Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wicked Takeover by Tina Donahue (Wicked Brand, #1)

Wicked Takeover
by Tina Donahue

My rating: 3 stars

Series: Wicked Brand - Book 1
Publisher: Entangled: Scorched (August 7, 2017)
Publication Date: August 7, 2017
Genre: Erotic Romance
Print Length: 210 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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 by Tina Donahue (Wicked Brand, #1)

Wicked Takeover (Wicked Brand, #1)The father she knew as a young child left for work one day and never came home, throwing both Lauren and her mother into poverty and the pain of being abandoned. Now an educated adult who has just lost her job, Lauren finds she has inherited her estranged father’s business, a tattoo parlor. The very conservative and self-proclaimed “curvy” woman is determined to sell the shop and move on with life, hopefully a life that includes a job.

When Lauren first saw the handsome and intelligent Dante at Wicked Brand, she vacillates between lust and self-deprecation, certain that her less than perfect body would never interest the ma in front of her. Clearly she had no idea the effect she had on Dante who prefers “meat” on his women.

As Lauren wrestles with selling the shop and finding a job, her inner bad girl takes a carnal vacation dreaming of all the things Dante could do for her, to her and with her. Imagine her delight when she discovers that reality is far better than her dreams. As Dante plays Dom, Lauren finds that nothing is more important than their sexual acrobatics, any place, any time, any way.

Of course there are secrets, some not worth keeping, some not to be kept for long, but neither Dante nor Lauren feel they can share like they can share their bodies. (?????) WICKED TAKEOVER by Tine Donahue is erotic romance, dipped in quirky humor, major insecurities and massive decisions, but in the end, it is the sex that drives this tale. Fabulous secondary characters are glossed over, the concept of a tattoo parlor is glossed over, unless the discussion is about penis tattoos, naked clients and Lauren’s insecurities about their “perfect” bodies next to hers as she sucks down a Dove Bar.

This tale could have been so much “more” if there were more story and fewer orgasms. I think it's time to get over "less than perfect" bodies and move along. This isn’t my favorite from this author.

I received an ARC edition from Entangled: Scorched in exchange for my honest review.

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