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Twice the fun…and twice the heat! New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart and USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan team up for fun and fearless tales of women who don’t just cross the lines between pleasure and control…they tangle them up! Crossing the Line by Megan Hart—Caitlyn Fox has one chance to prove to her outrageously hot—and ridiculously controlling—boss that she’s got the chops to succeed. But Jamison Wolfe isn’t quite what he seems. And once they cross the line between business and pleasure, Caitlyn discovers the one place where she’s in control…. Burned by Sarah Morgan—Trainer and martial artist Rosie Miller’s zen is seriously compromised when Hunter Black—her former coach and lover—becomes her new boss. And with all the sexual energy still crackling between them, her poor little zen doesn’t stand a chance. So this time, Rosie is determined to play by her rules….
Caite Fox has her dream job: she works for a PR firm that almost exclusively handles nothing but high end clients, her immediate supervisor allows her to work independently and develop her own client list and, she has a full access view of the scariest and most beautiful man on earth, Jamison Wolfe. Jamison Wolfe is driven: his PR firm has a healthy and growing reputation for stellar work, his negotiation tactics are generally loud but effective and, he does NOT do relationships. I guess it’s a damn good thing Caite knows Jamison is off the table, not even and option and, only a beautiful man to be admired from afar.
Though they rarely work together, Caite and Jamison are suddenly thrown together after circumstances beyond their control force them into a closer working relationship. Caite knows she shouldn’t lust after her boss the way she does but she can’t help it – he is just so damn sexy. Though Jamison is hesitant about working with Caite and allowing her even a small measure of control, he hates the people/celebrities she is working with even more. For Jamison to give over any control at all is astonishing and Caite knows this is her chance to impress Jamison and maybe solidify her future with the company. Now all she has to do is reign in three reality stars and make them look good in the world of social media.
Almost immediately, disaster strikes when one of the “stars” gets herself arrested and creates a media frenzy. Jumping into action Caite smoothes over the story, makes the “star” look like a victim and, has Jamison’s firm coming out on top of it all. Impressed with her abilities, Jamison gives into his own desire for Caite and most interestingly, the control freak also allows Caite to take total control of the situation. Their first few encounters are intense, hot, and totally out of Jamison’s comfort zone but totally in Caite’s. For years Caite has denied her own desire for control in favor of making a relationship work but with Jamison, she is free to be herself in the bedroom if not in the boardroom. For Jamison, the lack of control is both completely freeing and completely terrifying and just as he becomes comfortable with his situation, disaster once again strikes and tears the couple apart.
The Bottom Line: Crossing the Line is a short and easy read packed full of naughty encounters and somewhat interesting characters. For the most part, I like Caite and her confidence and the fact that she has finally learned to accept she can never make a relationship work if she is denying her own desires. Caite is coming into her own and with Jamison by her side, she is flourishing. Jamison is a bit harder for me to like because of his general attitude – he is hard and controlling and completely disappointing when he breaks Caite’s heart. Though I understand the reasons behind his actions, he is still a butthole for hurting Caite. The plot is full of drama and sexual tension and in the end, the differences between Caite and Jamison are not insurmountable and they are able to come together to create a HEA worth reading about.
Is there really anything more humiliating than getting dumped by your current boyfriend as your smolderingly hot ex-boyfriend listens in? Yep! How about being told, within earshot of your ex-boyfriend that you are not feminine enough, should join a book club and learn how to bake and then, being attacked in the street after you run out of the restaurant and have to be saved by your ex? Oh, and then the ex criticizes your fighting stance. Yeah, I think that qualifies as well and truly humiliating.
For five long years, Rosie’s most enduring relationship has been with her battery operated boyfriend. Men just don’t get her: she’s fierce, strong, well-trained and more than capable of defending herself in a bad situation. In other words, most men are intimidated by her. Furthermore, Rosie has come to accept that no man is ever, ever, ever going to compare to Hunter Black, her first love, her first lover and, the man who tore her apart when he walked out on her without so much as a backward glance. For five years Rosie has forbidden her beloved sister from saying his name and has tried to convince herself that she is totally and completely over Hunter Black. Yeah, right!
Hunter Black has traveled the world (literally!) perfecting his marital arts skills, working as an expert on Hollywood sets and, trying to forget his ninja, Rosie. When Hunter decides it was time to settle down he returns home to London, buys the fitness center he did all of his early training in and, witnesses his ex’s stunning public humiliation. Though he wants to reconnect with Rosie, witnessing her dumping and ass-kicking was not what he had in mind. To make matters worse, Rosie doesn’t seem to want anything to do with him and she is adamant about not giving him a chance to explain his despicable actions from five years ago. What does a man have to do to win a girl back??
The Bottom Line: I really liked this read!! Rosie is tough and determined to protect herself even if it means denying her feelings for Hunter Black. Hunter is a bit harder to love but once I understood his reasons for leaving Rosie I was better able to get behind him and root for him. Hunter really does have Rosie’s best interests at heart and he just has to convince her of that. Thank the Lord part of Hunter’s strategy involves some really stellar sex 🙂 The past and the present come together in Burned making this one of my favorite types of reads. The plot is easy and interesting and the characters are both so stubborn and stunning that I just couldn’t stop reading. Burned is definitely hot little summer read that I can fully recommend to all 18+ readers.
Megan Hart: When she was in third grade, Megan Hart fell in love for the first time. Not with a boy (that would wait until fourth grade), but with a story. Homecoming by Ray Bradbury leaped out at her from the pages of a library book, and she tumbled head over heels. In the dark ages, before the days of photocopiers, the only way for her to keep a copy of this story was to copy it out by hand so she could read it over and over again. Something funny happened, though, as she carefully printed it on lined notebook paper.
She made “improvements.”
At age twelve, reading Stephen King’s The Stand for the first time one memorable summer, it occurred to her that people really did write books for a living. That’s when she decided to become an author. Megan began writing short fantasy, horror and science fiction before graduating to novel-length romances. In 1998, now a stay-home mom, Megan took up writing in earnest, attending her first writing conference and getting her first request for a full manuscript. In 2002 she saw her first book in print, and she hasn’t stopped since. She’s published in almost every genre of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy and perhaps most notably, erotic. She also writes non-erotic fantasy and science fiction, as well as continuing to occasionally dabble in horror. Megan’s goal is to continue writing spicy, thrilling love stories with a twist. Her dream is to have a movie made of every one of her novels, starring herself as the heroine and Keanu Reeves as the hero. Megan lives in the deep, dark woods with her husband and two monsters…er…children.
Sarah Morgan: USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. RT Book Reviews has called her ‘a magician with words’ and she has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot. Sarah lives near London, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying. She loves chatting with readers by email and on Facebook and Twitter. More information can be found on her website.