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Provoke Me (Unveiled #2)

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Book Two in the Unveiled series.

Sometimes extreme provocation can lead to exactly what you need…


Kelly's focus is the bookstore she manages. Sex is relegated to a list of candidates on her PDA. Only one man pushes all her buttons―her boss.


Spencer is determined to fight his desire for Kelly. For years they’ve bumped heads over the store they both love.
ebook, 262 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Ellora's Cave
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"Either her panties melted off her body or he ripped them away..."

Yes, PROVOKE ME is that hot! So, just a fair warning to wear your least favorite undies while reading this one because they are bound to self destruct with the heat Cari Quinn is bringing to this deliciously sexy read!

The Book Nook bookstore is just too small for both Kelly and Spencer AND all the sexual chemistry they have going on. Kelly is headstrong and outspoken. Spencer is a straight-laced businessman and has no time for rom
Jul 15, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2read2, favorites

“He was brilliant, ruthlessly so. An amazing boss. And his ass was a thing of beauty.”

Take a sexy, alpha male like that along with every reader’s dream job of being surrounded by books and the immediate question is…Where do I apply? Answer: Provoke Me, the second installment of the Unveiled series by Cari Quinn.

Spencer Galvin, regional manager of The Book Nook, is devoted to one thing – his job. He lives and breathes the bookstore because he’s given up on the possibility of love or the desire fo
Provoke Me is a title that lives up to its name. It draws the reader in, refuses to let go and provokes all sorts of emotions from the reader and I absolutely loved it. Cari Quinn can certainly do no wrong with her sensational novels, and yes I say sensational because she pens a novel that is nothing less than perfection and Provoke Me is no exception to this rule.

The second book in the series Unveiled, Provoke Me tells the story of how the utterly controlled and focused Spencer Galvin finds in
Nikki Brandyberry
Jul 12, 2011 Nikki Brandyberry rated it it was amazing
This book has got to be the hottest…the naughtiest….the best wrote erotic romance I have read to date. Hot damn this book was yummy! I don’t even know what more to say. Honestly. No clue. I was first introduced to this world in the novella, Reveal Me. I loved that quickie and I love how this one was a full length novel.

Kelly and Spencer work together at The Book Nook, both 100% committed to their jobs. Being the boss, Spencer attempts to keep Kelly in line but usually he fails…miserably. Kelly i
Jun 27, 2011 Danielle rated it it was amazing
It's not news that I love all the books I have read by Cari Quinn but this has got to be my favorite book she has written. With Provoke Me she ha honestly topped herself.

Spencer Galvin runs a bookstore. He isn't only easy on the eyes but he is driven, focused and very controlled. Spencer now lives by the rules and one rule he will not break again is mixing business with pleasure, but this 35 year old now has a problem. Kelly is tempting him beyond his belief.

Kelly loves her job and has wanted
Jan 18, 2012 KatiD rated it liked it
Shelves: a-review-ish
Kelly Crossman has had a thing for her boss for more than three years. She manifests that attraction by arguing with him. Alot. Spencer Galvin is a brilliant merchandiser and boss, the fact that he has a terrific ass is a nice side benefit. Unbeknownst to Kelly, Spencer's attraction to her is very mutual. But due to a checkered past getting involved with a married woman he worked with, Spencer is bound and determined to avoid getting involved with Kelly, no matter how hot he finds her.

All of tha
Taryn Elliott
Jun 17, 2011 Taryn Elliott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-fave
Spencer + Kelly = Explosive.

I read this badboy in ONE night. The equivalent of about 280 pages-ish. (kindle)'s one of THOSE books. A truly must read for the Cari Quinn fan. The pace is so fast, the angst and passion run neck and neck between these characters. It's hard to pull off a book with 2 strong main chars but Cari does it pretty much every time.

Spencer's control issues bashing heads with Kelly's ability to slot people into certain personal goals and move on is carefully and seaml
4.5 stars!

Memorable Scenes:
- Kelly and Spence's first meet in the club > I just overdosed on raw sexual heat and tension. Am I still breathing? I think Cari just killed me...
- the scene working late at the Book Nook > sweet and hot at the same time
- the scene at the club with Paul > *fans self* but it's not helping at all!!

Kelly Crossman is a day manager at one of the Book Nook bookstores.
She’s sweet and giving, yet she knows what she wants and goes for it. Kelly is also smart-mouthed,
Jul 27, 2011 Marquetta rated it really liked it
I discovered Cari Quinn when I won one of her books in a contest. After reading that book, Ex Appeal, I knew I needed to read more. Cari Quinn is genius at writing hot, steamy sex scenes. With each book that I read, I go in thinking, "there's no way she can top the last one." And every time I am wrong, wrong, wrong!

We met Kelly in book one, Reveal Me, where her friend Alana drags her to a sex club called Kink. In Provoke Me, Kelly works at a bookstore called the Book Nook. She loves her job and
Christi Snow
Jul 13, 2011 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing
5 stars all the way! This was a FABULOUS book!! Full review reposted from my Smitten with Reading blog....

