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Even The Score (Tall, Dark, and Texan) by [Meader, Kate]
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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He'll make her an offer she can't refuse...

Actress Tess McKenzie is performing in the Tenth Circle of Showbiz Hell-dinner theater. All she really wants is to start a theater of her own. Then Tess receives an offer she can't refuse. She'll get her funding...if she pretends to be the fiancée to her nemesis, Texan property tycoon Hunter Dade. If she's going to pull this off, she'll need all the luck she can get. Break a leg, indeed.

On the verge of a big business deal, Hunter needs to hire a fiancée. He hasn't quite forgiven Tess for ruining his wedding, but when their chemistry goes from combative to straight-up lust, the "no sex" clause in their mutually beneficial arrangement is tested. Which is a serious problem, because if Tess isn't careful, she'll go from breaking a leg to breaking her heart...


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1567 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1943336792
  • Publisher: Entangled: Brazen (July 21 2015)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00YM591DQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I quite like Kate Meader's books and her style of writing, especially when I am in the mood for a relaxing and romantic read with a pinch of humor, heartbreak and hotness. And this new story definitely didn't disappoint. The writing s very good and intriguing and the story and characters in themselves are quite entertaining :) Especially considering the tall, dark Texan and his smoldering looks :)

Hunter is definitely a hottie you have to meet :) He is pantie melting hot and with his southern looks, stubbornness and somewhat dirty mouth, this alpha is definitely smokin' :D. And somehow he fits perfectly with Tess. They are just like made for each other, even if their favorite past time is to fight with each other and test who is going to break first :D As a result you get some quite funny and other quite hot scenes :D

Even though the story line is one, I've encountered before, I still found the book quite entertaining and interesting. It was simply fun to read and sometimes we all know we need that in our lives ;) And let's be honest, the smoking HOT Texan is reason enough on his own ;)

So, in a few words, this is a great summer read. Perfect to relax with during your holiday or a hot summer night at home when you need to escape from your everyday life with an entertaining read :) So if you are looking for some humor and fun combined with a sweet romantic story, this is the perfect read for you :) You only have to #oneclick it :)

This review was originally posted at Living In Our Own Story Book Blog. I received an ARC of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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Review of Even The Score (Tall, Dark, and Texan #1) by Kate Meader

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4 out of 5 stars

Tess McKenzie is trying to make it on her own. She wants to be a successful actress but she doesn’t want it to come on her famous mother’s coattails.

Being on a dinner theatre stage isn’t what she imagined but it is a start for her and a way to pay the bills.

When she runs into a problem from her past, she doesn’t know what to do. He offers her money to pretend to be his fiancé for a weekend. Too bad she is the reason his first fiancé left him at the alter.

Hunter Dade has had to work hard for the success in his life. He grew up in a trashy neighbor and always struggled to become something.

When the successful tycoon’s fiancé pulls out of the wedding, he is embarrassed but relieved at the same time. He thought she would be the perfect wife but he wasn’t really in love with her. His heart actually wanted the maid of honor; he just didn’t know it yet.

When Hunter runs into Tess at a dinner theatre, he can’t help the feelings that are stirred up inside him. He concocts a plan to get back at her for ruining his wedding.

His plan back fires when they become tangled in the sheets. Buried desire is released and the sparks fly.

I really enjoyed this book. It had a great story line. I really liked the big, gorgeous Texan: he was alpha but so sweet at the same time. I loved their constant bickering.

I am really interested to see whom book 2 is about.
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Bella Sera Playhouse is not where Tess McKenzie dreamed of showing off her acting skills, but it pays the bills. Neither did the university graduate thought she would have to wait tables before a performance, but it’s what must be done until she can fulfill her dream of having her own theatre company. While serving tables, she loses her footing and lands straight in the arms of the last man she wanted to see: Hunter Dade, the sexy Texan who still blames her for ruining his wedding as well as huge business deal. Then after an unsettling encounter with her boss at the theatre, Tess is fired. Hunter needs a suitable fiancée to secure a deal, and he figures an actress could be the best option. Tess is an actress, so why not her? He offers her a great deal of money, which would be more than enough to open her theatre company, and she accepts. In spite of everything, they are attracted to each other; spending a 3-day weekend together proves to be much more difficult than they ever anticipated.

