The first time I met her I wanted to slap her.
The second time, I knew I had to have her.
As for the third time, a gentleman doesn’t tell.
So I guess it’s a good thing I’m no gentleman … right?
This was a fun read. While a bit on the short side, it was complete with a lot of sassiness and sexual tension. Pierce and Jez meet by accident and it’s lust at first sight. While Jez finds that Pierce is not who she was expecting and takes off, he’s knocked for a loop, especially as he only has one-night stands and Jez already has him thinking that’s not enough time.
Kenner writes a great meet cute, which even caught me off guard for a moment. Misunderstandings are the foundation of a good romance novel and this one was filled with the perfect balance of awkwardness and “how can you NOT figure out what’s going on?” For all his business savvy and confidence, Pierce could be dense at times, making me want to reach through the book and slap him upside the head. Jez, however, was flawless. She had the perfect blend of strength and vulnerability (though-okay-I did have to wonder why she’d get involved with Pierce due to her history).
There’s a definite case of insta-love going on here, but in a short story that’s expected. Pierce and Jez are explosive together, but there’s more to them-and Bitch Slap-than sex. Kenner does a nice job of fleshing out these characters, showing us their weaknesses, even as they’re making each other better people. And, for a little change of pace, the story is told completely from Pierce’s POV, which was refreshing!
3.5 Stars for Bitch Slap. Heat level: 3.5
I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest feedback.
Bitch Slap was published in May 2017 by Martini and Olive Books.
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