Title: The List (The List, #1)
Author: Tawna Fenske
Publisher: Scorched, Entangled Publishing
Expected Publishing Date: January 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3 Stars
As the millionaire owner of a chain of computer shops, Simon Traxel isn’t normally hands-on with mundane repairs. But when a fretful brunette shows up with her fried laptop and killer green eyes, he makes an exception. And as it turns out, she needs more hands-on help than Simon imagined.
Brainy soil scientist Cassie Michaels has spent her whole life feeling like a grungy tree trunk beside her delicate flower sisters. To make herself more interesting, Cassie invented stories about her wild sex life—stories she’s expected to retell in vivid detail at a bachelorette party. Cassie’s attempt to catalog her biggest whoppers goes awry when she spills wine on her laptop and lands in Simon’s shop with her sexy list frozen on the screen.
But Simon’s interest is piqued, and the two strike a deal to make Cassie’s make-believe sexploits a reality. From steamy public romps gone hilariously awry, to sexy antics with kitchen utensils, their quest to conquer The List is equal parts scorching hot and adorably awkward.
As they near the end of The List though, Cassie and Simon second guess their pledge to shake hands and say goodbye when they cross off the last item. But will Simon’s big secret make that the one fantasy that can never come true?
♦ Personal Thought ♦
I admit to be a bit skittish when it came to reading books with kinks and such; so picking up a title from Entangled Publishing imprint, Scorched, is quite a challenge for me. The blurb is just too compelling to pass though. Geeky millionaire and brainy soil scientist, awkward meeting and a list of wild sex fantasy. Heck yeah I could endure some steamy kinky graphic scenes on page! But don’t worry, they were not THAT kinky anyway, even I would say the scenes here were pretty mild. 🙂
I like Simon, the geeky owner of chain computer shops, who was not only down to earth but devoted to his sister. The fact that he had sister with Down Syndrome and that he ran his company with equal opportunity policy (there was even convo here of Simon with an employee with DS) were also a huge plus on his person. Although, this doting brother sentiment was mostly told and rarely shown, which was kinda retract the impression of real doting brother to my liking.
Cassie was also an endearing character though the reason behind the lies and the didn’t sound plausible for me. Still, the beginning of the book – the witty talk, the chemistry between the main characters – was quite promising. I could even disregard alternate first person POVs (that normally bug me no end) as the author’s way with words is just enjoyable.
Having said that, after a while Simon’s insecurities just started to annoy me. The lying by omission soon got old and frankly I’m disappointed that Cassie didn’t pick up on it soon. I also wasn’t impressed by Simon’s slow comeback after one blow; that he even needed prodding to grow a backbone and fight back. But the good thing is, this showed that Cassie’s sisters were not bad after all!
As a whole, this is a pretty entertaining read. There’s plenty hawt scenes to be sure. Eh, you saw the blurb; so if you’re in for some warming up time, you should consider picking this story up! 😉
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.