Sunday, 1 March 2015

Book review - Hard & Fast by Ana Gabriel (m/f romance) 5 stars

Hard & Fast by Ana Gabriel
M/F erotic romance
5/5 stars

I absolutely loved this book.  It drew me in right from the first page and I couldn't put it down - I was up until 2am this morning so I could finish it!  Hard & Fast is an entertaining read with lots of steamy sex, emotion and a smoking hot hero.  This is the first book I've read by Ana Gabriel, but I would definitely read more.

Rose Weatherston was top of her acting class in small-town Illinois, but in Hollywood, the only roles she’s being offered are spots on the casting couch. 

Faced with the possibility of having to go back home with her tail between her legs, Rose takes a job as a personal assistant to bridge the gap until she can finally land a legitimate acting role. 

The advertisement calls for someone discreet, available 24/7, and willing to live-in.

It sounds terrible, and more than a little ominous, but as Rose’s best friend points out, beggars can’t be choosers. 

Turns out that she’ll be working for Cole Dean, the international movie star whose face is on the cover of every tabloid. Cole Dean, the lady killer with the mysterious past, electric green eyes and devil’s smile. Cole Dean, who turns out to be wickedly charming and sexy as hell.

Rose tries to deny the instant, intense, and very unwanted attraction. After all, she didn’t say no to the casting couch this many times just to end up sleeping with her boss. But when their mutual desire becomes too much to bear, Rose sets up some ground rules between them. 

She never wants to see Cole naked. Ever again. So he can stop working out shirtless and stripping when he knows she’s watching.

She won’t be a personal lackey in his depraved sex life. Thank you very much.

And absolutely, under no circumstances, will they have sex.

But Cole Dean’s charm proves difficult to resist, and before long, Rose finds herself wanting to break every single one of her own rules.

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Rose is a feisty, strong character who is trying her best, without any success, to make it in Hollywood.  Three months behind on her rent, she decides to take a job as a personal assistant - only to find herself as PA to mega famous Hollywood actor Cole Dean.  Cole is wicked, charming and has a notoriously bad temper - oh and he is sexy as hell!  Rose's first meeting with Cole, and her first task as his assistant had my eyebrows raising - what a way to meet your boss!

The sparks instantly flew between these two, but Rose is determined to resist the charms of her boss - which is not easy to do!  I loved both of the characters, especially Rose, but I would have liked to have found out more about Cole.  The story is told solely from Rose's point of view, so we learn about Cole as she does.  I would have liked some of the story from Cole's point of view too, so we could delve into his mindset, but this is just a personal preference.

I loved the Hollywood setting, it is always interesting to hear how the A-listers live.  Rose's struggle to succeed in this glamorous but ruthless world makes a great read,  I would definitely recommend this book and give it five sparkling, Hollywood stars.

I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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