(Make Me Series)
March 1, 2018
In MAKE ME WANT, Lucy a bold and confident lawyer seeks the help of her good friend Gideon to reawaken her passion in the bedroom. Fans of Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz or Expecting a Royal Scandal by Caitlin Crews will want to one-click this sizzling matchmaker romance.
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“I want everything.”
She’s taking control. And it’s driving him wild!
Lucy Baudin’s ex did a number on her self-esteem, but it’s time for her to regain control. In her job as a lawyer she’s bold, confident. But in the bedroom she needs inspiration to reawaken her inner seductress. Asking her friend Gideon Novak for help seems wrong…yet so deliciously right!
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
Make Me Want is the first novel I’ve read from Harlequin’s new Dare line:
“Harlequin Dare stories push the boundaries of sexual explicitness while keeping the focus on the developing romantic relationship. Come meet the sexiest men alive!” from Harlequin.
So, honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. Many of the sexually explicit novels I’ve read in the past few years have blurred together because they offer nothing new, each seeming to have jumped on the Fifty Shades of Grey bandwagon so it’s like hearing a tune covered over and over by different singers without change-up or finesse.
However, Make Me Want by Katee Robert exceeded my expectations and delivered a novel that made me care about the characters and story as well as needing a fan to lower the temperature.
Two years ago Lucy was engaged to Gideon’s best friend until she discovered (via Gideon) that he was cheating on her. However, during the time that they were together, the ex-fiance made Lucy believe that she wasn’t passionate enough or good enough in bed, which was why he roamed. So for two years, Lucy has concentrated on her career and has risen to the point where she expects to be promoted. It’s a good-ole-boy network though, and Lucy believes the only way she can advance is if she’s married. Thus she calls Gideon, the headhunter, old friend, to help her find a prospective husband and also to give her lessons in making love.
If anyone else had given him such a proposition, Gideon would no doubt have walked out. But this is Lucy, the woman he fell in love with when he first saw her. The woman he couldn’t get out of his mind. The woman who made him become a player, so he could never commit or have a real relationship with anyone else.
For me, the reason why this novel worked is because it was clear Lucy and Gideon cared for each other. They had an established relationship before, based on a good friendship. They could talk to each other about all kinds of things. And their chemistry worked for me.
And, I really liked Gideon. By the end of the novel, I thought, “mmmmm, Gideon.”
I do wish, however, that for all of the ambition and strength that Lucy had in her law career–and you do need it for that cutthroat work–that she had a similar strength with regards to being proud of herself as a human being rather than be victimized by a two-timing ego-maniac. Alas, if that were true, she would never have contacted Gideon for sensual lessons and we would have been without a sensual novel.
By the way, this is the first novel I’ve read by Katee Robert and won’t be the last.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
4 out of 5 butterflies
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Disclaimer: This excerpt includes language that some may consider offensive.
Make Me Want
Copyright © 2018 Katee Robert
“What the fuck, Lucy?”
“You know exactly what I’m talking about.” He pulled her dress up, though he didn’t need the confirmation. “You come in here with that cock tease of a dress and you aren’t wearing panties.” Jealousy and desire twisted viciously through him. “Were you going to give Aaron a little show?”
“Oh, please. Give me a little credit.” She lifted her chin. “I’m proving a point. You, Gideon Novak, don’t get to make my decisions for me. I appreciate your help, but that’s where it ends.”
She didn’t want him.
He was good enough to fuck but not good enough to listen to.
He kept a white-knuckled grip on his temper because having a knock-down, drag-out fight here and now wasn’t an option for either of them. Not to mention the fact that he didn’t have a right to be pissed. She’d laid out the terms that first day and if he chose to ignore them, that was on him—not on Lucy.
It didn’t make how shitty this situation was any easier to swallow.
Gideon stepped back. “The table. Bend over it.”
Her eyebrows inched up. “You can’t be serious.”
“As a fucking heart attack. I told you what would happen if you showed up like that, and you were all too eager to pick up that gauntlet. Choices have consequences, Lucy. This is one of them.”
She backed toward the table. One step. Two. “The consequences being that you’ll spank my ass red and then fuck me right here.”
She wants it.
It didn’t soothe his temper. If anything, it ratcheted it up a notch. She might want it but she didn’t want him. “The table.”
Lucy turned and, prim as a princess, bent over the table. She seemed to consider and then lowered her chest further until the top half of her body was flush against the polished wood. The position left her ass in the air and had her skirt riding up so he could see how turned on she was by this.
“Which part is getting you?” He stood between her and the door and pushed her dress the last few inches to bare her completely. “The spanking, the defiance, or the fact that we’re in an unlocked room where anyone could walk in—including your fucking date?”
She tilted her ass up, just a little, an offer that made his mouth water. But it was her words that sealed her fate. “All of the above.”
About Katee Robert
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.” When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.