Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Publication Date: August 12, 2013
Source: eARC* via publisher
Rating: 4/5 stars
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He’s the only man she didn’t see coming…
Four years after escaping her abusive ex-husband, Kim finally believes she’s in control of her life and her emotions and she’s determined to never risk either again with a man. She has a great home, a job as a security specialist which she loves, and Jake for a best friend. But things are a tad lonely in the sex department, so she decides to embark on a no-strings-affair with one of her hot co-workers. And who better to help her remember how to lure a man than her best friend?
Jake has wanted Kim from the moment he first saw her, but four years ago, she was too young and too damaged. So he kept her close and he kept her safe, offering her a job in his security company and the training to feel safe again, and he bided his time. But now, after the long wait, if she imagines he’s going to stand by while she seduces some other guy… Never going to happen.
Losing Control by Nina Croft had that classic best friends-to-lovers trope I’m always a sucker for. This one not only had that, but two strong main characters. One was a sexy alpha male and the other an independent kick ass female. It was impossible to not enjoy these two clash in and out of the bedroom!
This Brazen definitely had a different feel, because right off the bat the slight change in roles were in place with Jake being in love and so ready to commit while Kim shying away from love and relationships and running the other the way at the mention of romance. I loved this because it had a push and pull type of storyline that was half part aggravating, half part exciting. Kim would push Jake away, convinced she wasn’t his type. Jake, on the other hand, would try to reel her in, loving her even though she was doing all kinds of crazy things to keep him away. This part of the book was more than entertaining. I definitely got a great amount of chuckles from them.
Both characters were awesome. Kim was ferocious and head strong. She was more than capable of standing up for herself. Jake was too serious, too overprotective but just as drool-worthy as he was sexy. Jake had a tough exterior who didn’t like to relinquish control, but he was a complete softie when it came to Kim. And as much as these two were strong and brave, their control issues were also their weakness. I wanted to see what Jake was going to do, what lengths he was willing to go through to make Kim his. I wanted him to breakdown Kim’s walls and I wanted to see the moment where this happened to her. I didn’t want her to give in, but to just love. To see them learn to exchange the control, to learn to give and take was beautiful and heartfelt.
I thought Losing Control was a little more tame during the sexy times, but it wasn’t without heat or passion. It was perfectly balanced with the emotions that were building up between Kim and Jake. Those intimate moments had a lot more meaning and made the overall experience of Jake and Kim finally falling into the same place damn near perfect. What I really loved with this book was how it came to a full circle, ending where it all began, truly making it symbolic in the triumphs of overcoming fears, taking risks, and just loving without hesitation.
Overall, Losing Control was fast-paced, romantic, and such a pleasurable read! Nina Croft, I hope you have more where this came from!
*Thanks to Tara of Entangled for sending a copy for review purposes
I was not compensated for my opinion
"And she thought she was going to go after another under this nose, did she? Abso-fucking-lutely not."
"Bloody hell, Jake. It's a monster."
"Sweetheart, you'll always be my type, whatever you wear, whatever you do."
"I love you. I'm not going to pretend anymore."