Review: Coming Clean (Monkey Business Trio #3) by C.L. Parker


Title: Coming Clean
Author: C.L. Parker
Publisher/Year:  Random House 9/20/16
Length:   336 Pages
Series:  Monkey Business Trio #3


They have been rivals who fought until the bitter end and lovers who know every sensual inch of each other’s bodies. Now sports agents Cassidy Whalen and Shaw Matthews are about to become the one thing they never expected to be: parents. But this new dynamic to their relationship threatens to fizzle the sizzling desire that once held them in thrall to each other. If salvation is only a forbidden fantasy away, then Shaw and the woman he loves must embark on the adventure of their lives.

Cassidy is aching to reignite their connection. In steamy assignations in strange places, she and Shaw live out their most intimate desires—and reveal their deepest secrets. But as Shaw works overtime to sign a superstar athlete, a corporate reshuffling could be a game-changer. Can Cassidy and Shaw save their relationship and have it all—a career, family, and passion that never quits?

My Thoughts

we find ourselves in a completely different time and place in the lives of Shaw and Cassidy and it’s a bit surprising to see the leap that our author has taken here.  Where things were finally beginning to settle, along with the nice surprise of a pregnancy, you’d think that we’d just jump right into the happy couple with their new baby and their amazing agent careers.  Well, that’s not what we get.

I think that we’ve now fast forwarded 3-4 years into the future and the life that they were living is so so different than the life that they have now.  Cassidy has become a stay at home mom since she knew that being an agent would take her away from her baby too much and she wasn’t happy about that.  Then there’s Shaw who’s been made partner, and well life has gotten to be even more hectic.  With all that, you know that there’s going to be a lot of struggle, and that’s exactly where we are.

They are so far on the outs, that i don’t know that it’s even possible for them to get back to a happy place.  Shaw works so much that Cassidy feels neglected and has even packed her bags to go back to Stonington since there’s no reason for her to stay in San Diego with him.  That prompts the biggest hail marry ever and we end up seeing their fight throughout couples therapy.

We can all imagine that it’s going to be a mess since Shaw is so self assured that he’s not going to welcome it, and he doesn’t.  Every step forward they take, they take 2 steps back and it’s an uphill battle that really doesn’t seem likely to get better.  They are even sent to an unorthodox therapist to work on their relationship and it’s there that they finally begin to make headway, but to be honest, it’s too little too late.

That’s the story that we have here – one that shows how there was nothing solid for their relationship to be built on and that’s what causes it to fail.

I have to say that i’m kind of baffled where this story took us.  We only have glimpses of some of the characters and plot lines that made the other 2 installments good – but it was almost as like this was written in such a detached style that it wasn’t necessarily by CL Parker.  There were some really hot scenes that were like what others we’ve read, but i think that there was something different and in my opinion a bit off going on.  I don’t know.

At least what we have here is closure – we get an epilogue that shows us where the supporting characters left off along as where Shaw’s life and Cassidy’s life go now that things have settled.  So, i’d say read it, and i’d love to hear what you guys think, since i’m on the fence.  Have a good one!

Review: Playing Dirty (Monkey Business #1) by C.L. Parker


Title:  Playing Dirty
Author: C.L. Parker
Publisher/Year: Random House Publishing 5/12/15
Length: 336 pages
Series: Monkey Business #1


Shaw Matthews plays to win, and he intends to snag a coveted partnership at San Diego’s hottest sports agency by signing America’s top athlete. Only one woman stands in his way: rival agent Cassidy Whalen. But eliminating the competition will be Shaw’s pleasure when he concocts an ingenious plan to seduce Cassidy and show the beautiful ballbreaker who’s the better man for the job. That is, until Cassidy turns the tables—and their steamy encounters start breaking all the rules.

Cassidy has worked hard to make it in a man’s cutthroat arena, and she isn’t going down without a fight, not even against the six-two alpha hunk whose rock-hard body awakens desires she’s never known before. As Cassidy shares night after night of unending passion with Shaw, the game begins to change. Now Cassidy stands to lose everything—unless a fiery contest of wills can become a winning proposition for two people who keep raising the stakes.

My Thoughts

I’m a fan of this author and figured that if nothing else, i’d get something great to enjoy – with a mix of powerful characters and really great passion and heat.  That’s exactly what we get here, with Shaw and Cassidy who are in complete competition with each other and yet find themselves drawn sooo tightly to one another as well.

Being told to play off each other in the hopes of signing the BEST free agent athlete in the business, they find that they are not being told to necessarily go solo on this, but to figure out a way to woo him to SSE – their agency.  The end game here of course is that who ever gets the athlete gets a promotion and that’s something that they are both dying for.

Of course – where there’s heat in competition, there’s going to be heat in the personalities, and what starts off as a fantasy of sorts – both are dreaming about what they want to do to the other, we see that it quickly moves from there into something that’s raw and passionate and really really hot.  Think alley way in the rain, with inhibitions and all that good stuff.  Shaw knows how to please a woman, and since Cassidy is a powerful woman in her own right, she knows how to control things just a bit too much for Shaw’s liking.

Throughout the story, what we get is the constant back and forth of break up sex of sorts, but at least it’s hot.  While we don’t know who’s going to win the athlete/promotion, we know that there will be a constant battle between these 2 bringing them together as often as possible.  Will that mean that they’ll actually get together at some point?  doubtful, but it’s nice to see the path that they go to in order to force the other to admit weakness.

The other nice thing about what our author does is create this great sub story – in the sense that there are amazing supporting characters that have their own story lines that really keep you invested.  we have a few other romances within the group that aren’t quite at the point of happening, yet you know they are on the edge.  that screams spin off series and i love that.  We see Quinn (Cassidy’s roommate) with an in the closet / out of the closet romance, we see Sasha and Landon finally sorting themselves out, we see Demi and Chaz still in the dark, so it’s all good stuff.

So on that note, i can’t wait for book 2, and i hope that you guys have a nice week ahead!