Series: Best Revenge Book #2
Stand Alone Title: yes
Author: Marie Harte
Blurb: One little lie, one huge grudge, and one picture-perfect plan for revenge…
Blackmailed into a prom date by the cute but geeky Dexter Black twelve years ago, Maya Werner shocked herself by having a good time. For a strong-willed, hot-tempered artist who’s used to having the upper hand, that’s never sat well with her.
At weekly wine night with her friends, Maya finds herself pledging to get revenge on the men who’ve done her wrong—starting with Dex. Except the Marine Corps transformed the nerd into a hot, sexy guy with the audacity to blackmail her again. This time into a few dates.
Dex is back in town with one goal in mind: to win the girl of his dreams. But he knows how she operates. His strategy? Keep her off balance by running hot and cold until she melts into the passion between them.
When a misunderstanding stokes old hurts, Maya backs away when she should stand her ground. But Dex has a contingency plan: pour on the charm with both barrels, until he has his own form of revenge—loving Maya, forever.
Warning: Blackmailing a stubborn, hot-tempered artist into bed, and an ex-Marine who has a penchant for taking pictures. Yeah, those kinds of pictures.
Favorite quotes: “There’s hitting, and there’s hitting.” He licked his lips, his gaze on her mouth. His sly grin had her backing up even more in the tub. She shivered at the cool air hitting her wet skin. “I’d love to hit that mouth with my own. Lick my way down your body.”
Thoughts: “Against all odds,” Jack continued. “May you not find yourself castrated, crying, and broken when she’s through with you.” – With that being said, I will just say, I LOVED Maya’s character – she is definitely what would be considered a ball buster! She brash, honest, and tells it like it is…and has no qualms about it. Yet she also has layers, and her character did not come off as unlikeable at all. I adored her. I also loved Dex….I love a male character that knows what he wants and goes after it, and Dex has loved Maya for years. And, boy, does he have his hands full trying to subtly win his way to Maya’s heart – all along knowing he has tons of bramble bushes and baggage to work his way through to get there.
Really, you couldn’t get a better book than this. Occasionally, Dex would be a little overly…smutty, I guess….in something he said, but that’s Marie Harte’s writing style. She pushes the boundary in this area without tipping it over into pure smut, while maintaining that element of erotica in there. It’s not a problem or critique, it just may not be for everyone. Even if I did have an issue with this, I’m sorry but Harte’s writing style and storyline are so good I’d read it anyway!
We also have some side characters who I wouldn’t mind getting to know a little bit more, though it is easily read as stand alone.
All around, this was just a perfect read for me! Excellent book by Marie Harte.