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Published by Self Published on April 26, 2016
Genres: Erotica, Romance
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He’s not the guy you date.
He’s the one night stand.
You’d think this man who sent hot looks my way, who called me succulent, would want to strip me bare and spread me out on his bed like every other woman in Chicago.
Except, he passed on my offer….
Just like I once passed on his.
He’s wary, like I am.
He’s broken, like I am.
And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole.
So I try to distract myself with dating.
Tahoe and I are strictly friends. He doesn’t think my new beau is good enough—he doesn't think any man is, especially himself.
The more time Tahoe and I spend together, the more confused I feel.
I'm trying to open up to love.
But I'm quickly realizing that the only man I want is the stubborn, cocky, unattainable playboy Tahoe Roth.
The one my mother warned me about.
The one my body craves.
The only one who will surely break my heart.
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Dare I say, KATY EVANS HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!! As an avid fan of Mrs.Evans, I tend to set my expectations higher for her books because I truly believe she can meet those expectations and EVERY TIME she goes above and beyond. And let me tell you, LADIE’S MAN WAS NO DIFFERENT! THIS is the reason I come back to her books again and again and AGAIN. She writes the most breath-takingly beautiful stories that consume our hearts, minds and souls MANY days after finishing the book. Plain and simple, she makes it impossible to not love her books. And like I said, LADIE’S MAN was no different and I, a mother of 3 now, was 9 mths pregnant, chasing after 2 toddlers and once this story about a bad boy named Tahoe and a succulent leading lady named Gina landed on my kindle, I found it impossible to put down, so I didn’t! I lived this book, I BREATHED it in from page 1 to the very last page and I loved EVERY MINUTE OF IT! And I know you will too!
“When he lifts his head, his eyes are lightning, thunder and blue, blue rain.” I’m a huge fan of the spring time because that means thunder & lightning storms are coming, and for me, reading LADIE’S MAN was like watching an impending thunderstorm arrive…just wondrous in its nature. The atmosphere changes…the air changes, the temperature changes. Everything changes as it gets closer and closer to you. Whether you can actually see these changes or not, you can feel them deep down inside and just know that something wonderful is about happen. The very molecules in our being become attune to those changes. It’s a gradual thing, it’s organic, and it’s beautiful. And just like storms, Tahoe and Regina’s (aka Gina) relationship formed in much the same way. It was slow to form, but when it happened, it was impossible to stop. *lightning strikes*
Katy Evans wrote a “friends to lovers” novel like no other. It was completely unique it’s nature and wasn’t your typical “wham-bam, thank you ma’am” kind of story. Everything about Tahoe and Gina’s budding relationship was natural and unforced. To me, Tahoe and Gina were reflections of each other. They put on their “masks” for the outside world to see, but no matter what, their true characters and inner beings were always visible to each other…no matter how much Gina used her make-up to cover herself up or how much Tahoe used his “ladie’s man” persona to hide his true self, they knew each other.
“Tahoe has never bought into the image I put out, and I don’t understand why—even before we became friends, he seemed to see right through me. A part of me has also always understood that the person the world sees—the lazy, laughing, easy-going Tahoe—is a front for a far deeper, more complex man beneath.” –Gina.
It was lovely reading about their characters “shedding” their masks throughout the book.
I also LOVED how relatable Gina’s character was. I could see bits and pieces of myself in her…all her self-doubts and insecurities are very much my own at times and I suspect that other females have also experienced these uncertainties in life. Being able to connect with her character like that, made her character and her story that much more powerful and it made me love her THAT much more.
“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile, I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” –Gina.
This book was like a slow burn. The s*xual tension and anticipation between Tahoe and Gina was one of my favorite aspects. Like I mentioned above, this book wasn’t about s*x, s*x, s*x…it was more about building an everlasting bond between two friends. The whole book was one big build up….foreplay in a sense. *wink* Loaded with subtle glances that represented longing and possessiveness. Packed with constant electricity, hope and wonder between them that had the reading rooting for them to take the next step! Their playful banter and insta-friendship was another element that made this book that much more lovable.
To sum up my thoughts: the storyline/plot was WONDERFULLY UNIQUE, the characters (all of them) were REMARKABLE and MEMORABLE, and the writing style INCREDIBLE. All in all, LADIE’S MAN was EVERYTHING I was hoping for and then some!
This book can be considered a stand-alone, but I would HIGHLY recommend you read the other books in the series first (MANWH*RE, MANWH*RE +1, and MS.MANWH*RE)! It will be TOTALLY worth your time <3
5+ Lightning Strikes Stars
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