Sophie Ward is a scientist with the looks of a geek and the fantasies of a hot-blooded siren. She’s wanted security expert Chris Riley from the moment he first came to work at the Blackwood Research Institute that houses her lab. And the more she’s gotten to know the gorgeous bad boy, the more she’s fallen into lust with him. But despite the encouragement of her best friend, Sophie has never had the guts to ask him out. Until the day a fateful fortune cookie sets the ball rolling….
Chris Riley is a man who knows what he wants…and it’s Sophie Ward. But circumstances have kept them apart for too long, and now his need for the adorable scientist is at the breaking point. She’s so shy, there’s no telling how she might react to the things he wants from her. Hell, she could even turn him in for sexual harassment. But none of that is enough to keep Chris from hungering for Sophie, and his patience is running thin….
When a mishap finally brings their mutual attraction out into the open, the scorching intensity of their desire is enough to burn them to ash. But will they be able to make something of the wreckage when Chris’s past rears its ugly head? Or will they lose the best thing they’ve ever found?
Sophie Ward has been mooning over the chief of security, Chris Riley, forever. A fortune cookie finally pushes her to do what her best friend has been insisting: “Today is the day to take what you want.” Even cookies have accepted it’s time she made her move. Even though she’s terrified of being emotionally shot down, she knows it’s time to make herself ask him out. Çhris was thrilled when it finally seemed Sophie was going to ask for more, but when she backs out, he decides enough is enough. He’s wanted her for months now, and he’s tired of being patient. It’s time for him to make his move.
Readers who like a slow build up to their sizzling chemistry should find this story very appealing. I loved how Sophie and Chris didn’t just jump right into bed together, but we saw them first as friends and then in that awkward dance shifting from friends to more. Personally, I got a little tired of Sophie’s stammering and ignorance. While I love the character being unaware of her appeal and rusty in the romance department, I thought it a little much when she seemed to genuinely clueless to certain things. For an incredibly intelligent scientist, I questioned Sophie’s IQ a few times. Like who is confused when an almost-lover asks if you’re on the pill? He isn’t asking because he’s curious about your vitamin intake – he wants to know if you’re protected. I would think even the meanest intelligence would gather that, but Sophie managed to not understand what he was really asking.
I loved the sex. The author manages to make it both sweet and still incredibly hot. Chris’ attraction to Sophie is blindingly obvious, as is her need and desire for him. The BDSM is mild, but still very erotic. I felt the author could have eased into it a little more slowly – it genuinely felt a bit like after they’d become intimate Sophie changed from a shy, clueless little quasi-virgin into a rampant sex fiend wanting to be tied up and “not be used gently”. This shift in her attitude – while awesome – was quite brief to my mind and sharp enough to make me pause and wonder if I’d missed something. Despite being disappointed in Sophie a number of times (especially near the end when she loses her confidence) I really did like her character. Not all heroines can be strong, or trusting. While I was sad Sophie wasn’t one of these strong-minded, self-confidant women, I still found her likable and relatable.
While there are a few areas I personally questioned, I found this to be a fun, seriously sexy read and a good story. The characters were vivid and believable and the sex was smoking hot.