Taking the Score by Kate Meader – REVIEW

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Tall, Dark and Texan #2
Kate Meader
Releasing February 15th, 2016
Entangled Brazen


A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to moonlight as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.

Texas property tycoon Brody Kane hired Emma for her spreadsheet skills, but her prim and proper demeanor sealed the deal. There’s no room in his life for a sexy distraction … and yet, he can’t stop lusting after the delicious Ms. Strickland. And then he takes an important client to a Chicago strip club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history. From Emma.

Now that he knows his office good girl has a naughty streak, Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one steamy, illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time. But Emma is hiding more than her side job, and her final secret could end up destroying them both.

Review by Gina

I cannot think of an Entangled book I’ve read that disappointed me and Kate Meader’s Taking the Score  –Tall, Dark and Texan #2—is no different. I’ve found more authors I love from Entangled Publishing than I can even count. I’m now adding Kate to the list.

I must admit, I have not read the first book in this series, Even the Score though you don’t have to enjoy book 2. That makes this series even more palatable. It seems as if each story can be read as a standalone, so if you start with book 2, you can sneak back to book 1 and not feel like you’ve missed too much.

Taking the Score has everything you want in an erotic contemporary romance to make you smile and hot. Strong heroine with flaws. Strong hero with flaws. Humor. Sexy Scenes. This story was a bundle of fun to read.

Emma Strickland is the responsible sibling in her family. Her sister got herself into some serious trouble and turned to Emma to help dig her out. In order to keep her sister in rehab and pay off her debt, Emma must work two jobs. By day she’s the assistant to sexy Brody Kane, who continually interrupts her thoughts and invades her dreams. By night, she works as a cocktail waitress at a strip club. Yikes! What if Brody found out about that?

Brody is a multi-million Texas tycoon, who hired Emma because of her office skills and her homely clothing. Temptation was something he wanted to avoid. Despite her unattractive clothing and ordinary appearance, Brody found himself fantasizing about Emma. Something about her didn’t match up to the persona she displayed in the office. Brody finds out about this when he takes a big client to a strip club—the same one Emma is working—this night as a dancer.

Kate Meader knits a funny, sexy, heartwarming Cinderella-esque story. The characters are believable. Brody is sexy as sin. Emma is no push over. The supporting characters are fun and necessary to the story. I truly enjoyed everything about Taking the Score from page one until the end.

I give Kate Meader’s Taking the Score 4 Silver Buckles!

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A growl erupted from his throat, an unabashed display of possessiveness that even he found to be clichéd. But it drew the perfect reaction. Her teeth snagged on the pillow of her lower lip and emerged moist. Her nipples budded against the thin fabric of his tee.

Ms. Strickland likes it when you growl.

He closed the gap between them, gratified when she stepped back against the counter.

“Admit you’re jealous, Emma.”

“Never,” she said defiantly.

“Just your nipples then. They’re pouting.” He inclined his head. “And these earlobes have a greenish tinge to them.” He brushed his lips across the delicate shell of her ear. “And this spot where your neck meets your shoulder”—he inhaled her scent and placed the lightest kiss at that sensitive patch of skin—“the most jealous of all. And you in that tee is not helpin’ anyone, baby.”

“Are you telling me your engine gets all revved up when you see an old tee?” Fake bravado trilled through her voice. She pulled at the hem of the shirt. It fell to midthigh, but her drawing attention to it stirred his blood into a cauldron of need.

“When I see you in it. Because now it’s going to smell of you.” Reaching behind her, he bunched the material so it shaped to her perky breasts. “I know it brushed your skin, rubbed your nipples, that you were wearing it when I fucked you to paradise on my bedroom floor. Maybe you hitched it up to your hips while you thought about me and stroked yourself last night.”

He gave her a moment to pull out of his grasp, and when she didn’t, he hiked the tee higher, up past her ass. A wisp of lace crashed into his vision field as she parted her legs on a moan.

“You have other clothes. Ones I bought you. You don’t have to wear this, so why are you tormenting me?”

Her breathing came in short tugs, her breasts straining against the fabric he held taut against her body. Every part of him howled to be completed by her surrender. He could dip his head and suck her stiff nipple, but she had to ask for it. Beg for it. Last time, he took.

“Why are you wearing it?” he repeated.

“Be-because it’s soft.”



Not satisfied with that answer, he nudged his knee between her legs. Her lips parted to reveal all that wet, succulent pink, mimicking the pliant heat he longed to plant his cock into over and over. “And?”

“It smells of you.” In a surprise move, she put him on the back foot by leaning in and inhaling from his neck. “But it’s a ghost of your scent and can’t possibly compete with the real thing. God, you smell so good. It was the first thing I noticed about you when I interviewed. You shook my hand and I walked out of there on a contact high. No one should smell that good or look that hot. And in glasses, too, you fucking dick.”

Originally from Ireland, Kate
cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper
novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about
brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a
fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary
romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for


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