Contemporary Romance

Review: Wanting It All

Wanting It All
Wanting It All by Christi Barth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun, flirty and sexy.

“You’re not shy… you haven’t eased back from me yet. In fact, you’ve put both your hands on my chest.”
“Maybe I wanted to check out the muscles that hauled me away from near-death.”
“Maybe we should start with exchanging names before you name my pecs.”

He was the perpetual nerd and charity case, however Knox Davis vowed to himself to lose his V-card, make so much money that he would never want for anything and enjoy all of life’s pleasures after he survived a horrific accident along with this high school friends. Now a successful businessman and infamous womanizer, he’s never considered being in a relationship with a woman for longer than a one night of fun. But when he literally sweeps a blond bombshell of her feet and she in turn captures his interest like no other, he begins to question his resolve to be the eternal bachelor.

Madison Abbott moved across the country from Alaska to Washington, D.C. to accomplish three things: get the job of her dreams, meet the half-brother she just recently found out about and find the perfect man to marry and have a family with. She’s scored with the first one, on her way to the second, but has gotten a bit sidetracked by the deliciously smart, self-assured and sexy playboy. Can she convince him that they’d be great not just now but forever even if she is his best friend’s little sister?

I loved the premise behind the Naked Men blog and after reading Risking it All, the first book in this series, I was really intrigued with the group of men who were already close friends but became even more closely bonded when they survived their ordeal in the Alps. But none more than the self-made millionaire.

“He’d waited his whole, lonely, geek-tastic life to finally have friends like this, ho have the camaraderie, the feeling of belonging.”

It was a complete delight getting to know Knox and Madison. Each were endearing characters that when together had great chemistry, fun and witty banter that made the pages fly by. I enjoyed all the dates they went on, be it outrageously expensive ones because Knox loved to spend his money to the low key ones because Madison couldn’t care less about his wealth. Of course they all ended up with delicious sexy times.

“You’re beautiful, Madison.”
“I thought we agreed on no foreplay. Flirting counts as foreplay.”
“It’s an accurate assessment of reality. Engineers like me get off on that. Deal with it.”
“Okay, then. Your penis is amazing. There’s a fact for you.”

Their relationship developed from lust to love at a pace that felt natural even when Madison was a bit too pushy for my taste. They were a perfect match though, both smart and stubborn who filled the empty places they had.

The supporting characters, be them male or female, gave the story a great friendship layer that nicely rounded out the story and has me ready to read the next book about Logan, the elusive half-brother.

Wanting it All is the second book in the Naked Men series by Christi Barth. It’s a sassy, sweet and fun contemporary romance, great for a weekend read. Told from both points of view. With a happy ending.

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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author and Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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