Thanks to her bangin’ curves, Valerie Carmichael has always turned heads-with the exception of seriously sexy Logan Mathis. Just Valerie’s luck that the object of her lust-filled affection is also best friends with her overprotective brother. But Valerie’s determined to get Logan’s attention . . . even if it means telling a teeny little lie to get a job at his new bar.
Logan can’t remember a time when Valerie didn’t secretly fuel all his hottest fantasies. Now the curvaceous she-devil is working behind his bar, tempting him every damn night. It’s only when he finds Valerie’s naughty things-to-do list that Logan decides to break every rule in the book-by making each red-hot deed a reality.
No one warned them that they were going to fall this hard. And no one warned them that sometimes the smallest secrets can have the biggest consequences.
Source: Purchase and Netgalley My Rating: 3/5 stars
**REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS**
Valerie Carmichael has never, ever had a problem attracting a man’s attention. She’s curvy and confident, intelligent and outgoing, and she’s never been afraid to go after what she wants!! Very little has been able to withstand a full-blown Valerie Carmichael assault. The one man who frustratingly always has, Logan Mathis. After years of being away from his hometown, he’s back, opened a bar, needs some serious help, and has no idea he’s about to be assaulted by a very determined Valerie Carmichael.
Logan’s bar is more than just a labor of love, it’s an absolute necessity if he is to save his mother’s home. Unbeknownst to Logan, his mother’s home is in foreclosure and if a pile of cash isn’t earned quickly, she’s going to lose the only real thing she has left in the wake of her husband’s leaving. Logan’s bar isn’t staffed quite as he would have liked, but his mother needs him and so, the bar is opening! With one super slow bartender and one truly slimy bartender, Logan needs help and he’ll be damned if that help is going to come in the form of curvaceous Valerie Carmichael.
Not to be deterred, Valerie decides to show Logan what she can do rather than try to verbally convince him. When his back is turned, Valerie hops the bar and begins to work some Cocktail (the movie!) worthy magic. In an instant, Logan’s patrons are not only entertained, but well-served and he must admit, albeit reluctantly that Valerie may just be the answer to his prayers. Now if he can just stop thinking about all those curves . . . . . Some things are far easier said than done!
Starting a relationship of any kind with Valerie is exactly what Logan has wanted for years, but there are complications and obstacles that make such an arrangement difficult, at best. Her brother is over the top protective and Logan, because of his past behavior and present financial situation, is certain he’s no good for Valerie. Though he tries to convince her of the validity of his position, she is headstrong and determined and Logan is weak where she is concerned. Against his better judgement, Logan gives in and discovers a whole new world of wonderful with Valerie. Just as everything appears to be moving in the right direction, the bottom falls out from under Logan and everything he has been working for is gone in an instant including his bar, Valerie, and his mother’s home. The culprit? Valerie!
The Bottom Line: Right up to the last few chapters of this book, I was prepared to assign this read a five-star rating! And then those last few chapters happened and it all went to hell in a handbasket. While I certainly don’t mind a feisty, confident, determined woman, I do mind a woman (or man!) who is so hell-bent on having her (his) own way that the concerns of others are ignored. Valerie wants what she wants and she lies to get her way. In turn, Valerie’s lie costs Logan his liquor license, his insurance, his bar, and very nearly his mother’s home. In the end, Logan is left with nothing except the clothes on his back and a whole heap of betrayal. While this was certainly enough to make me cranky, what really pushed me over the edge is how the whole situation is made right and Valerie and Logan just skip off to an HEA. There’s just too much betrayal and loss in this read for me to buy not only the super-quick forgiveness, but also the HEA. I found much of the last part of this read to be a stretch, at best which was thoroughly disappointing given how much I enjoyed the rest of the read. I’m not done with this series, but I sure hope the next installment has a far more believable ending.