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Survivalist Russ Donovan is known on TV as the “Wildest Man In The World.” The last thing this headstrong Aries guy needs is to be wrangled into a cross-promotional TV special with a popular homemaker—even a sexy little thing like Susannah Stone. Besides, the Adirondacks in the dead of winter is no place for amateurs...especially a stubborn homemaker who's determined to sh Survivalist Russ Donovan is known on TV as the “Wildest Man In The World.” The last thing this headstrong Aries guy needs is to be wrangled into a cross-promotional TV special with a popular homemaker—even a sexy little thing like Susannah Stone. Besides, the Adirondacks in the dead of winter is no place for amateurs...especially a stubborn homemaker who's determined to show him up every chance she gets. Susannah's a working single mom who knows plenty about roughing it. She can take anything this mountain man dishes out. Now Russ and Susannah are taking their competitive rivalry to new levels, and not even the canned beef stew is safe. Then Russ and Susannah's on-camera sparks turn into a sizzling off-camera romance, and their two conflicting worlds collide. Sure, major differences can turn chemistry red-hot...they also make compromise nearly impossible.


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Survivalist Russ Donovan is known on TV as the “Wildest Man In The World.” The last thing this headstrong Aries guy needs is to be wrangled into a cross-promotional TV special with a popular homemaker—even a sexy little thing like Susannah Stone. Besides, the Adirondacks in the dead of winter is no place for amateurs...especially a stubborn homemaker who's determined to sh Survivalist Russ Donovan is known on TV as the “Wildest Man In The World.” The last thing this headstrong Aries guy needs is to be wrangled into a cross-promotional TV special with a popular homemaker—even a sexy little thing like Susannah Stone. Besides, the Adirondacks in the dead of winter is no place for amateurs...especially a stubborn homemaker who's determined to show him up every chance she gets. Susannah's a working single mom who knows plenty about roughing it. She can take anything this mountain man dishes out. Now Russ and Susannah are taking their competitive rivalry to new levels, and not even the canned beef stew is safe. Then Russ and Susannah's on-camera sparks turn into a sizzling off-camera romance, and their two conflicting worlds collide. Sure, major differences can turn chemistry red-hot...they also make compromise nearly impossible.

30 review for Impulse Control

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange of honest review [image error] We all know the saying opposites attracts well this couldn't be more true in Amanda Usen's Impulse Control. A survivalist and a homemaker!! Couldn't get more opposite than that. The only thing that is heating up in the kitchen is when these two total opposites finally lose control and let their desires and feelings takeover. So when Russ and Susannah are forced to do a reality TV show that integrates their talents ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange of honest review [image error] We all know the saying opposites attracts well this couldn't be more true in Amanda Usen's Impulse Control. A survivalist and a homemaker!! Couldn't get more opposite than that. The only thing that is heating up in the kitchen is when these two total opposites finally lose control and let their desires and feelings takeover. So when Russ and Susannah are forced to do a reality TV show that integrates their talents and skills, things begins to ignite when these two stubborn adults find out that maybe opposites do really attract and they are wild for each other. Can this Wild Man find his own Wild Woman? Can this single mom take the biggest dare of her life... to get wild and lose control? Impulse Control by Amanda Usen was an enjoyable and sizzling read. Russ Donovan may be known as the Wild Man for his survivalist instincts and TV show, but that man can make any woman wild for his love. But luckily for him, this wild man found a woman who is equally wild. Together they embark on the biggest challenge. The dare to love. I loved how we are allowed to see two different perspectives of two adults bearing each other's vulnerabilities, flaws, fears, and the past that continues to haunt them. This book was more than about romance since its about letting go, taking risks, opening up your heart to love and taking that adventure. So if you are looking for a book that will touch your heart and heat up those kindles, then go read Impulse Control by Amanda Usen. Amanda Usen Review can also be found on Four Chicks Flipping Pages: http://fourchicksflippingpages.weebly... [image error]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janell Sutherland

