Book Review: Femme Fatale by Cindy Dees

June 22, 2013 Adult Book Reviews 2

femmeTitle: Femme Fatale (Hard Bodies #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Cindy Dees
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: eARC
Pages: 276
Release Date: April 22, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: I loved the chemistry and the characters, but the plot fell flat for me.

About the Book: Former teen star Olivia Harper has a problem. If she can’t shake her girl-next-door image and become the femme fatale her latest role requires, her career will flop. But with her squeaky-clean image, Liv’s hardly been kissed, let alone had her world rocked between the sheets. There’s no way she’ll ask her playboy co-star for pointers, so she turns to the sexy new military consultant for some discreet…guidance.

Major Blake Ramsey is stuck hiding out babysitting actors who can’t even lace their combat boots, until his boss can deal with the fallout from his last mission. When Liv propositions him, he can’t decide whether she’s the naïve girl she claims to be or a bombshell looking for another conquest.

But as the lessons heat up, Blake and Olivia catch the eye of the papparazzi and jeopardize both their lives…

I have to say, I am really liking guys in the armed forces, whether it be Marines, Army, Navy, etc. They just have this sex appeal about them that I find hard to resist. Needless to say, that’s what originally attracted me to this book. That, and the fact that Femme Fatale is a Brazen book. Unfortunately, this one falls into the lower side of the awesome spectrum that is Brazen books. Even though there are plenty of sexy scenes to make you sweat and pant, the plot was a bit ridiculous and unplausible, which really deterred me from enjoying the book as much as I wanted to.

Olivia was a great female lead. She has a passion and goals in life and does her best to not let anything stand in her way. I liked how dedicated she is to her career and how open she was to trying new things and become a better actress. When things really hit the fan, she went against what others told her to do and went with her gut. I wish she had more self-esteem though, but in the world of Hollywood, I could see where her insecurities came from.

Blake was your typical tough guy with a good heart. He also knows his stuff when it comes to women and sexy times and I loved watching him teach Olivia a thing or two about sexual prowess. I loved when he and Olivia were together and you can tell they have great chemistry and really balanced each other out. I felt like his side of the story could’ve been handled differently and it didn’t really make sense in the end how easily things wrapped up. My favorite parts involved him teaching Olivia how to unleash her inner vixen. The rest was just blah.

Probably the one thing that bugged me was how the plot progressed. The way that it played out was a little lame and unbelievable. Towards the end, things got a bit out of control and the plot was just all over the place, I felt like the author rushed through it and just laid out all her ideas in a jumbled mess. The overall feel I got from the book was light and fun, and that somewhat clashed Blake’s story arc, which was supposed to be serious. While not the best thing out there, especially as far as Brazen titles go, it was still fun to read. It was just missing that spark that I usually get with Brazen books, although definitely not a waste of time. If you’re a Brazen fan, I’m sure you’ll get some kind of kick out of this.

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