Womanizer, Man Whore, Player, Heartbreaker are all familiar names to Ben Rhoades. He prefers Money Man or Sex God, but he doesn’t let other people’s opinions rule him. And he’s only gotten worse without his compass, his best friend, whose devastating death at a young age has taught him a valuable lesson about not getting too close to anyone … ever. Until one smart and stubborn woman with eye-catching curves throws him for a loop and refuses to be tamed.
Samantha Calhoun has her life on track even after the shattering break-up with the guy she’d thought she’d wanted to marry. With her chin held high, she focuses on her career, building her business and making a success of it all. Only a chance meeting has her lost in a set of alluring steel gray eyes that have her steps faltering and her heart leaping out of her chest. Forewarned by not-so-flattering rumors plus his no-holds-bar rules, she tries desperately to play his game while guarding her heart.
Only they have no idea of the journey they’re about to undertake when their lives collide. Ultimately they’ll tackle the biggest test of their lives because she is his game changer. The one, who through the ensuing wreckage, can domesticate the mess of a man that he is.
Where do I even start? It’s probably a good idea to read Cruel & Beautiful before you start Mess of a Man. You will understand Ben and his grief a little better.
Ben was Drew’s best friend since Kindergarten. When Drew died, Ben went on some self-destructive/workaholic/manwhore bender. He “dated” this psychopath named Karen who never got the “He’s just not that into you” message. Ben’s not handling the loss of his friend very well. Then one day in the produce section he sees this hot chick with nice..erm body parts. He lays this super lame pick up line about food porn on her. He promises to call so they can get together.
Sam is an up and coming event planner. She has her own thriving business, great friends, and a loving family. She dated this loser guy named Trevor who is an overgrown child. He promises the World then sticks his tongue down the throats of random women at the bar. (I’m not kidding.) She meets Ben, and calls him “The Produce God.” She agrees to get together in the future for dinner. Her friends warn her about Ben’s not so great reputation with the ladies, but Sam sees the real Ben. She’s also super understanding when Ben talks about handling his grief. More than the average woman.
What I love about this book it’s kind of continuation of Cruel and Beautiful. Cate’s in the book a bit, but she’s not really part of the plotline. Ben promised Drew he would take care of her, and he tries his best not to break that promise. Ben’s grief is very realistic. I know some books are so far out there when it comes to losing spouses or loved ones. They get some letter from their dead loved ,one and boom all the sudden they move on. When does that ever happen?
Here’s the part I didn’t enjoy so much. It made me ugly cry again damn it! I rarely ugly cry when I read a book, but Terri and A.M. seem to hit the nail on the head in that aspect. I think it’s the journey Ben went on. How he handles his grief, and how he tries his hardest to move on. Sam helps Ben with his grief, but let’s just say their relationship is complicated. Another realistic aspect of the book! You see where I’m going with this? lol
This is a great followup/sequel (sort of) to Cruel & Beautiful. Both books have death/love/grieving/moving on. If you want a book that’s just fun with no angst or real heavy stuff with loved mixed in, this isn’t the book to read. It’s very angsty and deep.
Very Angsty/Ugly Cry Perfect Score!
So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.
Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, and Kissing
Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon Series (Survival,
Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent, and Beginnings); Dark Waltz, Death
Waltz, Tragically Flawed (Tragic 1), Tragic Desires (Tragic 2), Exquisite
Betrayal, Dirty Nights; and lastly Freeing Her, Freeing Him, and Kestrel—all
part of the Hart Brothers Series.
Other than being in love with writing about love,
she loves chocolate, ice cream, and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.
TERRI E. LAINE
Terri E. Laine is an avid reader and the co-author
of Cruel & Beautiful. When she isn’t writing romance with heart and heat,
she is crazily managing a household with her husband and three kids.