Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Harbor City #2
Published by Entangled Select Contemporary on 25 September 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Kindle Purchase
Hot, filthy rich, and usually irresistible, Hudson Carlyle just met the one woman in Harbor City who’s immune to his legendary charm. Nerdy ant researcher Felicia Hartigan is the unsexiest dresser ever. She trips over air. And she’s in love with totally the wrong man. Hudson can’t stop thinking about her.
His regular moves won’t work here. He’s going to need a new plan, starting with helping her win over the man she thinks she wants. And if in the process she ends up falling for Hudson instead? Even better. Step one, charm her panties off. Step two, repeat step one as frequently as possible.
But what if the famous Carlyle charm finally fails him when he needs it most? Or worse, what if she figures out the one secret he’s kept from everyone, including his family, and walks away for good?
The Charmer was both charming, hot and sweet! I loved Hudson and Felicia – even as they were both trying to deny their feelings for the other.
The Charmer shows a different aspect of Hudson – he was the aloof brother in The Negotiator, but here, he was quite intense. Especially when he tried not to be. When he first met Felicia, there were sparks. But Hudson tried to deny those sparks. Especially as he realized that Felicia had a thing for Tyler, his brother’s former best friend. And so, the scheming began.
Hudson proposed to help Felicia land Tyler, and that sure made for some very humorous moments. The Charmer was full of hot sparks, and the chemistry between Felicia and Hudson were so hot my kindle almost burned my hands 😉 And as these to got to know each other better, it was obvious they were meant to be together.
The Charmer also includes characters from The Negotiator, which brought back some good memories for me. I loved Clover and Sawyer, and I have to say, I really hope that one day, Helene – the guys mother – will get her own book. She totally deserves some happiness too.
Felicia is not the typical romance heroine, she is strong, determined, smart, and I loved how she was able to think clearly. At least when Hudson wasn’t within touching distance.
Hudson is an artist, and I really enjoyed how he was keeping this part of himself from his family. Even if he was successful, he felt guilty about painting instead of running the family empire.
Writing style :
The Charmer is written in third person perspective, past tense, and follows either Felicia or Hudson. With the omniscient narrator and the great dialogues, as well as the interactions between the characters the story flowed very well.
Lots of yummy feels with this story. I mean, how often do you both laugh and wince with a character on the same page? And really, the romance was such a gorgeous burn I just wanted more and more.
His chest tightened at the thought of all the little white lies he’d been telling his family for years to keep his double life a secret. They thought he was nothing more than a rich playboy, only interested in the next cover model he could get naked, and that was just how things needed to remain.
Walking out that door was almost as hard as he was, but he did it anyway.
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