Monday 15 May 2017

★ Lauren Rowe ★ CAPTAIN ★

© Bianca Janeane

• 15 May 2017• 432 pages
• standalone
(but slightly connected to the CLUB world via sisters/brothers/best friends!
Also, Ryan is the big brother of Keane from Ball Peen Hammer!)

4.9 Stars

From, Lauren Rowe, the USA Today and International bestselling author of The Club Series and Ball Peen Hammer comes a sexy standalone romance: Captain.

It wasn’t the way this kind of story was supposed to go . . .
Insta-love isn’t supposed to turn into insta-hate.

But that’s exactly what happened when the hot-as-hell dreamboat I met in a bar turned out to be a lying, cheating scumbag-player-douche looking for nothing but a little side action. Jerk.

And he has the nerve to call me a liar and a “sociopath”? Assh*le.

And now, three months later, through a mind-blowing series of events I couldn’t have predicted in a million years, it turns out my boss is marrying his sister in Hawaii and I’ve got to play nice with him for an entire freaking week.

Okay, sure, I’ll put on a happy face this week and act like I’ve never even met the jerk before--did I mention his sister is marrying my boss?--but that doesn’t mean I’ll like it. And it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll stop secretly hating the cocky bastard’s guts.

Because I do.
I hate him.
I really do.

I just wish my brain would explain the situation to my body . . . because every time he flashes that panty-melting smile at me, it takes all my self-restraint not to jump the bastard’s hot-as-f*ck bones.

Tessa and Ryan meet in a bar. Insta-attraction. One might almost say Insta-Love!
But after some weird circumstances (aka misunderstandings/lies, or rather, not-yet-had-the-opportunity-to-tell-facts) that insta-like turns into insta-hate!
But that's unfortunately not the last they've seen of each other!
Because .... his sister is marrying her boss in an epic marriage-event in Hawaii!
That means a week in paradise with a person you can't stand to look at. But also a person you can't NOT look at, because there's still that same insane attraction happening.

So what happens when you have to spend a week in a dream location with the other half of your soul - who you kinda hate? Will they be able to resist each other? Or the better question is ... HOW LONG will they be able to resist this mega-attraction?

I have to admit that I only read Lauren's first Club books, I just didn't have the time for the rest of them...yet. And I didn't read Ball Peen Hammer! So I missed a lot of what happened to all those couples and brothers and sisters and best friends! BUT, of course you don't have to have read those books to understand what's happening here. But I also hate that - which is just me being weird, but I always want to have read every book that slightly connects in the right order. ☺ But you really don't have to know those other books!! This is a complete standalone. Perfectly understandable without the others!

This is Ryan and Tessa's book.
And they're sooo adorable!
Tessa only went to that bar as a favor to her bestie Charlotte, because Charlotte thought that Tessa needed to get back on the horse again! Horse being a man, of course. Because since her break-up with her cheating ex, nine months ago, Tessa hasn't so much as kissed a guy!!
And Ryan....
He broke up with his crazy girlfriend of two months. Just today - the day of the bar-meet with Tessa.
And it's kind of love-at-first-sight for him. He wants nothing more than to find THE ONE. The one to fall hopelessly in love with, marry, have children with.
Isn't he the most adorable dream-guy????

And then they meet and everything Ry ever hoped for was THIS close to happening, but then... grrrrr!
This could've been a Happy End story after only a few chapters. But of course they didn't tell each other everything they should've told each other!
But Hawaii is calling ... second chance at that happily ever after!
But now they kind of hate each other.
TOO funny for the reader to witness!

Funny (Ry's brother Keane is mostly responsible for the hilariousness of this book!!!), adorable, very erotic and all that in this beautiful location? Perfect Romance!

If I had to find something I didn't much like? As mentioned before - the fact that SO many people in here already had their stories told maybe? And I haven't read some of them. Which is halfway my fault, halfway Lauren's for not putting ALL of those books officially in the club series on goodreads!☺
And the second thing...some characters share weird expressions. Like Oopfh. It's ok if siblings do that, but not strangers in a book. That's an expression the author uses privately and it shouldn't be used by different characters in my opinion. Details ;)
Another thing - once someone starts talking in this book, they won't stop!!! There are way too many too long monologues in here. I sometimes didn't care for those - some of them were scenes from other books, stories, anectdotes you might already know et cetera.
Also, the cover?? While very sexy. That's not Ryan. This guy looks like a mechanic or a race-car-driver! The tattoes are perfect, but the clothes? A bit weird! ☺

BUT ...

CAPTAIN was such an adorable and sexy romance! Sparks galore! Hilarious siblings! The most beautiful locations a romance novel can have: Seattle & Hawaii ....
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Ryan - this one is MINE - ALLLL MINE!!!!


USA Today and internationally bestselling author Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California, where, in addition to writing books, she performs with her dance/party band at events all over Southern California, writes songs, takes embarrassing snapshots of her ever-patient Boston terrier, Buster, spends time with her wonderful family, and narrates audiobooks. Much to Lauren’s thrill, her books have been translated all over the world in multiple languages and hit multiple domestic and international bestseller lists. With enticing characters, enthralling situations and a general love of romantic fiction, Lauren has created a world of her own, full of wit and sensual desire.