Prince Charming an all-new sexy standalone from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is available NOW.
Keaton Bridge is one hundred percent bad boy.
Cassie doesn’t need a boy and certainly not a bad one. Nope. She fights crime for a living, and everything about this guy screams trouble, from his charming British accent to his mysterious past.
And Cassie doesn’t do trouble.
Keaton’s got his own trouble. He’s trying to go legit, and an FBI agent hanging around is the last thing that will help his credibility.
All it took was one night of passion to sear her into his skin. Now he can’t imagine living happily ever after without her.
All they have to do is walk away.
But neither of them ever walks away from a challenge.
*ARC received as a part of a blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*
This is my first CD Reiss novel and let me tell you, it was good. I’ve heard so many nice things about the author, especially from romance author extraordinaire, Penny Reid, who I absolutely adore. So, when she said that CD Reiss was a great author, I knew that I had to read her work and experience it for myself. And, boy! Is she a good writer! I loved this story!
Cassandra Grinstead, an FBI agent, is looking for a change of pace because she hates her inconsequential field office and wants to do some better work. She figures one sure shot way to snag a promotion is to catch a white supremacist Nazi cell working in the dark web. To find more, she meets Keaton Bridge who is supposed to be Alpha Wolf, a wanted cyber criminal. But, the catch is that the FBI has nothing on him and he isn’t willing to talk. He’s trying to go legit with a QI4 business with his best friend and refuses to share anything.
Cassie & Keaton are attracted to each other from the get go. They both know that it’s not a good idea to get involved, but they bump into one another a couple times and Keaton agrees to help her crack her case. As they work together, the attraction gets too much and they give in, entering into a sort of casual relationship (aka feelings are heavily involved but they both know that they can’t make it work). Question is, to they make it work or not.
What I loved about the story best was Cassie. She’s awesome. She hasn’t had the best childhood and was raised by her grandmother from when she was 14. She’s had to work hard to get where she is and she values her job. She doesn’t want to lose it because her grandma and her job are the only things she has in the world. She is no nonsense and doesn’t take shit from anybody, not even her boss. She’s strong and can easily take on Keaton in a fight. I loved how badass she is. It was awesome!
Keaton, on the other hand, is the mysterious broody bad boy. He never makes apologies for who is and is straight from the beginning, saying that though he cares very deeply for Cassie, he was sure he’d disappoint her because of who he is. I love how he comes off as ruthless and uncaring, but he treats Cassie with such gentleness, it’s so good. He always makes sure to look after her the best he can. He wants to earn her trust and tries to anyway he can. He is so sweet with her, it’s endearing.
Though it’s an action packed read and I loved everything that was happening, there was stuff that I didn’t like. For example, it felt very insta – lovey. Sure, the attraction was always there, but it seemed as if the feelings developed in a week. I mean, I think majority of the week is covered within 3 – 4 weeks at max (I could be wrong on that front, it might be even less, but there’s no way it’s more than that) and they seemed to have developed intense feelings. Yes, all their conversations were heavily loaded and they rarely held anything back, but it seemed that it was still a little too soon.
Also, for someone who worked so hard towards her promotion, it seemed that the promotion was all but handed to her. I wanted it to be a little more difficult for her to get it. I’m glad she did and she did risk her life in a way, but I felt that she didn’t do enough (kind of like the end of DH when Harry killed Voldemort, but it felt unfulfilling because it wasn’t actually his prowess).
I loved all the interaction between Keaton and Cassie’s grandma. Those were funny as hell and so, so entertaining. Keaton really is a charming man. I also loved the camaraderie between Cassie and her friend, Freida. Those two ladies are awesome and Freida was a riot. All the secondary relationships in this book are so good, I adored them. It was so good to read about all of them. 😀
Though the book is insta – love, the romance is so hot! Really, really hot. The chemistry between Cassie and Keaton sizzles through the page. They’re so good together. I loved how they understood each other in a different sense. They understood the other’s motivations and though not everything about them was for the other, it was nice to see a relationship where the partners think about each other, but still protect themselves.
