Title: Dirty Trick (Perfectly Matched #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Christine Bell
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: September 23, 2013
In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!
One Line: One of my favorite Brazens, to date! I couldn’t put it down!
About the Book: Grace Love is lousy with men. She can spot a match for someone else a mile away, and her balls-on instincts are why her matchmaking business is thriving, but finding her own Prince Charming? The only guy who makes her sixth sense tingle is her playboy best friend, Trick, and no way is she risking their friendship, no matter how hot she knows the sex will be.
SWAT officer Trick Matthews is a patient guy, but Grace’s inability to see what’s right in front of her is grinding on his last nerve. Yeah, he blew his shot at breaking out of the friend zone when he tamped down the urge to lick her from head to toe the day they met, but he’s got a plan that’ll change her mind. Incognito at Salem’s hottest Halloween party, he’ll show her exactly how good they could be…and that he’s the man for her.
This book has it all in terms of contemporary romance. A sweet and wonderful story of friends-turned-lovers. An awkward, yet adorable female lead. A sexy-as-hell guy who is not only kind, but knows what he’s doing in bed. Add on all the sizzling sexy times and you’ve got yourself a killer Brazen title right there. Dirty Trick as easily made it into my favorites list in this imprint. While I enjoy mostly all of the Brazen books, they all fall into the “4 star” category, with the exception of Tessa Bailey’s books (Line of Duty series). This one, however, is right up there with Tessa’s. I’m a sucker for the friends-turned-lovers plot and I think Bell did a great job with it. I’m also a sucker for the adorably awkward, which is one of the main reasons why I loved this book so much.
Grace is awkward and a bit insecure, but thankfully, not in an annoying way. More like a hilarious and cute way. I really liked her. The owner of a successful match-making service, I loved how she always got “the tingles” whenever she knew a couple was meant to be. That kind of plays into the story a little, and I thought it was a clever little quirk that Bell added to the story. Once she started loosening up and seeing how amazing she was, I really loved her personality. For a romance novel, I think Bell did good with Grace’s character development and I really felt like there was a story there.
Trick was the perfect amount of sweet and sexy. I loved how sincere and caring he was towards Grace. You could really tell that he loves her. I have to tell you, I would love a guy like Trick in real life! One thing I that enjoyed most about his character was the fact that he wanted to open Grace up to new experiences and get her to let herself go and realize how amazing she is and what she’s capable of as a sexy, independent woman. He gave her confidence and the courage to try new things; helped her get out of her shell. Now, we all know I’m opposed to lying, but the way that he did it, it wasn’t conniving or bad at all, and he really had the best intentions. I really liked how the plot progressed, how things unraveled, and how everything was eventually resolved.
By now, I’d like to consider myself somewhat of an expert on Brazen books, so believe me when I tell you this one stands out above quite a few of them and if you’re anything like me, you’ll devour this book within hours. The characters really sold this book for me and I was left with a smile on my face in the end. You’ve made a fan of me, Bell, and I can’t wait to read what you write next!