Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Romance Book Review: Holley Trent's Calculated Exposure

Author: Holley Trent
Series Connection: Saint and Scholar
ISBN: 9781616504915
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Purchase Link: Lyrical Press

Erica was looking for something when she visited Ireland but it wasn't a relationship with an Irishman even though one did catch her eye. Not finding the spark to make her photography better, she made her way back home to America. Since she'd been back she couldn't get her mind off of Curt, the Irishman, who just happened to live not far away from her. 

Curt didn't really need the distraction of the pretty girl he met in Ireland, but when she called him when he got back to America he couldn't resist seeing her and let her make good on the sexual promise she made him. 

One date turns into two and before they know it, the two are getting involved, but neither of them are ready for that even though they both begin to think they might want to be. In the meantime, Curt is dealing with all kinds of issues back home in Ireland and Erica is still trying to find the muse for her photography.

This story takes place a couple of years after Saints and Scholars and features Grant's former roommate Curt. Whenever Grant's roommates were brought up the stories were always about the wild and crazy antics of the three roommates. This story paints a picture of Curt as a ladies man, even though he is a bit of a nerd. So he's an unlikely hero to begin with, which just adds to his charm. 

Although she hasn't always been Erica is a spitfire that is a good match for Curt.

She went to Ireland looking for a muse, but found a mathematician instead.

Photojournalist Erica Desoto has spent five weeks in Western Europe hoping for inspiration, with just one decent photo to show for her effort. And that shot was accidental. As her sabbatical comes to a close, she’s ready to give up on her portfolio altogether.

Serial dater Curt Ryan isn’t looking for love…or even a distraction. With a PhD to finish and his family under intense scrutiny by the Irish press, he already has too much on his plate. But when his godchildren barrel into a pretty American who just happens to live a few hours from where he studies in North Carolina, a new distraction is exactly what he gets.

Back in the States, Erica and Curt initiate an incendiary no-strings-attached affair that inevitably has both questioning what they want…and what they’re willing to do to get it. Mathematician Curt risks emotion clouding his logic. For Erica, keeping her muse close may mean embracing the exact things she ran from as a young woman. Is exposing their hearts a calculated risk both are willing to take?

CONTENT WARNING: Contains Cubana snark, adult language, and explicit sex including back door loving.

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