From New York Times Bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes the next standalone romance in the Original Heartbreakers Series—CAN’T GET ENOUGH!
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CAN’T GET ENOUGH Synopsis
New York Times best selling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers tale, featuring a rough, tough bad boy brought to his knees by… a kindergarten teacher?
The king of one-night stands…
To inherit–and destroy–his father’s business at long last, Brock Hudson needs a temporary wife. The ruthless ex-military heartthrob has always avoided romantic entanglements. Women are sweet, but vengeance will be sweeter. Or so he thinks. Only one woman will do, but the vulnerable beauty is more than he bargained for—sexier, wittier, and utterly irresistible.
The queen of the deep freeze…
After an abusive first marriage, Lyndie Scott has sworn off relationships. But still she longs for a child of her own. Turns out, the brawler who used to frighten her with only a glance is the answer to her problems. She agrees to his proposal, with a caveat: spend every night in bed with her, then walk away for good when it’s time to divorce. Even if she’s pregnant.
A marriage of breathtaking inconvenience…
As the days pass too quickly and the nights heat up, Brock battles a sense of possession and obsession. Will the former commitment-phobe convince his wife they’re better off together, or will she pack her bags and go?
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Enough – such a simple sounding word, but boy does its impact pack a punch. And in Gena Showalter’s newest release, Can’t Get Enough, Brock Hudson and Lyndie ‘Scottie’ Scott both have to overcome feelings of insecurity and worthlessness due to the actions of the people who are supposed to love them most, and those tormented emotions lead one to go after meaningless encounters with women because another person’s hatred is too much for him to bear, and the other lives in fear, reliving her horrifying ordeals while struggling to move on and be the independent woman she envisions herself being now that she’s decided to take back her life and be on her own.
Boy did these two main characters break my heart…both Brock and Lyndie have craptastic pasts – ones that have severely scarred them emotionally as well as physically and while at times, they wear their scars like badges of courage and strength; sometimes, those wounds take a long time to heal and it’s only with patience and facing those monsters that they can begin to truly heal.
The circumstances that prompt Brock to finally give into his desire and perhaps even need for Lyndie adds quite a bit of pressure to two people who already have a lot of hang-ups when it comes to the opposite sex, but it makes sense that Showalter would need to create an unusual opportunity to bring them together because they were both adamant that nothing would come of their mutual lust for one another, partly due to Lyndie witnessing Brock’s manwhorish ways and partly because Lyndie is hellbent on being on her own, not needing a man to fulfill her life, especially one that seems to use women for nothing but a sexual release.
The progression of Brock and Lyndie’s relationship is not exactly forwarding moving; there is a lot for them to wade through when it comes to how they view themselves and their needs and what they feel they can give to the other person, and that entire process is a huge obstacle for them because neither seem too willing to fully commit, even if it is just for a few months. But each risk Brock and Lyndie willingly takes brings them closer to each other, changing them in ways they never thought possible as well as offering them a new path to travel when it comes to their relationship choices and what they feel their role should be when it comes to a monogamous partnership.
Even though Brock and Lyndie’s story is book 6 in The Original Heartbreakers series, I didn’t feel like I needed to understand past relationships in order to remain interested in the events of Can’t Get Enough, although I would have liked to hear more about Brock’s strained relationship with his brother and how their fractured connection was being rebuilt towards the end of the story. Lambert is another character whose presence I didn’t quite understand. I get that he was a way for Brock to prove that he would protect Lyndie with his life, but there was already so much for this couple to get through that I didn’t think the ‘stalker’ story line needed to be there.
Despite a few issues, though, I enjoyed Brock and Lyndie and even though they frustrated me with their inability to communicate their true wants and needs, I understood why they were both so closed off and I knew it would take time for them to feel comfortable enough to let go and just be with one another, so their hesitancies and missteps made perfect sense to me, but once they both realized that they were enough just the way they were and embraced that idea as well as their feelings, I knew this two would never want to part because being together made them complete in ways they never thought possible.
4.5 Poison Apples
“But… marriage? ”Lyndie asked. “I promised myself I’d never do the whole legal-ties thing again.” Straight white teeth nibbled on her bottom lip. “How long would our marriage last?”
“I don’t know exactly.” Anticipation blended with excitement, driving Brock mad in the best possible way. So close to victory! “I’ll need to find the employees of the Hud and Son Group new jobs before I dismantle the company. There will be no collateral damage on my watch.” The employees were innocent, and he wouldn’t leave them in the lurch. “If I had to guess, I’d say a month. Maybe two, but not likely.”
Her beautiful lips shaped the words, One month.
His father’s will had two stipulations: Brock had to be married in order to run the business and, if he planned to continue running it, he had to remain married.
Daddy Dearest had used the perfect bait. Miranda’s downfall. He’d known Brock would seethe as he imagined his mother rich, happy, and carefree.
What Brock hadn’t yet comprehended? Why his father cared about his relationship status at all. What made his father think a commitment would “bring him out of the darkness and into the light?”
Thankfully—and shockingly—there’d been no requirements for Brock’s wife. No “proper” pedigree. No reputation above reproach. No set family worth. The very requirements for the girls he’d dated in high school.
Little wonder he’d always gravitated toward wild, tattooed biker babes.
Lyndie was an anomaly, everything he’d never wanted but now had to have.
She gulped. “Would we live together?”
“Yes. For the sake of appearances, but also because your safety and peace of mind matter to me.” He would be on his best behavior. Would sidestep any conversations about the terrible things he’d done in the past. She would never know how much blood stained his hands. “I will continue to protect you from Rick Lambert. From anyone who threatens you.”
Her shoulders rolled in. “I’m a magnet for crazies, aren’t I?”
“Scottie, you’re a magnet, period.”
She drew in a deep breath, slowly released it. “I’m shocked to admit this, but I like the idea of having you here… which makes me not want to have you here. I can’t learn to rely on you. I must rely on myself.”
Craved her independence? “What if I promise not to ever cook your meals or clean the house or do anything gentlemanly?”
The corners of her mouth twitched. “That would help, yes.”
“We’d have to sleep in separate bedrooms though. I’m not going to get used to your warmth.” Twin pink circles stained her cheeks. A flush of embarrassment… or pleasure? “But, uh, just to be clear,” she said, and gulped, “you will want to have sex with me, yes?”
His excitement deflated. Did she not want to have sex with him? “Yes. I will. I do. I hope you’ll want to have sex with me.” Many times. Every night. “If you allow me into your bed, I will make your pleasure a top priority. But I will expect nothing, and I will never pressure you for something you aren’t willing to give. The money will be yours whether we sleep together or not.”
Her breath hitched. Her pupils grew, black spilling over amber. Her nails dug into her knees, as if… no way. As if she had to stop herself from reaching for him.
He went still. She wanted him. Lyndie Scott wanted him.
Do not pound your chest like a gorilla.
“I don’t want your money, Brock.”
Heart thudding against his ribs, he opened his mouth to tell her that he’d give her anything. If she wanted him to beg, he would beg. He had no pride. Not with her.
Shoulders squared, she added, “I want your sperm.”
Uh, what the what now? His brain short-circuited.
Groaning, she hunched over to anchor her elbows on her knees and cover her face with her upraised hands.
“I think I misheard you,” he rasped, but deep down realization had begun to click. Lyndie Scott had caught the baby fever. She might agree to marry him, but she expected a child in return.
About Gena Showalter
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.
She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans