at a girl like her. In addition to being dreamy, he was a kind and considerate person who cared about his co-workers. Lauren knew she had two things that she needed to focus on, selling the business and finding herself a job, but it was truly hard to focus on those tasks when all she could do was fantasize about Dante. She has a very active and healthy imagination.
Dante’s character is just wow! From the moment he saw Lauren he was captivated. He knew that she was there to sell the business but he was still kind to her and tried to help her out in any way that he could. When he was not helping out Lauren though, he was fantasizing about doing naughty things to her. There was just something about her that made him crazy….in the best way possible. He knew he wanted to have her and it was just a matter of time until he made his move.
When Lauren and Dante finally acted on their attraction, it was explosive. They were sooo cute together. There was also the workplace romance angle that many readers would enjoy. Swoony times my friends, swoony times! I really appreciated that although there was some conflict between these characters it was nothing cliché or overly dramatic.
Wicked Takeover was a nice girl meets guy romance. It had plenty of humorous times, some BDSM, and a whole lot of lovin’. I want to be clear that there is a lot of sex in this story. Just know that going in. This book is a guilty pleasure that will have you crossing your fingers for this couple and enjoying their sweet relationship.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Entangled Publishing, LLC for this eARC of