Published by Strawberry Valley Press on December 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
New York Times best selling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers tale, featuring a rough, tough bad boy brought to his knees by... a kindergarten teacher?
The king of one-night stands...To inherit--and destroy--his father’s business at long last, Brock Hudson needs a temporary wife. The ruthless ex-military heartthrob has always avoided romantic entanglements. Women are sweet, but vengeance will be sweeter. Or so he thinks. Only one woman will do, but the vulnerable beauty is more than he bargained for—sexier, wittier, and utterly irresistible.
The queen of the deep freeze…After an abusive first marriage, Lyndie Scott has sworn off relationships. But still she longs for a child of her own. Turns out, the brawler who used to frighten her with only a glance is the answer to her problems. She agrees to his proposal, with a caveat: spend every night in bed with her, then walk away for good when it’s time to divorce. Even if she’s pregnant.
A marriage of breathtaking inconvenience... As the days pass too quickly and the nights heat up, Brock battles a sense of possession and obsession. Will the former commitment-phobe convince his wife they’re better off together, or will she pack her bags and go?
From New York Times Bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes the next standalone romance in the Original Heartbreakers Series—CAN’T GET ENOUGH!
“Thank you,” she muttered. “My mother gave them to me. Um, why are we here, exactly?”
“And your wedding dress,” he said, continuing as if she hadn’t spoken. “My fetish is pleased.”
“You make the fetish sound like a separate entity,” she replied with a half-smile.
There. Now he felt comfortable enough to tackle her issues. “Are you having doubts about marrying me?” Even the thought of rejection sent panic spiraling through him, but sheer grit helped him maintain a neutral expression.
A wild gleam sparked in that golden gaze. “Are you having doubts about marrying me?”
“No. Now tell the truth. Are you having doubts?”
“Yes. No. Maybe? I’m just… I’m freaking out. Why aren’t you? Unless this is you in freak-out mode. Oh, my gosh. Is it? Do you have a fever? How many fingers am I holding up?” She extended her index finger directly in front of his face.
He rolled his eyes. “I’m in my right mind, doctor. You forget, I spent years as an Army Ranger. I’ve faced firing squads.” With his hands on her shoulders, he forced her to peer up at him. “We’re not trying for forever here. Just a month. Think of all the orgasms we’re going to have. Think of the little baby you’ll hold in your arms.” Manipulation? He sucked worse than he’d thought.
She’d thank him later. Maybe.
Everything about her softened, a small smile curving the corners of her rosebud mouth. “Maybe a little boy with pale green eyes, dark hair, and a wicked grin guaranteed to melt the heart of every woman he encounters. You’re right. I can do this.”
Melt the heart of every woman he encountered? That was how Lyndie saw him? Brock’s heart melted. “You can. You’re not alone. I’m right there with you.”
Straight white teeth nibbled on her bottom lip—soon, his teeth would replace them. “You’re right,” she repeated. “This is one thing I don’t have to do on my own.”
Propelled by a cool tide of relief—and urgency—he led her back into the sanctuary before she could change her mind.
“—and that’s how I wrapped Jude around my finger,” Ryanne was saying. When she noticed the return of the bride and groom, she gave Lyndie a thumbs-up and raced back to Dorothea’s side.
A round of applause erupted, and twin pink circles painted Lyndie’s cheeks.
“Pastor,” Brock said with a nod. He met Lyndie’s stare, a bolt of lust hitting him like lightning, stealing his breath all over again. We’re doing this. It’s happening.
“Dearly beloved,” the pastor began a second time. “We are gathered here today to celebrate the union of Brock Hudson and Lyndie Scott.”
Can’t Get Enough by Gena Showalter is a romance novel between contradicting characters who are just the right thing for each other. Lyndie Scott has had it rough, she escaped an abusive father only to find herself at the mercy of the same fate with her husband. Now that she has escaped her past she is working through her trust issues with some good friends in a place she feels secure. Brock Hudson has the best of friends in his Army buddies they have all saved each other and each of them has found even more rescue in their new wives. Brock only finds escape through one night stands and booze. That is until he sees Lyndie and now every woman he is with he imagines her. Lyndie was inexplicably attracted to the handsome playboy who just happened to be best buddy with the husbands of her two closest friends. at first glace, but her fear of the large and intimidating man overwhelmed her.
Both Lyndie and Brock have problems now though. Brock’s father left a stipulation in his will that Brock get married, or his hated mother gets control of the business, and Lyndie wants a baby and Brock’s proposition for a one month marriage seems like an idea opportunity to get that. Neither knows that the other has been secretly wanting the other. The story is one of many small steps forward and more steps back. Developing trust as they learn more about each other is both difficult and steamy as the physical connection between the two of them is undeniable.
I liked the complexity that Ms. Showalter creates in these characters, neither has simple problems and neither will admit outright that the other holds the solution to them. The internal debates and discussion that each of them has leaves the reader screaming “Just talk to each other!” while at the same time the raw passion between them does not disappoint while they work through their internal demons.
Overall I very much enjoyed Can’t Get Enough by Gena Showalter, the cast of characters and the commitment and connections that they have. This was a fun and frustrating (in a good way) story that I was burning pages to find out more about as I went.
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