Monday, February 1, 2016

Getting Rough by C.L. Parker

The next sizzling novel of C. L. Parker’s Monkey Business Trio—perfect for fans of Bared to You and Beautiful Bastard.

Hotshot San Diego sports agent Shaw Matthews and his sexy professional adversary Cassidy Whalen have gone head-to-head in the boardroom—and the bedroom. Now Shaw has scored a big promotion—but only because Cassidy turned it down and ran off. There are many things he wants when it comes to Cassidy—just not her pity. So Shaw rushes to a small town in Maine to retrieve his dignity—and maybe the woman he’s hungry to claim once more.

Cassidy has pushed herself to the max to realize her career dreams—until a family crisis brings her home. But Shaw isn’t letting Cassidy go that easily. Neither is gorgeous heartthrob Casey Michaels, the childhood sweetheart she left behind—and who now wants to win her back. As the rivalry between the two alpha males intensifies, and Shaw’s seductive moves reach a whole new level of heat, Cassidy has to make a choice. And this time, it’s for the highest stakes of all.

Getting Rough is intended for mature audiences.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
When Shaw finds out that Cassidy has left San Diego for her Maine hometown, his first thought was to go after her and let her know that he didn't like her "letting" him win, so that's what he did. He couldn't let her get away with feeling sorry for him and giving him the partnership. He wanted to earn it, like he did everything else in his life.

Cassidy didn't let Shaw win. She turned the contract down because her family was more important than being made partner at the sports agency where they worked. Her Dad had called and told her that her mother was in the hospital and they would need help keeping the B&B that her mother owned going while she recuperated.

Shaw was surprised to learn that Cassidy hadn't turned down the offer to represent Denver due to her feelings for him, but rather because of her feelings and obligation to her family. Never having had a typical, or even an atypical family, he doesn't know how to process it. Determined to learn more about this side of Cassidy, he decides to stay for a few more days.

Cassidy is glad that she can be of help to her parents, but she's already tired of the inevitable questions about how long she's staying and when she's coming home for good. Grateful for Casey's friendship, she relies on him to be the buffer she needs, even though their romance ended long ago.

During the time Shaw and Cassidy spends in Maine, each come to some hard and harsh realizations about themselves and each other. When it comes down to it, it’s time to shut up or grow up.

A very hot 4.5*
I loved the first book in the series – and this one is even better. You definitely need to read Playing Dirty before you read this – or you really won't get all the dynamics, and you really need to get the setting.

This book moves us along a lot, and I cannot tell you how, as it will spoil everything – but I promise you that you will smile, laugh, get hot and bothered, have a small panic, feel warm and cosy, and both widen your eyes and roll them. So a definite exercise gym for emotions here. The story moves along at a good pace, and has a fun superficial story along with a much deeper and delightful one too. The first chapter from Mia's point of view is absolutely brilliant. Totally cute, funny and yet deep.

Obviously the title gives us the hint that there are three books in the series, so I was getting somewhat worried as we moved towards the end of the book – but actually the stop point leaves us thinking rather than full out panicking – thanks for that Ms. was honestly a relief!

Cannot wait for the next book, and I need to make sure that I can read all three in a row, as that way I will get all the details in one go.

This book picks up where book one ended with Cassidy heading back to Maine to help her parents after her Ma's accident. Now Shaw is headed to Maine to find out why Cassidy has run from him. They are still fighting with each other, but not as much and the sexual tension is drawing them together even more. But with Cassidy being back home, that means that Casey is there too. And she is fighting her mind as to what she should be feeling toward Casey with Shaw around. Then there is Mia, the romance author staying at the Whalen House. Who Casey seems to be attracted to. And that seems to be something that Cassidy is hurt by. With Cassidy, Shaw, Casey and Mia all together and throw in a hurricane and two sets of parents staying in the same house, things can get a little tense. Will Cassidy follow her mind or her heart to find true love? What will it take for Shaw to realize that his life could be more than the material things he owns? Will Casey fight for Cassidy? Will Mia finish her romance novel about a lobster-man based on Casey without falling for him? This is a great continuation of this story and I can't wait for book 3 to find out how it ends for everyone and maybe a look into Cassidy's friends.

Getting Rough in the second installment in the Monkey Business Trio. I really enjoyed book one Playing Dirty, where Shaw and Cassidy fight to sign the top rated athlete in the country. The chemistry between the two was off the charts. When Shaw lands the contract he's a little thrown to find out Cassidy has run back to her hometown.

Shaw follows her to Maine to find out why she ran. The closer he gets to her small town, the more he's questioning why he's even following her. The sarcastic back and forth between them is still present in this book, which I loved. Shaw learns so much more about Cassidy and why she is like she is. Should choosing who you should be with and who you want to be with be so hard?

Loved the pace of this one and the ease of picking up book two, after not reading the first for almost a year, and within a few sentence I was right back into the story. Can't wait to see what the last one brings.

Also Available in the Monkey Business Trio Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Playing Dirty post.

C.L. Parker is a romance author who writes stories that sizzle. She’s a small-town girl with big-city dreams and enough tenacity to see them come to fruition. Having been the outgoing sort all her life—which translates to “she just wouldn’t shut the hell up”—it’s no wonder Parker eventually turned to writing as a way to let her voice, and those of the people living inside her head, be heard. She loves hard, laughs until it hurts, and lives like there’s no tomorrow. In her world, everything truly does happen for a reason.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Getting Rough (Monkey Business Trio #2) by C.L. Parker to read and review.

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