I absolutely love Kate Meader’s writing style, and again she more than rises to the occasion! Ms. Meader’s prose is snappy, seamless and very witty. Her descriptions are colourful, and her demented sense of humour makes EVEN THE SCORE a joy to read. Tess and Hunter are engaging characters, their banter is fun and playful, and they share an undeniable chemistry. The tone of the book is sensual, light-hearted, and subtly erotic. There are also some clever plot twists that make it a very easy and quick read. EVEN THE SCORE is a sexy, unpretentious book with truly superlative writing!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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By Sandy S. TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 21 2015
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EVEN THE SCORE is the first installment in Kate Meader’s contemporary, adult, Tall Dark and Texan erotic romance series. This is high powered, Texas businessman Hunter Dade, and stage actress Tess McKenzie’s storyline.

Told from dual third person perspectives EVEN THE SCORE is a fake fiancée storyline wherein Hunter needs a fiancé as he attempts to make a business deal with a man who is more concerned that his much younger trophy wife attracts too much male attention. When Hunter runs into Tess at a local dinner theatre presentation, Hunter sees more than red but an opportunity to ‘even the score’. One year earlier, Tess was the maid of honor at Hunter’s now infamous almost-wedding wherein Tess was the bearer of bad news telling Hunter that he was all wrong for the woman he was about to marry. Fast forward one year and Hunter makes Tess an offer she can’t refuse but in doing so sets up a game where Hunter hopes to destroy Tess in the end.

Both Tess and Hunter’s personal histories and backstories are filled will heartbreak, regret, abuse and neglect. For two people whose pasts are both damaged and dark, Tess and Hunter will find peace in one another’s arms, as long as the damage that was previously done doesn’t lead to open wounds or further scars. Alcohol and abuse play a major role in both of their earlier lives.

The relationship between Tess and Hunter is one of immediate attraction. There is no denying the sexual chemistry; the palpable energy between our leading couple but Hunter’s anger towards Tess adds fuel to an already raging fire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frienemies at its finest July 30 2015
By bevsandbooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Even the Score is the first in Meader's new Tall, Dark and Texan series and is about Tess and Hunter. These two have a complicated history - Tess broke up Hunter's wedding to her best friend several years ago. When they meet again by happenstance, it turns out that he's found a way for her to repay him for such an intrusion on his life.

It's a classic enemies-to-lovers story, Frienemies at its finest. The writing crackles, the banter is fantastic and the happily ever after is so satisfying I sighed a little out loud.

The problem is that I spent most of the book hating Tess and Hunter.

Characters do not need to be likable, I get that. This is not a knock on Meader's writing or character development at all. It's a well plotted and executed book and what she's selling here she sells well. I am simply not an enemies-to-lovers fan, I suppose.

I know the fact that I didn't like these people shouldn't matter - great characters don't need to be likable to be great and these are no doubt great characters - but for flipssake, they're both so brokenly defensive and their emotional walls are thicker than a bank vault's. Their first sexual encounters are so fueled by anger at each other that I found myself turned off instead of turned on. I also have a thing against people playing games with each other and that's largely what this felt like to me.

At the end of the novel, they are finally honest with each other and I nearly cheered. Vulnerability can get you a long way in this life sometimes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super sexy and fun read from this new Brazen author! July 21 2015
By Maria Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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This fun and sexy romance is the story of Tess and Hunter. When Hunter's wedding to his socialite fiancée ended in disaster, he blamed Tess the maid of honour for scaring off his bride to be. Encountering Tess months later in a dinner theater where she is the only bright light in an actor's hell he offers her something she can't refuse - a surefire way to earn some money she desperately needs by pretending to be his fiancée to secure a business deal, while at the same time atoning for what he sees as her grievous mistake in wrecking his wedding. But the animosity they had for each other back then was just a mask of their true desire for each other, and now that they've got to pretend to be intimate, it's not long before pretense becomes the real thing. When Hunter realizes that his assessment of Tess has been wrong from the start, will he be man enough to admit his mistakes and secure a real future with her?

I really enjoyed this story! Both of these characters were really likeable right from the start. Tess is a warm, friendly, spirited woman. She's not afraid to speak her mind and tell it like it is, though hurting Hunter had never been something she'd ever planned to do. She'd rather he never know the truth about the woman he planned to marry, even if it means he thinks the worst of her. She never thought she'd be in Hunter's vicinity again, but his deal is too good to pass up. Hunter is equally engaging as this strong, confidant, man's man. Their chemistry sparks from the get-go and before long they are giving in to temptation.

They share several steamy scenes together ( and whew, this author can write those well!) but at the same time, they start to open up with each other too, sharing deep intimate secrets that lead them both to realize that things between them won't be so easy to quit when their agreement is over.

