Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review - Gaming the System by Laura K. Curtis

As the manager of Las Vegas’s premiere adult toy store, Kai Tyler changes her hair color, nail color, and eye color the way some people change socks. In fact, she’s even changed her name. She owes no one, depends on no one, and stopped believing in happily ever after before she reached the age of ten. All she really wants out of life is a few good gadgets and the occasional day of pampering.
 Which is exactly why Luke Clarke asks her to be his date at his sister’s wedding. Luke loves his family, but he has no desire to fulfill his parents’ dream by getting married and going into politics. So when he’s invited to his sister’s weeklong wedding gala, he thinks Kai will be the perfect foil. Having a date will squelch his mother’s matchmaking attempts and Kai’s outrageous appearance might—just might—convince his family once and for all that he’ll never have a career in politics.
But as stress, desire, and close quarters eat away at the masks both Luke and Kai wear, their easy arrangement begins to transform into something neither expected. Will they cling to the stable roles of the past, or bet on an uncertain future together? 

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book, and it is the first in the series I've read. I found it to be an easy sexy and fun read with two very likeable main characters. Kai is such a unique character, one that you don't normally see as the heroine in a contemporary romance. She has an issue that Luke is more than willing to help with, and he does so in way that doesn't make her feel bad. The story is a bit predictable with the whole pretend relationship that turns into love, but it is very nicely done. There's a little bit of everything - laughter, romance and steam. If you like a love story without a lot of angst, you'd enjoy this one. I'm looking forward to what the author has in store for the rest of the Goody's crew, especially Joe.

I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.

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