Taking the Score (Tall, Dark, and Texan, #2) by Kate Meader

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Published February 15th 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Brazen)

Synopsis

His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to moonlight as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.

Texas property tycoon Brody Kane hired Emma for her spreadsheet skills, but her prim and proper demeanor sealed the deal. There’s no room in his life for a sexy distraction … and yet, he can’t stop lusting after the delicious Ms. Strickland. And then he takes an important client to a Chicago strip club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history. From Emma.

Now that he knows his office good girl has a naughty streak, Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one steamy, illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time. But Emma is hiding more than her side job, and her final secret could end up destroying them both

5 Never let the nerdy look fool you stars!

This was such a nice surprise!
So…I have a thing for nerdy, strong, smart, sassy characters… image how thrilled I was to discover that the lead character in this book met all my nerdy fan-girl requirements, except in this case the honor went to a male lead.

YES! In this book Broderick (Brody) Kane III is described as

“Not handsome in the classical sense, he radiated something more compelling. On the day the goddess was giving out the hawt, Brody Kane received an extra helping of sensuality instead of pretty boy. His lips were too full, even when sealed together in their customary grim disapproval. Mahogany hair flopped over his right eyebrow in a way that screamed, “I need a cut but I’m too distracted (making money) to care.”
But his most attractive feature was his eyes. Silver grey like moonlight over a calm stretch of water. Eyes that could cut you to pieces and rebuild you with a single look. To add sexy insult to hot injury, he wore glasses.
Yep, total dweeb.
He also happened to be the brains of Score Property, the numbers guy, and wealthier than sin.”
He’s also loyal, compassionate, and a Doctor Who-loving, Star Wars-quoting geek.

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This is my Brody

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Emma, our lead female character describes herself as “better than trailer park trash”.
She loves her job working for Brody Kane.
She smart (both book and street), sassy, independent, stubborn, loyal, and compassionate. She’s also re-invented herself to look dowdy and prim & proper so no one would suspect her ‘true roots’ or of the wild-side she’s trying to tame.

This is my Emma

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Right from the start the reader in engaged with these characters, and the incredible heat and chemistry they have for one another.

And OH NO, the author doesn’t wait till half-way thru the book before Emma and Brody give into their desires, it starts around the 20% mark and continues to get better (and dirtier) from there.

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Their story is one of extreme passion, and learning to trust one another with their deepest fears and secrets.

Brody wants to fix all of Emma’s problems by paying her debts.

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.. but doesn’t realize Emma doesn’t want to have to owe/or be in debt to anyone, especially Brody.
She’s a survivor.
She’s always worked her ass off to take care of herself and Daisy (her sister), and she doesn’t want “a debt” to be between Brody and her.
In her mind, it would make the scales of their relationship unbalanced.

I really enjoyed this story, and I loved the epilogue. (I love a good epilogue, and think every romance should have one .. my opinion of course).

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