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Taking the Score

(Tall, Dark, and Texan #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,057 ratings  ·  158 reviews
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to moonlight as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as
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Published February 15th 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Brazen)
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Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 -4 Stars!!


Kate Meader delivered a sexy office romance with a nice vibe of enemies to lovers story that I found really enjoyable. Like all the Brazen books out there “Taking the Score” was for the most part a light read and while the plot is nothing new, the execution was fun and entertaining. This second installment in the series fallows the story of another tall, dark and Texan man, Brody Kane, character we met in the previous book in the series.

Texas property tycoon, Brody Kane is a sexy
4 Stars

Because she liked it dirty, and the challenge of getting this buttoned-up man to give it to her was almost too much to resist.

Emma Strickland is trying to make a fresh start in Chicago after ONCE AGAIN bailing out her addict of a sister. This means leaving her checkered history with men behind and adopting a new and frumpy staid persona. Bye bye short skirts and low cut tops. Hello two sizes too big pantsuits and thrift store shabby. The only exception to her newfound rule is the nigh
Claire Robinson
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 - "Keep your socks on, Mr. Kane." Stars!

Book Two in Kate Meader’s Tall, Dark and Texan series provides a sexy and entertaining few hours of reading, whilst giving the 'rich man/poor woman' trope a slightly different spin.

One thing that you always get from Kate’s writing is stellar banter and internal monologues, and that can certainly be said for Brody and Emma. The uptight, strapped down assistant is hiding a lot more underneath her frumpy suits than Brody ever imagined, even in his fantasi
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4.5 Stars

No problem with women on top, Mr. Kane?"
"You've always been the boss of me, Ms. Strickland."

Who accidentally deleted their published review? This idiot. So allow me to try and sum up my thoughts once more for this wonderful book.... le sigh.

I adore Kate Meader and everything she writes. Sizzling hot enemies to lovers? She did that flawlessly with Even the Score. I loved that book HARD. It's the one that first began my love affair with this author and everything she writes. I
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have no regrets about this one, because Ami and I created another br memory. I didn't care for the characters or the story really, but I have to give the book points for humor and creativity. The sensitve flesh between Emma's thighs clenched and sighed. Her clit bloomed, her nipples pouted, and then her eggs "shrieked in pleasure". Then, Brody's shaft "pulsed inside her like a raging beast snarling at a cage." I've never read a book where sex organs were so active! We kept reading just to find ...more
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
3 stars

I don't even know what to say about this book. It reminds me of the time I read about Chloe in Forked with Jeanne. I thought the choice of words the author used was very interesting and it was entertaining. Didn't really like the characters though. But it was steamy.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“I’ve had a taste of you, Emma, and it’s hard to imagine going back to before.”

Brody Kane has been fantasizing about his prim and proper PA for months. He hired her because he was sure her dowdy appearance would in no way temp him, but after merely a week she fueled all this private fantasies. After the disaster with his ex, he has no desire to complicate his life, and he’s determined to keep his lust to himself. Until he takes an important client to a strip club, and gets the worst

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Sizzling. Erotic. Sensual. Beautiful. And oh so fucking sexy. If you must know I love and adore Kate Meader. She is one of the authors who I know I can turn to to help satisfy any romance craving I have. And in her newest installment to the Tall, Dark, and Texan Series, Kate blew my mind on how fabulous Taking the Score is. Seriously, I devoured this book in one sitting and couldn't wait to reread this book again. That is how much I LOVE
Lyndy Ann ♫
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Taking the Score I fell for Brody Kane in Even the Score the bossy specs wearing Texan and I could not wait to read Brody and Emma's story and I was not disappointed.

Emma is having a tough time thanks to her sister working off her debt at a strip club who comes in one night but her day job boss Mr Kane who Emma gives the worst lap dance ever to.

Brody Kane goes nuclear when he sees his frumpy PA working in a strip club in a skimpy outfit for all the men to ogle and touch, in his anger he
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it

I loved this book,this is not typical billionaire story and whole book is so sexy and fun and I want more Emma and Brody :(

Emma and Brody together with that amazing chemistry!!!!
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Emma works for Brody - he is her boss.
And well Emma needs extra cash so she's taking second job - as a waitress at a strip club!!
One night Brody take out important client out and guess what they go to the strip club where Emma works and that night is full of surprises for both of them.

