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

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

Overview

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: Getting Rough (Monkey Business Trio #2) by C.L. Parker

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Title: Getting Rough
Author: C.L. Parker
Publisher/Year:  Random House 1/2/6/16
Length:   245 Pages
Series:  Monkey Business Trio #2

Overview

Hotshot San Diego sports agent Shaw Matthews and his sexy professional adversary Cassidy Whalen have gone head-to-head in the boardroom—and the bedroom. Now Shaw has scored a big promotion—but only because Cassidy turned it down and ran off. There are many things he wants when it comes to Cassidy—just not her pity. So Shaw rushes to a small town in Maine to retrieve his dignity—and maybe the woman he’s hungry to claim once more.

Cassidy has pushed herself to the max to realize her career dreams—until a family crisis brings her home. But Shaw isn’t letting Cassidy go that easily. Neither is gorgeous heartthrob Casey Michaels, the childhood sweetheart she left behind—and who now wants to win her back. As the rivalry between the two alpha males intensifies, and Shaw’s seductive moves reach a whole new level of heat, Cassidy has to make a choice. And this time, it’s for the highest stakes of all.

My Thoughts

Something’s clearly wrong with me that i forgot all about this series for a while.  That or i’ve just had way too much other reading and stuff going on these past months.  Well, thankfully i’ve found my way back into the world of Shaw and Cassidy since there was a lot of really interesting stuff going on there.

If you remember, these 2 work at the same talent agency and they were after the contract of the best quarterback out there.  Whoever won would get promoted to partner and have the world at their fingertips.  Through a series of events, Cassidy won the contract but turned it down to Shaw who got the promotion, while Cass ended up flying back home to Maine for a family situation.

If that weren’t all, there was the love hate relationship throughout the first book that we all knew was going to get explosive and hot fast.  which it did.  So that’s kind of where we pick up in book two.  Cass is hope as her mother had a pretty bad fall, and for some reason, Shaw has decided to fly out there to figure out why she left and to claim his woman in the most cavemen of ways.

Throughout this 2nd installment, we get a really sweet story of the man fighting for his woman, but we also have the other piece of the story of fighting your roots and who you are in order to be who you want to be.  Cass has a past in Maine and one that she’s not sure she’ll ever leave behind – that in the form of Casey.  So there’s an interesting love triangle type thing going on here since there’s jealousy all around and unrequited feelings that will almost certainly never go away.  Of course we have to add in another female by the name of Mia who’s a romance author and who also ends up writing a story basically about Cass and Casey’s romance – so it’s going to get good right?

Add in a hurricane, a few people almost dying and you have yourself a really great story.  The biggest questions that we ask ourselves throughout this installment are who will end up with whom and at what cost.  there are so many feelings all around that you hate to see someone leave with a broken heart but you also want to see that people are living up to their ambitions.  it’s inevitable where the story will go, but i feel like you always want to root for certain folks.

The ending though is a nice transition and surprise.  the way that they are all brought back to reality is through something that really had no play in this story so it was nice to get the shift back to the world.  the other thing too in the epilogue type thing is that we get to see a glimpse of what’s going to happen next potentially since the world is about to flip again.  So, on that note, hope you are all having a great day and i’ll be back soon.