CUFFED BY HIS CHARM #4

CUFFED BY HIS CHARM                     STACEY KENNEDY

A tabloid scandal unites a powerful mogul and a woman from the wrong side of the tracks in this tantalizing novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and the Club Sin series.

The multimillionaire owner of a chain of successful Irish pubs, Gabe O’Keefe loves being in the spotlight almost as much as he loves women. But when all his secrets are exposed in a shameless tabloid, his glistening reputation takes a hit. What hurts most is learning who sold him out: sweet and sensual McKenna Archer, his own employee. Gabe thought he could trust her. But now he’s got bigger problems than keeping his hands off McKenna.

After putting a difficult past behind her, McKenna would never betray Gabe. But she knows someone who would: her brother, a compulsive gambler who owes money all over town. To make things right, McKenna will have to set aside her feelings for her boss. Easier said than done. Gabe oozes pure temptation. But when they team up, McKenna sees that he isn’t the manwhore she always thought. He’s strong. He’s real. And the heat between them is the only thing that makes sense anymore.

MY REVIEW:
     This was an interesting story that starts off at a fast pace.  It really has you going with the tension from the buildup the author has told you about.  How McKenna Archer the most recent bartender of a year at O’Keefe’s which Gabe owns and operates.
     This is his anchor store of thirty or more.  You see he has a bar chain it has made him a multimillionaire.  Not to mention he and his well to friends have holdings in other business that have more than equally made him just as wealthy.  The thing is someone has been leaking info to the tabloid.  Gossip and making a ton of money.  The trail has led back to McKenna and Gabe is thunderously mad.
     For Gabe that’s not what was going on she was the reason his world was spinning out of control, her betrayal.  How could she plant a bug in his bar to get info on him and his friends?  He tells her he wants her right there right now in the bar no more wait to have her in his bed.  She backs up to the pool table, he’s shaking with anger, adrenaline, and lust.
     They’ve teased each other yet never allowed themselves to cross the line.  It was playful, yet not, Gabe felt shattered and a fool.  He tells her if she doesn’t want him she needs to speak up.  Instead, she touches his face with her hands and kisses him.  When the deed is done and he had claimed her hard and wildly fast he tells her he took what he wanted before he had to fire her.  With that, she just gasps!
     Then he asks, why she sold him and his friends out to the tabloids?  She slaps him of course.  That shatters her under his coldness with him standing over her.  This man she has flirted with, dreamt of, and loves.  Yet now can’t even recognize.  She’s reeling from finally having Gabe, from him finally crossing the line with his strict rules and all, and wait she thinks (he thinks ….) EXCUSE ME?  He asks again.  She still had no idea.
     When he couldn’t get answers, he steals her away to his friend Ryder’s detective agency.  Ryder says new intel came in and she may not have been the one to have betrayed them after all.  Now Gabe is starting to feel bad, like a total heel and she is just scared.
     This is able two people who you know from the onset love each other but he was let off the hook too easily for not believing in her.  Later he is dragged through the waiting so it’s all good.  But several of the problems that showed up were resolved with to ease, I guess is the only way for me to put it.
     The conflicts were good, storyline enjoyable, character I liked especially was Alex.  It’s just I was looking for a little more detail on the resolution of the conflict.  Still, I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com. 

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