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Earning It (Stolen Moments #1)

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One blind date. One case of mistaken identity. One Navy SEAL faced with his high school crush. What could go wrong?

Pepper was looking for a simple hookup. She'd just named a Madagascar hissing cockroach after an ex, so yeah, not exactly in the head space for a long-term relationship. She wanted to prove her douchey ex wrong--she wasn't cold.

And her blind date? A hot lawyer
Published October 4th 2017 by Unsealed Room Press
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Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
My second night in a row of reading a sappy contemporary romance. It is kind of the perfect light and fun easy-reading that I need when holiday stress and busyness is going on around me.

"You're not giving away the water pik!"

Aww, family fun.... All the kids and hubby on break from college classes, daughter on vacation... The house is full. All. Day. Long.

Yeah, yeah. I know, you write your grievances down and I'll read them later. Not burn them or throw them away. No, nothing like that.
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
“Earning It” by Angela Quarles is the story of Pepper and Luke. Pepper is feeling hurt unlike herself after her boyof a year broke of with her and texted her that she was cold. Pepper is starting her new Practice so her life will be focused on that but she would like to prove her old boyfriend wrong. Her friend has hooked her up with a blind date Named Rick. So when she goes to meet him at the Coffee Shop she see a man fitting Rick’s description. Luke has his own issues and when Pepper walks up ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another A+ for Angela Quarles!
Pepper and Luke’s story was interesting in that She has come home and is trying to set up a career as a sports dr. and Luke has been a Navy Seal.
Neither has seen the other since they got out of high school.
She was the brainy girl and pretty and he was the scrawny kid competing to be as smart as she is. He has a crush on her and she hates him for ruining her science project in the science fair.
Good story line and interesting situations. He knows who she is but she
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Feel Good Romance. Two teens become adults with warped misconceptions due to their parents expectations for them. Pepper is a sports physician with a lean track record with men is sure that her career will suffer if she is not focused 100%. Luke who was punished by his father for not always being a winner cannot accept love that is not earned. Quarles brings to life these troubled souls that find completion in each others arms. "A copy of this book was provided by Season Publishing via NetGalley ...more
Dec 23, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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One blind date. One case of mistaken identity. One Navy SEAL faced with his high school crush. What could go wrong?

To Score…
Holy cow, my blind date is rawr-hot. Everything in me aches to explore more with this man, but I can’t. I’ve got too much on the line professionally, with me starting at my new medical practice on shaky ground. But I can’t deny that I want the sex. A fling is perfect. Bonus—I will prove my idiot ex-boyfriend wrong. I’m not cold.

This was just an okay read for me.

Earning It by Angela Quarles is the first book in her Stolen Moments series. It offers the unique sport of hurling and a second chance connection. However, the thread of the story wasn’t enough to keep me invested.

I’m a sucker for a mistaken identity and what’s more mistaken than thinking someone’s your blind date only to find out it’s your childhood nemesis? This is Pepper’s conundrum, and not only that, but the man in question turns out to be her patient too.

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Sep 18, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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Danielle from Short and Sassy
Call me crazy, but I didn't care for this book. I didn't feel any chemistry between the characters and could not believe that she didn't recognize someone she hated so much. Just didn't work for me.
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sexy reunion…

I love when a deliciously sexy book sneaks up on me! Sexy, funny, with just the right amount of feels, this blind date goes perfectly wrong and right….

Pepper is optimistic even if she’s thinking he will be a stuffed shirt. Rick/Luke is anything but stodgy and their instant connections meant they both dive right into their attraction without wasting any time. How this didn’t feel super-fast is a nod to the author because lightning fast was just right with these two. They talked, they
I didn't realize it when I purchased this, but I had already read this story in the Some Like It Geek anthology. My review of it from that follows:

I really enjoyed this story! The sports premise was a unique one, though I really didn’t care for the blatant deception that the hero employed with the heroine! Luke was a decent enough hero, and Pepper was a very realistic portrayal of a woman burned. Definitely will look for more from this author! 4 stars

Upon re-reading it, I found that I was much m
Lady Heather

Freebie on Amazon 30/12/2017

This was a cute, short read.
I love the enemies to lovers story-line, and this one didn't disappoint.
The chemistry between the protagonists was strong, and the characters likeable.
This is a good start to a new series.
Shimrit Shevach kaatabi
5 stars

It’s always super fun to discover a new good author. This book was such a perfect surprise, I’m shocked I haven’t heard about it sooner.
Every thing about it worked for me. The mcs were authentic and I just completely connected with both of them . The writing style was fluid and interesting.
Definitely a five star experience, definitely recommend it and definitely ready to read more from this author.
4.0 stars

Entertaining and a fast read with a very sweet hero. Nothing special though but I will definitely read the next book in the series. Only the ending was too open for me, they don't even share'I love yous'.
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Valeen Robertson
Earning It is a hot, sweet read. Pepper is finally getting the chance to live her new life as she opens up her brand new medical practice. But first she has to get through this blind date her friend set up. When she shows up at Mocha Cabana and the only guy who fits her date's description turns out to be a hottie with black hair and a really fit body, it's all she can do to keep her panties on. They indulge in a hot one night stand, but what is she going to do when her ONS turns out to be her ol ...more
Sara Wood
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Earning It (Stolen Moments, book 1) By Angela Quarles  is a second chance at romance novel, with a sports theme and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

It's the story of Pepper Rodgers and Luke Haas.

