Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Review: In Bed With the Competition by J.K. Coi

Title: In Bed With the Competition
Author: J.K. Coi
Source: Entangled Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating -3
Sexual - 3

This rivalry is too hot for the tropics…

Elizabeth Carlson and Ben Harrison used to be friends, coworkers...and almost lovers. But that was before Ben proposed mixing business with pleasure. Elizabeth refuses to lose her heart to a hotshot tycoon with a cutthroat, take-no-prisoners attitude. Not with the prospect of starting her own company at stake.

Driven to succeed in all areas of his life, Ben couldn’t resist the temptation to make Liz his. But then she walked away, igniting a bitter rivalry. Competing for the same contract at a Caribbean conference ignites sparks too hot to ignore, and Ben’s determined to finish what they started, even if it’ll only last a few steamy, tropical nights.

Elizabeth’s resolve begins to crumble under Ben’s blatant seduction. Can she walk away from a hot island fling with the sexiest man she’s ever known with her heart intact, or will losing herself in Ben destroy everything she’s fought to achieve?
This one got off to a bit of a slow start for me.  The first half was full of both Elizabeth and Ben doubting themselves and their feelings and trying to justify what they felt as something they needed to get our of their systerm - an island fling.  Deep down they both know it's more, they were just incredible stubborn and refused to admit it.  There were a handful of very memorable scenes in the first half.  Their snorkeling expedition and "hanging out" in the boat afterwards were very fun and exciting to read.

They both have business partners with them that seem intent to ruin their personal lives - not intentionally, just by being stupid people.  Once the convention they are attending actually gets started things begin to get really interesting.  There is a scheme running the the background that I caught onto right away - I think you're supposed to - and it really made we feel bad for Elizabeth.  I wanted to tell her to wake up and smell the coffee, but I totally got why she refused to.

The romance itself doesn't seem like it's going to end well.  Now, don't worry there is a HEA, but not until after several misses and brush offs.  It was just a tad too much for me.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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