Engaging the Bachelor by Cathryn Fox
Release Date: June 6, 2016
About the Book:
Pretending to date this doctor is a prescription for trouble…
Hot, Southampton doctor, Carson Reynolds isn’t the kind of man Gemma Carr should be
playing with. But his offer of a fake engagement comes with sexy, late night house calls, and
despite her bad girl reputation, it’s been far too long since she’s taken two and called anyone in
When Carson sees Gemma at a charity event, he knows he has to have her. It’s been ten years
since he’s had her in his arms, but that hasn’t lessened his intense need for her. To save her
reputation and get his parents off his back, he makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
It’s the perfect setup–until this fake engagement starts to feel a little too real…
Carson scrubbed his hand over his face, his gaze locked on Gemma as she worked the
room. Teeth flashing in a brilliant smile, she peered into the dark corner, her confident
steps slowing, more cautious as she approached. Another few steps brought her closer,
into his personal space, and then all of a sudden her feet came to a resounding halt. When
their gazed clashed, her eyes went wide, like she’d seen a ghost.
He supposed she had.
She searched for the nearest chair to support herself, but her hand faltered and pushed
it out of reach. As the metal legs scraped over the wood floor, Gemma sucked in a quick
breath, and faltered backward, her too high heels failing her trembling legs this time.
Before she toppled, Carson moved swiftly. He pushed from his chair, took three
measured steps, and gathered her into his arms.
The instant he touched her, sexual energy arced between them. Forget the emergency
back-up system at the hospital. With the barest of touches they could generate enough
electricity to light up an entire New York block in a black out—for a solid week. He
dipped his head, his mouth inches from hers. Her enticing floral scent seeped under his
skin and took him back to the day he’d had her beneath him. Jesus. He drew on every
ounce of strength he possessed to stop himself from reacquainting his lips with hers, to
lose himself in the sweetness of her mouth—between her legs.
He brushed his knuckles over her warm cheek, a soft caress that brought heat to her
dark, honey flecked eyes. “Hi Gemma,” he whispered, pitching his voice low, for her ears
For one shocked moment she just stood there, then she drew in a quick, shaky breath.
“Sailor boy?” Those soft, barely there words fluttered past trembling lips and washed
over his face, filling him with a need he hadn’t experienced in a long time. As her voice
vibrated through him, his pulse skyrocketed, his cock throbbing against his zipper. It
clamored to get out, to feel her soft palms wrapped around it. Christ, he couldn’t stop
thinking about the ways she’d explored him that night, her hands curious, her touch
urgent, needy, looking for so much from him. His blood flowed thick and heavy and he
clenched down on his teeth, fighting to keep himself in check. Thank fuck he wasn’t
wearing scrubs. He didn’t need everyone in the bar knowing he was sporting the hard on
of the century.
“Yeah, it’s me, but the name is Carson.” She stared at him wide eyed, her chest rising
and falling in an erratic pattern. “Say it,” he whispered in a soft voice. She shook her
head, like she was trying to wrap her brain around this turn of events. He touched her
chin lightly, softly brushing his thumb over her cheek, waiting, as she grounded herself in
the moment. “Say it, Gemma,” he repeated.
A long pause and then she murmured, “Carson.” Her voice was soft, sultry, sensuously
low and caressed his cock in the most mind fucking ways.
“The next time you’re in my bed, that’s the name you’re going to use.”
She stiffened, but he held her tighter, not daring to let her out of his hold this time.
No, this time he was damn well determined to find out who she was and why she’d given
her virginity to a boy she’d didn’t even know—and never intended to see again.
Attending a charity event after returning to Southampton Carson Reynolds walks in to find the one that got away. Years ago Carson had a wonderful night with a beautiful girl that he still hasn’t gotten out of his mind and now after all these years she is standing in front of him. Now to only make sure this time he gets her name.
Gemma Carr holds onto her bad girl reputation like armor to keep men from trying to get too close to her. When Carson shows up in her life after ten years she fights with all her might to stay away from him but when he comes up with an offer to be his fake fiancee for the summer offering much needed cash she could use for her business she can’t find a reason to say no.
When first picking up Engaging the Bachelor the first thing I see in the book is a note from Cathryn For that this story has been inspired by Dr. McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy. This peaked my interest from the start but she also says that the setting in the story was inspired by the show Revenge. Now a mix of these two definitely got my curiosity going.
After finishing this story I’d have to say the comparisons to the two above shows really helped bring it more to life while reading. Now, let’s just say that Ms. Fox has done McDreamy one step farther than what we’d ever see on television and given us the behind the bedroom door scenes to make the imagination run wild. A definite hot and sexy relationship between the girl from the wrong side of the tracks and this hot rich drool worthy doc.
Overall, steamy, sexy and fun watching this couple take their fake relationship to a new level.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5 stars
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About the Author:
New York Times and USA today bestselling author, Cathryn is a wife, mom, sister, daughter,
and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a
brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending
activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn
can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep
up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write pageturning books that her readers will
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