Both of these characters have some serious baggage from their pasts to overcome if they want to be successful as a couple now. Hunter's relationship with his alcoholic mother shows a vulnerable and caring side of him that Tess finds very compelling. He's a protector through and through and when Hunter realizes that Tess's shows of bravado covers a more vulnerable façade, he is quick to take over this role for her too. I loved how the story played out, how sweet Hunter really is, and how when he realized he was in the wrong, he did what he needed to do to make things right again. It was a really lovely, funny and sexy story and a great introduction for this author into the Brazen world. 5 stars and I can't wait for the next story in the series!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kate brings humor and HEAT to Even the Score. July 21 2015
By Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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Confession time...I’ve known Even the Score was coming out for awhile now. Being a fan of Kate Meader, I couldn’t wait. I’ve heard bits and pieces about the story. From those bits and pieces, I was concerned I wasn’t going to like the heroine, Tess McKenzie. I mean come on, the woman convinced her friend to not marry the hero, Hunter Dade on their wedding day. The man was actually left at the altar in front of hundreds of people. That’s a little hard to get over.

Kate Meader brings her classic humor which I love her for to Even the Score. She also brings the heat which I think is more than she usually writes. I went into reading this story with a preconceived idea of what the characters were like. I was totally wrong and I’m so happy for that.

Tess McKenzie is an underpaid stage actress (read broke), chasing her dream of opening her own theater company. She refuses to take the easy way out and ask her mega-star mother to help her. She’s brass, sassy, and has her own dirty mouth. I totally love her! But for her, she’s been playing a part her whole life and she isn’t too sure who she really is.

Hunter Dade is an alpha through and through. He’s a sweet and dirty talker with a protective streak that’s a mile long. For all the good in him, Hunter is running from his past and has regret eating him up. I can't remember the last time a character had my heart breaking for them.

Hunter needs to purchase a piece of property in Texas, but in order to do so, he has to show he’s in a committed relationship. At the offhanded suggestion by one of his business partners, Hunter offers Tess the money she needs for her company if she plays the part of his fiancee for a weekend. With explosive tension and serious chemistry between them, these two are like longhorns circling each other and preparing for battle.

Hunter has a violent and tragic past which rules his life. Tess’ past isn’t all smiley faces and hearts like people think. Together they bring out the best in each other, resulting in fake feelings becoming a little too real. Tess and Hunter show that when you set out for payback and to even the score, you get more than you bargained for.

*The book contains violent flashbacks.*

**Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion. I also personally purchased the book.**
5.0 out of 5 stars Tall, Dark, and Texan indeed. Hot hot hot should be added to that. July 27 2015
By Dstg64 - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed Hunter and Tess' story. To be honest after reading blurb I just wasn't convinced but since Kate is an auto buy for me I knew I had to try. And man am I glad I did. I finished it the first day I had it on my kindle.
Hunter and Tess both miss judged each other and themselves. Tess has been a problem for Hunter for over a year and when he needs a fake fiancée she happens to be in the right place for him to ask her.
I loved how Hunter had such a protectiveness about him. He showed Tess so much just through his actions. Then there's Tess...I loved how she protected Hunter in her own way. They are now listed as one of my favorite book couples.
I highly recommend this book and am excited to read the rest in the series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than just a fake fiancee trope Aug. 22 2016
By Danielle Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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Kate Meader has quickly become one of my go-to authors when I'm looking for a fun, easy but entertaining romance. Even the Score has a romantic trope we've all read a million times. The fake fiance and enemies to lovers however the way it was written it was much more than just a fake fiancee plot. The background between the characters and the chemistry that and sexual tension between the two added depth to the plot. Hunter is a strong hero with a penchant for talking dirty and I loved it! There's a skill that is required to have a dirty talker without going over the line to where I'm either rolling my eyes or cringing and Kate Meader has that skill but she also had well developed characters in this book.

Both Tess and Hunter have backgrounds that are interesting and the fact that she was partly responsible for Hunter's fiancee leaving him at the alter made their relationship so much more interesting. Both Hunter and Tess have preconceived notions about each other that they have get past and change. I loved that they take the time to have some emotional and heartfelt conversations and the readers get to understand their motivations. Hunter has a hero complex and he is very protective but his reason for this is interesting and heartbreaking as well as believable. While Tess isn't interested in a relationship at first she isn't OTT with it and once she realizes the depth of her feelings for Hunter she is all in.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and will continue to read the series.