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July 21, 2015

Loved It: Even the Score by Kate Meader

Series: Tall, Dark, & Texan 1
Format: PDF
Release Date: July 21, 2015 
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance

He'll make her an offer she can't refuse...

Actress Tess McKenzie is performing in the Tenth Circle of Showbiz Hell-dinner theater. All she really wants is to start a theater of her own. Then Tess receives an offer she can't refuse. She'll get her funding...if she pretends to be the fiancée to her nemesis, Texan property tycoon Hunter Dade. If she's going to pull this off, she'll need all the luck she can get. Break a leg, indeed.

On the verge of a big business deal, Hunter needs to hire a fiancée. He hasn't quite forgiven Tess for ruining his wedding, but when their chemistry goes from combative to straight-up lust, the "no sex" clause in their mutually beneficial arrangement is tested. Which is a serious problem, because if Tess isn't careful, she'll go from breaking a leg to breaking her heart.






Why I Love EVEN THE SCORE


  • EVEN THE SCORE is a short novel that's paced well and reads easy. It started in the thick of things, with a proposition, a foot rub, ice cream, and heavy petting. You'd think it'll slow down somewhere but it didn't. It continued to build and heat up which resulted to a very intense and passionate love affair. 

  • I'm wary of rich dudes and their propositions, which is EVEN THE SCORE's plot. Well Hunter's not the usual bored millionaire, he's still rough around the edges and not afraid to get his hands dirty, yet still a gentleman, and a very lovable hero. Sure, he asked Tess to be his fake-fiancee for the weekend, but Hunter didn't play games with Tess, and the novel didn't piggy-back on the business proposal to create a well orchestrated conflict. 

  • EVEN THE SCORE's conflict was unexpected in that it didn't stem from the deal. By this time, Tess and Hunter's relationship has grown enough that it became personal. And no, it's not a miscommunication either.

  • The romance might have developed fast but it wasn't insta-love. Tess and Hunter have history, in fact they dislike each other. Time might have dulled the animosity, but it sure sharpened their attraction for each other. I do love the frenemies trope, the extra sass makes the story extra spicy.

  • Reading a lot romance novels have desensitized my appreciation for its sexier side to the point where I skip the succeding sex scenes after the first time. Tess and Hunter kept me interested though and I was far from bored by their encounters. I guess it's because both were very straightforward with their desires and gave in fully to their attraction to each other. There's also no slut-shaming here, Tess was surprisingly very sexual and owned it without coming across as cheap. Also, Hunter was a very indulging lover and didn't push his needs on Tess.

  • Though EVEN THE SCORE is esentially a role-playing story, ironically Tess and Hunter never played games. They might have pretended in front of other people, but things were very real and sincere between them. There are no convenient plot devices and resolutions to usher their HEA either so it was a different "regular" for me. 

Kate Meader is fast becoming a favorite. I can't quite articulate or specify why, but there's something about her romance novels that totally works for me. EVEN THE SCORE is a perfect example of this phenomenon, I mean it took me a while to think of the reasons why I love it without things sounding like "the usual". I hope I succeeded, if not then you just have to try KMeader and her books to find out for yourself. It's always best that way anyway.









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42 comments:

  1. Hmm, sounds interesting with the playing but not, and the rough edges of him

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    1. A perfectly polished dude sounds dreamy, but where's the challenge in that?

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  2. It's been a while since I've read an adult title from Entangled. I've just not come across any that make me want to read it. This one looks like a great read and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Entangled is a good go-to if one is looking for a sizzling read.

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  3. Love that this was an intense read that never let up. It is nice to have those once in awhile. Wonderful review Braine!

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  4. Hey Braine, great review. I LOVE it when the characters don't play games, well except in the bedroom LOL.
    I'm reading a contemporary romance right now that's the same.
    Thanks!

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    1. Oh yes, bedroom play is always good. Keeps things spicy ;)

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  5. Sounds enjoyable! Glad it wasn't instalove :)

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  6. I get your desensitized point so well! Saturation - been there, done that. Glad that this one wasn't like that :) Awesome review (but you know that already) <3

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    1. Yes! That's the word I was looking for! I used to escape to YA, then YA got saturaged with angst. Oh boy, can't handle angst.

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  7. LOL that's quite the way to kick it off! Love those fake mate storylines so I'm in :D

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  8. Yay- no Insta-Love here! I have a tough time writing reviews for contemporary novels (on the rare occasion that I read them) because it's not like I can talk about world-building, fantasy/paranormal elements, and stuff like that. I think you did a great job explaining why this one worked for you! :D

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    1. It is less technical. Can I give you a tip? Try to discuss the romance and whether or not it's believable, also if you liked the characters or something to that effect... that's how I do it when I struggle :)

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  9. Yaasssss! Sign me up. I could use some fun right about now. Lol.

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    1. What you're reading should be fun. Pirates of the Caribbean!!

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  10. Well, well, well! You have me sold on this one.

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  11. As soon as it's not insta love it's ok. I didn't know about this one but it's always nice to find short novels like that.

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    1. Kate Meader is a fab romance writer, you should try her when you feel the urge to swoon and sweat ;)

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  12. You definitely succeeded, it sounds like an original take on an uber-used trope, and that's always interesting to try. I'm with you on the sex scenes, lol, sometimes after the first one I tend to kind of skim over paragraphs. Unless I'm really digging the couple, in which case, pervyness wins over and I read it all, mwahahah :D

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    1. Hey, I'm a voyeur too if you want to look at it that way. But it makes sense, if the couple got to you then you'll follow everything they're saying and doing.

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  13. I love these types of reads. You can always tell that when characters start out hating each other that the romance is going to be fun to watch unfold.

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    1. Yes! The attraction is more intense because they're at each other's throats and don't mince words. Fab verybal foreplay

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  14. Oh I am curious just because you had to think of exactly why you loved it. Just tells me it is a bit different. I might have to check out this author.

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    1. Her firefighter series is my favorite. You should read that one first!

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  15. Entangled Brazen books are doing really well. I see them everywhere. :D

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  18. You have me intrigued, Braine. I like the frenemies trope, too. And I'm curious about how Meader was able to deliver a story that sounds familiar in an unfamiliar way. :)

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    1. I love her romance novels, she has a way with "love"

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