Make Me Want
by Rebecca Brooks
Men of Gold Mountain, #3
Publication Date: August 28, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Brazen, Contemporary, Romance, Erotic, Standalone
Abbi Haas likes them big, bad, and out of her bed the next morning. So when a smoking hot firefighter shuts down a possessive ex by pretending to be her boyfriend, she’s happy to play along—and stay for the no-strings-attached sex under the stars. But her knight with bulging biceps had better not think she’s some damsel in distress. She’ll handle her ex like she does everything: on her own.
Wildland firefighter Tyler McCall is supposed to be taking a break from danger. First step to having fun: pick up a sexy stranger by pretending he’s her man. Too bad his fake girlfriend is also his new coworker…and their little white lie has already spread. Tyler knows he should walk away before he gets burned. But he can’t stay out of trouble, and there’s no way he’s letting her go.
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
There was something about the blurb that made me think that this book might be a fun, sexy romp; while it was sexy, lots-and-lots-of for you fans of books laden with sex scenes, the fun and romp were unfortunately missing.
This book is dead serious, although I did spot a moment of lightening up midway that didn’t last long enough.
Make Me Want begins with Tyler saving Abbi from her ex-hookup, Russ, and then they have a one-night stand in a gazebo near where she works at the nature center because that’s where she generally takes her hookups.
At this point I really needed to care about Tyler and Abbi to be invested in their story. While I did like Tyler, I never really liked Abbi. I truly felt like this was one character who, because of a taboo relationship that occurred when she was fifteen, desperately needed to have therapy and I don’t mean that as snark. All of these years later, she still obsesses, which is never healthy.
Despite the fact that she claims to be self-sufficient, there is always someone to save her. Her personality felt stunted to me.
Tyler on the other hand just suffered an incredible loss, his best friend, Scott. I liked his character because he wasn’t afraid to show his emotions or try to do the right thing. Although he was also broken, I felt like he was a deeper character because of it. He was a truly nice guy.
While I get that this is fantasy/fiction, I was a little sad that the author had Tyler reflect that despite the fact that Scott had been like a brother to him and it seemed like Scott was the one person who was always in his life, that his few weeks of knowing Abbi meant more than Scott. Really? For me, Tyler and Abbi would have had to have gone through something tremendous for those feelings to be established within such a short time and sex isn’t it no matter how good it is.
The “love” part of the relationship also didn’t feel right to me because frankly it was all lust. There was little meaningful interaction between them. No fun dates. No chances for companionship.
Because of the blurb, I also thought there would be some fireman action, other than him putting out fires in the bedroom, car, etc. Alas, there was one short scene that did not sate this reader.
While Make Me Want didn’t live up to my expectations, I know that there are readers out there for whom this lust-mance will light some fires. It’s well written with lots of steamy scenes. By now, you know my motto: your mileage may vary and I certainly know we all look for different things in the books we read.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 butterflies out of 5
ABOUT REBECCA BROOKS
Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new—and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing.