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4.5 Bobby Pin CROWNS
Confessed is my first venture into the world of Nicola Rendell, and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, so much so, that I went and immediately bought her previous book Pro-fessed and am already awaiting the next book Red-handed.
What really sold this story to me is the characters. Vince is the rough con-artist of sorts, just a lot more dangerous. He is on the run from some equally dangerous men, but even with this issue he is facing there is a lightness to him. This softer side to him, especially when he is with Lucy draws the reader in and makes us fall in love with him, too. Even with the softer side exposed, the reader still gets a don’t f*ck with me vibe, especially when it comes to protecting Lucy. Vince is a perfect blend of bad and good, dirty and sweet, and bada** and gentleman. Just as Lucy brings out the good and light in Vince, he brings out the bad and darkness in her, well as bad as she can get. Lucy’s transformation in this book is outstanding. She begins the novel as this naïve little girl that is running from her life. But throughout the course of the novel, the reader begins to see her change. She becomes more sure of herself, realizes what is important and life, and decides to say f*ck it and do what makes her happy. Even with some of the bad coming out in her, Lucy still remains the burning light for both of them, and they both come out as better individuals from their connection.
The plot of this story is perfectly paced, blending suspense and romance. Their journey to freedom has them constantly on the move, which lends itself to the quick pacing of the book. It also allows the two of them to get to know each other well in the short period of time. They spend days in the car talking, singing, and just enjoying each other’s company. And the nights, lord-oh-lord those nights, will blow your mind. Bobby Pins?!?! The exploration of each other physically, mentally, and emotionally really allows for the reader to understand them as a couple and watch them grow together.
There is one sexual encounter that some readers may have an issue with, and while I’m not going to spoil the scene, I will tell you why I ultimately am alright with a scene that made me a tad uncomfortable. First, it was the moment they finally commit to their plan. As a result, this led me to see the scene as a complete breakdown of who she used to be and a rebirth of sorts into who she is now. This is the moment when she starts to take control back and make decisions, truly becoming free. Second, books are supposed to push the boundaries, and as I have said before to each his own. If this is what works for them, what gets them off, so be it. It is an expression of their love for each other, and each of the characters are okay with the act, so at the end of the day so am I as a reader. What really made me okay with the scene is Vince’s treatment of her when it is all over. So while this may be an uncomfortable part of the story for some, it isn’t a frivolous use of a kinky sex scene, it serves a much more complex purpose.
Nicola Rendell is going to be an author to look out for. Her writing style sucked me into the story with her unique blend of outrageous characters, suspense, and seriously steamy scenes, making her a unique voice in this bustling world of romance. I certainly can’t wait to see what she does next!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
A brand new dirty, sexy, funny standalone romance…
Lucy Burchett is the heiress to a notoriously disastrous family, and she’s left home for good. But when she runs a big, black pickup off the road, totaling it, she finds herself stuck in the middle of nowhere with the driver. He’s got a body to die for and a hair-trigger temper. Vince Russo looks like a felon, but he’s also pretty funny. He’s on the lam from the cops… and a psychopathic, Russian mob boss who wants to put his balls on a barbeque. Literally.
After a night of ill-advised cocktails and bathroom-wrecking sex, Vince just can’t get Lucy off his mind. But he’s got plans to rob her. And Lucy’s life is about to get a little bit criminal too.
But can a bad boy and a good girl really escape from their troubles together? Can they trust each other at all?
In the steady march of disasters that follow them west, they fight and they laugh. They tease and they’re tender. They’re either oil and water, or chocolate and peanut butter.
Except, they can’t run from the real world forever. And there’s a hell of a surprise in store for both of them…
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The bar is called the Last Resort. It looks like a shack outside and smells like Pine Sol inside. It’s surprisingly crowded for a place in the middle of nowhere. I’m almost sure there’s a table of Hells Angels to my right as I walk in. Or ZZ Top impersonators with borderline personality disorders. One of them is carving a pentagram into the table with a knife while the rest of them sit watching and grooming their chest-length beards.
I find myself gripping Vince’s hand, not out of fear but really just to say, Would you take a look at that!
“’Murica,” he growls. “Fucking ’Murica.”
“Home of the brave,” I whisper back. His palm is warm and solid against mine. It’s possible mine are slightly clammy. I feel like given the hotness factor, I’m doing pretty much awesome.
The only open spots are two seats at the bar. He pulls my stool out for me, takes my purse, and hangs it on the hook under the bar as I sit down. The back of his hand brushes against my skin while he studies my face. He isn’t smiling, but his eyes are.
Low and beasty, he says, “You’re running away. Admit it.”
I tuck my hair behind my ear and raise my eyes to his. Sideburns just past his ears, and I find myself staring at the place where his stubble leads into his hair. “Maybe.”
“We got that in common at least.” He spins a cardboard coaster and watches me. I feel heat come up into my cheeks, and his smile turns a little harder, a satisfied tightness.
“Something tells me you’re not running away from your dysfunctional family,” I say.
“Something tells you right.”
“So what are you running from then?” I ask. His thigh presses against my knee. I let my fingers slide up the seam of his jeans.
“Right now?” he says, running his hand up my neck. “Not a goddamned thing.”
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About Nicola Rendell:
Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. She realizes that her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady and she’s totally okay with that. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is from Taos, New Mexico.
She is the author of Professed, a #1 Amazon bestseller in erotic humor and BDSM erotica.
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