Review: The Expert’s Guide to Driving a Man Wild (Bluebonnet #3) by Jessica Clare


Title: The Expert’s Guide to Driving a Man Wild
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 1/7/14
Length:   238 Pages
Series:  BlueBonnet #3


Being out of control…

The product of a rigid upbringing, Brenna has grown into a sexy free spirit who does things her way. No possessions, no debt, no man, and no rules to tie her down. And if she has to work, what better way than as assistant in a wilderness expedition team? So many opportunities to go wild.

…can be risky when you’re falling in love.

One person who doesn’t “get” Brenna is her boss, Grant. He prefers order and emotions kept in check, which means Brenna loves to push his boundaries. He’d be impossible to work for if he wasn’t so infuriatingly hot. But when his overbearing, matchmaking mother arrives in town, Brenna volunteers to be Grant’s pretend girlfriend. After all, it’s the perfect opportunity to drive Grant crazy at every turn.

Brenna’s just a little surprised when Grant agrees to her wild, impulsive schemes. And she’s more than a little surprised when their games take them to the bedroom…

My Thoughts

There’s been a lot building up to hearing Brenna’s story and Grant’s story so it’s nice that we got to finally have it all come to a head in this third full installment.  We’ve seen their pranks and teasing and it’s definitely a bit of foreplay (as his sister notes) but it takes Grant’s parents coming into town and meddling once again about how he needs to get over his wife who passed away five years prior that makes things actually change between then.

We know that Brenna is a free spirit and down for almost anything, so it’s her impulsiveness that changes the dynamic while letting them open up to all things that you can participate in when you’re ‘together’ but not together.

It’s so cliche to me when you start to read about characters who go into things with ‘no strings attached’ and no emotions in play since we’ve seen it time and time again that it just doesn’t work.  We saw it as recently as the first book with Miranda and Dane so it’s really no surprise when it blows up in their face.  In any event, the journey that we go on with them in the meantime is really fun to read.

We see that there are secrets in Brenna’s past that she’s not ready to share with anyone and yet is forced to open up about once things get complicated and deep.  Grant also has his own control issues that we learn about after a bit of time which makes it all make sense.

The nice thing though is that we’re quite easily distracted from all that when we get all of the amazingly sexy scenes that Ms Clare is known for.  I don’t know how she does it, but each couple has an interesting and unique dynamic that we get something totally different in each installment.  Here we have the sexiest dirty talk yet from Brenna, a girl who knows what she wants and asks for it.  And we have Grant who’s held himself back from everything for five years, and once he’s able to get back into the swing of things, he’s so sexy and steamy that it makes the story come alive.

The question of course becomes, we know that they started their relationship out of a lie, and i spent much of the book wondering if anyone would realize that it was a lie before the couple made an honest situation out of it.  You;ll have to read to find out, but know that there are questions of motives throughout and a lot of splitting up and running away.  I can’t wait to see what’s next.  We saw that Elise (Grant’s sister) has her own dark past, yet she’s got this amazing attraction to Rome (the new employee for their company) and his past is something of a mystery as well.  There’s going to be something great coming from their story and i can’t wait to see what that is.  Have a great night all!

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