(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Macmillan on April 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...He controls the game, but she's rewriting all the rules...Marley Lake is no stranger to awkwardness, but getting caught watching a dirty GIF by the company's hot new IT guy exceeds even her standards. That is, until she realizes he's as turned on by it as she is. But with a big promotion on the line, she refuses to let her current dry spell be her downfall. Maybe. Austin Rivers has no business lusting after the irresistible editor of Gamers Magazine. He's a secret partner in the business-and technically Marley's boss. One look at that GIF, though, and he's ready to install a whole lot more than just software...as long as she never finds out who he really is. But reality's not as virtual as it seems, and when Austin's identity jeopardizes Marley's promotion, he has to change his game or risk losing the only woman with the cheat code to his heart.
Marley Lake is a woman in what has historically been known as a man’s world. She’s an editor for Gamers Magazine and she’s amazing at what she does. But her personal life has taken the back seat to establishing and proving herself. A late night in the office, a deadline on the very near horizon and a frozen computer brings the IT guy, Austin Rivers to her desk… What she completely forgets about is the dirty GIF that was on her monitor when it froze.
Austin Rivers shouldn’t be attracted to Marley… she’s off-limits as an employee of the magazine he’s a silent partner in. But when he catches a glimpse of the GIF she’s been looking at, he’s completely intrigued, and when he sees how it affects her, it takes everything in him to walk away from her that night.
Okay… so apparently I have a thing for nerdy, gamers and hackers. I think I have an even bigger thing for them when they are Austin Rivers. I mean how can you not be attracted to a guy who according to Marley, “talked like a textbook and looked like an underwear model.” He claims to have all kinds of control, but Marley seems to test that claim in all the ways that could cause them both all kinds of trouble. Austin is alpha in all the best ways, and this book has probably some of the sexiest sexy times I’ve ever read… can you say work supply closet? *fans self* But Austin has been burned in the past by people he trusted, so he doesn’t open up to anyone easily not only is there a big secret that he’s not disclosing to Marley, but he doesn’t share anything about himself with her.
I loved Marley – I loved that she is a strong, intelligent woman…but she’s also fun and doesn’t apologize for the things she loves to do and most importantly doesn’t apologize for her sexuality or the things she desires.
Which leads me to the chemistry between these two… it is amazing… Austin is alpha in all the best ways, and this book has probably some of the sexiest sexy times I’ve ever read… can you say work supply closet? *fans self* If you love a dirty talker I can’t tell you enough how much this will satisfy you. But it was more than that… there is excellent banter and sweet moments too. All the things I love in a good story.
But Austin has been burned in the past by people he trusted, so he doesn’t open up to anyone easily, and the big secrets that he’s not disclosing to Marley could affect her ambitions at work.
The story itself isn’t anything new or different, there’s no crazy twist or turn… what you will find is a refreshing storyteller in Erickson and fun characters that you can’t help but want to learn more about. I’m definitely looking forward to the other books in the series and at the very least, hope we get Grant and Chad’s stories!
Pick this one up if you’re looking for a steamy, sexy, story with a slightly nerdy alpha male lead … you can’t go wrong! I’ll just be over here re-reading… over and over until the next in this series arrives.
Thank you to Entangled for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.