Impulse Control by Amanda Usen
Series: Men of the Zodiac #1
Also in this series: The Millionaire's Forever, The Millionaire Daddy Project, The Prince's Runaway Lover
Published by Entangled Publishing on January 19th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Survivalist Russ Donovan is the toughest man in America, with a reality TV show to prove it. Now he’s been strong-armed into filming a new show with dainty lifestyle expert Susannah Stone. But while “At Home in the Wild” could mean millions for his family’s charity, Russ plans to put Little Susie Homemaker to the test—in the Adirondack Mountains in the dead of winter. And there's no way she'll be able to hack it...
Susannah is tougher than she looks. She's had to fight her way through life, and there's no way she'll let a bossy mountain man show her up. When she gets him on her turf, he’s in serious trouble. But now she's run into a bit of problem. Because no one—least of all Russ and Susannah—expects sparks to fly both on camera and off. And now everyone will see their risqué rivalry break all of the rules..
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
What happens when a Survivalist and a Homemaker are forced to make a TV show together? Great sex, a few laughs and a great romance, that’s what.
Russ started out on the Network where Susannah has her “lifestyle” show. Now the network is asking for them to work together for “At Home in the Wild”. It’s safe to say none of them were happy about it. All the more, Russ and Susannah couldn’t be more different from each other and still, both belong to the human race. So when they are forced on this show what comes out is not the best sportsmanship.
But as usual, opposites attract, or in this case, with the little time they spend together in each episode, they begin to realize that they weren’t actually all that different and that they are very compatible in many, many ways.
What I loved about this book was the characters’ growth throughout their time together. Even when both start as a bit of a cliché (him the super-macho adrenalin junky and her… well, Susie Homemaker) they evolve mainly thanks to each other and the feelings that they evoke in the other.
I found Impulse Control a very easy and enjoyable read. Their scenes together were really hot, I kept smiling at their banter and constant one-upmanship and melted when they were sweet to each other.
In addition, it touched on a couple of intense subjects apparently just in passing, but that gave a more “real” feel to the story and its characters.
I’m definitely going to be looking for more from Amanda Usen, and I’m adding her to my “feel-good read” favorite authors list.
Rating: 4.5 One-Upmanship Stars
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