Sunday, 22 March 2015

Review: The Winner Takes It All by Jennifer Dawson

For two stubborn people…

Corporate mogul Shane Donovan sees the ultra-cool, collected Cecilia Riley as an ice queen—even if he can't deny that, on the surface, she's a work of perfection his body can't ignore. Forced to spend two weeks in the same house for his sister's upcoming wedding, Shane senses that deep down Cecilia mirrors his need. And he's determined to draw her into a sexy game that will melt away her reserve…

Losing is not an option…

Career-driven Cecilia Riley has just enough free time in her schedule to head out of town for her brother's wedding. But her agenda is thrown for a loop by the presence of Shane. Though his over-confident attitude leaves a lot to be desired, his insanely hot body has kept Cecilia up nights. Unsure what game Shane is playing, Cecilia takes the bait, bent on resisting him at all costs.

But as Shane and Cecilia discover, temptation follows no rules…

Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Zebra
Series: Something New #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I enjoyed this book more than I was expecting to. When dealing with a series in the contemporary romance genre I often find that the stories can get monotonous and overly predictable. Although somewhat predictable I didn't once get bored with the characters and plot.

The characters were mature, strong and likeable as far as I was concerned. The attraction between Cecilia and Shane was undeniable and there were a lot more sexy and "blush" moments than I was expecting. The pages heat up on numerous occasions.

I didn't have the opportunity to read the first book in the series before this one but I was able to follow along easily. References are made to what happened in the first book that has me wanting to go back and read it. References are also made to indicate what the next book will be about that has peaked my interest as well.

I think fans of contemporary romance with mature characters (not teenagers or new adults) and steamy interactions will be sure to like this series just like I did. It was a very easy book to get through.


About the Author
Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they’re married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog.

Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history.

These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.

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  1. would be an interesting mental joust to read, with cecelia trying to find out shane's intentions and all

  2. I really enjoyed this one too Kristine.