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Series: Birthday Dare #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on January 5, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Source: the Publisher
Opposites attract. Enemies ignite...
There's nothing personal stylist Tabitha Drake loves more than pissing off Andrew Bode. He's uptight, he refuses to agree with her on anything, and she loathes the hideous brown suits and red power ties he wears. The man even hates ice cream. How can her best friend work for a man who hates ice cream? But the absolute worst thing about Drew? He's sexy as hell, and she's totally and ridiculously attracted to him.
Andrew Bode, CEO of the Bode-Wynn military contracting firm, is convinced he and Tab will never get along. Unfortunately, the infuriating—and sinfully tempting—stylist is his ticket to a major account. The only way to get what he wants is to agree to Tab's terms: a style makeover. However, Drew has a few terms of his own, most of which involve her naked in his bed. But neither of them are prepared when their lust-fueled hostility turns into something altogether unexpected...
I have to say, I absolutely love the enemies to lovers fiction trope. It’s hot. It’s snarky. It usually has stubborn, passionate characters. All the things I love in a pairing. And Naughty Little Wishes delivered on all three.
Tabitha is a sexual woman who revels in her passionate nature and isn’t afraid to let her lovers know exactly what she wants from them. She’s a successful businesswoman running an enterprise of fashion consultants with many big-name clients. But she’s also a bit too nosy and butts her nose into places where it doesn’t belong. This trait causes problems with Drew later on in the book too. Andrew (Drew) is a more uptight and rigid when it comes to his life. Everything has a place, must be in order, and planned down to the very minute of details. Unfortunately, he’s also a little hung-up on his Ex and what happened in a car accident several years ago. And those hang-ups form much of his personality and way he lives his life. These two characters could not be more opposite if they tried. Their clashing personalities make for entertaining encounters at parties, much to the amusement (and sometimes horror) of their friends and co-workers, but underneath that edge of frustration lies a great deal of sexual desire.
Now, I will say that Tab and Drew coming together was a little out of the blue. I didn’t think there was quite enough set-up to make their first sexual encounter the natural progression, but this is an erotica novella and there is only so much space to work with so I will forgive this small sin because the stellar writing more than makes up for any small falters in the plot.
Overall, a good afternoon read. Very hot when it comes to the erotica scenes (for which there are many, but not so many as to get boring or repetitive). Inventive and sensual – I loved some of the imagery Ms. Crespo evokes – but also humorous and ends on a happy note.