Lauren can’t believe she’s spending a few days with one of sexiest, and most annoying men she’s ever met. But she can’t deny the chemistry between them, and for once in her life she’s letting down her guard so she can explore a different side of herself. The side only Linc brings out in her.
Taking it slow, he unleashes her sexuality and it quickly occurs to him that what started out as a bet for him has become something more. With their weekend nearly over, and her ex showing interest in this new confident version of Lauren, Linc will have to risk it all if he wants to win the game of love.Novellas are hard to review, as they are by definition, shorter and not as developed, and I like developed stories. That said, it is possible to develop a story in a novella, it just takes a little effort, some attention to a different pacing, and an ability to know what can be skipped and what needs to remain in order for the story to work. Cathryn Fox does a wonderful job with all of this, creating a novella that works and feels like a full story.
In this case, Fox dealt with having less time to develop the characters by giving them an attraction they had been fighting for a year, an amusing reason to place a bet, a Linc who was brave enough to go for what he wanted when the opportunity presents itself. Their chemistry is clear as they try to avoid one another, to not speak to one another, and to generally pretend the other is not in the room...while being acutely aware of one another.
The characters were fun, they had great chemistry, and most importantly, I believed their attraction to one another. This matters, and can be a challenge in a novella. The sex was also hot, and this is also something that can be hit or miss in a novella, as you have to develop the attraction before the physical parts are steamy, and this was done very well.
I liked Linc and Lauren, I thought they were well developed characters and I found their reactions and behaviors to be consistent. The pacing was good and it spent the right amounts of time developing the important parts of the story while skimming past the non-essential parts.
I recommend this overall and am looking forward to the other novels through the new "Scorched" line with Entangled.