February 19, 2015

ERIN REVIEWS: Undressed (Country Roads #4.5) by Shannon Richard @shan_richard

Undressed (Country Roads #4.5) by Shannon Richard
Adult Contemporary Romance


She knows the rules of the game . . . but she can't resist his moves
Publicist Abby Fields's career is on the rise. And with failed romances in her past, she has no time for men. When a job opportunity opens up with a sports team in Florida, Abby eagerly packs up and heads south. Yet after a work event in Mirabelle, Florida, Abby finds herself in the arms of a hockey player whose heartstopping smile leads her to the steamiest night of her life . . .

Logan James is hot on and off the ice. With his team on an epic winning streak, life couldn't get better . . . until he meets Abby, the fiery redhead assigned to protect his team's image. Now Logan's finding it difficult to concentrate on anything other than getting Abby undressed. But after a secret is leaked to the press, the taste of betrayal opens old wounds. If they can't learn to trust each other, they may risk losing more than their hearts.

I loved book four in the Country Road series, so I was really looking forward to seeing what Abby and Logan’s story had in store for us. He’s the sexy hockey player with a haunted past, she’s the former political publicist who represents everything he hates. But there was something there, a spark that neither one of them could deny, and we got to see it firsthand before this story even really kicks off. Logan and Abby share a blissful night of passion, but the next morning brings new light for her…she isn’t allowed to fraternize with clients, and Logan is exactly that. Resisting his charms and magnetism became a second full-time job for her at that point, and it was a steamy, sweet, emotional journey for both of them.

Despite the fact that we pretty much jump right into these two having their way with each other, there was great chemistry between them. They had one intense evening together, but it left its mark and you could see why. They both needed each other even if they didn’t want to admit it. And even as she kept him at arm’s length to protect her career, what Abby grew to know of the real Logan over the weeks following made him even harder to resist. She was willing to risk her livelihood to see just what they had, even though he was holding back from her.

Logan James, he was the real deal, the shockingly gorgeous male specimen with a heart of gold, and that was before his secret was revealed to his woman. What we readers know of Logan is heartbreaking, and it was so sad seeing through his point of view what he’d been through. It made what he had with Abby that much more important, because I so wanted her to be his chance at real enduring love and a second chance at true happiness. Undressed is a heartwarming addition to the Country Roads series, and I for one am hopeful we’ll get a book 5 before it all wraps up!


Quotes:

She took a deep breath before she finished off the last of her champagne, determined to get her head back in it…and her heart? Well, who the hell cared about that? ~Loc 906

“So you were jealous when you thought Adele was my date?

“Could you be any more smug?”

“I think I could, but your dress is distracting me from it.” He moved his hands from their location on her butt, traveling back to her hips and running them up to her waist before he slid them back down. “Does it make you feel any better that I can’t even think straight when I look at you?” ~Loc 1004

But he’d said it at the very beginning of this whole thing, during their night spend in Mirabelle: “Simple is overrated, I’ll take complicated any day.” ~Loc 1585



Shannon Richard grew up in the Panhandle of Florida as the baby sister of two overly protective but loving brothers. She was raised by a more than somewhat eccentric mother, a self-proclaimed vocabularist who showed her how to get lost in a book, and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s in English literature and still lives in Tallahassee, where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy Mr. Darcy, and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she’s a pretty big fan of the whimsy.

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