Blackmailed By The Hero by Julie Particka
Series: Gone Hollywood #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on August 11th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The wrong bed. The wrong guy.
Party planner Vicky Stone is on a post-divorce mission. Not only does she intend to land her dream promotion, she's going to indulge in a night of hot hook-up sex. Preferably with the hunky actor she just met at a work function, no-fraternization rules be damned. Fortunately, his drunken directions included a right that should have been a left, landing her in bed with her brother's extra-hot, extra-off-limits best friend instead of the unemployment line.
And, oh, he feels good. Too good.
Bad boy Dante Palladino's forbidden fantasies are about to come true...until Vicky realizes who she's feeling up. And to find out she risked her job for sex with some loser? Not on his watch. Dante throws down the ultimate, albeit self-serving, blackmail. Vicky will date him-and only him-and her secret will be safe. But Vicky swore never to fall for another guy who could break her heart...and Dante's on course to do just that.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
This story is really about how sometimes big brothers mess up. Bad.
Vicky has been dependant and leaned on people all her life, whether at home her mother, her brother (a famous actor) and later on with her husband. She never lived by herself until she finally gets divorced from the emotional abusive douchewaffle that was the man she married. Now on a path of discovering her independence and self-worth, she is set on not receiving help or being rescued by anybody.
So what if she is living in a tiny apartment in a sketchy neighborhood, or if she’s been waitressing for over a year for an events planning company. She has a five year plan and she’ll soon be out of tiny skirts and horrible hours on her feet to move up the ladder of the company.
If only plans always went as they should.
Egged on by her best friend to “re-pop her cherry post divorce” she flirts with a famous actor and accepts his invitation to come back later and into the room he’s staying. Not 5 minutes later, she runs into Dante, her big brother’s best friend, and the man she would have broken up her wedding for… if only her brother hadn’t warned her against him.
Dante can’t believe his luck when he see’s Vicky at the party for the film he’s working on, he never could quite get her out of his head, even after 5 years, and now she is divorced… if only his best friend hadn’t told him to stay away from her.
Well, Vicky goes to the room she was invited to, get’s into bed with the man resting there and finds a very hot, muscled body with a big, pierced um… yeah, that turns out to be Dante. Horrified by her mistake she blurts put who’s room she was supposed to be in and now Dante is the horrified one as that guy is really bad news. He won’t let Vicky get near that prick and so sets in motion a plan to keep her away from him. Basically he blackmails her into going to dates with him and planning his birthday party in exchange for him not getting her fired from work for fraternizing with the guests at the party.
They are soon spending lots of time together and it gets harder and harder to fight the intense attraction they’ve always felt for each other. But everything doesn’t run smoothly as they both have some hung ups and issues from their pasts to deal with.
Dante was fantastic. Super hot, alpha, bossy, protective. Did I mentioned the tattoos and the pierced junk? Well, the ex wrestler turned actor was sweet and romantic. And he only wanted what was best for Vicky, he just didn’t find quite the right way to get it done. Still, I so wouldn’t mind a Dante of my own (piercing and all of course).
Vicky… *siiiiiiiigh* Vicky… *shakes head sadly*
I understood her need to do things on her own, but if your brother is rich beyond compare and he is offering to buy you a place so you can focus on getting your career and life on track, you don’t insist on wasting rent on a crap place. You let him buy a moderate house, then allow him to sell it when you’re back on your feet. I get going for complete independence, but at times Vicky could be stupidly stubborn on her views of how to get said independence, and in my opinion jumped to conclusions (and the wrong ones at that) way too easily. So I’ll have to say, she was not my favorite heroine.
Blackmailed by the Hero was a very engaging read, steamy and hot and quite entertaining. I’ll definitely be waiting for more stories by this author.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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