Saturday, January 27, 2018

Leveled by Cathryn Fox

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathryn Fox comes the scorching Blue Bay Crew series, that follows the sexy, blue collar Owens men who take over their family’s construction business in the small town of Blue Bay, CT.

Jamie Owens doesn’t trust women. Especially not the rich, entitled women looking for a summer fling with a boy from the wrong side of town. But one look at Kylee Jensen in a tiny bikini, and Jamie decides that some rules are made to be broken.

Kylee is tired of being the obedient daughter, and Jamie—shirtless, in a tool belt—is the perfect opportunity to do something for herself, so she hires Blue Bay Construction to work on her cottage. Their hot summer days turn scorching until it’s revealed that Kylee has ties to Jamie’s dark past, forcing them to decide if their dreams, and their relationship, are worth fighting for.

Leveled is a steamy page turner with sizzling emotional intensity and an ending that will hammer readers’ hearts and never let go!

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 Stars

This book has just the right amount of steam, drama, smut, and intrigue to make it a good read. It can definitely be read as a standalone without any confusion.

Jamie and Summer meet when Jamie is working a construction project next door to Summer’s new home for the summer. The attraction is immediate between the two, but Jamie’s been burned recently by a “rich girl just looking for some fun” and is very leery about getting involved with Summer, though that doesn’t deter her. Summer is determined to have some fun before going back home and joining her father’s law firm. What starts out as just a fling quickly turns into something more, but Jamie is still hesitant to trust that Summer is honest.

Both Jamie and Summer have their own thing going on throughout the book and I found that refreshing – though their stories were intertwined of course, it almost felt like you were getting two stories in one. I really like all the characters, and Summer and Jamie’s relationship is the sweetest. My least favorite part of this book has to be that the author really harps on Jamie being the “poor little rich girl” and Jamie being such a “tatted up bad boy,” it was beyond cliché and took away from the story a bit. Also, it was a bit lengthy and drug on in the middle.

2.5 stars

This is an easy holiday read about a local carpenter who falls for a rich girl who buys a beachfront cottage in his hometown.

This story includes many of my favourite romance tropes: big family of brothers, a holiday fling, and a loveable, blue collar, tattoo artist/carpenter. I should have loved this book, but I really struggled to finish it.

For me, Jamie and Summer felt like types rather than real people. I found their cutesy intimate conversations off putting, not sensual. I still don’t understand how/why Summer instantly becomes part of Jamie’s family. And the pacing drove me mad. Jamie and Summer rush into a fling, spend 80% of the book shagging each other while not really communicating and resisting any sort of commitment. It’s only really in the last twenty or thirty pages that anything actually happens.

My reaction might just be a personal one. Again, this had all the elements of a story I should have loved but I couldn’t connect with the characters or their romance at all.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie), pizza, and red wine. Cathryn has two teenagers who keep her busy and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. When not writing, Cathryn can be found laughing over lunch with friends, hanging out with her kids, or watching a big action flick with her husband. Cathryn is the author of the Blue Bay Crew series, which includes Demolished and Leveled.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Leveled (Blue Bay Crew #2) by Cathryn Fox to read and review.

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