Off Base by Sophie Jordan, Tessa Bailey
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 22, 2015
Format: eBook, 285 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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New York Times bestselling authors Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan team up for a collaboration featuring two sexy contemporary romance novellas.
OFF BASE: Kenna and Beck
By Tessa Bailey
A welcome home he never expected...and will never forget...
When Kenna Sutton is tasked with driving home newly returned Beck “True Blue” Collier, she expects the strategic Army mastermind to be a pasty number cruncher. Never at a loss for words, Kenna is nonetheless rendered speechless by the gorgeous, inexperienced and tightly-wound Army major that lands in her passenger seat. Outraged by Beck’s lack of a welcome home after seven long years overseas, Kenna takes matters into her own hands, giving Beck something he’s only ever fantasized about in his bunk.
Beck has never shied away from a test of will and Kenna gives new meaning to the word challenge. One problem? Kenna’s father is the lieutenant general presenting Beck with the Silver Star and Beck is determined to treat Kenna with the respect she deserves, even if her eyes beg Beck to act out his most secret desires with her. Desires he's always been told were the work of the devil. But how long can one lonely, starving man hope to resist the woman he craves?
OFF BASE: Huntley and Cullen
By Sophie Jordan
Being a good girl has its drawbacks...
Huntley Collier, an emergency room nurse and all-around do-gooder, is tired of living in the friend zone. Cullen Brooks was given the job of babysitting Huntley when her brother – his best friend – deployed. But their friendly coffeehouse hangouts and TV marathons leave her wanting more. When one crazy night leads to too many drinks and an explosion of long-denied lust, Huntley's dreams become a reality. And reality is one hot, wild place she never wants to leave.
But only a good girl can bring down a bad boy...
Known as Sullen Cullen around Black Rock, Cullen Brooks doesn’t have many friends, but Huntley is one of them … and despite his decidedly unfriendly fantasies of the curvy blonde, she is far too sweet for his darker tastes. Keeping his hands off is easier said than done, however, when demure, little Huntley responds to his touch like the wildcat he never expected...and can't stop pursuing, despite his better judgment. But when Cullen suddenly faces losing her, will this bad boy risk it all to keep his good girl?
I’ve been waiting for Off Base since before I even knew that’s what it was going to be called. Several months ago, Tessa teased members of her Facebook group with a teaser featuring a hot, dirty talkin’ MALE virgin. I knew immediately I needed the book. You don’t see many male virgins in contemporary romance – and no one writes dirty talkers like Tessa – so I couldn’t wait to see how this mashed up. A couple weeks ago, Tessa announced the title of this book – and that she was teaming up with Sophie Jordan, another author whose work I love, for it. I literally began counting down the days until I could get my hands on this one. It was everything I wanted and more.
First up is Tessa’s book. How much was I looking forward to this story? I got up an hour early (and might’ve made the conscious decision to be late for work that day) so I could read it. I couldn’t even move from my bed once I started. Kenna drew me into the book, but Beck was incredible. So unlike most men I read about. I fell in love with him just about as soon as he appeared on the first page. If anyone knows where I can find a hot virgin male soldier who’s a Southern gentleman outside of the bedroom and a dirty talkin’ alpha inside it, let me know, k? But, as with all of Tessa’s stories, there’s more than simply hot sex here. (Though there is PLENTY of that. Seriously. You’ll need a fan.) Kenna and Beck have a connection right from the start. Their chemistry is off the charts. They’re explosive together. Their first meeting shook both of them to the core and I loved watching what unfolded between them.
I really enjoyed Sophie’s book, too! We’re introduced to Huntley (Beck’s twin sister) and Cullen (his best friend) in Tessa’s book. It was pretty obvious something was going on with them and while reading Kenna and Beck’s story, I couldn’t help but wonder just what it was. They’re close friends with tons of chemistry, but neither of them have made an attempt to go for something more. Until now, that is. After receiving some really tough news, Cullen needs some comforting. Huntley steps up and things get steamy pretty quickly. (Believe me when I say Sophie brings the heat with this book! Holy hell.) I didn’t warm to Cullen quite as quickly as Huntley, but once I did I was hooked. He might be a playboy to the outside world, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. I have a thing for the tortured hero and he certainly fit the bill. I liked watching his character grow and realize he was worthy of good things. Good things like Huntley.
Novellas can be tricky. More often than not, I feel like I’m not getting a full story or that the characters are under developed. That definitely wasn’t a problem here. I connected to the characters in both stories and felt like each of the four of them grew throughout the novella. I flew through both of these stories and found them satisfying. I’d love to see these ladies team up again soon. Maybe in a little follow-up to the stories I loved so much here? Yeah, I’m greedy like that.