July 6, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & EXCERPT: Hitched: Volume 1 (Imperfect Love #1)

Volume 1 of Kendall Ryan's HITCHED is out now, and I promise you'll be as captivated by it as I am. Check out my review and this awesomely funny excerpt. Stay tuned to Krista's Dust Jacket for reviews on volumes 2 and 3, coming soon!

Hitched: Volume 1 (Imperfect Love #1), by Kendall Ryan
Publish Date:
 July 5, 2016
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Format: e-ARC, provided by Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4 STARS

(Synopsis) Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check.

Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check.

Produce an heir… Wait, what?

I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts.

And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir.

She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed.

But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.

Mark my words—I’ll have her begging for me, and it won’t take ninety days.

On the heels of her smash hit and New York Times bestselling SCREWED series, Kendall Ryan brings you HITCHED, a romantic comedy that delivers heart and heat. A NYC playboy turned business mogul has ninety days to win over the woman he's always desired in order to save his father's company. One tiny problem: She hates his guts.

Volume 1 of Kendall Ryan's brand new Hitched sets the stage for what, I'm sure, is going to be a pretty epic romance between rigid Olivia and loosey goosey Noah. 

It's clear that Olivia and Noah have this animosity-laden relationship, although I'm not really quite sure why. I guess Olivia takes issue with Noah's laid back life style (while she is definitely a Type A sort of person) and his manwhore ways. Noah has always had a thing for Olivia though, and now he has to woo her. Hard. 

Because if they want to take over the company started by their fathers, they need to get married. 

Despite his player status, Noah is on board with this plan. Not only does it give him the chance to reshape his father's company and save all the jobs for the people he's come to appreciate and respect, but it gives him direct and personal access to the woman who's been the object of his desire for years. 

Olivia, while also wanting to run her father's company, is less than thrilled with this arranged marriage situation. Like every other girl, she's always had a vision for her wedding - a lavish affair with a white dress and a man who adores her and she him. This is not going according to her plan, but she's willing to deal with it for now in order to head the company and start the overhaul to make it successful. 

I really felt for Olivia. Although it seemed like her hatred of Noah was misplaced, the thought of having to marry a man she does not love just so she can gain access to a company that should be hers by rights anyway, would certainly put me in a bad mood too. Knowing that this was set up by her father and Noah's father together just makes things even worse. I can't imagine my father doing that to me - forcing me to marry someone he hand picked for me - and calling it "for my own good." 

Noah definitely has his work cut out for him. He's an extremely likable character, and I loved watching him work his magic on Olivia. Since Noah has to tread carefully and lightly in order to earn Olivia's trust and win her affection, volume 1 is light on actual sex, but pretty high up there with sexual tension. Olivia and Noah will be great together once she lightens up and realizes that Noah is actually everything she's ever wanted in a husband.

The baby part doesn't come in until the end, and it definitely throws a wrench into an already complicated and stressful situation. Which, of course, just makes for better reading for all of us. 

As you could expect, since there are two volumes left to round out the story, volume 1 ends on a cliffhanger. It's the worst best kind too. I'll be on the edge of my seat until volume 2 comes out to see what happens next with Olivia and Noah.

"That’s the whole point of doing this trial period—to see how well we can play ball together before committing to a team-up. I’m doing my best to become friends with you, so . . .”

He tilts his head with a half smile. “Just friends? I’ve got my sights set a little higher.”

Gee, I never would have guessed, what with his constant attempts to steer the conversation toward sex.

I quirk one eyebrow in skepticism. “Friendship is all we need to pull this thing off. And we’re pretty much starting from square one . . . I would call us acquaintances, at best. Don’t you think you’re being a little overambitious?”

“Nope,” he replies, cocky smile still firmly in place.

I roll my eyes. “Wow. Your arrogance truly has no limits.”

“If I can put my money where my mouth is . . .” His lustful smirk makes it clear exactly where he’d like to put his mouth. “Then it’s not arrogance. Just confidence.”

“What makes you think I would want more with you, anyway? You aren’t exactly my type.”

I expect him to just give me a knowing look, or maybe toss back some mild innuendo. What I absolutely did not expect was, “Because I have a nine-inch cock.”

I almost choke on my martini for a third time. I splutter, “Is that number supposed to impress me?”


I give him a skeptical look. “You want to show me your dick?”

“If it’ll help convince you.” He drains the last drops of his Scotch and stands up. “Come on, let’s go.”

I stare after him as he walks away.

Is he serious? He’s just going to whip it out? I look around to see if anyone is watching me, then I get up and follow him to the bar’s back hallway, near the restrooms, unable to comprehend why the hell I’m humoring him. This is ridiculous.

Once we’re safely in a private corner, Noah undoes his belt, opens his fly . . . and pulls out a fucking fire hose.

Holy mother of God. My hands fly to my mouth. I want to gasp in shock, but there’s no way I’m giving him the upper hand.

He was right. His cock is nothing short of massive, and it’s not even fully erect right now. Nine inches may actually be a conservative estimate of what it might look like hard. He must destroy men’s egos every time he walks into a locker room. And I don’t even want to think about what he destroys with women . . .

“Meh. I’ve seen bigger,” I force out, fighting to maintain my composure.

Noah chuckles. “I don’t think so, sweetheart.”

“Well, th-that monster is not coming anywhere near my uterus. No, thank you. I prefer to keep my organs intact.”

Noah’s grin widens. “I doubt that, but just to be on the safe side, I’ll ease it in nice and slow. Piece of cake. Plus, you’ve got good health insurance, right?”

“That is not funny, Noah. Now, put that thing away or I’ll remove it.”

I try to sound stern, but my shaking voice and bright red cheeks surely give me away. Why the hell can’t I stop staring?

He chuckles—yeah, the jerk can definitely see right through me—but he obliges, tucking the beast back into its lair. 

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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1 comment:

Anna said...

Great review, Krista! This sounds like my kind of book. :)