BAITING THE MAID OF HONOR

TESSA BAILEY

Publisher:  Entangled

Published Date: June 2014

ISBN:  978-1-62266-726-0

Genre: Romance

Source: Received for an honest review

Book Description (from Entangled)

He’ll own her from the very first touch.

Julie Piper and Reed Lawson have nothing in common. She’s a people-pleasing sorority girl hiding behind her perfect mask. He’s a take-no-prisoners SWAT commander who isolates himself from the world. But when they’re forced together at their friends’ posh destination wedding, one thing is clear—Reed wants Julie more than he wants his next breath. Which is why he’s not about to stand by when she’s dared to seduce another man.

Julie wants neat, tidy sex, so she could get back to what she does best—making everybody else happy. She never expected to slip into a dark bedroom and have her mind blown by rough, demanding hands, and a sinfully filthy mouth—neither of which belong to the best man.

One night should have been all Reed needed to get the blond temptress out of his system, but when one taste is nowhere near enough, he’ll be forced confront the effects of his hellish past. One that may push Julie away forever…just when he realizes he can’t live without her.

MY THOUGHTS:

Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey is Book 2 of the Wedding Dare series and a stand out book in terms of emotional punch.  Kady and Colton’s destination wedding festivities are bringing their friends and families together as groomsmen and bridesmaids.  Reed, tough as nails SWAT commander is one of Colton’s oldest friends.  From the first moment he sees Julie, the sparks fly and they both sizzle on the page.  Julie is a socialite princess, so caught up in pleasing people and doing the right thing that Reed is completely out of her comfort zone.

Reed, like Colton before him, has a strong dominant streak.  Unlike Colton, that streak is at least partly attributable to his very difficult past.  Reed’s always seen the worst of humanity, even in his earliest days.  Julie’s never been around the worst of humanity.  But they turn each other on in all the right ways even as they try to turn each other off and away from themselves.  Reed’s deep-seated insecurities and that huge chip on his shoulder lead him to hurt Julie badly.  But he is also the one who sees her behind the mask she wears.  Julie’s mask is driving her and her friends crazy, but it is Reed who forces her to really look at herself.

They play off each other beautifully and the past scars for both add a wonderful layer on top.  This is arguably the best book of this series with its angsty characters with no prior history.  Two wounded souls finding all the right notes: more please.

 RATING: 4

Heat Rating:  Hot

REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves

Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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