Review: The Perfect Stroke (Lucas Brothers #1) by Jordan Marie

September 12, 2016 2016 Review Challenge, 4 Stars, Book Review, contemporary, ebook, Erotic Romance, Kindle Unlimited 2016, prickly pear heroine, Romance, Romantic Comedy, self published, series, spunky spitfire heroine, Unlimited 1 ★★★★

Review: The Perfect Stroke (Lucas Brothers #1) by Jordan Marie four-stars
The Perfect Stroke by Jordan Marie
Series: Lucas Brothers #1
Published by Self-Published on July 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 475
Format: eBook
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This bad boy wants to show her his rock-hard nine-iron...and his smooth stroke.

C.C.

Gray Lucas is a bad boy, on and off the green.
As golf's new media darling, his face is plastered on the front of every tabloid in the country.
His exploits are legendary--one of which is me.
We had a one-night-stand, before I knew who he was. It was passionate, wild and exhilarating.
I should forget him. The guy is everything I can't stand – arrogant, entitled, and privileged.
Then he walks into my garage, looking better than I remember, his eyes tempting me with wicked promises.
But I'm not about to let a player like him into my bed again.
Not even if I can't stop thinking about the taste of his lips, his magic fingers, or other parts of his anatomy.

Gray
I work hard. I play harder.
Until my playing causes me to lose my main sponsor months before I’m set to win the biggest tournament of my career.
Now I'm stuck in the middle of nowhere, Kentucky. I need the sponsorship Riverton Metals can provide.
The problem is, my head isn't in the game. I can't stop thinking about the luscious redhead that I only know as CC. We had a one night stand – the best night of my life – but she bolted before I could even get her name.
Imagine my surprise when my car breaks down and the grease monkey under the hood is my dream woman.
She didn't know who I was then, but now that she does, she wants nothing to do with me and my player ways.
She thinks she can resist me.
But I'm about to show her that this player doesn't lose...and that my nine “inch”-iron can deliver the perfect stroke.

WARNING

Don't go looking for golf in this book...but you may spot a birdie or two

I really enjoyed The Perfect Stroke! I’ve been hitting Kindle Unlimited pretty hard lately – I really want to get more out of it than endless Alexa Riley books (I think I’ve decided that AR is like Pokémon – “gotta read them all” LOL).

Most of the stuff I’ve been pulling out of KU has been…slush pile quality at best. But The Perfect Stroke gave me exactly what I expected to get: a Romantic Comedy. YES! I seriously enjoyed The Perfect Stroke – had no interest in putting it down and I finished in pretty much in one bite.

I have to admit that I LOVED the heroine, CC, while I was just digging the hero, Grey. CC – Claudia/Claude for short – is amazing. She’s self-aware without any of the crap self-esteem issues you get so often in Romance. I love that CC is a mechanic and I LOVED her response(s) to Grey and his being a Golf-Pro:

[Gray] “I play golf,” I tell her, nervously waiting to see what her reaction will be.
[CC] “Golf?”
“Yeah,” I say, wincing at her disbelief.
“Like… weird-hats-crazy-pants-ugly-shirts golf?”
“I don’t wear clothes like that, but yeah.”
“But you don’t look like you’re eighty!”
“What? I’m not. What are you—?”
“Oh my God! I had sex with a grandpa! How old are you? I mean, I knew you were older, but Jesus!”
“I am not old! What are you going on about? I’m thirty-five, for God’s sake. You know, not only old men play golf.”
“I know.”
“Well, there you go.”
“I’ve been miniature-golfing before. Little kids eat that up, but seriously, dude. We’re talking regular golf here, right? Where you hit those little balls with sticks and try to knock them in a hole?”
“It’s a little more complicated than that. And there was once a twelve-year-old who played in a tournament, I’ll have you know.”
“Golf,” she says again reproachfully.
“What is your problem now?”
“Well, I mean, if I was gonna have a one-night stand with a pro athlete, I’d much rather it was football or basketball… something. I mean, at least then I could brag a little. I can’t here.”
“Why the fuck can’t you?” I ask her, getting annoying and forgetting the fact that I don’t really want a woman to fuck me just so she can brag.
“The first thing they would ask me is if you smelled like muscle rub!”
“What? Jesus!”
“I mean, I never noticed you smelling like the stuff but now that I think about it, you did have to-”
-Location 738-754

I did love Grey’s family and the slapdown that Grey’s mom gives – Screw it. I loved Ida Sue something awful. She’s rating up there with some of the best book moms around. 😉 BUT I did not enjoy the side story with the Rivertons/Cammie. In fact, while I HUGELY appreciated that The Perfect Stroke had the most inoffensive – not-love triangle, ever – the whole situation with Cammie Riverton and her father was just…a bit much. While I can sorta see it happening…they were more cartoony than the entire rest of the book. Although that smack down by Ida Sue was something pretty to behold. I love a good smack down. Somebody should have sprinkled her hands with baby powder first, lol.

The writing is pretty solid although some editing is needed. I do recommend this one! And I will read the rest of the books in the series (when they are released).

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