On the outskirts of Sin City, there’s a rough and tumble saloon where the women who are brave enough to enter can mingle with men that are equally magnetic and dangerous. And in this town, no one’s afraid to get a little dirty…
Billionaire playboy Bennett Hughes’ black sheep reputation is well-earned, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting the respect of his family—even if it means tracking down his brother’s gold-digging one-night-stand to earn it. But when Ben finds his intended target to be the opposite of what he expected, his chance at redemption ends in an accidental quickie marriage.
Despite her history, ex-showgirl Liz Palazzo believes in love at first sight, something she thought she experienced with Ben. Determined to put her party-girl reputation behind her, Liz vows to be the best wife ever—even if her husband seems set on keeping their union a marriage of convenience.
But as the sparks fly and their connection grows, Ben starts to wonder if Liz might be the one person who can make him a better man—or if the former bad girl just wants him for his money…
Down and Dirty (Rough & Tumble #2) by Crystal Green
Ben & Liz
BOOZE, THE SOCIAL LUBRICANT!
Just an FYI, I did not read the first book in this series and that was ok. Down and Dirty can be read as a stand alone. It’s just that good!! LOL!
I absolutely loved this book. It was adorable, humorous, sexy, and gave me that warm fuzzy feeling I’d been looking for! Don’t mistake me, there’s plenty of angst packed into this tale, but upon the conclusion I had a great feeling about the story as a whole.
Bennett (Ben) was the perfect lead character. He’s charming, funny, and alpha through and through. I wasn’t sure about him in the beginning, but he quickly grew on me and pulled on my heart strings… and… well… I totally adore him. The family business seems to be dragging him down even though he barely participates in it. He seems like he’s got something to prove to them even though they treat him like the redheaded stepchild! I wanted to tell his asshole brother, Jameson to go fly a kite. Wow, what a dickhead!
Now Liz, well, she’s as sweet as they come. She’s beautiful and smart and she made me giggle on a few occasions. Seems to me that even though life has thrown her a few curve balls, she’s played the game rather well. She takes what she gets and makes the most of it. I couldn’t quite get in line with her being ok with Bennett’s deal, but, well, it worked out better than I thought it would.
Good supporting cast in those evil Hughes boys. No story would be complete without some evil villains and the Hughes boys are it! They make the story that much richer and add so much more angst and turmoil to it.
The story is 289 (Kindle version) pages long and for this reader, it was just what the doctor ordered. The dialogue flows very naturally and the pacing is perfect. I look forward to more beautiful stories from Crystal Green.
♥ABOUT THE AUTHOR♥
A long time ago, in a land far, far away (Milwaukee , WI , St. Luke’s Hospital), Chris Marie Green (also writing as Crystal Green) joined the world. While moving to Southern California, Kentucky , then back to California , she amused herself by writing poetry and short stories featuring the ultimate Alpha males–Superman and Indiana Jones. Later, after graduating with a B.A. in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo , Chris decided to become a professional writer.
While she wrote, Chris worked as an eighth-grade teacher, but resigned in 2002 to pursue writing full time. Her critique partners, Sheri WhiteFeather and Judy Duarte are instrumental in her endeavors. Without these talented authors, writing would be a lonely road.
Chris is pumped about her Vampire Babylon series for Ace, which is best described as “noir fantasy-mysteries” featuring a vamp hunter. The first five books, NIGHT RISING, MIDNIGHT REIGN, BREAK OF DAWN (which compose the first trilogy), plus A DROP OF RED and THE PATH OF RAZORS (the first two books in the second trilogy) have already been released. The sixth, DEEP IN THE WOODS, will be on shelves on March 2, 2010. A Vampire Babylon-related novella was released in an anthology entitled FIRST BLOOD. (Note: The Vampire Babylon series uses trilogy arcs to tell one basic story, much like the way JK Rowling used seven books that didn’t solve every plot thread book-by-book to tell Harry Potter’s story. While each individual novel focuses on a central mystery that’s solved by the end, the three books together build character and mythology arcs/mysteries until everything culminates in the third book. Each trilogy repeats this pattern.)
Chris is also writes Silhouette Special Editions (“home and hearth” tales of redemption and community) and Harlequin Blazes (steamy fantasies), and whenever she can, she travels, including backpacking trips in Europe and road trips in America . She also enjoys yoga, hiking, and way too much movie-watching.