Monday, February 20, 2017

To The Studs

Duke has always made it clear she’s not his type. 
Yet the simmering tension between them says otherwise….

Bound by Design #1
Roxanne Smith
Releasing Feb 21, 2017
Lyrical Shine

No one says no to fiery but talented home designer Neve Harper—which is how she convinces her elusive neighbor, Duke Kennicot, to help out with her latest renovation job. Not only is Duke a design aficionado, he’s got the inside scoop on the cabin’s owner. And since Neve’s ulterior motive is a romance with the boss, Duke is her ideal wingman. Except from the moment they’re alone in the remote Ozark mountain location, Neve discovers Duke is just as headstrong—and a whole lot sexier—than she ever realized. Duke has always made it clear she’s not his type. Yet the simmering tension between them says otherwise….

Duke had been warned to steer clear of hot-tempered Neve, but his resolve is lessening with every heated exchange—and every smoldering touch. By the time Neve unearths a dangerous, age-old mystery buried on the property, Duke is ready to do just about anything to keep the brazen beauty safe…. 

     Neve Harper is one of the strongest characters I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. Outspoken and self-assured, she knows what she wants and has no hesitation or doubts about how to go about getting it. What she wants, after her last boy-toy, is a fling with her best friend’s boss. 
     Duke is not what he appears to be. After being warned about Neve’s chew ‘em up and spit ‘em out tendency, he devises a plan to prevent Neve from starting something he couldn’t resist.
     When his boss finagles Duke into renovating a cabin with Neve, they discover a simmering tension that won’t be ignored. Neve’s penchant for finding trouble flares in a big way and incites Duke’s protective instinct.
     When I first started this book, I found it a little difficult to connect with Neve. Besides being strong-willed, she has a bit of a mean streak. Duke, on the other hand, was a character that drew me along page to page.
     Each character was very well defined and the book is very well written. The author definitely has a knack for keeping you interested. I loved that there were enough twists to keep you guessing and the interactions between Neve and Duke sizzled.  Well done.
4 stars

A Florida native, Roxanne Smith has called everywhere from Houston to Cheyenne home. Currently residing in Roswell, New Mexico, she’s an avid reader of every genre, a cat lover, pit bull advocate, and semi-geek. She loves video games, Doctor Who, and her dashing husband. Her two kids are the light of her life and provide ample material for her writing.

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