Friday, July 25, 2014

Review - Relentless by Anna Wells

by Anna Wells
Series: Marsh Brothers, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 25, 2014

The last thing Michaela Prentice expected was to end up in bed next to her friend Jordan Marsh after a wee bit too much champagne. The sex was incredible but she doesn't want their one night to ruin their friendship.

The last thing Jordan Marsh wants is to remain friends with Michaela. They’d crossed the line from friends to lovers and that was where he was going to stay, after all he’d been relentlessly plotting her seduction for months.

Now Michaela has woken up to a slight hangover, a relationship with a guy she thought she knew, a mother planning a wedding, and a brother and a best friend who think it’s important to run a background check on your new man. What could be more normal?

Just as Michaela is beginnings to adjust to the status of their new relationship things start exploding; literally. 

Warning: This book is funny, steamy and contains sex scenes with chocolate that some readers might find delicious.

This was a fun, light read that was fast-paced and enjoyable. The characters were fun and the mystery/suspense added a nice back-drop to the romance. 

So we have Jordan Marsh – he’s been “friend-zoned” by Michaela and he’s been plotting for the past year how to move out of that zone and into one with a bit more intimacy….a lot more intimacy if he has his way! And then we have Michaela, who turned to Jordan as a friend after finding her fiancĂ© and Jordan’s girlfriend in bed together. She’s always thought Jordan was attractive, but was happy keeping him as a friend since he’s never really shown an interest in having anything more with her. Now add in a bunch of champagne and two people who have been fighting and, in Michaela’s case, denying the attraction between them, and you end up with one explosive night that definitely has Jordan moving out of the “friend-zone” – that is if he can convince Michaela of that! And finally, throw in several attempts on Michaela’s life, some corporate espionage, and some meddling family members, and you have one fun romance!

I totally loved Jordan. From his relentless pursuit of Michaela, to his not allowing Michaela to put him back in the “friend-zone” once they spend the night together, I just loved his dominant side (in and out of the bedroom!)
“Michaela, I swear to God, if you say we’re friends one more time I am going to paddle that gorgeous ass of yours. This wasn’t a one-night stand.”
Michaela frustrated me a bit, but once she finally came to terms with her new relationship status with Jordan I found myself really liking her. What I liked most was that once she committed to something (or someone), she was all in – there were several times where she could have let her insecurities create trouble, but she always thought through her actions and realized that she needed to trust and give the benefit of the doubt to find the truth…which was refreshing since it minimized the angst but also kept it real by showing her dealing with her initial reactions of anger/hurt first.

The mystery part of the story was good. Corporate espionage is always fun, and the couple of twists thrown in kept it interesting. And of course the threats on Michaela’s life help Jordan get her right where he wanted her…

I think one of my favorite things about this book was the supporting cast of characters. They added a lot of additional depth to the story and I can’t wait to read about the other Marsh brothers and Michaela’s friend Trixie. Michaela’s family was great – from her brother going into overprotective mode to her sister-in-law keeping him in his place. I think my favorite family member was Michaela’s mother – especially when she showed up at Michaela’s place to find Jordan and Michaela having breakfast after their night together…
Vivian checked her cell and rose from the table. “Oh, look at the time. I’m going to let you two get back to whatever it was you were doing.” She paused briefly before saying, “Do you have a cat Jordan?”

Jordan looked slightly confused. “No, why?”

Vivien smiled. “Well, those are some pretty impressive scratches on your chest. I just assumed you had some sort of run in with a cat.”

Michaela one again choked on her coffee at her mother’s comment.

Jordan grinned, completely un-phased by Vivien's remarks and looked down at his chest. “I can’t imagine how I got those.”
I can’t wait to see which of the Marsh brothers are up next in this series and am excited to find out that Michaela's brother has his own book that was released first – “Trust Me” – which tells his story…which, after meeting him and his wife in this book, should be a fun read!

I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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