Review – Hard Compromise by Samanthe Beck

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What Worked For Me:

Samanthe Beck is definitely an author you want to check out.  Heartwarming and entertaining, Hard Compromise is no exception to this rule.  This book is the 2nd book in her Compromise Me Series but you absolutely do not have to read the previous book to enjoy this one (although I would recommend it because, well, why not)?  I was utterly charmed by our sexy and enigmatic hero, Ethan.  He is alpha male…without all the chest-beating and knuckle-dragging displays (not that those are bad, LOL).  He is a sheriff who is the complete and utter opposite of our heroine, Laurie.  He’s from a family that has money and stature and has known a pretty good life.  The same can’t be said of our heroine.  Laurie…she’s a rather flawed character and I have to be honest, I did not like her at first. It’s not because she from the wrong side of the tracks or has had a crappy childhood. It’s just that she was rather…generous with her cookie….all over town.  For a girl who despises her mom, she is doing the exact same thing and it comes off making her look kind of desperate.  And her “generosity” becomes apparent at the most inconvenient of times, say while she on dates with the sheriff.  However, Laurie grew on me.  She is such a strong woman and is making something of herself but after a tragic event takes place, she is put on the spot and must come up with money to keep herself and her business afloat.  Enter Ethan, who has spent the better part of 10 years protecting, and then falling for, Laurie.  He makes an offer she can’t refuse and so begins a beautifully synced love story that I could not put down.  For ever move she makes to fight her attraction and feelings, he has a smarter and more boldly erotic move to counter hers.  It is a delicious dance between these two.  These two have some amazing chemistry and sex scenes are pure indulgence.  Throw in some pretty interesting family dynamics and you are completely hooked on this storyline.  I love Ethan’s mom…truly, she is a delightfully funny woman who added some great humor and emotion.  My heart ached numerous times for Laurie because her mom was the epitome of bad person AND bad mom.  I hurt so much for her but admired the way she just kept moving forward.  Overall, this book was a wonderfully written story that was chock full of emotions.   It has a little bit of everything that makes a book more than a book…joy, bitterness, love, sex, laughter, suspense, anger….and a happily-ever-after to knock your socks off.  This is a well-written and engaging tale of redemption and unconditional love and it’s one you should not delay in reading!

What Didn’t Work For Me: 

While the heroine definitely wormed her way into my heart, I didn’t like that she was so freely giving away her charms, considering how her mom was.  She was working so hard to prove to the town and herself that she was better than her mom but that one thing, it really bothered me and it took a little bit for me to warm up to her.  However, once she was with the hero, she was ONLY with him.  It was her behavior pre-hero that rubbed me wrong, or rather, how it was continually brought to the heroes attention and rubbed in his face.

Would I Recommend This Story:

Yes!  Absolutely, this book is a must read, especially if you like plucky and strong heroines and heroes who stop at nothing to tame them.

Final Star Rating:  4.5

Nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart. 
HARD COMPROMISE
Compromise Me #2
Samanthe Beck
Releasing Nov 21st, 2016
Entangled: Brazen

Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.

Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he want anything to do with the women his wealthy family wants him to meet. Not when he’s waited ten years for his chance to make his move. His deal might have strings—and Laurie may not know the stakes—but nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart.


 

Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their turbo-son, Hud. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.

When not clinging to sanity by her fingernails or dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-afters, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.

 

 

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Cover Reveal – Casanova by Emma Hart

 

 

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00027]I loved him more than life.

He broke me and he didn’t even know it.

I ran from him.

He didn’t chase me.

He never needed to, because he knew I’d come back.

He was right.

Death brought me home to him.

Brett Walker.

Drop dead gorgeous and filthy-mouthed with a smile that turns saints to sinners.

A casanova to his core.

My ex-best friend.

And the bad boy whose reputation precedes him—the same reputation I’m tasked with turning to gold… Or so they think.

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Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

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Spotlight Tour – This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase

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I’m one of those people who can multi-task.  To a point.  I do like almost complete silence while I write with the exception of my Sounds of the Ocean soundtrack playing.  I can have twenty tabs open online and be on social media while I’m writing, but please don’t make me listen to anything!  But amazingly enough, on most of my books I do end up with a playlist that helps me get the job done.

I just don’t listen to it while I’m writing.

I turn to it when I’m blocked – when I’m stuck in a scene and need to get hyper-focused on my characters.  This is Our Song was kind of easy to have a playlist to because Riley is a musician.  There were songs that I felt like I could imagine him singing or that the lyrics really applied to him.

