Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hard Cover by Jamie K. Schmidt

He can read her like a book. But will he give her a happy ending?

I’d do anything to keep my bookstore. It’s a safe place for all women, somewhere to let their freak flags fly. I call it sex-positive. The menfolk call it smut. That’s how I met Rory Parker, the local billionaire trying to shut me down on behalf of the “moral majority.” He walked in with an offer I couldn’t refuse... except I did. Now Rory wants to play dirty. Well, he picked the wrong bookseller. Let’s see how much support he still has after people get a load of the little movie I recorded of the two of us going at it like wild animals in my shop.

I couldn’t care less how Dawn Nolan makes her money. The only thing I care about is how much she’s making. Her bookstore isn’t the kind of upscale attraction my investors want in this sleepy little tourist trap, so it’s got to go. But when Dawn personally finds out how I treat bad girls who misbehave, she seems to enjoy it as much as I do. Now I just need to destroy the copies of that video she’s threatening to post—as soon as I stop watching it. The trouble is, when I’m with her, all I want to do is get started on the sequel.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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So I was very excited to read this story. Dawn intrigued me because she was so feisty. Rory was interesting because he seemed to be very wealth driven.

However, when you get into the actual story, there is so much more to the characters than what is on the surface. Dawn is kind of the wild child and likes what she does so much because she feels that she's giving a place for women in her community to come and feel safe. Despite some of the other community members being uppity and uptight about her store, she loves it.

Then you have Rory. He just wants what he wants because he's trying to prove himself to his parents. He has a family life that is well hidden from society, but when he opens up about it, it makes his character so much more real. He wasn't always this uptight and kind of entitled.

These two together bring out the best in each other and they both have to decide whether or not what they feel for each other is worth going up against people in their community and their family.

Mary Jo☆☆☆
This book had some solid plot points, but flagged in some places. The romance was good, but the dichotomy between Rory and Dawn is huge.

His family issues and her family issues needed to be addressed a little more in my opinion, especially with Dawn and her family.

The ending of the book was a little rushed to me, although the epilogue answered many questions for me.

USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt has published more than thirty short stories in small-press journals and e-zines. She’s an active member in the Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hard Cover by Jamie K. Schmidt to read and review.

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