Monday, October 2, 2017

4.5 Wine Glass #Audio #Review of Tease Me, Baby by Katie Reus

33971248Title: Tease Me, Baby
Series: O'Connor Family Series, Book 2
Author: Katie Reus
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake
Format: Unabridged AudioBook, 2 hours and 43 minutes
Published: March 14, 2017 (KR Press LLC)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Audible
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

She never wanted perfection, but that’s what she finds.

Pastry chef, Fallon O’Connor is torn between her dreams and her obligations. Right before she reluctantly sets off for a degree she doesn’t want, she’s reeling from a mind-blowing encounter with Mr. Perfect. But one sexy, toe-curling kiss isn’t nearly enough when a Boy Scout like Sheriff Fulton lights her fire.

After one delectable taste, he’s never letting her go.

Brad Fulton would do anything for more time with Fallon. After all, he’s wanted a chance with her ever since she moved back to town. And just when things start to heat up, Fallon starts packing her bags—for a future without him. Now, it’s up to Brad to show Fallon that everything she’s ever wanted is right in Holly, North Carolina. But can Fallon trust her heart enough to stay?

Linda's Thoughts:
She wanted this man with an intensity that defied logic. Which was part of the reason she’d been ignoring him. A girl only had so much self-control when faced with all this deliciousness.

Tease Me, Baby by Katie Reus is the second installment in Katie’s O’Connor Family series and a wonderful low-angst romance. As with all of Katie’s books, it works well as a stand alone read, if that is your preference. The story takes place in the small town of Holly, North Carolina, where it is Christmas year-round. Tease Me, Baby is the story of baker Fallon O’Connor and Sheriff Brad Fulton.

Fallon is a darn good pastry chef. Her delectable creations are to die for. Actually, Fallon already has a business degree but she feels that she would please her Mom by obtaining a culinary degree also and Fallon has always strived to please her Mom. To that end, she has enrolled in culinary school. However, she is having a hard time forgetting a heated encounter -including a scorching Christmas Eve kiss - with hot alpha Brad Fulton, Holly’s Sheriff. Brad is a respected, responsible, Captain America type and Fallon believes she’s not good enough for him.

Brad knows that Fallon is the woman for him but she’s avoiding him like the plague. He thinks she and her career can thrive in Holly with him and that she doesn’t need a culinary degree as she’s already an accomplished chef and can be successful without it. But, not only does he have to convince Fallon that her future is in Holly with him, but he has to get her overprotective brothers to accept him too.

Fallon and Brad have great chemistry. Even though their story is a short one, Katie does a great job developing their characters into totally believable and likable entities and packing their fully-plotted story into a novella.

Following please find a few favorite quotes from Tease Me, Baby:

"Maybe I’m not the Boy Scout you think I am."

Mr. Boy Scout was not for her. He was exactly the type of man her family would expect her to settle down with. Freaking perfect.

“Well, are you?”
“Am I what?”
“Dating people?”
Her lips quirked up at the corners. “Are you?”
“Neither am I.”
“Good. You’re mine until you leave.”

One of my favorite cute slightly naughty scenes involved a family dinner after Brad had been coerced into playing a brutal game of hockey with Fallon’s safeguarding brothers.  Here’s a short excerpt from that sweet and steamy scene which took place in Fallon’s family’s guest bathroom:

Laughing, she stood and held out a hand, “You need any first aid?”
“Nah. Your kisses did the trick.”

Sophie Eastlake is the very capable narrator for Tease Me, Baby. She has capably voiced many of Katie’s audios and does another excellent job with Tease Me, Baby. She consistently differentiated between the characters’ voices and exuded the appropriate emotions making for an easy, pleasurable listening experience. Sophie’s performance positively enhanced an already enjoyable read. If you enjoy listening to audio books, I’d highly recommend that you check out the audio edition.

Tease Me, Baby is the perfect read for an entertaining, quick escape. It features charming and genuine characters in a light romance with a highly satisfying HEA. If you are looking for a fun, fast-paced, intriguing and sexy romance, you won’t go wrong with Tease Me, Baby!

Suggested Reading Order: 
Merry Christmas, Baby (Book #1)
Tease Me, Baby (Book #2)
It’s Me Again, Baby (Book #3)
Mistletoe Me, Baby (Book #4)

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