Jamie K. Schmidt told a nice love story with a twist. I always enjoy reading a story that has a moral to it and not just steamy, hot sex. Which, by the way, Hard Cover has both. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures
He can read her like a book. But will he give her a happy ending?
Dawn: I’d do anything to keep my bookstore. It’s a safe place for all women, somewhere to let their freak flags fly. I call it sex-positive. The menfolk call it smut. That’s how I met Rory Parker, the local billionaire trying to shut me down on behalf of the “moral majority.” He walked in with an offer I couldn’t refuse . . . except I did. Now Rory wants to play dirty. Well, he picked the wrong bookseller. Let’s see how much support he still has after people get a load of the little movie I recorded of the two of us going at it like wild animals in my shop.
Rory: I couldn’t care less how Dawn Nolan makes her money. The only thing I care about is how much she’s making. Her bookstore isn’t the kind of upscale attraction my investors want in this sleepy little tourist trap, so it’s got to go. But when Dawn personally finds out how I treat bad girls who misbehave, she seems to enjoy it as much as I do. Now I just need to destroy the copies of that video she’s threatening to post—as soon as I stop watching it. The trouble is, when I’m with her, all I want to do is get started on the sequel.
It took a while for me to really get into Hard Cover. It didn’t enthrall me as much as Stud did, but it was a good book. And again, Jamie K. Schmidt tackled another tough subject, brought to light just what drugs can do to a person and how it affects those around them.
Well, Rory came off as one snooty son-of-a-bitch. He got what he wanted, when he wanted it and would pay whatever he needed to get it. It usually worked on everyone. Not Dawn. There is something about this feisty, multi-colored hair woman that
Dawn had a huge chip in her shoulder, was stubborn, out-spoken and believed in standing on her own two feet. No help from her uptight father, no help from anyone and she refuses to sell out for any amount of money. But, she will agree to dirty sex with the man who is trying to shut down Tantric Books. Of course, he doesn’t know that he’s being filmed.
As Rory pulls out all the stops to get Dawn to sell and Dawn digs in, they find out they have a lot more in common than a bed. Rory starts helping Dawn see the potential in her business with some upgrades. Dawn starts seeing the vulnerable and generous side of Rory. Together, they start getting through to his once comatose sister, find ways to make her business fit the new look of the town and possibly run the bad guy out of town. Until tragedy strikes, and truths come out.
I loved the ending of this story. Rory really won my heart. And, the Epilogue was the best. But, like I said, I did have some problems with the story, including the part of the ending. Dawn ran hot and cold throughout the story and sometimes really frustrated me. What was supposed to be cute banter between the two of them was more like them trading barbs … other times it was laugh out loud funny. But, all in all, I truly enjoyed Hard Cover and look forward to reading more of Ms. Schmidt. Her books always seem to have a deeper meaning, an underlying story that needs to be told. I really appreciate an author with a conscience and a need to help people understand some of the problems that are in our world. It’s refreshing to read a good love story with a moral to it.