Today is my stop during the blog tour for Hitched: Volume Two (Imperfect Love #2) by Kendall Ryan. I share my review of this book with you today. And you can also find the book trailer and an excerpt of the book in this post.
Arranged marriage? Check.
Cocky new husband? Check.
It’s a marriage of convenience—one I’m determined to keep strictly professional. I can’t be stupid enough to fall for this sexy playboy’s charm or advances. I have to be strong, even if he is my husband.
Except he has a huge cock with an even bigger ego, and his main goal in life seems to be getting me to stroke both. The arrogant bastard is like sweet, sugary candy for my libido. I know he’s bad for me.
But I want to devour every wicked inch of him.
With his sexual prowess and experience, I know he’ll be explosive in the bedroom. And since we’re stuck together for the foreseeable future—keeping up this marriage charade long enough to turn the company profitable again—I deserve something to look forward to at the end of a long workday, right?
What could one little taste hurt?
4 Hot for Noah stars.
The second installment in Kendall’s new series picks up pretty much exactly where it left off in Volume 1. Our couple is growing closer but Olivia doesn’t realize that Noah is keeping secrets -both professional and personal- from her, and you just now it’s going to explode in his face at some point.
Noah continues to be the star of this show for me. His concern and support for Olivia are so heartwarming even if some of it is misguided. Olivia is learning to let go of her inner control freak and she is growing as the depth of the feelings she has for Noah develop. However, the shocking cliffhanger at the end is going to set them back. There is no way Noah is going to be able to convince her that his actions were genuine and not because of the contract. Even though it was obvious where this was leading, it was still a tremendous place to end. Great job Ms. Ryan.
We have more sexy times in this installment and I love the chemistry between our couple. I am totally rooting for them. Big style.
The banter was witty, with plenty of sparks flying, except for a cringy scene where Noah is referencing intimate bodily parts using crude juvenile speak that was completely unnatural for a grown man to use.
The last installment left us at a great point in the story but I was a little dismayed that it was dismissed so quickly and easily in this volume. This could have been fleshed out to add greater tension and conflict. As it currently stands it was a blatant plot device to add maximum shock-factor without any real depth.
This book focuses mainly on the burgeoning relationship between Olivia and Noah and less on the corporate situation.
I’m finding it more and more difficult to suspend my disbelief as this series progresses. The overriding premise of this story just isn’t believable. I worked in corporate management for almost twenty years and you cannot convince me that any board would be swayed by co-CEO’s getting married and having a baby. I really can’t fathom how them having a baby has anything to do with stabilizing the ship or that the board would be less inclined to look for potential buyers if they announce a pregnancy. Strong performance and strong financials is the only measure that would count, in my opinion.
I worked in an alpha-male corporate environment where it was frowned upon when female employees became pregnant, and all kinds of sexist remarks would be bandied about. (It was totally disgusting and there was little I could do to change that aspect of the corporate culture.) Basically, female employees, no matter how strong a performer they were, were pretty much written off after pregnancy. Now, perhaps this fictional world is intended to be different, but I don’t think so given how some of the male employees have been portrayed thus far. So, to me, announcing Olivia’s pregnancy will send a death knell, not have the opposite effect. Unless it turns out that the fathers, in all their scheming, actually care more for their children than the company and that’s really what’s going on. I could buy that more readily even though that wouldn’t really make much sense either. But it’s the easier pill to swallow.
The other issue that niggles at me is blatant lapses in editing in relation to aspects of the timeline and some of the scenes. I spotted three glaring errors in the first couple of chapters alone. Not enough to dent my enjoyment but enough to frustrate me a little.
Reading back over this review it might come across like I didn’t enjoy the book which isn’t’ the case at all. It was still an engrossing read. The last one was a 5-star read but this one is rated lower because of the aforementioned issues. However, that doesn’t detract from the fact that it’s hugely entertaining and I am enjoying the characters and very invested in reading the conclusion to their story.
Thanks to Inkslinger PR and the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
“What’s wrong?” I ask.
“Just a little tight, is all.”
I inhale through my nose. I have to shove the pregnancy stuff to the back corner of my brain. We’re a long way off from Olivia letting me pump her full of my semen anyhow, so why am I stressing about it now? The first step is showing her how compatible we can be.
And that starts now.
I smile at her. “Sit tight. I’ll be right back.”
I grab a bottle of massage oil from the hall closet and return to the living room. The soft jazz music seems to float in the air, creating a pleasant buzz in the atmosphere.
Olivia’s eyes widen when I rejoin her on the couch, but she doesn’t question me.
“I’ll give you a massage,” I suggest. “Take off your sweatshirt.”
Olivia flinches, chewing on her lip while she watches me. “But I’m not wearing anything underneath.”
That’s the idea. “I promise not to look.”
She hesitates for another second, then turns her back to me and pulls her shirt over her head, dropping it to the floor. The creamy canvas in front of me is one to be admired. The twin dimples in her lower back near the band of her leggings would make lesser men weep.
I warm a few drops of oil between my palms and rest my hands on her stiff shoulders.
About the Author:
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
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