Stepping Out

Marie Harte
Stepping Out
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Loose Id, LLC
Release Date
March 2014
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Getting over her cheating ex was hard, but Gwen did it. She's not about to let her cousin be bamboozled by a loser too. But when she meets Mia's date, he's way sexier and better mannered than a cheating jerk has a right to be.

After the headache of his own cheating ex, Conlan is done cleaning up for his sleazy future brother-in-law. To save his sister heartache, he intends to teach some floozy a lesson. But Gwen is one gorgeous schemer he can't ignore. After a heated kiss nearly spins out of control, they part—more enemy than friend. Until they meet again, forced to work together.

Finding out Conlan isn't who she thought he was floors Gwen. They do their best to push their misunderstandings aside, only to rediscover their fiery chemistry won't go away. The more time they spend together, the more they come to like each other. But when business makes their pairing awkward, will Gwen trust in him enough to fall in love? And will Conlan take a chance on the one woman who could give him the happily ever after he only writes about?

Book Review by Angie Just Read... (reviewer)
Apr 25, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
137 people found the following review helpful
Blend the ultimate revenge date and mistaken identity times two and you have an exciting start to a red hot romance.

When published author and newspaper columnist Conlan Dawson discovers his future brother-in-law's intention to cheat, Conlan knows he must protect his pregnant sister at all costs, even if it means he has to misrepresent himself and his motives to the home-wrecking woman his sister's fiancé planned to meet for dinner and a hook-up. Plus, he's sure the experience will give him something to write about in Con's Concerns, his featured segment in The Insider local newspaper.

Gwen Wilcox has a bone to pick with the unknown male who directed a blatant come on to her pretty cousin at a party, while the scumbag boldly stood next to his very pregnant girlfriend. Posing as her cousin and meeting the would-be cheat for a dinner date, then putting the lowlife in his place will provide interesting fodder to write about in her relationship blog and in the articles she writes for The Bend Voice.

Two strangers set on coming on strong, getting the other hot and bothered, and then getting even seems like the perfect payback plan, but, maybe, not so much when both parties later realize the other was not the distasteful quarry they were originally after; that the burning attraction was very, very real, and all that subterfuge is really rather hard to get past.

Author Marie Harte's witty and well-presented plot makes this one of the most delicious mistaken identity romances I've read in quite a while. Conlan and Gwen are a powder keg waiting to go off and the initial dilemma they co-create via revenge date leads to antagonism that doesn't easily melt away when their professional lives suddenly converge and neither can they seem to leave the box of matches alone. STEPPING OUT has it all--humor, passion, lots of steam, and a decidedly pleasing conclusion that leaves you longing for another tempting tale from the talented Ms. Harte.
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