So what was on my list and why?  Here’s just one of the songs that was on my This is Our Song playlist!

No Matter What by Def Leppard: 

This is actually a remake but I love it so and I listen to it more than is probably healthy and sing it louder than someone who can’t sing should.  J  This is just a great classic rock song that I think Shaughnessy would play in concert.  It’s the kind of song that everyone would sing along to.  Plus, my favorite line seems to fit something Riley would sing to Savannah – especially considering her career.

Favorite line:  No matter what you are
I will always be with you
Doesn’t matter what you do, girl
Ooh girl, with you

I was lucky with This is Our Song because of Riley’s career.  Some books it will just be a single (as in one) song that is on my playlist to help me over the humps.  And sometimes I’ll have to listen to that song like five times in a row to get me in the proper mindset to write what I need to write.

Happy listening and I hope you enjoy This is Our Song!!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase crafts a tender, hopeful family-centered romance 

She knows him by reputation

Riley Shaughnessy knew that to stand out in his large family, he’d have to go big. Making a name for himself as a musician wasn’t easy, but he followed his dreams to rock-star success. But the relentless expectations of fans is not helping the slump he’s in now. So of course the person who attracts him is the woman who is not impressed by fame.

Which gives Riley Shaughnessy a lot to prove

Entertainment reporter Savannah Daly is completely unfazed by pretty-boy rock stars. She’s just here to get her interview and write her story. But spending an entire month with the Shaughnessys is going to show Savannah a side of Riley she never could have guessed.

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He didn’t just beat her in the best of three.

Oh, no. That would have been too easy.

No, Savannah—who realized too late that she was a very sore loser—kept egging him on until he finally put the paddle down after beating her in twelve games. Twelve! Why did she have to keep taunting him? Even while they were playing she couldn’t make herself ask him anything important. They talked about useless stuff—favorite bands, favorite foods—hell, at one point she’d even asked him his favorite color.

She hung her head low in defeat and put her paddle on the table. Riley had excused himself and went to get them each a drink. She prayed it was vodka. Something to make her forget this humiliation.

His prize at the end of the first three games was that she’d stay and have dinner with him.

After the next three she’d stay for a movie.

She really thought she was going to beat him in the third round. Unfortunately, it had been her biggest loss, and he’d simply chuckled and said he’d have to think about his reward. And he’d repeated that after the fourth and final win.

Riley cleared his throat when he walked back into the room and handed her a glass of ice water. They drank in silence for a few minutes. “That was fun,” he finally said, and Savannah realized he wasn’t being obnoxious and he wasn’t gloating. He genuinely looked like he’d had a good time.

And despite all the losing, Savannah would have to agree. It was fun.

“How do you feel about salmon for dinner?”

“It’s one of my favorites,” she said and was relieved he wasn’t gloating.

“It’s kind of early yet. Maybe we can watch a movie first?”

That was a reasonable request, and she agreed. Together they picked out a classic Neil Simon movie from 1967, Barefoot in the Park. “Ooo…Robert Redford.” She sighed. “Another favorite.”

Tucked away in a corner was one of the biggest flat-screen TVs Savannah had ever seen. Riley noticed her stunned look. “It’s one hundred ten inches. They don’t come any bigger than this right now. The picture’s great too.”

Two oversized recliners were centered in front of the screen and they each sat down. Riley started the movie and within minutes Savannah was more relaxed and they were both laughing along with the story.

She kicked her sandals off and tucked her feet up on the chair beside her. Next she pulled the clip out of her hair so she could relax her head against the back of the comfortable chair. Looking to her right, she saw Riley was watching her. His expression was intense and for the life of her, she couldn’t figure out what was wrong. “Is everything okay?”

He didn’t answer right away.

“Riley?”

“I still have to decide what I get for winning those last two rounds,” he said, his voice low and gravelly.

Savannah nodded, hypnotized by the way his eyes had gone so dark.

“I’m going to combine them into one request,” he said, and it sounded more like a warning than a statement.

“Okay.” Her own voice was almost a breathy whisper.

Leaning closer, Riley’s eyes zeroed in on her lips before meeting her eyes. “Savannah?”

“Hmm?”

“I’m going to kiss you. Twice.”

“Oh.”

His hand snaked out and around her nape and slowly drew her closer to him. And then his lips touched hers and Savannah’s brain simply stopped functioning.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Teaching creative writing to students from elementary through high school motivated Samantha to take that step as well. Since then, she has become a NYT and USA  Today bestselling author. She lives with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.