Hotshot San Diego sports agent Shaw Matthews and his sexy professional adversary Cassidy Whalen have gone head-to-head in the boardroom—and the bedroom. Now Shaw has scored a big promotion—but only because Cassidy turned it down and ran off. There are many things he wants when it comes to Cassidy—just not her pity. So Shaw rushes to a small town in Maine to retrieve his dignity—and maybe the woman he’s hungry to claim once more.

Cassidy has pushed herself to the max to realize her career dreams—until a family crisis brings her home. But Shaw isn’t letting Cassidy go that easily. Neither is gorgeous heartthrob Casey Michaels, the childhood sweetheart she left behind—and who now wants to win her back. As the rivalry between the two alpha males intensifies, and Shaw’s seductive moves reach a whole new level of heat, Cassidy has to make a choice. And this time, it’s for the highest stakes of all.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ever since that little cliffhanger at the end of the first book, I was already patiently waiting for the next installment. Honestly, I didn’t even love the first book that much, but I just wanted to see what the hero was going to do, especially with the growing feelings between him and the heroine and especially knowing what the heroine did for him. Initially, I thought that both main characters were too clashing to ever have a good ending.

I have to say that Getting Rough was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting your usual continuation to the story and more conflicts along the way. I was glad to see the journey that both main characters had in this book. If I thought it was difficult for the two of them to work things out in the previous book, this book made me realize that they were actually great for each other. I liked the development that the hero went through. He started out as a jerk who was very good at his job but wasn’t any good on anything else. I liked how he grew up throughout the story.

There’s supposed to be another book. I personally think the story is already finished. I’ll probably be checking out the third book because I’m really curious to know how the author is going to play things out with the serial, or even if it’s still going to be about the same main characters. Anyway, Getting Rough is a sexy, entertaining book that I really enjoyed reading.


C. L. Parker is a romance author who writes stories that sizzle. She’s a small-town girl with big-city dreams and enough tenacity to see them come to fruition. Having been the outgoing sort for all her life—which translates to “she just wouldn’t shut the hell up”—it’s no wonder Parker eventually turned to writing as a way to let her voice, and those of the people living inside her head, be heard. She loves hard, laughs until it hurts, and lives like there’s no tomorrow. In her world, everything truly does happen for a reason.

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