on November 20, 2018
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When desire gets this hot, you’d better buckle up…
Mary Daniels doesn’t let anything get in the way of her job acquiring rare artifacts for her wealthy boss. But this particular obstacle—huge, hard-muscled, unashamedly masculine—is impossible to ignore. Stuck in a cramped car with Brodie Crews for hours en route to their new assignment, Mary feels her carefully crafted persona—and her trademark self-control—is slipping, and she won’t allow it.
Brodie can’t imagine what secret in Mary’s past has left her so buttoned-up, though he’d dearly love to find out. Maybe then she’d trust him enough to explore their explosive chemistry. But he needs this job, so he’ll play by her rules and bide his time…until an enemy determined to outwit them strikes and he needs to get close—in every way—to protect her. Otherwise they could lose much more than a precious collectible. They could lose it all.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Mary Daniels works as an artefact collector, and when she meets the new driver her employer has hired, Brodie Crews, she is flustered by his virility and matter-of-factness. Mary is all-business, she keeps her private life separate from her work, but having Brodie Crews driving will make things very difficult.
I was really looking forward to Lori Foster’s new series, Road to Love, and DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION had the bare bones for a great story with what appeared to be an intriguing villain, but somehow got buried beneath Mary’s ample chest, other various large body parts, before the plot took a very odd, and rather unexpected turn. I never warmed up to Brodie; no matter how much I kept being told what a great guy he was – and yes, he did love his dog! – I only saw a thirtysomething Neanderthal who thinks like an oversexed teenage boy, pulling on the metaphorical pigtails of Jessica Rabbit-lookalike Mary. Neither did I enjoy that he kept calling her “Red” while he knew she hated it; about that, I wondered why Mary hadn’t dyed her hair if it bothered her so much. I also felt he overstepped his boundaries when it came to the job she loved. Pneumatic chest aside, Mary is your typical heroine whose backstory is filled with misery.
The numerous sex scenes are lovely and passionate, which was a good thing, as DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION consisted of little more in the end than lust and push-and-pull between Mary and Brodie; he acting like a caveman, she seemingly losing brain cells to his amazing lovemaking skills and paying attention to her. I also felt that the book dragged from the middle on. Needless to add, this book didn’t work for me; it’s a matter of taste and I did not connect with the characters, separately or as a couple.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.