Hard Compromise (Compromise Me #2) by: Samanthe Beck
A Compromise Me novel by USA Today bestselling author Samanthe Beck
Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.
Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he want anything to do with the women his wealthy family wants him to meet. Not when he’s waited ten years for his chance to make his move. His deal might have strings—and Laurie may not know the stakes—but nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart.
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Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their turbo-son, Hud. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.
When not clinging to sanity by her fingernails or dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-afters, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.
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She turned on less than steady legs and walked to the other side of the room, feeling the weight of his stare on her the entire time. Once there, she planted her feet hip’s distance apart, bent from the waist, and rested her forearms on the bed. “I trust this is interesting enough for you?”
His footsteps fueled her adrenalin. She lowered her head to the mattress, and lifted onto her toes.
“It’s definitely a start. Hand me my belt.”
She raised her head as a hundred imaginary feathers fluttered down her spine. “Your…what?”
“My belt,” he repeated. “It’s right beside you.”
“Give it to me, and you’ll find out.”
If she wasn’t in the mood for this, all she had to do was say so. Booker would let it go, without question. Even knowing this, backing down felt too much like surrender. She handed the strap to him, but couldn’t help adding a caustic comment. “Who would have guessed there were fifty shades of Sheriff Booker?”
His soft laugh stirred invisible molecules in the air around her. “I would never do anything so conventional. Besides”—he folded the belt in half and ran the edge along the back of her thigh—“I think you secretly prefer gentle.”
“I told you before, you don’t have to be gentle with me.”
“You’re tough, huh?” The edge of the belt tickled her skin again.
She faced front and held her position. “That’s right.” Dammit, she was her own worst enemy.
“Okay, tough girl. Be still.”
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HARD COMPROMISE (Compromise Me #2) by Samanthe Beck
What a fabulously intriguing story of patients and endurance. The heart knows what it wants! Waiting 10 years is extreme, but it needed to be done. Some people hide not only from others, but most damagingly themselves before they find the truth and comfort of love. Booker had his sights set on Laurelie from the get go, but being older he knew he couldn’t act upon the feelings she evoked within him. So telling her they could revisit that issue in 10 years was his way to bide some time, but then he had to convince her! New Year’s Eve 10 years later, he marches into her apartment and takes what he’s wanted all along, HER!!! Unfortunately as usual her mother arrives back into town and throws a cold shower on her good feelings. Booker tries to convince Laurelie that he’s there for her and she can lean on him, but that’s not her. She stands up for herself and leans on no one…. Does Booker finally convince her that it doesn’t matter that their backgrounds (his parents money and her extreme lack of money as well as her low life mothers reputation) are completely opposite, love has no bounds. The heart sees what it wants and goes after it. Or does Laurelie stick with her fears and blow away her chance at happiness? You’ll have to read HARD COMPROMISE to find out. I love the completeness these two seemed to make together throughout the story. This was my first Samanthe Beck story, but I look forward to reading more like this one. I received an ARC via Tasty Book Tours & Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Due to explicit sexual content this novel is for readers 18 and older.