Pepper, a sports physician was told that she was too cold by an ex as he was dumping her, by text. So to prove she's anything but cold she agrees to a blind date with a lawyer friends work colleague. When she meets Rick the lawyer, there is an instant attraction. She starts saying things out loud that sh
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Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet story of how opposites attract and how even though you may know someone when you are younger, they do grow up and change leaving you with a whole new person. Pepper and Luke are both battling inner demons that with spending time with each other seems to exorcise those.
It was an enjoyable read, a bit slow in spots but overall it was a funny, thoughtful story.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars being hit by a weird hatchet-shaped stick for EARNING IT!!

Fresh off a nasty breakup, Dr. Pepper Rodgers makes her way to her hometown of Sarasota, determined to start fresh and begin to build her new practice. Pepper doesn't anticipate that the hot dude she hooked up with after a successful blind date would turn out to be the lying scum from HS, Luke Haas…aka Haashole. Luke is thrilled that Pepper fires up all his senses, something he'd thought lost forever when he left his SEAL team and
Kristen Holt
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh man, I’m so bad at posting reviews after finishing books! I read this one, then the next in the series, I wrote a review of the second one, but not this one. I am a naughty girl indeed -good thing Santa has already visited this year, or I’d be waking up to coal in my stocking.

I lurrvved Luke and Pepper’s story!

Reading Angela Quarles books is like breathing fresh air for the first time after a lifetime of breathing smog. She’s irreverent, funny, her characters are unique and pop off the page
Kate T.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I loved this book! I want more of Luke and Pepper though 😭
Lisa Marie Barrera
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! JUST WOW!! Angela Quarles is a First time AUTHOR for me and I gotta say...WHOA! Earning It left me Hot & Bothered from the moment I started Reading this Book! Pepper and Luke's story is So full of Chemistry between two humans's a Wonder How these two Dislike each other in High School! Pepper is setup by a friend and mistaken Luke for "Rick" her "blind date" entering a Coffee shop. Of course Luke will go along with it after Pepper approaches him...hoping she wouldn't recogni ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found “Earning It” because I adore Angela Quarles and am always eager to read her works. I first learned about this story when it was a part of the anthology “Some Like it Geek” and was super excited for a chance to reread it when it was made into a stand alone! I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review and I can honestly say I loved it!

This story focuses on Pepper and Luke, high school acquaintances that reconnect as adults 15+ years later. I love that their adult m
Christi Snow
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Review:
This is a short book, but it's filled with so much great story. I really liked this one. The best thing about it was being in Luke's pov and just how much he was torn by how their meet-cute happened. See, Luke and Pepper went to school together. He always had a crush on her. She always thought he was a jerk. But there was so much more going on in Luke's life than Pepper ever realized. So, when she mistakes him for her blind date (yes, he's changed a LOT since high school), he goes for
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pepper has worked so hard in school to reach her dreams in the medical field, that she let her dating life go, so when she finally puts herself out there, he destroys her heart. With resolve of steel, it takes her bestie a lot to talk her into a blind date, and finally Pepper agrees. She shows up to find Rick the lawyer a hot as hell man, she decides a fling is just what she needs before she starts work at her new practice. Luke sees Pepper walk into a coffee shop that he doesn't normally freque ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kimberly Hill
To see my full review for this title, visit my So Few Books blog at:!

I absolutely loved this book!...

Not being a sports fan, I had serious reservations about reading it, since it appeared to be mostly about hurling – a sport I hadn’t even heard of before this book. Luckily, I read an excerpt somewhere of a scene between Luke and Pepper that just totally sucked me in.

The characters were fresh, believable, insecure, open to change, natural, adorable. The
Scarlett Ian
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I have read by Angela Quarles but I was very impressed.  She managed to snag the reader's attention right from the start of the book and hold it all the way to the end. 

Pepper is trying to start fresh by moving back to her hometown and the last person she expects to run into is the boy - now a man - who ruined her high school days.  Ty can't believe his luck that Pepper mistakes him for her blind date but then the guilt eats at his conscience.  She realizes who he really
P.e. lolo
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pepper shows up at a coffee shop for a blind date looking for a lawyer named Rick. She immediately is attracted to the man she sees sitting by himself, and when she asks if he is Rick he agrees. He is not he is former Navy Seal Luke who also has known Pepper since high school and has liked since then as well. Now playing the part it goes all the way to his apartment. A few days later before he can come clean she finds out from her friend that Rick never showed up and she is sorry. Finding out th ...more
Becky Burciaga
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not having read anything by Ms Quarles prior to this book, I have to ask myself, "why not?" Her writing has created characters that are easy to relate to. She did a great job of bringing two broken people who have history, albeit not necessarily a good one when they were teenagers. Through a case of mistaken identity, the stage was for instant and explosive chemistry.

Between Pepper's need to prove herself to maintain her job as a sports doctor, and Luke's fears of needing to prove himself for a
Bookgasms Book Blog
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missy
Oooh, a quick and dirty (emphasis on the dirty) mistaken identity romance! Earning It was fun, flirty and honestly, a bit thought provoking.

Pepper and Luke are trying to find their way in the world. Pepper is a recent medical school graduate and Luke is a former Navy SEAL. Neither of them has "fit in" anywhere of late--professionally or personally. Pepper's working in private practice trying to put a lapse in judgment behind her, she's ready for the future to start, and why not start with a sex
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Pepper and Luke are fun characters that both have posts that have altered how they view emotions and their impact on their lives.
Pepper feels that when emotions get involved, she believes that she loses concentration in her professional life. Her last relationship really cemented her belief. Luke feels like he has to be perfect and worthy before someone can love him. Luke has had a crush on Pepper ever since high school and now that she is back in town he will take th
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