Bombshell by Kellie Hart
Series: Up-Close and Personal #1
Publisher: Bond Foster & Co. on February 9, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
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Ladies, I think I speak for the majority of us on the face of the planet when I say we all have that guy who’s grown on us like a delicious fungus. You know the kind I’m talking about--maybe he is your high school teacher or best friend’s dad--some piece of man candy so hot and edible that no matter what you do, you can’t get his taste off your mind (even if you haven't tasted him yet).
For me, that guy is my big brother’s best friend, one Fox Montgomery. Doctor. Professor. Author.
Here’s the problem though: not only is he the most gorgeous male specimen I’ve ever laid eyes on--black hair, steely grey eyes, and a lower lip you just wanna suck--he’s also a rich academic prick. AND I HATE HIM.
I hadn’t seen him in years, and when I finally did, the vision before me bought a one-way ticket to my personal pleasure town. Then, his beautiful eyes roamed all over me, and I knew--I knew!--he didn’t like what he saw.
Yeah, I’m a big girl, curvy, smooth, and round in all the right places. I’m also covered in tats, and six-inch heels are my go-to footwear. So, let me be frank about something: I’m sexy, and if I wanted a man, I'd have one.
Yet, with one look, Fox turned my years of longing and long-distance eye-f*cking into a big ole mountain of hate.
Here’s the thing, girls: hate and love are effin evil twins. And if my heart gets its way, Doctor Fox and I are going to end up participating in some very strenuous sextracurricular activities. Here's to our chemistry getting an A+. 😉
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Bombshell by Kellie Hart
The Hook: Jacque is not a small girl, but she’s got big confidence, and as she so aptly puts it, “If I wanted a man, I’d have one.” But just any man won’t do. She’s been lusting after Fox, the former college roommate of her older brother, for just about as long as she’s been interested in boys. And for the longest time, he was a nice guy, worthy of her teenage crush. But the last time she ran into him, the way he looked at her was cold, almost offended, and there’s no way she’ll put up with that.
Judging Covers: This cover is just perfect for the book. It’s sexy but cute, which is pretty much how I’d describe Jacque, and everything from the fishnets to the garters to the platform heels is straight out of her wardrobe.
The Awesome: I’m usually not a big fan of characters who talk about sex and their sexuality so bluntly. It’s not that I don’t admire their confidence; it’s just that they tend to come across as rather crass, and I’m often left rolling my eyes, silently wishing they’d get over themselves. But Jacque’s different. She’s got real confidence, isn’t the least bit ashamed of her size 16 body, and loves playing up her best assets. And while her BFF Char might be a little nuts (but still lovable!), Jacque isn’t saying things for shock effect or trying to be cooler than everyone else. She’s just happy with who she is, which is all kind of awesome.
Her hate for Fox turned up the heat early on. She lusted after him something fierce, but at the same time, she wasn’t willing to let his apparent disdain diminish her. She was just like any girl her age, wanting to show him that she could do just fine without his approval, and though it landed her in a pretty hilarious situation, she was still able to giggle about it.
For his part, Fox was crazy-hot. He’s a professor now at the college she attends, and he’s pretty much the best looking guy in history. To top it off, he’s super smart, super successful, and doesn’t hesitate to push Jacque’s buttons.
The Not-For-Me: The whole love/hate thing was a great hook, but it seemed to all get resolved far too quickly. Jacque crushed hard on Fox when she was younger, hated him since that day at college when he looked at her as if he negatively judged her, was all up in arms when she finally came face-to-face with him again, and then got over it. Just. Like. That. All it took was one conversation, and it was all worked out and headed for happily ever after. I get that it’s a novella; there’s not a whole lotta pages to go all in depth and drag things out. But if there’d been more time for these two to butt heads before resolving it all, it would have been so much hotter. Frankly, I think the story would have been better off avoiding the whole disappearing thing that happened and just giving Jacque and Fox more time to work each other’s nerves.
The Verdict: When I first saw this book being promoted through Xpresso Book Tours, I was so disappointed to find out that review copies weren’t part of the deal. Luckily for me, the book is in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, so I was able to get a copy on my own — without doing any more damage to my book budget. And what a win for me! Overall, Bombshell was a really fun read. Jacque’s thought process alone was entertaining, but when you add in Char’s over the-top special brand of friendship, things got hilarious. Jacque is sweetly innocent but sexually confident, loving and loyal, and not afraid to put herself out there. Her chemistry with Fox is pretty incredible, too, but even in those scenes, there were laughs to be had. Bombshell could easily have been about a plus-sized girl wishing she fit the more traditional beauty standard, or it could have been about Fox fighting his attraction to her because of their age difference or his job. Instead, the story was refreshingly free of the usual contrived drama and all about two seemingly different people each going after the one they wanted.
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