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Rooke by Callie Hart

Rooke Book Cover Rooke
Callie Hart
Fiction, Dark Romance
March 14th 2017

Watchmaker. Car thief. Heartbreaker extraordinaire.

Rooke Blackheath has spent enough time in juvie to know that he really doesn’t want to go to jail. The food sucks, the clothes itch, and there are absolutely no women in sight. Well…none he wants to fuck, anyway.

He should probably stop boosting cars, but the money is stellar and the high is out of this world. And why should he turn his back on something that sets his soul on fire anyway?

The answer to that question comes in an unexpected form: a petite five-foot-three firecracker named Sasha who refuses to give him the time of day no matter how thick he lays on the charm.

Rooke’s not easily deterred, though. Just like the watches he builds from scratch, Rooke knows all too well how women tick. Women are a game to him. A game he always wins.

Sasha doesn’t stand a chance.

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Sasha Cross’s life has been permanently derailed since her son died five years ago. You wouldn’t know it to look at her, of course. She has a great job, a beautiful house, and caring friends. Every week, she hosts a book club featuring the sexiest, most romantic stories on the planet, and every week she falls for a new fictional knight in shining armor.

Fictional men are perfect, though. They don’t hurt you. They don’t break your heart. They don’t cheat on you after your child dies, and they rarely ever leave the toilet seat up.

When Rooke Blackheath shows up at Sasha's workplace, it’s clear he’s nothing like the men who grace the pages of Sasha's favorite books. Dangerous, arrogant, sharp-tongued and sarcastic, Rooke’s not the kind of guy she needs in her life. Not to mention the fact that he’s eleven years her junior.

They don’t live in different worlds. As far as Sasha is concerned, Rooke lives in a different galaxy altogether. She’d like to keep it that way, but fate appears to have other plans.

When Cinderella lost her shoe, Prince Charming showed up at her door.

When Sasha Cross loses her book, an entirely different kind of rogue comes a-knocking.

ARIANNA’s review

While ‘Rooke’ was different from what I had expected, I really enjoyed it. It’s raw, intense, steamy and, overall, fantastically written. Callie’s writing is flawless and I was immersed in the story from the very beginning. The story is gripping, the characters are intriguing and the plot really surprised me. What I really like about this author is how versatile she is. This was my third book by her and she continues to impress me with her fresh stories and vivid characters.

“I’m drawn to that hollow look in her eyes. I’m drawn to the sadness of her. I’m attracted to the dark ache in her soul.”

Sasha is a woman in her thirties who has a great job as a curator at a museum. She’s good at what she does for a living and has a fantastic group of friends. She has her books and her book club who makes her forget about her tragic past. Five years ago, Sasha lost her son in a car accident and still feels guilty that she survived while her son did not. She feels like a failure for not being able to -somehow- save him. Sasha’s life changed irrevocably after the tragedy and, after divorcing her husband, she is keeping to herself.  In the past five years, Sasha hasn’t been spending time with any guys at all. In these five years, she tried to avoid not only men, but (almost) anyone who tried to have any kind of relationship with her.

“He’s carved out of stone. When you look at him, there’s no real visible softness to him. He’s a hard man to study without feeling a faint glimmer of panic sparking in your gut.”

Rooke is a twenty-three years old bad boy who, after spending some time in juvie,  has no desire to go back to jail. However, he still continues to steal cars. He loves the adrenaline and the money, so, of course, he doesn’t want to stop. Rooke is mature for his age, he’s good at fixing mechanical things and he’s even better at reading people.

From the moment Rooke -literally- runs into Sasha, he’s intrigued by her. He doesn’t know what exactly makes her special, but he wants to find out. Sasha is taken aback by Rooke’s dark, mysterious vibe and by his brazenness from the very first moment she meets him.

“We’re only going to do this once,” he says. “So really think for a second, Sasha. I’m going to kiss you. If you don’t want my mouth on yours, my body against yours, then say so now and I will never call you again. But if you do want this, if the prospect of my hands in your hair and my tongue in your mouth makes your heart beat a little faster, then all this other bullshit has got to stop.   Do you hear me? Do you understand?”

I really enjoyed Callie’s newest release! ‘Rooke’ is gritty, twisted, emotional, hot and managed to surprised me in a very good way. Filled with suspense and steam, Rooke and Sasha’s story captivated me from the very beginning. I was a little worried about the age difference between the two main characters, but Callie did a wonderful job with this aspect, mainly because of wonderful portrayal of Rooke’s character. The story-line is really intriguing. While I didn’t expect all the danger and suspense, I enjoyed how the story unfolded.

I loved Sasha. She’s a strong woman I really sympathize with. She’s a fighter, a survivor and my heart broke for her at times. Rooke is awesome…like really awesome! I loved his portrayal. He’s sexy, dark, mysterious, confident and clever. He knows what he wants and goes for it and he loves to have control. I loved the sexy way he controlled Sasha. I loved his honesty about his past. He never pretended to be someone else. He is who is he – a bossy, possessive criminal. I also loved the way he is with Sasha, how slowly he gets her out of her shell, how he tries to make her believe in him and believe in what they have together. He is sweet, caring, protective and I loved the hell out of him.

“We do not work on paper. In real life, our lives have slotted together so perfectly that I can hardly seem to remember what being without him was like.”

These two are great together. I liked how the romance aspect was done and I absolutely adored the connection between the two main characters. I truly felt from the beginning they are good for each other. Therefore, the sex scenes are extremely hot, passionate and also a little dirty, which, personally, I loved.

All in all, ‘Rooke’ is a great, fast paced, well written story filled with action, suspense and plenty of steam, with a nice developed plot and two engaging main characters.

“The love between us is fire and ice. It’s loss, and it’s redemption. It’s pain, and it’s comfort. It is everything.”

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