Hotshot copywriter Gracie Taylor-Scott has a reputation—for her artfully edgy ads. A rising star at Darcy Wexler Dean, New York, the long hours are perfect cover for Gracie’s fear of intimacy issues. Great job. Great pay. No life—including her on again off again sex life. Then one night she is plunged into darkness with a handsome stranger. Bradley Craig is the new head of DWD’s research division and this ad man has secrets of his own. Much lauded in his field of consumer behavior, there’s a darker side to the handsome, enigmatic ad man—his erotic list-maker side. Gracie and Bradley are assigned to work on the biggest new business pitch Darcy Wexler Dean will be in all year and the two tangle immediately, battling copy concepts and focus group findings along with their explosive attraction to each other. Bradley has a proposition––they make a list. Ten sexual encounters. No strings attached. What’s at stake? Two Super Bowl spots and two fragile hearts.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
When Bradley Craig was twelve years old he figured out girls are awesome and he wanted to do all kinds of things with them, naughty things. At age twelve Bradley Craig began his Do It List, a list which contains all manner of naughty things he hopes to do with women over the course of his life. As Bradley has grown older, the Do It List has grown as well with additions constantly being made and as events are completed, they are marked out.
Gracie Taylor-Scott hates small places so when she gets stuck in a stalled elevator at work late one night, it is pretty much a nightmare come true. Only, in her nightmares there is never, ever a seriously hot man with a delectable accent telling her he wants to f*^$ her. Furthermore, her nightmares never, ever involve something called a Do It List and her being party to the marking out of one of the events on said Do It List. Turns out, some nightmares can be turned into living, breathing fantasy come true and Gracie Taylor-Scott met her fantasy with an accent in a stalled elevator.
The chemistry between Gracie and Bradley is pretty much off the charts but neither is interested in anything beyond a sexual relationship. Gracie has some serious trust issues related to one truly awful event in her past and Bradley has an ex that sucks so hard she hangs on. In order to get what they both want and keep messy things like emotions out and entanglements out of the mix, Bradley proposes a special 10 items only Do It List. Once the ten have been completed the two will part ways with no hard feelings. Oh, and they will continue to work together as if nothing ever happened between them. Surely no one will notice they’ve been shagging like rabbits, right?
Chemistry like the kind between Gracie and Bradley is hard to hide and before long, everyone knows about their relationship. The sex is amazing, sometimes a little wild, definitely erotic, and inevitably leading to feelings and entanglements. The closer Bradley gets to Gracie the more he wants and though she has A LOT of baggage, even she has to admit as much as they do it, their Do It List isn’t getting any shorter but longer with each new idea one of them comes up with. Unfortunately, life continues to become more and more complicated
The Bottom Line: The Do It List is not at all what I expected it to be but it didn’t stop me from liking the read. The early part of this book starts out all kinds of down and dirty with some humorous moments and then the intensity kicks in. Once the real drama sets in and Gracie’s past comes a callin’ things between her and Bradley get all kinds of wonky. Bradley’s intensity is sometimes a bit overwhelming but it sort of makes sense in the face of Gracie’s repeatedly inability to trust him. Their situation, both together and separately becomes quite dire before the end of the read. What I thought was going to be a fairly humorous and decidedly sexy read turned into a decidedly sexy (though I totally could have done without the sex during her period bit!) past crashes into present and there’s real danger kind of read. To top it all off, there is at least one more book coming since it is clear that Gracie and Bradley’s story is nowhere close to over.