Outside the Lines by Bella Love | Book Review
About the Book
Title: Outside the Lines
Author: Bella Love
Release Date: April 30, 2014
Genre: Romantic Mystery / Erotic Romance
Juliette Jauntie knows how to keep things under control: crushing deadlines, insane workload, a secret reckless side. Nothing gets her riled up anymore. Nothing but her biggest competition, the high-powered, predatory and oh-so-handsome Johnny Danger.
Former Ranger, Johnny is ruthlessly devoted to Danger Enterprises, the company he built from the ground up. So when Juliette blows into his world, with her amped-up energy and furrowed brow and her red-painted toenails, asking questions that piss off a lot of wealthy people, Johnny knows he needs to stay focused.
Pin her down, get some answers, and walk away. Ignore how his body hums every time she’s near.
…HAS NEVER BEEN SO SEXY
When Juliette’s small time report causes big time problems for one of Johnny’s clients, he hunts her down at a remote ski resort to demand answers. But Juliette has no intention of being intimidated, nor of backing down. And she has absolutely no intention of falling victim to Johnny’s seductive charms.
Two out of three’s not bad.
When their sexy showdown blows the lid off a scorching passing and uncovers a shocking crime hidden in plain sight, the stakes mount and trouble skyrockets, and Johnny knows he’s in real trouble. Because with Juliette in the mix, more than his business is at stake: he might just lose his heart.
…I stared down the snow-covered hill. People shot past me, laughing and having fun. I eyed them warily, then wiggled my fingers and bent forward at the hips, the way everyone else seemed to be doing it. Then I straightened. The mountain was big. Really big.
I bent forward. Then straightened again.
As I stood there, debating whether to try the bending-over step again, someone skied up beside me with a competent-sounding sluice of snow. It stopped. And stayed. A large, unmoving shadow.
I turned and peered up into the handsome, five-o’clock-shadowed face of Johnny Danger.
“What the fuck are you doing, Jauntie?”
“Holy Mother of God!” I gasped the Catholic cry of alarm from my youth reflexively—guilt was a powerful mnemonic—and leaped backward. Unfortunately, I was trapped by the skis and couldn’t actually leap anywhere, so instead I tipped over backward and sat down hard, knees bent.
I glared up at the large dark shape of him. “What are you doing?” I demanded.
“I asked first,” he said.
I scowled. “I’m at the top of a mountain wearing skis, Johnny. What do you think I’m doing?”
He looked at me doubtfully. “I have no idea.”
“What are you doing here?” I said again, trying not to look like an idiot sitting in the snow. “How’d you find me?”
“You told people you were skiing.”
“There are a lot of mountains.”
“You told Roxy you were going to Destiny Falls. This hill’s best for people who don’t know how to ski.”
“What makes you think I don’t know how to ski?” I demanded indignantly.
“I’m psychic.” He reached down and hauled me to my feet.
“But why use your psychic powers on me?” I complained, struggling up. “Why are you here?”
“Because you weren’t at the meeting this morning.”
“But…why would I have been at the meeting?”
“Because I left you thirty-five messages about it last night. And again this morning.”
“Because my client is pissed. Because they want this divorce finalized by year’s end, and you’re not answering your phone. Or texts. Your receptionist isn’t in, your door is locked, and you have a Gone Fishing sign hanging on it.” His gaze was glacial, voice just shy of a growl.
“I don’t have a receptionist,” I muttered as I scrambled for my phone. Was I not getting reception?
“Because reading your valuation is like reading a science fiction novel.”
I slid my gaze up slowly from the phone screen. “Science fiction?”
“Science fucking fiction,” he clarified, his eyes hard.
I felt the stirrings of anger. Uh-oh. Stirrings were a bad thing. I kept myself purposefully unstirred. And unshaken, for that matter. I was practically inert.
Except right now, I was starting to feel angry.
“Well, Mr. Danger, I’m very sorry to piss off your client, but perhaps if the information I needed had been provided in the first place, maybe if I hadn’t had such a hard time accounting for all their money—”
“All her money.”
“And they’ve got two rental properties—”
“*She* has two rental properties.”
“And two LLCs—”
I met his eye. “Which she says he opened. In her name.”
“Exactly,” he said slowly. “Her name. Her properties. Her LLC. Not his. And so they appear in her valuation. Not his.”
I hesitated. “If Judge Billings did that to avoid some kind of liability himself, well…that might not be legal.”
“That’s not your job.”
I leaned closer and said real quietly, like in an old western, “I have some bad news for you, Danger: I’m not too good at following rules.”
He leaned nearer too, so our mouths were extremely close. Incendiarily close. “I have some bad news for you, Jauntie: neither am I. And you’re fucked. Get ready to explain your valuation in court.”
This book was fun, quirky and with a twist that kept you surprised, which is why I enjoyed reading it!
I have not always been a fan of POV type novels, but this one really impressed me. The characters were likable, enthralling, and intense.
Johnny is the ultimate alpha male; commanding attention and ultra bad ass. Juliette was the perfect heroine with a sexy/nerdy vibe, which of course, made her very interesting.
There were many things that made me chuckle, and a few that made me sweat with need. Johnny really knows how to make a woman walk the line, in a good way.
Juliette has to bring her “A” game with Johnny, since he is a force to be reckoned with on many levels. That’s what made me so engrossed with this read; the surprising mystery and heated/intense relationship between the two characters kept you addicted.
The author did amazing writing this one! You never know if Johnny and Juliette will end up on the same side. You want them to. I was in awe simply because, until the last page, you were trying to figure out how the plot ends, but it only thickens! Get ready everyone, this is a slippery ride!
Juliette did not always have it all; the glitz and glam. She has become a workaholic and will do anything to make sure no one stands in her way! Will Johnny melt the ice around her heart?
There was a twist in this book that added a little mystery. Both Johnny and Juliette worked together perfectly to try and figure out a divorce scandal. This ends up revealing some complications that Johnny had a hard time dealing with.
This read was intense and can be read as a stand alone, if you so choose. I couldn’t put it down once I started in; kept me on the edge of my seat, trying to figure out what will happen next, thanks to the mystery twist!
Johnny trained himself how to not get too involved and turning off his emotions on demand. Can Juliette show him there’s more to life than meaningless relationships?
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