Tuesday, April 22, 2014

All Fired Up by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy

Title: All Fired Up
Author: Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: DreamMakers #1
Main Characters: Parker and Lynn
Release Date: February 2014
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
He’s ready to lead the way

Parker Wilson never thought he’d go from battle-hardened soldier to romance expert, but after his stint in the Rangers, that’s exactly what happened. As the owner of DreamMakers Inc., he helps other men win in the love department, using every resource available to plan the perfect date. When a routine recon turns into an unexpected night of passion, Parker’s mission becomes more personal—and he won’t give up until Lynn Davidson is all his.

She’s more than willing to follow

Lynn is a goner from the moment she lays eyes on the delectable Parker. She’s just ditched her boring almost-boyfriend and is tired of sticking to the straight and narrow. It’s time to walk on the wild side, and what better way than in the arms of the most irresistible man she’s ever met? But when their red-hot affair is threatened, it’ll take a team effort to make their dreams come true.
My Review:
This is the start of a brand new series and collaboration between two incredibly talented authors who know how to write sexy romance: Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy. And this premise...OMG, I wish I'd thought of it because it's pure brilliant fun...three former Army Rangers who go together to form a dating business. But this isn't just any dating business. These guys specialize in helping other men, who are hopeless at romance, make those little moments special and memorable for their women. And yeah, they also spend quite a bit of their time helping men get themselves out of the romantic messes they've gotten into with their significant other. 

At the heart of this premise is an idea that I love. Guys aren't naturally romantic...none of them. They just aren't programmed that way. Well, the three men of DreamMakers have realized that and they've made romance into a step by step process. Basically these three guys make it so that romance is easier for the normal guy. Because the fact of the matter is, guys don't mean to be jerks when it comes to this area. They just don't think it through as well as they should, but it is in NO WAY a reflection on their love for their girl. Through DreamMakers, these guys help their clients show that love in a way that wouldn't normally occur to the client. That client wants to do the romantic thing...he just has no clue how so the DreamMakers guys show him the light. (And I made that sound way more complicated than it truly is). Just know that the heart of this business is love and romance.

Which is not the first two words you think of when you think former Army Rangers...and is why I love it. It's so unexpected and the three guys: Jack, Drew, and Parker. Yeah....they're pretty awesome and yummy and when I picture them, sex-on-a-stick comes to mind. And they truly are all about romance. I'm seeing new book boyfriend possibilities here. 

This book though begins with the undesirable client...a guy who's not really there because he wants his girl to be happy. He's there to manipulate his girl which is not what this company is about, but despite their reservations, they accept him as a client. That fact is made worse though when Parker and Drew meet Lynn, the client's girl, and she's gorgeous, intelligent, sweet, and sexy. This is not a girl who should be with that jerk and no one is more sure about that than Parker. And that's all I'm going to tell you about the actual  story because...no spoilers!

It's a fun...really, really fun book to read. And OMG, it is sexy. I knew that it was labeled as erotic, but I had to admit, I was surprised (pleasantly so) in those first few sexual scenes. This book is hot. But what's different about it from most erotic romances is that it's still really fun and is all about the love and romance within that fun. I grinned almost the entire way through the book. The three friends that own the company together are best friends and they have as much fun at their job as they do in their off-hours. They had a great vibe in all of their scenes and all three characters are very well-defined right off the bat. I can't wait to see where all the stories go. 

In this one, there was a touch of intrigue too which made it pretty intense toward the end. And there are a couple of story lines left hanging that as a reader, weren't bothersome, but definitely made me ready to read book #2 as soon as possible. I'm looking forward to more. Parker and Lynn were an awesome couple and their chemistry made me love this book. I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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