January 23, 2010

Review: Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl


The wrong man just might be her perfect fit...

Primal attraction is a big red flag to prim and proper office manager, Jane Morgan. After a rough childhood with a mother who liked her men in prison jumpsuit orange, Jane changed her name, her look and her taste for bad boys. So why is she lusting for William Chase with his tattoo-covered biceps, steel-toed boots and unadulterated sex appeal? The man blows things up for a living!

She gives herself one explosive, fantasy-filled night with Chase. The next day, it’s back to plain Jane and safe men.But when her beloved brother becomes a murder suspect, and her lawyer ex-boyfriend won’t help, Jane turns to Chase. And she discovers a man who’s been around the block knows a thing or two about uncovering all kinds of truths.


I received this book as an review copy from netgalley.com because I forgot that I already ordered it. I got both copies on the same day and started the paperback cuz I still have no idea how to read the netgalley eBooks on my Smartphone. Yeah, I now realize that it just doesn't work and I'm so not happy about that. But back to the book.

This is the third book in the Tumble Creek series and it really blew my mind. We meet one of the best heroes ever and I happily proclaim: I found myself a new book-boyfriend.

We already met Jane in Start Me up. She is Quinn's prim and proper secretary/partner and we get a deep view into her soul in this book. Her life isn't what she shows to the world. She comes from a family with a rather imperfect history. Her mother is a jailbird groupie, Jane was conceived while her Dad was in prison and her stepdad is an ex-con too. Her brother is a charming young boy but he hangs around with the wrong kind of people and his morals leave many important things out. Jane wants to leave all that behind. She has goals: Jane wants a respected and successful business man, a few kids and a white picket fence around her wonderful middleclass house. The man she wants has to fit in her scheme but she discovers that only the bad boys seem´to stir any emotion in her. But that's a thing she can hardly accept. A plan is a plan after all. She is stubborn as hell and sometimes I would have loved to take a cold bucket of water and just throw it in her face.

Chase is a tough guy. He's big in all the right places and covered in wonderful ink-work. He owns his one firm but looks like one of his working man. He knows what he wants and tries everything to get it- Jane in this case is what he wants. He knows from the beginning that Jane can't accept him as more than a little game she plays to amuse herself. He has nothing against being her birthday present and being used in bed. Which man seriously would? But when they meet more often feelings stir for her and he just can't give up that easily. He sees a possibility here and there is no way he will give up on her.

As it says on the back of the book "Rawr, animal magnetism…" that is just what these two have going on. OH my, that was hot. And I so want a Chase bday present but okay nobody is asking. =( The relationship between our couple develops in sweet little baby steps but never gets boring for the reader. Ms. Dahl set the right speed here and I felt like cheering Chase on to not give up.

We have good developed side-characters to spice up the story. Every one of them is so individual that it just blew my mind. I loved Grandma Olive- she so reminds me of my own gran. And yes mine always says things that make me want to get swallowed by the ground.
This book has it all: great witty conversations that make you wanna laugh out loud, sexy hawt scenes between the sheet that will leave you hot in all the right places and the right amount of love to sweeten up the whole mix.

As always is the case with Ms. Dahl's books, I can just say go and get it. This whole series is the best thing you can do to train your laugh-muscles.

To learn more about Victoria Dahl and her books take a look at her website here.

Tumble Creek Series:

1. Talk Me Down: my mini review, reviews @goodreads, buy @amazon

2. Start Me Up: my review, reviews
@goodreads, buy @amazon
3. Lead Me On:

@goodreads, buy @amazon


pattepoilue January 23, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

*does the happy dance* Yay! I was waiting to order this one. I've only read the first in the series but i loved it, you were right. So i can only hope I'll love the 2nd and 3rd as much *g*
You'll have to wait until next year for a Chase bday present now ;) (mouahhaahahah he'll be mine 'till then, i promise to take good care of him *grins*)

Buriedbybooks January 23, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

Great review. I didn't like this one as much as Talk Me Down. Mainly because I really didn't like Jane. At all.

Loved Grandma Olive, though. She reminds me of my husband's Granny.

Sparklybearsy January 23, 2010 at 4:51 PM  

Loved your review Susi! a new book boyfriend? i sooo need to read this series! im def adding it to my to buy list!

Blodeuedd January 23, 2010 at 7:21 PM  

Hi Susi :D
have been hearing about Dahl for 6 months now and she keeps pulling me closer and closer ;)

Danielle87 January 23, 2010 at 10:52 PM  

I have the Tumble Creek series waiting in my TBR pile. I'm really starting to feel the pressure to read these books now - I think I'm going to succumb to peer pressure and start on them this weekend.

Great review. Congrats on your new book-boyfriend, I hope you two are very happy together.

Lea January 24, 2010 at 12:45 AM  

This sounds like an awesome read Susi, and I'm all for a hot hero!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the great review!


The Queen B January 24, 2010 at 3:41 AM  

I have to read this one still. Loved the review. I'm moving it up my pile :P

Marissa January 24, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

Love your review! I heard great things about this series, but still have to read them, I save them for my contemporary reading challenge! Hope to start soon with this series.

SusiSunshine January 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

@pattepoilue I so loved Start Me Up. I have a crush for Quinn and for Chase too. You are in for a real treat!

@Buriedbybooks Jane is a real drawback in this book. But I loved Chase so much that I didn't really care! LOL And this Grandma is hilarious!

@Sparklybearsy Thanks! You won't regret it hon!

@Blodeuedd You should really give in to the temptation. LOL

@Danielle Oh you will not regret that. I read the first book in under a day while before a exam the next day. I just couldn't stop. Sooo good! We will be lucky for sure!

@Lea We all like them hot! LOL

@The Queen B You won't regret that! Thanks hon!

@Marissa Thanks hon. A great choice for the challenge. All 3 are really easy reads!

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