Monday, October 15, 2018

Marriage Lessons by Katie Allen

Roomies with benefits and the potential for so much more in Marriage Lessons by Katie Ruggle, writing as Katie Allen.

Falling for your boss—no matter how fast he makes your pulse race—is such a cliché. But it’s one Annabelle Shay can’t seem to avoid. Gallery owner Louis Dumont is stupid hot. Plus, he’s sweet, sensitive and a brilliant artist. But he’s also oblivious. Which is good because Annabelle loves her job too much to risk it.

Louis hasn’t been with a woman since he was wounded in Afghanistan, remaining guarded about his body and his heart. But Annabelle is different. She keeps him grounded. Which is why protecting her—first pretending to be her husband to ward off unwanted attention, then inviting her to move in after her landlord kicks her out—feels so natural, even if it invites rampant temptation.

Try as Annabelle might, there are some desires you simply can’t shake. Louis repeatedly joke-asking her to marry him isn’t helping, especially when their unbearable attraction upgrades them to roomies with benefits. But Louis is still keeping pieces of his past to himself, leaving Annabelle to wonder if he’ll ever truly be vulnerable with her—or if she stands to lose everything.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the third book in the series, and although they are all linked, you do not really need to read one to enjoy another.

Annabelle suffers her love for her boss Louis in silence, as she does not know how he feels about her, nor how it would affect the job that she loves. Then he starts to push her with comments about marrying her and asking her to move in when her lease is up. She finds it harder and harder to keep her feelings to herself and Louis seems to be happy to move forward as a couple.

As we only get Annabelle's viewpoint, we don't really know initially whether he is protective or romantically interested in Annabelle. It is rather fun not to be entirely sure and ramps up the pressure on her to decide how to act. I love her one step forward body, but one step back brain arguments with herself – they worked really well at making us think about the risks and the rewards. As things develop and they get closer, a major event helps to define what is important and what is not. His protectiveness goes into overdrive and yet also the wonderful humour that is throughout this book comes to the fore.

For a sweet, funny, and very romantic book, with a good pinch of drama, I would definitely recommend this to you.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I'm not sure the title fits the books, but the story it tells is one of hope and resilience.

Annabelle moves to Bozeman and takes a job with Louis as his office manager/personal assistant. Their relationship is teetering on more than friendship, but Annabelle is not sure how to go about taking the next step. She knows that the injuries that Louis suffered during combat haunt him in ways that she doesn't completely understand. She knows that the physical changes to his body are only part of the injuries he still deals with on a daily basis.

Louis' insecurities about his physical scars are very well written and you can get a sense of how the loss affects him on an emotional level as well. The gradual way he has of getting close to Annabelle is heartwarming and very real.

I liked this book and can't wait to read more in this series.

Avid Reader☆☆
M/F Romance

Louis and Annabelle have worked together for a while now. Despite their relationship, Annabelle has some unrequited love.

This story was more friends than lovers, but it never quite rung very true for me. It lacked chemistry. They had great banter, but it was much more friendly banter.

The mystery within the story was predictable. Annabelle lacked depth and was almost a young adult character rather than an adult character. Then there was Louis. He had sustained catastrophic injuries, but it was all just kind of glanced over. Then, his reaction to Annabelle was a young adult reaction as well.

I think this had great potential. It just missed the mark for me. The series has been a fun read, but this was my least favorite book.

Also Available in the Off Guard Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Acting Lessons post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Baking Lessons post.

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 Marriage Lessons (Off Guard #3) by Katie Allen to read and review.

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