20 February 2015

Intoxicated (Felony Romance #1) by Jeana E. Mann

 Uptight accountant Ally Taylor always plays by the rules and it has gotten her nowhere. Tattooed bartender Jack Jameson believes rules are made to be broken. After a passionate night of the hottest sex she’s ever had, she’s hooked on him like a drug. When a woman from his past arrives with a devastating secret, Ally is convinced that he lied to her. Can Jack persuade Ally to reconsider or will she walk away forever?

This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone.

Warning: This book contains hot sex, drinking, addiction, graphic language, and tattooed alpha males in the setting of an underground heavy metal club.

I really enjoyed Intoxicated. Rather than the typical story of the good girl who sets out to reform the bad boy and succeeding in it, we get the good girl who decides to finally “let go” one night and enjoy the bad boy, knowing that there will be no repeat performance, no strings, and no future. But what made it interesting is that the bad boy gets addicted to the good girl and finds himself wanting to change his ways for her. While the second scenario is the rarer of the two (at least in my reading repertoire) it is now new but Ms. Mann makes it her own by the obstacles that Ally and Jack must overcome if they really want to make it work.

One of the things that I really enjoyed about Intoxicated was the believability of the characters. After breaking up with her boyfriend of eight years, Ally decides to indulge in her guilty pleasure of Jack-watching and heads to Felony to get well beyond drunk. She’s hoping that between the alcohol, Jack, and the entertainment provided by the never-ending supply of flirty women occupying Jack’s Seat of Shame, that she can erase the memory of finding out her fiancé was sleeping with her best friend. When Ally’s exes show up at Felony, it takes everything she has not to hightail it out of there. But Jack steps in, offering her a chance to make the exes jealous and drags her to the back. Despite the generous amount of alcohol she consumed, Ally can’t fight her inner good girl and tells Jack no. But knowing that she is single and the way she responds, Jack knows he’s got to have more than just that taste of Ally. Because he’s not a relationship kind of guy, Jack’s not used to be the pursuer and when he finally gets a second chance with Ally it is hot. Jack realizes that once is not enough and he keeps after her until they begin dating in earnest.

Thus begins the trip through the minefields of Jack’s life – and Ally’s to a lesser extent – as they start building a relationship. It is Jack’s plethora of problems that makes the book engaging, as well as a truly enjoyable cast of characters. Intoxicated is chock full of scenes that made me laugh, tear up, smile, get angry, squirm, and hope – hope that the Ally and Jack would survive Hurricane Chelsea. I’m looking forward to reading Karly and Randy’s story next in Unexpected.


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