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SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
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★Book Basics★

Genre : - Cont. Romance
Series : - 2nd in series, can be read as a stand alone.
Love triangle? - (view spoiler)
Cheating? - (view spoiler)
HEA? - (view spoiler)
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes
Rating - 4


This was a hot fun sh
Al George
Note: billionaire trope, so not my thang

hell no

Setting / Time / Genre: current, Chicago

Length: No idea. Could care less.

Series: Apparently so. And apparently, not for me.

Sexy times: Yea. But I only got through 1.25 of said sexy times before clicking the return to sender button on my Kindle (wouldn't that be nice if that really existed?)

Plan on reading more by the author: I would have to go out on a limb and say Hell No!

Synopsis in one sentence or slightly more: Tacky thrift shop, polyester wearing h
Kate Meader
Nov 30, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
Ready for some illicit office romance with a twist? TAKING THE SCORE, the next entry in the Tall, Dark, and Texan series from Entangled Brazen will be out in February 2016. This sexy tale features an uptight, specs-wearing, nerdy Texan billionaire with a dominant streak and the frumpy, thrift suit-wearing personal assistant he can't stop fantasizing about. And that's before he finds out about her second "job" ... at the strip club! The things a gal's gotta do to make rent.

In the meantime, you c
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases
3.5 stars.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Taking the Score by Kate Meader
Book Two of the Tall, Dark, and Texan series
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Publication Date: February 15, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Official Summary:

His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if
Ivy Deluca
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Boss-assistant romances. That tried and true fantasy of your hot, billionaire boss looking past your frumpy facade to the smokin’ hot heroine underneath it all. Add to that a classic stripper fantasy and you’ve got the makings of a fun and sexy romance.

Emma is fighting for agency in her life (which props), even when it drove me crazy: She refuses to be the damsel in distress, even if the entire world (and her sister’s raging coke habit) are against her. She’s working as Brody’s personal assista
5 stars

What a great read Taking the Score turned out to be, loved it.

Sometimes you start a book and you know from the first page this is going to a winner.
Taking the Score ticked all the boxes for me. It had an interesting & entertaining storyline, characters that were lovable, passionate, fun, sensitive with chemistry that made my kindle sizzle!

*fans self*



I'm a big fan of Kate Meader's work and once again she's delivered an awesome read. I highly recommend this book.

A big thank you to
Lady Heather
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: contemporary romance, nerdy-smart characters looking for their HEA

"A copy of this book has been provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Brazen) in exchange for an honest review"


His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to moonlight as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.

Texas property tycoo
Gretchen  (About That Story)
This was such a fun read! So entertaining (the burst-out-laughing kind!) and super sexy (the holy-wow-that's-super-hot kind!). I totally enjoyed it!

I totally loved nerd-boy Brody and his little geeky nuances. They were just so endearing to me. Loved that connection he had with Emma, the looks, the pull, and after running into each other out of the office, the animosity that ensued and how the hotness level ratcheted up. I mean super hot! *fans self* I really loved Emma's strength and how much sh
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Sexy Stars

This is my first read in this series and I loved it. The storyline was great, it moved along seamlessly and at a fast pace. I LOVED Brody and Emma!

Brody was THE best. He was a total alpha all the way, he was sexy, he was so sweet and caring underneath that tough exterior and he made my heart melt:)

Emma, hmmm, I loved her and then I would question her decisions, then I would love her some more, then wonder what the hell she was thinking but overall and by the end, I was in love with
Red Cheeks Reads
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"You've had your hands on my ass and I ground my lady lips into your dick. I think you can call me Emma."

