This looked interesting, somewhat up my alley and I was eager to read it. I've read other books by Megan Erickson that I enjoyed. This one was just okay for me.
Marley is an editor at Gamers magazine. Austin is part owner of Gamers magazine and he's the author of the video game that Marley loves, Aric's Revenge. Marley thinks he is an IT guy who provides computer support for magazine employees. Austin does not correct her. He never willingly corrects her impression of his job description, although it's very clear to her how secretive and private he is.
Their sexual relationship is quite hot. Although, when they begin referring to each other as Aric and Evelyn (heroine of the video game) during the act, it totally took away from the scenes.
I was also uncomfortable with the relationship between Austin and his business partner (Marley's boss), Grant. They are LONG time friends, but something about the tone surrounding their relationship had me expecting that a secret sexual relationship between them would be revealed.
Yes, it has a lot of sex. I read few and skimmed the rest. But I also KNEW what I got myself into -- this being a Brazen title, which means it is definitely VERY steamy, so it will not be fair for me to judge it by my preference of lack of sex. So I'm going to focus on the characters and the relationship.
Except for the Tumblr addiction and then going to cosplay, I kinda think that Marley wasn't "geeky" enough. As for Austin, I would've love to see him doing more in the grand gesture part because the whole lie thing went a bit too long for my liking; which resulted in something very predictable situation.
By the way, I loved, LOVED, Marley's sibling relationship with her brother Chad, as well as Austin's friendship with Grant. Plus I thought Grant's teenager daughter was awesome. Wait, is that a problem that I like the 'secondary' relationship better than the main one? *lol*
First off, you need to know that this boy has quite the mouth on him. I swear every word out of his mouth was about sex! While it was kinda hot at first, I wish he'd had more to say. There had to be more going on in that head of his than music and sex! I really enjoyed his tortured artist feel - tortured by a girl he never had that he had to leave behind and now he can't get her out of his mind.
Jasmine was wonderful. She was sweet, sexy, hard working, talented, and just about anything else a guy could ask for in a girl. She seemed so different than Sarge, but they had some very serious chemistry that you could really feel coming right off the pages.
There was a great story line of reclaiming your past, living your dreams, and living with no regrets. But - the dialog just didn't cut it for me. While I'm all for a little dirty pillow talk, this was just a bit much for my taste.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*