Monday, July 24, 2017

Erotic Experiments by Katie Allen

Science geek Claire spends most days in the confines of her laboratory, safely avoiding humans. So her world is sent into a sexy tailspin when a rare night out at the club starts with a game of Avoid Your Handsy Boss and ends with getting rescued by the most perfect male specimen she's ever seen.

Bouncer Ed can't get enough of Claire, or of watching his "little mouse" let loose when he touches her. Saving her once was easy, even fun. But his fiercely protective nature goes into overdrive when Claire's determination to reveal what's really going on in the lab endangers both their lives.

Being on the run isn't enough to keep Claire's hands off her beautiful protector, or to stop them from falling in love. But it isn't long before Claire discovers Ed is hiding a shocking secret of his own…

Publisher’s Note: Previously published as Experimenting with Ed.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆
The story premise is a good one, but somehow it just fell flat to me. Claire is a shy, nerdy lab assistant who meets Ed, the bouncer at the bar where her boss is trying to sexually harass her. Ed defends Claire and walks her home.

Something about Ed appeals to Claire and she can't stop thinking about him. Then someone tries to run her down with a car and set her apartment on fire. Ed is there for her, like a superhero.

There is a lot of action in just a few days, but we don't learn much about Claire's background, family, friends, or Ed's other than he has one friend named Darwin. Perhaps book two will have more answers than questions.

4.5 Stars

I have to say that the beginning of this book was a bit odd. Well, not the very beginning, but the first few times we meet Ed I wasn't sure I liked him. He was... well, he was a bit creepy. However, the more we get to know him the more I really liked him. I felt like he had so much that we didn't get to see underneath his tough exterior. He's been through a lot and it's obvious that there is much to come in the series about what he and the other soldiers have been through.

Claire is a bit odd for not completely freaking out on Ed, but then again, she is a dork in her own mind and words, so it worked for me. She is silly and the complete opposite to the oh-so-serious Ed. It's cute watching her learn little tidbits about Ed and what he can do. Her reactions are awesome and made me love her. She's an oddball and it's always nice to see when an author can pull the silly/sweet/intelligent combination off.

The book is definitely action packed with some cute moments. While we don't necessarily get a ton of background on Claire, there is a reason why we don't with Ed... and it really didn't matter to me. We got to see our characters connect in ways that I didn't need to know their past because their present was enough of a connection to forgo it in my opinion.

I can't wait to see where this series goes for sure. There is a lot still to find out about the men and their situation.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Claire is a geek. She works hard in a lab, loves her rats, and knows right from wrong. So, when her boss becomes a little too handsy after work one night, she gets out of there. Ed comes to her rescue and from then on, they are inseparable.

Ed is a strange character and I had a very difficult time connecting with him. He is blunt, stern, and very unemotional. He sees Claire from afar and just knows that he has to know her. He is intense and, despite his demeanor, ends up being kind of a giant teddy bear.

Claire is on the run from her boss and Ed is there, on the run from his own past. You catch a glimpse of his past, but are not really given very many details.

This was action packed and a short read. I wish that we had seen more of a conclusion, but overall, I really enjoyed this story. I can't wait to see what else this series will bring.

Katie Allen is the fabulously filthy-minded alter ego of romantic-suspense author Katie Ruggle. She lived in an off-grid solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (target shooting only, since killing anything other than paper makes her ugly-cry), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the police academy, Katie is a self-professed forensics nerd. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a badass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Erotic Experiments (Research & Desire #1) by Katie Allen to read and review.

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