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Release Blast + Review: Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy

Filthy Dirty Love #1
By: Stacey Kennedy
Releasing January 31, 2017

1480429809417Handcuffs aren’t just part of their job in this sizzling new standalone novel by USA Today bestselling author, Stacey Kennedy.

Veteran cop, Maddox Hunt, is all about the job. Sure, there are women—lots of women, truth be told—but there’s no one special. Until a one-night stand from his past, rookie Joss O’Neil is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her.

Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad he’s nothing but a distraction. Especially since he’s as devastatingly handsome as she remembers, and his sexy smile arrests her heart.

Now that Joss is back in Maddox’s life, he has a plan: satisfy her fantasies and fulfill his every dark desire. Nothing is off limits. Her pleasure is the endgame . . . but even the best-laid plans have a way of falling apart. Despite his best attempts to keep his distance and have things remain only about the pleasure, Maddox soon finds himself breaking the only law he’s set for himself. Don’t fall in love.

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staceykennedySTACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee . . . strong and hot!

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“Bedroom eyes had been watching her most of the night, and Joss couldn’t take it anymore. She’d eye fucked him on the dance floor until he finally joined her, and she’d spent the last half an hour grinding into him in what he obviously read as an invitation.”

With an opening paragraph like that, you know the story that follows is going to be one hell of a read. And let me tell you, it was.

Ugh there are so many things to say about this book! The prologue alone sucked me in right away. The chemistry between Maddox and Joss when they first hook up in the bathroom at a nightclub was just SO. FREAKING. AMAZING. Maddox from the very beginning exuded confidence and an air of dominance that made my toes curl. He also had just the sexiest one liners in the prologue while him and Joss are getting much more “acquainted” with one another. The prologue definitely sets you up wondering what is going to happen next between these two since their hookup is meant to be a one time only thing as Maddox, of course, does not do the girlfriend thing.

Fast forward to a year later and fate, if you want to call it that, has brought them back together, only this time there is more at stake if they decide to pick up where they left off a year ago.

“Bedroom eyes stood at the front of the room behind a long table, addressing a group of ten police officers sitting in front of him.”

“Maddox Hunt. Police lieutenant. Total badass.”

I loved that Maddox was above Joss in rank because it just added to the whole “forbidden romance” vibe going on as both had something to lose if their relationship was discovered by their fellow officers. I also LOVED that both of them came from a family of cops because, for Joss in particular, it influenced her personality and how she handled people with very strong commanding presences like Maddox.

It was Joss’s strength that I really admired because it allowed her to accept what happened with her ex-boyfriend of 6 years, Nick the Prick, and move on. Sure, she had her heart broken but she didn’t exactly wallow over what was lost but more accepted that she would never become the person she was towards the end, someone without a voice, and vowed to never have that happen to her again. And it of course lead to her to Maddox, so it all worked out in the end.

While Joss was such a lovable, funny, trusting yet vulnerable character, it was Maddox that really stole the show for me. There is just something about him that I was drawn too. He honestly has just such a commanding presence it radiates off of the pages when you read this book. He oozes dominance as he goes after what he wants and takes what he wants. You learn that Maddox like his kink which I very much enjoyed but he also always made sure that Joss was comfortable and what they were doing was what she wanted which just added so much to his character. There are just so many facets to Maddox but I think it was his dealing with his mother’s abandonment and his father’s Alzheimer’s that really pulled at my heartstrings. He puts up such a good front, making it seem like he has accepted what life has thrown him when really he is still hurting and coping with his mother’s abandonment.

Something I found unique about this book is that while these two try and have a no-strings attached sexual relationship, it is initially Maddox who finds himself trying to reel in his feelings for Joss and not the other way around. Usually, it is the girl who realizes she is falling for the guy and tries to stop herself because she knows it will only end in heartbreak but this time it is the guy that first starts noticing these feelings more than the girl. Joss definitely has her moments in the book but it is Maddox’s small realizations that he is changing and not knowing how to stop it that was refreshing to see.

OK, I could gush about this book SO much more but I feel like you just need to read it and experience it for yourself.

If you want a romance with some kink that will definitely leave you hot and bothered but is also funny and has its heart-tugging moments, then pick up Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy. DO IT!! (I promise you won’t regret it.)


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