I put this advance copy on kindle with the intention of reading it a lot closer to the release date . . . and then I read that blurb and could not hold out. Emma is the organized and repressed assistant to Brody and she is safe. With her dowdy clothes and business only attitude there is no way he will cross the line with this assistant . . .and yet she still occupies a lot of his thoughts
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Taking the Score is a fun, sexy, feel-good romance with a low dose of drama and angst. If you're partial to a nerdy billionaire then Broderick Kane III is one to love, whilst his frumpy personal assistant, Emma Strickland is hiding a few surprises behind her unflattering office attire.

"You don’t know me, Mr. Kane. PA by day, T & A by night."

Strong-willed and with a real sense of determination in doing what she feels right to keep her sister safe, I really liked Emma. Brody has a bi
Lacey (laceybooklovers)

Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

I’ve only read one other book by Kate Meader, but I freaking LOVED it (and the alpha male) so I was excited to read another book by her! Plus, this is an office romance between a boss and his assistant, a trope I adore, so Taking the Score is pretty much just pure fun and sexiness. If you love your books hot and filled with chemistry, with a dash of humor, you need to get your hands on this book! Brody and Emma rocked my socks off in Taking the Score.

He ha
Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends
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I LOVE Kate Meader’s books! Period! She surprises me with every book she writes, they are always authentic, original and so damn hot! And this book had a thing I love so much: IT WAS HILARIOUS!!

Taking the Score is the story of Brody, the sexy nerd and domineering billionaire and Emma, his personal assistant. They had a secret attraction on each other but the “taboo” of having an “affair” with the boss/employee was a NO NO for both of them. Until Brody got a awful but arousing lapdance from
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“You’ve had your hands on my ass and I ground my lady lips into your dick. I think you can call me Emma.”
Shock enlivened his grim features. Had she really just said “lady lips” out loud? This was not their standard repartee around the office.

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

Trope: Boss/employee, "stripper"

Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio

One-Sentence Summary: Brody's "cat lady" personal assistant becomes his personal sex kitten after an encounter at a strip club.

Review: Another
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
This book was basically amazing.

Brody has definitely just earned his way onto my favorite book boyfriends of 2016 list. It's like Kate Meader went down my checklist of favorite traits and created him. Smart? Nerd? Rich? Jaded curmudgeon? Sexy? Alpha? Check. Check. Check. There is something super sexy about the combination of his prim and proper upbringing and his unbridled passion and need for control in the bedroom that really does it for me.

Emma was basically the woman I'd like to be. She's
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really really liked this one ! It was so funny and Super hot!
She was great a head strong stubborn woman . He was funny and amazing in his ways :) the cat was awesome
A really cute fun read:)
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Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Emma Strickland is all about order—keeping order in Brody Kane’s business life. She’s perfection personified as a Personal Assistant by day. But due to the need to help out her sister and pay the debt her sister owes, Emma takes a second job— as a waitress—at a strip club, and prays no one, least of all her boss finds out.

Broody Brody has been fantasizing about his buttoned-up, tight-laced assistant for months. Brody thinks Emma is sexy as hell and often finds himself wondering just what’s hidi
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Taking the Score is a fabulously wicked and oh-so-fun office romance. Kate Meader knows how to write snappy dialogue and sizzling sexual tension, and both are on full display in this second Tall, Dark, and Texan story.

Emma Strickland is no buttoned-up good girl wanting to take a walk on the wild side. No, she’s a down-and-dirty bad girl at heart who has made a new life for herself. I respected Emma for her hard
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Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 stars

A hot, crazy sexy romp in which I had to tell myself that normal rules don't apply, that the attraction between these two was so strong they threw all common sense out the window and they simply went for it.

Lord save me from women who won't ask or take help even when they really need it and men who want to save them and in all honesty these two both exhibited behaviors that drive me crazy but it somehow worked and worked well. When
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story starts off as a typical boss and assistant romance but Meader definitely spices it up with hot scenes and secrets!

Emma works as Brody's assistant by day and at night as a cocktail waitress to help pay off her sisters debt. But no matter how hard she works her sisters debt isn't going down much. When Brody steps in the club to get a dance from her, Emma knows she will be fired but when she finds out Brody would do anything for her she feels like her dreams could come true.

Brody has a
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“Admit you’re jealous, Emma.”

“Never,” she said defiantly.

“Just your nipples then. They’re pouting.”
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