Friday 22 May 2020

✪ OTTERLY SCORCHED ✪ Tara Sivec ✪ #RomComStandalone ✪

© Bianca Janeane

• 22 May 2020
• Romantic Comedy standalone
• very slightly connected to The Simple Life & Just My Type
4.75 Stars
It’s been a lot of years and another lifetime since Dax Trevino was a playboy detective for the Franklin Police Department. He’s been through hell and back, and now he just wants to be left alone, so he can cuddle his otters.

When two of his babies are kidnapped in the middle of the night, and Claws and Effect Pet Detectives are called to the rescue, quiet, broody Dax never expects to be tackled and handcuffed by the only woman he ever regretted being a douchebag to all those years ago.

Harley Blake has spent her entire life taking care of her accident-prone father with a fondness for dead animals, and her forty-year-old brother who refuses to grow up. The last thing she needs is another complication in her life, and Detective Douchebag is at the top of the list.

Dax might not be a cop anymore, and he might have outgrown his one-and-done player status, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to get burned a second time and fall for his charms. The infuriating man already branded a mark on her heart years ago, making sure she’d never forget him. Besides, she has a case to solve for the guy, and this is just business.

But the sarcasm starts flying, there are a gaggle of adorable otters who need to be cuddled, a Bandit Von Trash Panda who just wants to play poker, pot brownies, and squirrels dressed for a wedding... at a funeral. Things are heating upand not just from the small tree fire after the grenade went offand this man is suddenly simplifying her life instead of making it worse.

Harley knows she won’t escape this time without being Otterly Scorched.

Five years ago Dax and Harley were cops. He was also a real famous ladies' man around town. And even though Harley pretended otherwise, she was still mega attracted to him.
Then suddenly Dax left and they did not see each other again until now - when Dax is screaming around the animal sanctuary like a crazy old woman.
Because?! Because his beloved Otters are missing!
WTF you might ask? We and Harley are asking that too.
How come that a ultra charming, suit-wearing, mega-flirty cop ends up ... here. With Otters? Looking and acting like a grumpy lumberjack. A really hot one.
What happened?!
Let the fun times begin ...


I loved reading this!
First of all ... who knew Otters were so adorable?! I didn't even know they were able to stay out of the water for longer periods of time! I want one too!

Harley and Dax. Both are not the immature and young kids we get in most books. We're close to 40 here. Even though you might not notice it all the time. Lol.
Harley never really had a relationship. And Dax only used to have one-night things. But that was years ago. Now he's a Otter whisperer? What happened there?
It's all really adorable and sad and heartbreaking.
But most of all it's very sweet and hilarious and I just adored this whole story.
I also really loved Harley's dad and brother! LOL - they need to get their own TV show - some kind of Tiger King Pet Detectives kind of thing. LOL!!!!

This was a really great romantic comedy mystery thingy - I loved every second of it!

I so wouldn't mind staring at some otters and some Dax on Netflix one day soon!

OTTERLY SCORCHED was such an adorable & funny Otter-Mystery Love Story! I loved it! Hurry to your nearest amazon for your own Dax ... this one is MINE!

A tiny little thing that bothered me a bit. Especially in the beginning. I don't like it when chapters end with a little cliffy and then the next chapter does NOT start where it should, but at a later time. I want to know what happened in that moment, not fast forward and just get told about it in a few lines :(

ARC received via author for an honest review

Tara Sivec, you had me at otter!

What can I say about this book other than it is otterly adorable (yes, there will be otter puns by the dozen from me!)

From Dax's first hilarious phone call to the last word, I adored this tale. From "could have been" lovers, to a mystery that needs to be solved, Dax and Harley travel an enjoyable, and at times frustrating road to their HEA

What I really liked is that they are not some young and idiotic coupling, they are 40ish and have life experience and  a past that is more than what happened in college.  

I did laugh at Harley's brother and father, even if at times they were eye roll worthy with their immaturity.  I was kinda sorta curious about some of their "artwork" lol.  I did want to shake some sense into Harley to tell them to grow TFU.

The stars of this story really are the otters, and this book made me want one as a pet! I mean, I always wanted one, but this made that need stronger.

I am looking forward to more from Ms Sivec in the future.




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Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series, the Chocolate Lovers series, the Chocoholics series, the Fool Me Once series and Watch Over Me. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she'll do and naps she'll take when she ever gets spare time.