Good morning and welcome to my stop for the latest release from Anne Marsh: Wicked Nights, book 2 in her Navy Rescue Swimmer Trilogy. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, read on for an excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25 amazon gift card from Anne Marsh.
Some friendly and not always friendly banter and competition form the basis for this story. Piper and Cal are cleverly drawn, both with their own issues and things to prove. They had met one another as children, and now, years later they are renewing their friendship as adults, but it still carries that boys vs. girls tension that is familiar from elementary school playgrounds. Now all grown up, they have both started to build their lives and careers, Cal after his hitch with the Navy, and Piper’s making a success of her dive business after success in the competition venue.
These two are delightful and cleverly drawn, Piper’s determination and drive to be the best she can and move past her surprisingly well-detailed and developed issues. Piper is a ‘heal yourself by helping others’ sort of woman, and her determination and willingness to open herself to those emotions and feelings if they will help someone else is a wonderful trait that shows how burdens shared are burdens lightened.
Cal is the ultimate man’s man: a former SEAL and more close-mouthed and a very competition-driven, goal driven man. The contest with Piper to get both the contract and the ‘director’s chair’ in their sexual antics are the perfect impetus to help him work through his own issues. What he doesn’t realize is that Piper’s commitment, determination and skill are the perfect foil for his own take no prisoner’s approach and the hesitancy that he hides behind that mask of bravado soon develops cracks with Piper’s presence.
These two have an incredible chemistry and banter, and their scenes together are palpably laden with tension, both sexual and competitive and Marsh manages to include moments and situations that feel familiar and give a real sense of the characters. Their interactions were delicious and fun, and their pairing felt successful and real. My only complaint was a large portion of the plot was consumed with information about diving, and while interesting it did seem to disrupt the trajectory of their relationship. Overall, this story was unique and fun to read, with characters that I enjoyed and wanted to see happy.
Title: Wicked Nights
Author: Anne Marsh
Series: Men of Discovery Island #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Harlequin Blaze
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Winner takes it all…off
Former diving champion Piper Clark never loses. Unfortunately, if she doesn't land this lucrative contract, her diving business will fail. Worse still, it will be at the hands of her childhood nemesis, Cal Brennan—six feet of hard, rugged former Navy SEAL. So Piper proposes a wager: whoever loses the diving contract must take orders from the winner…in bed.
Cal needs this contract for his own reasons. A former rescue swimmer, he may be having a few issues with diving since his last mission ended, but Piper doesn't need to know that. Something about her impulsive nature makes Cal rise to the bait, and there's nothing he'd like more than to show Piper exactly what rules are good for.
All bets are on. And someone's about to start playing dirty….
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.