Title: Tied To Trouble (Gamers #3)
Author: Megan Erickson
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Release Date: January 4, 2016
Page Count: 250
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.4 stars out of 5
Between love and hate, there’s a whole lot of trouble…
Chad Lake only showed up at his sister’s party for the free food, but when he spots an uptight nerd at the edge of the crowd, he can’t resist trying to ruffle the guy’s perfect bow tie and impeccable hair. The hottie’s ready for him, though, and in the end, it’s Chad who’s left wide-eyed, his ears still ringing with the filthy things Bow Tie whispered in his ear. No one gets the upper hand on Chad. Ever.
Owen Hawkins has heard all about the cocky Adonis from Chad’s sister—the same sister who holds Owen’s career advancement in her hands. He has every intention of steering clear of the other man…until Chad’s sexy taunts push him too far. There’s something intriguing about Chad, and even though Owen knows that getting tangled up with the infuriating man is trouble, he can’t seem to stay away…
**This is part of an M/F series but can be read as standalone**
…wondering if he’d ever be able to look at a bow tie again without sprouting wood. That’d be awkward at weddings.
This book was all about Owen and his bow ties. Specifically, this one pictured above. Why is this damn bow tie so special? Because I, frankly, hate bow ties on men (tuxedo exception). But Owen wears them almost daily. He’s THAT guy. You will read this book thinking that bow ties are the sexiest thing you’ve heard of in your life. You will have (like Chad) a Pavlovian response to bow ties. Don’t believe me?
Because you WILL.
The best parts about this book were the snarky banter between Owen and Chad, and did I mention the sex? Yeah, well, it bears repeating. Because it was that good! Full 5 stars for the sex/chemistry between these two. And I’m not talking about quantity. Erickson’s steam level and descriptions balanced perfectly with this story. Perfection!
And the UST? I can’t technically call it UST because it resolved quickly, but it would build up again and again. And their snarking at each other would build up again and again too. It was great! The verbal back and forth was my treat! Honestly, until 76%, this was a 4.5 stars for me.
But then 76% happened. And it took a dive down to 3.5 stars. I’ll keep it high-level and away from spoilers. Lashing out at someone and saying highly inappropriate things in anger? Nope, nope, nope. And forgiving way too easily, AKA doormat behavior? Nope, nope, nope. HUGE pet peeves of mine that are much more prevalent in m/f than they are in m/m nowadays, which is why I stay almost exclusively with m/m romance. It was immature and unnecessary to this story.
But then I got to thinking that this started as a m/f series, so maybe Erickson had some undertones of the m/f world on purpose? Still not ok with me, personally, because that kind of shit doesn’t need to take place in the m/f world either. All of this is my personal preference as a reader, of course, but I place in my review because it’s the type of information I’d want to read if I was looking at others’ reviews.
Did it ruin the book? No, I wouldn’t say that at all. I still had a lot of fun with these two. And I would still recommend the book to Erickson’s fans. 3.5 stars overall.
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