Book Review: Even the Score by Kate Meader

July 19, 2015 Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Even the Score by Kate MeaderTitle: Even the Score by Kate Meader
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Published by: Entangled Brazen on July 21, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 253
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four-stars

He'll make her an offer she can't refuse...

Actress Tess McKenzie is performing in the Tenth Circle of Showbiz Hell-dinner theater. All she really wants is to start a theater of her own. Then Tess receives an offer she can't refuse. She'll get her funding...if she pretends to be the fiancée to her nemesis, Texan property tycoon Hunter Dade. If she's going to pull this off, she'll need all the luck she can get. Break a leg, indeed.

On the verge of a big business deal, Hunter needs to hire a fiancée. He hasn't quite forgiven Tess for ruining his wedding, but when their chemistry goes from combative to straight-up lust, the "no sex" clause in their mutually beneficial arrangement is tested. Which is a serious problem, because if Tess isn't careful, she'll go from breaking a leg to breaking her heart...

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: I just love me those Southern men!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

Ah! This is exactly why I love reading this imprint. Even the Score combined the sexy with the substance in all the right places and I just couldn’t get enough of Tess and Hunter. I always get a kick out of the “fake fiance/relationship” trope because you just know they’ll end up falling for each other in the end. Well, with Hunter and Tess, it pretty much starts out as a lust-hate relationship. I was curious as to how Tess ruined Hunter’s wedding and whether there was something real behind all that, and there was. I think Tess did it for all the right reasons, even though Hunter couldn’t really see it until the end. I liked that they don’t deny their attraction to each other, yet they make it clear that they don’t see eye to eye in any other aspect. The warring nature of their relationship was what made the sparks fly and I reveled in those moments.

Hunter kind of stole my heart in this book. He may come off as aloof and single-minded, but there’s a reason for it. I liked visiting his hometown and seeing him in his element. That whole Southern flair always gets me. He’s got some pretty thick walls that took Tess quite awhile to break down. Despite his issues, Hunter is a protector. Once he and Tess reconnected, he was always looking out for her and I thought it was the sweetest thing. I loved that not only did they connect on the sexual, sinful level, they broke through each others’ barriers and got to know one another for real. They’re kind of both hiding behind these facades so it pleased me to see them learn to trust and open up to one another. Hunter’s story is pretty tragic and it takes someone like Tess to help him see that he’s so much more than what he sees in himself. Also, the chemistry between these two is quite the scorcher.

Even the Score is definitely one of the better Brazens out there and I’m so looking forward to the rest of the series. Flynn and Brody, Hunter’s business partners, seem like very intriguing characters and I’m definitely eager to read about their stories.

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