Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy Is Now Available & Reviewed

Handcuffs aren’t just part of their job in this sizzling new standalone novel by USA Today bestselling author, Stacey Kennedy.

Veteran cop, Maddox Hunt, is all about the job. Sure, there are women—lots of women, truth be told—but there’s no one special. Until a one-night stand from his past, rookie Joss O’Neil is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her.

Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad he’s nothing but a distraction. Especially since he’s as devastatingly handsome as she remembers, and his sexy smile arrests her heart.

Now that Joss is back in Maddox’s life, he has a plan: satisfy her fantasies and fulfill his every dark desire. Nothing is off limits. Her pleasure is the endgame... but even the best-laid plans have a way of falling apart. Despite his best attempts to keep his distance and have things remain only about the pleasure, Maddox soon finds himself breaking the only law he’s set for himself. Don’t fall in love.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance, hints at BDSM
Triggers: Friends with benefits, some power exchange

This book was full of friends with benefits and romance, but it's not your typical romance. I think that's why it worked for me so well. I normally don't like insta-romances, but given the past encounter between Joss and Maddox, I think that this works because it spans time in a smooth fashion.

I liked how Joss was able to handle the situation, somewhat, without turning in to a giddy teenage girl when she encounters Maddox again. Despite her workplace situation, she knows what she can handle and goes for it. There is no question that she wants to do a good job, no question that she's still attracted to Maddox and no question that she'll end up getting hurt. Joss goes in to that relationship with her eyes wide open. For goodness sake – he's known as the heartbreaker!

Maddox is kind of hard for me to figure out. He doesn't do relationships – boasts about how he never goes back for seconds. Even his friend Grey doesn't quite understand why his good friend Maddox doesn't do relationships. I loved Grey's mom - and hope that Grey gets his own story.

The heat and chemistry between Maddox and Joss is electric and they have some explosive scenes. I liked how Maddox took control, but wasn't controlling. Not sure if that makes complete sense, but he's dominating without being domineering. I liked the relationship that Joss and Maddox developed and can't wait for more on these characters.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
For a year, Joss hasn't been able to get the hot, dominant stud who f**ked her in a club's bathroom stall off her mind. It was the best sex she ever had and hasn't been able to find anyone since that has even coming close to making her want to take a chance. Granted, she's been a little busy with school and the police academy, but she knows that she's going to compare every man from now on to him.

Unfortunately for her, when she does run across him again, it’s in the worst possible of places. Her station house. Yep, he's her new boss and he's sexy as ever.

Maddox can't believe the one woman who stood out from the crowd of women he's been with over the past year is now under his command. Problem is, he wants her and that goes against his rules. Deciding that rules are made to be broken, he approaches Joss with a proposition.

The chemistry between Joss and Maddox is off the charts and their unconventional approach to their relationship is refreshing. I can only hope there are more books because Filthy Dirty Love just became my favorite thing.

I've read a few books by Stacey Kennedy and enjoyed them. This is the first in a new series and can certainly be read as a standalone. Maddox is an alpha man, a cop, and a dom. He goes after what he wants and this flirty thing across the bar is in his sights. Joss doesn't do one-night stands, normally, but after a bitter break up and starting the police academy soon, she decides to throw caution to the wind and have a fun fling with the hottie across the bar. Cut to a year later and Maddox realizes the one-night stand that he can’t forget about is one of his new rookies. Joss can’t believe her superior is him, the hottie from her one and only one-night stand! Joss and Maddox really had good chemistry and for me the sexy trysts kept the book readable. I had to do quite a bit of skimming over mundane daily details to get to any real meat in the story. But when the two hooked up for "playtime," I'd be mesmerized! There were a few terms used that didn't really fit in with an American-based story, such as Pint (beer), University (college), and Pub (bar), and the use of these mostly UK-type words somewhat pulled me from the story. This book had some good potential, but got lost in the details for me. Four stars for awesome, steamy scenes!

This is a very enjoyable read – which weaves the ‘one-night stand turns out to be new boss months later’ theme in with a long ago mystery which, when revealed, changes everything. Both Maddox and Joss are very likeable and straightforward people who have issues in their past that make them both keen to keep things physical. And Maddox is definitely the hot alpha male with some very kinky knowledge, which he is all too ready to share with Joss. She, on the other hand, has very limited experience, but is happy to discover her naughty side. It doesn't take much for the reader to see that 'just physical' is an illusion, but getting them to understand that takes a bit longer.

The side characters have some wonderful lines and impact on the story. Grey is a good foil to Maddox, as is his wonderful Mother – and she has some fabulous lines! Likewise, Joss's friend, Emilia, helps the story along for us too. Her father even gets involved when police politics and policy come under question.

Good story, and looking forward to future installments.

Super steamy story that will suck you in from page one. I couldn’t put it down!

Joss O’Neil has an unforgettable one-night stand with a super-sexy stranger in a bar right before leaving for the police academy. Now, one year later, she’s graduated and beginning work at the Seattle Police Department where she gets the surprise of her life. Her new boss, Maddox Hunt, is her super-sexy one-night stand. Maddox doesn’t do repeats. Ever. But when Joss O’Neil steps back into his life, even though he knows it could end both their careers, he’s seriously considering breaking his no-repeat rule. The two do everything they can to resist one another, but when Joss has an especially difficult call to deal with, Maddox won’t let her handle it on her own and the sparks ignite. But will their careers survive?

Maddox is definitely a swoon worthy alpha male and probably one of my favorite heroes in a long while. Stacey Kennedy does a brilliant job brining this story to life, I felt truly invested in the outcome of the story. You won’t want to put this one down until the very last page. This is bound to be a smoking hot series!

STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee... strong and hot!

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  1. Thank you for reviewing HeartBreaker today! Brandy, Tasty Book Tours


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