This was a really, really great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The list of crimes that happen on the dark net bounce through my brain as he holds me. Is he going to kill me? Strangle me right here in the parking lot of his own factory? Maybe he wants to try. He’s well-built but I’m pretty sure I can take a computer nerd in hand to hand combat. I just can’t let him get the jump.
He goes for me.
I’m surprised and prepared for it at the same time. I didn’t actually believe he’d try, but I’m reaching to block an attack while he’s leading with his head, which is weird, but I got this.
When his lips smash against mine my body is a split second ahead of my brain. It’s processed the list of dark net violence and thus completes a series of moves to bring down a frontal attack.
Even as I’m using his weight against him by holding his arm still while I swing him, letting his high center of gravity do all the work of stripping him of his balance, my mind processes the kiss. Because it was a kiss. A real soft-lipped-slightly-open-mouthed-I want-her-to-like-it kind of kiss.
By the time those nice thoughts register I’m slamming him up against the car. I’m a little disappointed that I can’t take back my counterattack. I would have let him kiss me a few more seconds before taking him down.
His eyes are open wide and the breath’s knocked out of him. The thump of his body against the car door fades into the night.
“Why did you do that?” I ask.
He looks at me as if I asked him why he pees standing up. Brows knotted. Arms out. Mouth half open as if he can’t contain the sheer number of answers he could give me right now.
“What?” He says it like whot and it’s endearing and haughty at the same time. Damnit. I should have taken that kiss and not gotten all black belt on him.
“Don’t sneak up on a girl like that.” I sound like a brat.
He straightens himself out, pulling his cuffs down and realigning his jacket.
“I’m going to pretend you didn’t just do a very impressive judo throw and tell you, out front, that I am going to kiss you. First, I am going to put my hands on your face, because I would like to feel your mouth move when I do it. Then I’m going to tilt my head to the right, so please, you should also tilt your head to the right.” He waits for me to nod, and when I do, he comes close to me and lowers his voice. “I’m going to wait a second once our lips touch, just to make sure we’re both appreciating this first contact. When I open my mouth a little, I want you to do the same. You need to accept my tongue in your mouth.” He puts his hands on my shoulders. “Is that enough of a warning?”
“What happens after that?”
He moves his hands up to my jaw, laying his thumbs against my cheeks. He strokes them and I lean forward.
He kisses me just like he said he would. His tongue tastes like ice water, and his lips curve into the shape of mine. The adrenaline in my veins blends with something newer and warmer. He slides one hand back and tugs my hair which sends fluids and sensation and pleasure and all my attention between my legs. I push against him just so I can feel him resist. I need to fight him hard as I want him.
He’s rigid and yielding all at once, turning us around until I’m the one with my back against the car. I shove him away and he separates from me with a sharp intake of breath.
He doesn’t say a word, still holding me by a fistful of hair. The cold clouds of our breath mingle between us. He’s a predator, a criminal, and a mistake. But his jaw is tight and his nostrils flare when he breathes. He’s all those things and a bull charging for the red cape.
“Push me away again,” he says, finally, “and we’re done here. And I know for a fact that’s not what you want.”
I am the red cape, and I need to be yanked away as much as I need him to charge at me again and again.
“When I want you to stop I’ll say so.”
I shove him again, and he smiles before laying a kiss on me. It’s not a kiss I fight. It’s a kiss I want. He pauses, pulling his mouth away as if giving me a second to tell him to stop, but I don’t. I don’t start pushing against him until our mouths are locked again. His hips grind into me. I feel his erection through our clothes.
I’m clutching his coat without any sense. I want to tear away every stitch of fabric. I push and pull with equal ferocity. I want to spread my legs but my coat’s too long. I want to punch him. I want that hard dick stretching me and I want it to hurt. My mind is wiped clean of everything but need. I don’t have a job or a career. I don’t have dreams built from childhood. I don’t have a name. I’m just a pillar of desire. I’m reduced to movement and hunger. I want his body inside mine. Nothing else.
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CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.
She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.
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