Wednesday, July 13, 2016

[ARC Review]: "Inescapable"

Inescapable by Joss Wood
Publisher: InterMix (July 19, 2016)
Series: Men of Mercy, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Best friends Kai, Sawyer, and Axl worked hard to make Caswallawn Security the booming success that it is. As for love, marriage, and commitment, those are way down on their priority list...

Kai Manning is unhappy that Caswallawn is making Mercy, Virginia, its permanent headquarters—he doesn’t understand this quaint, crazy town, and he doesn’t want to settle down, period. A rough childhood made him fiercely independent, and he’s determined to rely on nothing and no one. So the moment he lays eyes on Flick, he knows he’s in trouble...

Local baker Felicity “Flick” Sturgiss is not looking for a man. She’s done giving her all to relationships that give nothing back. But Kai is undeniably hot. He may look like bad news, but he’s not going to be in town for long, and she’s dealing with a lot right now—she deserves to have some fun.

When a family emergency calls Sawyer away, Kai must remain in Mercy to hold down the fort. Now, Kai and Flick’s plan for a quick fling falls to the wayside (just like their torn-off clothing), leaving them wondering if they can keep their hands—and their hearts—to themselves...

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Kai doesn’t like living in Mercy, but because that’s where his business is located, he can’t completely run away from the small town. He’d prefer the anonymity of a big city to the gossip-heavy curiosity of Mercy. Especially when he and Flick decide to hook up. It’s supposed to be just the one night, as he’s heading out of town for a few months on a job. When one of his best friends (and business partner) is called away to handle a family emergency, Kai’s plans of escaping the awkward morning after is ruined. The town’s all abuzz about their tryst, and worse the temptation to continue it is far too strong for either of them to resist.

I have to say, I did like this book. Quite a bit actually. There’s not really anything that stands out as “bad” about Inescapable and overall I enjoyed quite a bit of it. That being said, I was easily able to put the book down and go about my day, and it took me 4 days to finish this 200-page book. For me, that’s slow, and it does say something about my reading experience with this one. However, I’m not sure if it was due to my reading mood at the time or if there was something in the writing style that just didn’t completely pull me in.

Mercy has all the makings for a nice small-town – nosy neighbors, somewhat quirky characters here and there, a bakery (being run by Flick, of course) and so on. I liked Mercy enough that I’d revisit it.

The story was also very likable for me, and I don't really have any specific complaints. It had a good deal of heat:

On his knees now, Kai rested his forehead on her stomach, his hands holding her sides.

Flick pushed a hand into his hair. "Why are you stopping?"

"I'm taking a break, trying to slow things down."

"Don't bother on my account," Flick told him. "Throw a condom on and slide on home."

Kai looked up at her, his expression mischievous. "Not a chance in hell. This first time I want to watch you fall apart. I want to see you wild and  crazy. I want to see if you're as beautiful coming as you are every other second."

And later....

"You're looking at me," she said softly, feeling self-conscious.

"I am."


"Because you are definitely as beautiful, possibly more so, when you come."

It also had a few fun moments:

"I'd sit down quickly unless you want to show the people coming up the path exactly how long six inches is."

"Seven." Kai dropped to the rock next to her and lifted his shoulders at her rolling eyes. "What?"

"You measured it?"Flick hissed as the approaching voices got louder.

"Don't all guys?"

Flick gripped the bridge of her nose and shook her head. "Men are weird."

"You have no idea."

Besides the dick joke (and, hey, a hero whose peen isn't a gazillion inches long!), much of the fun moments revolved around the giant, bumbling dog that Flick rescued. And who can resist a troublemaker dog? In a romance novel at least, where you don't have to actually deal with it. :) 

Again, I don’t really have anything to complain about as far as the story goes. Except, perhaps, to mention that Gina (Flick’s aunt) annoyed the hell out of me, as she stubbornly refused to tell her “secret” to her own daughter, instead putting Flick in the horrible position of trying to handle it while lying to her cousin (and best friend), all because Gina made her promise not to tell.

All in all, I liked Inescapable, and nearly gave it 4 stars. But because it didn’t hold my attention as thoroughly as I would have liked – and I still can’t pinpoint why – I’m lowering it down to a still very respectable 3 1/2. I’m curious enough about some of the other characters – Kai’s business partners, Axl and Sawyer in particular – that I’ll keep me eye out for the rest of the series. I’ll also recommend this book to anyone looking for a new small town to enjoy.

3 1/2 STARS! 

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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

*Note: The quotes used belong to Joss Wood; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.

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Sidenote: That cover is gorgeous. *sigh*

Have you had this happen before? Where there was nothing technically wrong with the book, and you liked it, but it just didn't have your attention 100%?


Until Next Time,


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