My Review:
Hot, sexy romance set in a bookstore? Yep, this book made me a happy reader. Kelly & Spencer... they have worked together at the bookstore for three years. He's her boss and they have a highly confrontational relationship for most of the time. All of that confrontation though, covers the fact that they are incredibly drawn to one another although neither one is aware of the ot
Harlie Williams
Jul 05, 2011 Harlie Williams rated it it was amazing
Take one emotionally detached, unavailable man and one woman determined to break through his walls and what do you get? Provoke Me is what you get. Kelly and Spencer are two of the most stubborn, sexy, hard to figure out characters that I have read in a very long time. They intrigued me from the first page and still linger with me today.

I'll be honest though, I read the book twice before writing this review. Yes, it took me twice to get all the little details, emotions and characterizations in m
There's a lot of action going on at The Book Nook, or more likely the Bookie Nookie. The author does an excellent job in combining smokinghotgoodness with the entangled emotional connections that come with falling in love with your boss at work - particularly when said boss is a jerk. A good looking jerk, but one nonetheless. Redemption at the end helps a lot, too.

So, in no particular order, here's the list of awesomesauce goodness that stood out in my mind:
- Misplaced PDAs with top 10 sex lists
Dec 26, 2013 Shxrxn rated it it was ok
What’s life without risk?
- Kelly
Dignity had gone the way of the dinosaurs.
- Kelly
To rule with an iron fist and a sexy swagger.
- Kelly
I don’t have regrets. I do what I want and deal with the fallout later.
- Kelly
I go after what I want. Even if what I want isn’t particularly good for me.
- Kelly
A little retail therapy never hurt anyone. Especially those newly and stupidly in love.
- Kelly
Maybe if she kept saying it, the lie would become the truth.
- Kelly
I’m always good. Especially when I’m bad.
- Kel
What can I say. I worked really hard to win this in the Erotic Enchants Group, but it was all worth it. This is my first Cari Quinn book but it won't be my last. She has written a completely sexy novel with characters that are well-developed and likable. I felt completely invested in them and really wanted that HEA. And the fact that it was melt-your-panties hot didn't hurt one bit at all!
Jul 29, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, smut, read-in-2011
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: eARC from author

I’ve always heard such great things about Quinn, but had only read her short story in the Undercover Lovers Anthology. Let me tell ya, when Quinn has more pages to work with, she really steams them up!!

Kelly has lived and breathed the bookstore, and loves everything about her job, especially her sexy as sin boss. But Spencer doesn’t seem to not
Between the Bind
Jun 20, 2012 Between the Bind rated it it was amazing
This book was H-O-T HOT! Holy moly!

So here's the run down...Spencer, a sexy, controlling, workaholic, has had the hots for his sarcastic, modestly sexy, employee, Kelly from her first day at the Book Nook three years ago.

Since college, Kelly has wanted to break away from her inner good girl and made a list of her top ten men to, uhhh, "cuddle," to help her do just that. Once she meets Spencer, she immediately makes him her number one - and if she can't have him...she can at least fantasize abo
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Aug 12, 2011 Patti TheLoveJunkee rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, erotic
Kelly Crossman works in a small, independent bookstore chain. She loves her job, and she's good at it. She gets along pretty well with her co-workers, but her boss - oh! He's the stuff of fantasy. And she fantasizes quite a bit ;)

Spencer Galvin lives and breathes the bookstore. He got his position through dubious means, but he's good at what he does and he has big plans for his career by maintaining his professionalism and continuing to do an outstanding job. That includes ignoring the hotness t
Jul 17, 2011 Sparklybearsy rated it really liked it
rated 4.5 out of 5

From past reviews, you know that i think Cari Quinn's writing skills is up there with awesome. She writes some of the most evocative, sexy, down right delicious tales of love and romance with a modern twist of Naughty. I truly have enjoyed everything she's written so was a little (a lot) excited to receive Provoke Me for review.

Second in the Unveiled series I first encountered this series with Reveal Me. And ohMy did Cari Quinn pack a lot of heat into that short tale. It lef
Sep 06, 2011 Monique rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed at The Forbidden Bookshelf

Kelly Crossman has had a big crush on her boss ever since she started working for The Book Nook three years ago. She hasn’t acted on her feelings because Spencer is known to have a strict policy against dating his employees. But she can dream & fantasize and she does during a masturbation scene in her boss’ office that is caught on tape. Then she loses her PDA which contains a list of all the men she wants to have sex with and Spencer is #10 on t
Aug 13, 2012 Lesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: after-fifty
Have you ever dreamt of meeting a gorgeous hot man who also happens to be the regional manager of a chain of book shops? Yeah, that's my dream too (although please don't tell Mr Keeper Shelf) you could of course just settle meanwhile and read Provoke Me instead.

