- Entangled Publishing
- Release Date
- July 2012
- Book 1 of Come Undone
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Prim and proper art gallery coordinator Elle Walser is no good at seducing men. Heck, she's been throwing hints at her boss for months, but he's completely clueless. Desperate to escape her mother's matchmaking efforts, she comes up with a plan—buy some lingerie and climb into her boss's bed. The plan goes brilliantly…until she accidentally seduces a sexy stranger instead.
Bad boy nightclub mogul Gabe Schultz just had the best almost-sex of his life. Too bad the smoking hot blonde thought he was his brother and bolted before he could finish what they started. Though her holier-than-thou attitude puts a serious damper on his mood, Gabe's never been one to give up on something he wants. And he wants Elle. But does a man who lives on the dark side really have a chance with a proper lady?
Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Nov 21, 2012 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
76 people found the following review helpful
WRONG BED, RIGHT GUY sucked me in from the first page and didn't let go 'til the last. I can't get enough of Elle and Gabe; they were perfect together.
Elle had a history of being attracted to the wrong guys, aka bad boys, but the guys her mother paired her up with were not to her taste at all. So, when she was attracted to her boss, a guy more to her taste but who seemed like a good guy--no tats, responsible, hardworking--she decided to seduce him. When Nathan announced that he'll be working in his loft above the gallery that weekend, she saw her chance.
Despite her nervousness, Elle plucked up her courage and slipped into Nathan's bedroom. Everything was going well...that is, until the guy who was doing these seriously delicious intimate things to her spoke. That was when she learned he wasn't Nathan at all.
Instead, he was Gabe, Nathan's big brother, who was instantly on her bad boy radar for his tats, his big, virile body and his slightly rough around the edges manner. Thus began the age-old attraction and clash of opposites.
I can't tell you enough how much I like this book, how it captured my imagination from the first page and sent me on a thrilling roller-coaster ride throughout the pages until the end. This story delights and entertains, and I didn't want the ride to end.
Refined, polished, well-mannered Elle clashed instantly with Gabe. For example, he wouldn't be caught dead in fancy restaurants, as he wasn't comfortable in them. However, Elle wrinkled her nose when he took her to one of his dives for lunch, where the outside of the bar was a bit seedy with peeling paint and the inside was not much better. Yet they served the best hamburgers, which Gabe liked. But despite these opposites, they found common ground in their love for tattoos and action movies, and of course, their sizzling attraction to one another.
Their romance was a mess of pitfalls that was laugh-out-loud funny, like the initial aborted seduction and how Gabe's romantic gesture of giving her flowers gave Elle allergies instead. Yet, Gabe's attentive concern for Elle during her allergy is rather meltingly sweet. I like how these two interact--there is obvious chemistry beneath their banter and snarks. Love those witty exchanges!
Elle does have a few misconceptions about people that some may object to, but I'm willing to overlook them because hey, aren't we all like that at one point or another before we see the light? I'm sure her perceptions will change the more she hangs out with Gabe. There's nothing more life-changing than meeting the person you could possibly love and spend the rest of your life with. Gabe, on the other hand, will tug at your heartstrings from the moment the seduction scene was seen from his POV. His thoughts and yearnings just grab you and make you feel for him. There's something that touches a woman to see this bad boy with vulnerabilities.
The pacing is fast, though just right for this story, as it keeps the reader from becoming bored. The conflict is real, as would happen between persons of opposite personalities, though the final conflict that resulted in the Big Misunderstanding is not as strong as I would've liked. Thank goodness for best friends! That said, I like the ending (when they made up), as I think the story ends on a realistic yet hopeful note. I can't wait to read Nathan's story, which I hope is next, and at the same time, I hope we can see more of how Gabe and Elle's story progresses in the succeeding books in the series.
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