Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Review: Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey

Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey
Publication Date: June 9th 2014 by Entangled Brazen
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

About the book:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He’ll own her from the very first touch.

Julie Piper and Reed Lawson have nothing in common. She’s a people-pleasing sorority girl hiding behind her perfect mask. He’s a take-no-prisoners SWAT commander who isolates himself from the world. But when they’re forced together at their friends’ posh destination wedding, one thing is clear—Reed wants Julie more than he wants his next breath. Which is why he’s not about to stand by when she’s dared to seduce another man.

Julie wants neat, tidy sex, so she could get back to what she does best—making everybody else happy. She never expected to slip into a dark bedroom and have her mind blown by rough, demanding hands, and a sinfully filthy mouth—neither of which belong to the best man.

One night should have been all Reed needed to get the blond temptress out of his system, but when one taste is nowhere near enough, he’ll be forced confront the effects of his hellish past. One that may push Julie away forever...just when he realizes he can't live without her.

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Dare to Resist by New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye
Falling for the Groomsman by New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin, w/a Diane Alberts
Seducing the Bridesmaid by New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert
Best Man with Benefits by USA TODAY bestselling author Samanthe Beck

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My Thoughts:
Baiting the Maid of Honor is a story where opposites attract, sparks fly, and sheets ignite!  But more than that, there’s a heartfelt romance at the center.

Julie Piper is a sweet, proper Southern girl spending the next six nights in a Colorado making sure her best friend’s wedding goes off without a hitch.  When she encounters the dark and dangerously handsome Reed her brain tells her to run, but her body is sending entirely different signals. Reed sends her pulses racing with his very naughty, dirty mouth.  Julie’s shocked by his brazenness, but she’s also secretly thrilled.  When her fellow bridesmaids commit to a dare to each pick and seduce one of the groomsmen, Julie picks the best man to seduce thinking this will put any improper thoughts of Reed out of her head.

Julie is far from Reed Lawson’s usual pick.  He doesn’t go for the good girl, cheerleader types, but there’s something simmering beneath Julie’s layers of perfect, and Reed can’t resist. When he overhears her plot to sneak in and seduce another groomsman there’s no way he’s going to allow that to happen.  

I love a romance where the couple is powerless to resist the physical and emotional pull they have on each other.  Reed’s determination and relentless pursuit was such wicked fun! Reed is one delicious, bossy, dirty talking man! Julie’s all deer-in-the-headlights at first, but this girl has some spunk in her, too, leading to a sexually charged push and pull between these two!

Julie and Reed were opposites, Julie’s always strived to live up to everyone’s expectations, make everyone happy, and Reed is a guy who for the most part doesn’t care what anyone thinks.  Reed definitely pushed Julie’s buttons and drove her crazy, but he seemed to tap into the Julie underneath it all, the real honest Julie.  Julie had a profound effect on Reed, too.  He’s always kept walls up, and didn’t think he was capable of needing or giving tenderness, until Julie comes into his life.

“You said in the forest, you don’t know who you are with me. I hated it at the time. But the truth is, I don’t know who I am with you, either. I only know I’m so much better. Stronger. Happier.”

These two definitely encounter some bumps in the road trying to figure things out, but I loved their heartfelt, passionate journey!  Tessa Bailey is an expert in creating believable, intense chemistry between her characters which make her novels panty melting HOT! Baiting the Maid of Honor was no exception.

Julie and Reed’s story is part of the Wedding Dare series. Baiting the Maid of Honor is one of four romances happening simultaneously, and my interest was definitely piqued enough to pick up the other stories! 

4.5 Suns


  1. I have been seeing this series everywhere lately! And I ADORE Brazen titles, and need to catch up with this series. And hold on...CAN WE JUST DROOL OVER THAT COVER!!!?? Brazen has the best, hot, sexy covers. I love them! Opposittes attracting, and Reed having a dirty mouth is pretty much what got me hooked instantly...oh and the sheets igniting comment, of course! LOL ;p I really can't wait to start this series, and see for myself why everyone enjoyed them so much. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Rachel! Fabulous review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  2. Oh, this sounds nice! I think i may have a copy of BtMoH. And I love the series's concept. I haven't read any of TBailey's books yet, but I look so forward to starting!