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Temptation by Inara Scott
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really liked it
bookshelves: beta-hero, contemporary-romance, geek-hero, geek-heroine, netgalley, strong-heroine

The second book in Inara Scott's Bad Angels series sadly didn't feature any lovable pets like the first one (at least not until late in the book), but was a solid romance between Connor, a tech genius angel investor and Zoe, the patent attorney for his firm. Connor and Zoe are good friends through their mutual work together. Connor's been mooning over Zoe for 3 yrs, but afraid to make a move because he's known for self-sabotaging all of his potential relationships. Due to an incident as a child, he truly believes he's not capable of love or trust and he likes and respects Zoe too much to start something. Zoe always thought he was cute, but she is a woman fighting for respect in the tech world and can't afford to get involved with a client so he's hands-off as far as she's concerned.

Once Zoe has an accident and is forced to stay overnight at Connor's apt so he can watch her for a concussion, the walls between them start to break down. When Zoe asks Connor for assistance in wooing a potential new client, he in return asks her to help out his brilliant physicist mom with her bridge club and they start to spend more time together outside of work where their mutual attraction takes off.

Connor and Zoe were perfect for each other. Both of them were givers and caretakers although they'd both been hurt in the past and tended to hide that part of themselves. They were also both smart, driven, and professionally successful so there was no power imbalance. Zoe was a great role model as a professional woman making her way in STEM, acknowledging the barriers she faced, but not whining over them, and coming up with ways to still get the clients, work, and respect that she wanted and deserved. In addition, I loved the GPGs (the geriatric physicist grannies) consisting of Connor's mom and three female scientist friends who were fiercely competitive bridge players and who had all faced and overcome similar barriers in their work life.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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August 13, 2019 – Shelved
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