Kelly Crossman works at the Book Nook and has been lusting after her boss Spencer for three years she's even listed him as number 10 on her list of men she wants to have sex with. However, her list has gone missing and turns up on Spencer
A.R. Von
Apr 30, 2012 A.R. Von rated it it was amazing
Intriguingly fun, hot, steamy, erotic and emotional (I could go on). I loved this book! It explores many fantasies (and realities) that remain untouched, forbidden, unexplored and hidden by many.

Kelly has worked at the Book Nook for three years. In that time the store has become her life and she has harbored an immense crush for her boss, Spencer. Everything changes for her after somehow her PDA goes M.I.A. Knowing it holds revealing information about her 'list' and the 'who' that is on it does
Romancing the Book
Apr 02, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Reviewed By~Ashleigh
Review Copy Provided By~Publisher
Reader Advisory: In a couple of scenes, Kelly and Spencer test “the more the merrier” theory.

Review: For Kelly Crossman, The Book Nook is her whole life, until she meets Spencer Galvin. While he is her boss and that should mean off limits to anyone who wants to keep their job, Kelly just can’t seem to stop lusting after him. After an interlude in his office after hours, Kelly is beyond tied to him in ways that she never thought possible. But w
Amanda Ryan
Oct 05, 2011 Amanda Ryan rated it really liked it
Redonk Nutshell: Sexual tension explodes between a bookstore employee and the straight-laced manager

I picked this up on a whim after hearing some chatter on Twitter over its hawtness. Glad I did - I really enjoyed it.

Provoke Me is the story of Kelly and Spencer, two people that are constants in each other's lives as employer (Spencer) and employee (Kelly) at a small family owned bookstore. Their relationship has always been professional and friendly, though they've both secretly shared a mutual
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at:

Slightly geeky and extremely sexy Spencer Galvin has a problem named Kelly Crossman. His attraction to his employee makes him want to break all his personal rules about inter-office relationships. He resists her, even after catching her in a hot solo session in his office, until a chance meeting at a sex club turns into a night where passion rules.

This book is chock-full of passionate love scenes that move the plot forward, although
Heather in FL
I'm not sure what I can say about this book that others haven't. I cried. I rarely cry from a book, but I was so invested in the characters that I CRIED!!! Thankfully, I knew there was still book left, so there was time to eek out a HEA. And I'm glad it didn't happen "cleanly". I mean it wasn't easy on the person who had the groveling to do. It wasn't as hard as it could have been, but it wasn't easy.

I loved how Kelly saw right through Spencer. I hated how "clinical" Spencer seemed -- how he wa
Sep 10, 2014 Thenia rated it liked it
The story of Kelly and Spencer, an employee of a bookstore and her boss, who share a love for their job and a hidden mutual crush on each other.

They have a mostly antagonistic relationship at work, but things are always professional between them, until with a slight nudge from Spencer's sister who also works at the bookstore, and a surprising meeting at a sex club, of all places, they veer sharply into personal.

Flawed characters carrying scars from the past, who would be great together if only t
~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
I rarely read mf stories unless they have something special I like and this one fit the bill to the t. I love voyeur/exhibition books and yowza, this one was hot. I didn't read Reveal Me (Unveiled, #1) by Cari Quinn

The Book Nook isn't big enough for Kelly and Spencer who have been lusting after each other for the last three years and it wasn't until they both went to Kink, a sex club, that the real fireworks started. They're both control freaks for different reasons and he's a voyeur and she's adventurous. They really did have a lo
Apr 24, 2014 Tasha rated it it was amazing
It is Kelly's turn to find love. Will she find it though is the question? She has a thing for her boss who isn't your everyday guy you see that doesn't take care of himself, nope he is hot and full of sin. Spencer, her boss, has a thing for her too but he is desperate to fight the attraction with everything in him. Can he fight his attraction to her for long? When Kelly and Spencer unexpectedly meet up at a sex club, all the rules go out the window. Suddenly there’s only way this match of wills ...more
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
I liked this book. I thought the author did a good job of getting me to invest in the characters. I thought the sex club added an interesting element, in that it wasn't BDSM, just a sex club. I was upset when Kelly was going to seduce him when she could smell the perfume of another woman on Spencer. But I also thought it was very real. Her desperation was palpable. I'd love to see a book about Paul, her ex.
Laura Kaye
Jul 10, 2011 Laura Kaye rated it it was amazing
I devoured this non-stop in an afternoon, hooked as much by the characters as by the incredible sexual tension that runs the entire book through. What made this book especially compelling was that the emotional intensity was as prominent as the sexual chemistry. I liked the characters, even when they behaved in ways I knew were going to end up destructive, and that made me root for them and want to know what would happen. Greatly enjoyed. Onto my next Cari Quinn book...
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USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story—a bible parable—in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars. When she’s not scribbling furiously, she can usually be found watching men’s college ...more
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