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March 20, 2016

Suped Up: Taking The Score by Kate Meader

Series: Tall, Dark, and Texan 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance

His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to moonlight as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.

Texas property tycoon Brody Kane hired Emma for her spreadsheet skills, but her prim and proper demeanor sealed the deal. There’s no room in his life for a sexy distraction … and yet, he can’t stop lusting after the delicious Ms. Strickland. And then he takes an important client to a Chicago strip club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history. From Emma.

Now that he knows his office good girl has a naughty streak, Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one steamy, illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time. But Emma is hiding more than her side job, and her final secret could end up destroying them both.




Where to start?! There's so many things I absolutely love about Kate Meader's TAKING THE SCORE my thoughts are jumbled and tumbling off each other. Let's bring out the handy bullets! 

  • TAKING THE SCORE takes on a few formula tropes starting with boss-secretary affairs, secret life dilemmas, ending with the Pretty Woman effect. It's done so well that I kept sighing, swooning, giggling, and blushing alternately and simultaneously. I had to pause a few times to fan myself because the temperature got VERY hot. Tip: try not to read this in public. 

  • Brody is a billionaire, the son of a high profile Senator who is decked with a pretty face and a gorgeous body. He's also a nerd who fanboys over Dr. Who, as gentle as men these days go, and an overall good guy. He also likes to growl when displeased, wears glasses, doesn't act like an Alpha jerk, and is not into kink! A guy after my heart and undies! 

  • Emma is a good girl with sharp edges. She can be a stereotype at times but didn't try too hard to endear herself to the readers or even Brody. She's very likable, witty, strong willed, can be Type-A when needed, and very vulnerable and raw in private. She had a rough past but didn't dwell on it nor used it as an excuse to justify her current circumstances. This girl is no frills, no drama, and I want to be her buddy. 

  • The romance is cute. These two had a crush on each other for the longest time until Fate stepped in and sorted things out for them. It can be predictable at times but it didn't dull its intended effect. Brody and Emma are so swoony and it's not because of some corny lines or grand gestures, they just have amazing chemistry and it needs no further embellishments.

TAKING THE SCORE as a whole is very straightforward. It didn't dilly dally nor did KMeader contrive drama for drama's sake. Both characters acted according to their personalities and didn't complicate matter unnecessarily. I love its sweet complex simplicity, a modern fairy tale if you can call it that. There's no question about it, this is another winning romance novel from KMeader. In fact I love it so much I am asking KMeader if she can write my love story!









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36 comments:

  1. I can never get enough of these type of romance. So I'll be sure to request it if it's still available on NG. And who doesn't love nerdy types billionaires?

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    1. I love these sexy needs better than the usual dominant Alphas. They're wittier and more engaging to follow in terms of dialogue

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  2. yay it's great to see that it as such a great discovery there! I didn't know about this one, now I want to!

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    1. I poi love all the books I've read by her so far. She does it for me 100%

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  3. The sweet story with type of simplicity sounds nice

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    1. Perfect seasonal romance don't you think?

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  4. I liked one book her so I'm willing to give this one a try! I love a good swoony romance!

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    1. Her books will be perfect for your romance blog

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  5. WANT! You had me at Texas tycoon but omg the lap dance scene is one I want to read lol

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    1. Whew! That lap dance is bananas! It escalated fast!

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  6. This is a new to me author but I like the sound of this book.

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    1. I know you love romance, Mary, you'll love her. She'll give you the feels!

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  7. LOL You want her to write your love story! Love it!! I have one of her books, thanks to you...now just need to make time to read it. But honestly, I really want to one-click this one!! :D

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    1. Yes I do! If I can design my love life, I want it to be like a Meader romance. It's so swoony but not heavy. I hope you read her soon, you'll understand why ;)

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    1. I love smart, charismatic, dorky dudes.

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  9. Oh these characters sound great! I love the sound of Brody and I'm SO glad that a nice guy gets center stage. YES! No alphaholes. :D

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    1. I'm tired of these alpha holes. We need more good guys

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  10. Oh yes! This does sound like one I would like to read especially that type of heroine.

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    1. You will love this Sophia. Quintessential romance

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    1. Go for it! And you'll also get sock envy ;)

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  12. It's nice when a book can take tropes and present them in a fun and enjoyable way. And a guy who doesn't act like an alpha is a nice for a change too. Both characters sound like great characters and I like the sound of how Emma is a no drama girl. Romances do get a predictable at times, but I usually don't mind as much as long as it's a good story. It sounds like a good romance! Great review!

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    1. Formula is good sometimes especially when you want to read something easy. You can just fall into the story and feel

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  13. I don't think I've read anything by Kate Meader but Taking the Score sounds exactly like the kind of romance I need - one without needless drama!

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  14. I usually stray away from Entangled Brazen titles, since the last couple I read were meh. I think I'll give this series a shot. Great review!

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    1. Ooh make an exception for this! Meader won't let you down (I hope)

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  15. See, I never got the growling. How the hell do guys growl? I can't even imagine the sound.

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    1. My ex used to growl and it doesn't sound beastly. It's like a grunt with rolling Rs hahaha

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  16. Hehehe..on the growling. I have read another series by her and enjoyed them, so on the wishlist this series goes!

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    1. You're taking about the Dempseys right? I love that series too!

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  17. I've seen you gush about her books before- I will have to try one of them out, since you love them so much! :D

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    1. The books I've read by hers so far have the right amount is sexy to keep things hot. The plots are great, there's a real story to support the romance so it's not just senseless boinking

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  18. Aw this sounds cute! I really like Pretty Woman, and I think this one would be similar too! It's kind of hilarious to see how he finds out she works at a strip club though, LOL. Glad to see you enjoyed it.

    - Aila @ Happy Indulgence

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  19. Mmmm this sounds yummy. I need to get caught up on her books.

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