Friday, December 22, 2017

#9 of 2017 - Hustler by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince

Hustler by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published: May 9th 2016

I make my living as a hustler, and I’m great at it.
I don’t have a single tell and I use that to my advantage to manipulate any situation.
I’ve always known what a person is about to do before they’ve even decided.

That is, until I met Penelope.
I can’t get a read on her, and what’s worse, she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
Which only makes me want her more.

Now I’m in for the hardest hustle of my life.
Somehow I have to convince her she belongs with me.
Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.

The Hangover of 2017

Something I never thought I would write: I have never had a book turn me on like this one did.

There was some major fanning and shortening of breath going on. And those were just the scenes where they were talking!
The chemistry between these two! Don't even get me started on the tension.

Gavin might have broken me a bit too.
Who am I kidding; they both did. I am in absolute love with both of these characters. Penelope is perfect in every way and she's so authentic. Plus she's tough and not taking anyone's crap, which is beautiful to me. We need more characters like her!

As for Gavin... I appreciate that we get his side of the story too. I don't think I would have liked him as much as I did if I didn't know what was going on in his head. Apparently I'm a bit of a fan when it comes to stories in which a woman completely changes a guy's life. (Not entirely sure how that works seeing as how my main fear in a relationship is being changed by a guy; some therapy is probably needed there.) There's just something about finding yourself and what you truly want through another person.
Kudos to the authors for making him so damn appealing, because in any other book I would have been screaming "Dude followed you home! Punch him again!"

I loved it, I really did. It's everything I could ask for in a romance. (Minus the one annoying friend who is just a natural given in books nowadays).

It's a great story that is short, sweet and pretty hot.

Note: "short" might apply to length or the fact that you'll get to the end and be upset that there isn't more.

3 Months Later
Has it really only been 3 months? It feels like so long ago.
But, then again, I have been reading a lot since. "A lot" compared to the fact that it was one of the first books I read after my summer reading slump.
Annoying thing about that slump; I tried reading this book during it and only managed two chapters. A month later; I pick it up again and it's one of three that helped me get out of it.

If I had only tried sticking to it when I originally started! I might have saved myself a month! But who knows how slumps work.

If anything, this book is partially to blame for the slump, the idea of it anyway. I figured it out once I finished; I was subconsciously avoiding a book hangover. And I knew this book (along with at least one other) would cause that. And it almost did.
I say "almost" but I had to fight pretty hard to fight off it's effects on me.

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