    This is a romance made for television. Russ Donovan is the star of a show called Wild Man, where he goes out in the wild and does dangerous things. He’s living! And surviving! Susannah Stone is a Martha Stewart-in-the-making, only more relatable, because she’s not always perfect. She’s just gotten through a divorce and has a 14-month-old, and she doesn’t have time for anything. Enter the network. Their boss tells them to combine their shows for a ratings bump…or else. Neither one is interested; R This is a romance made for television. Russ Donovan is the star of a show called Wild Man, where he goes out in the wild and does dangerous things. He’s living! And surviving! Susannah Stone is a Martha Stewart-in-the-making, only more relatable, because she’s not always perfect. She’s just gotten through a divorce and has a 14-month-old, and she doesn’t have time for anything. Enter the network. Their boss tells them to combine their shows for a ratings bump…or else. Neither one is interested; Russ doesn’t want to waste his time on a pink princess, and Susannah has a kid and doesn’t have time, remember? But there’s some subtle bribery going on, and soon enough, Susannah’s preparing to snowshoe up a mountain with Russ. Susannah is insecure about a lot of things. Her post-baby body, for one, and her bedroom skills, for another. Her ex-husband really did a number on her self esteem. The problem is, Russ looks a lot like her ex. So she’s attracted to him, but figures he’s the worst thing ever, and she keeps her distance. Russ is driven by the memory of his dead brother. He’s secure in his survival skills, but he’s really, really distracted by the sight of Susannah in her snow pants. He even points out the bulge in his pants to the cameraman. When they share a tent for the night (Russ and Susannah, not Russ and the cameraman), he doesn’t hide his attraction. Susannah doesn’t believe him for a second, of course, but she does let Russ try to convince her that she’s attractive and sexually responsive. They share a sleeping bag for two nights, and it must be the world’s biggest sleeping bag because, dude. The hardest part about sleeping in a sleeping bag is the size, because you can’t bend your knees and you can barely roll over. (The second-hardest part about sleeping in a sleeping bag is the sound of the nylon fabric rubbing against the sleeping pad as you try to roll over without falling off the pad. The third-hardest part is everything else. Everything is the worst in a sleeping bag.) Somehow Russ and Susannah get up to some kissing and groping without cutting off their circulation or elbowing each other in the face. The flip side of the show has Russ cooking dinner at Susannah’s house, but, come on. How hard is that? I wish she’d had him fold a fitted sheet. Russ did did get to play with the plot moppet — I mean Susannah’s son — and change a diaper, but he wasn’t nearly as challenged as Susannah was. This is a romance novel, not an actual tv show. I had to remind myself of that several times, mainly when Russ was hanging out at Susannah’s house. Who films in their actual house? And lets strangers bond with their actual child on camera? And why didn’t anyone tell Susannah to hand Russ a fitted sheet? Overall, I’d say this was a cute, occasionally spicy book. Russ seemed to choose Susannah because his manly bits were always on alert around her. He had other thoughts about her, but mostly he thought with his other head. Susannah chose Russ because he boosted her self esteem and liked her kid and was good in bed. What’s not to like about that? Their romance was quick, condensed into the filming of a few tv shows, but the ending hit some emotional spots and I actually believed it. Rating: C+ This review originally posted on Red Hot Books at: http://redhotbooks.com/2015/01/review... Review copy provided by the publisher

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    This opposites attract contemporary romance is the story of Russ and Susie, two TV personalities who have vastly different shows. Russ headlines an outdoor wilderness adventure program, while Susie has a lifestyle show dealing with all things domestic. Ostensibly to improve Susie's show ratings, their boss has decided to have each of them crossover to the other's program. Despite their differences in approaches to life, there is an instant chemistry between them that is only heightened by their This opposites attract contemporary romance is the story of Russ and Susie, two TV personalities who have vastly different shows. Russ headlines an outdoor wilderness adventure program, while Susie has a lifestyle show dealing with all things domestic. Ostensibly to improve Susie's show ratings, their boss has decided to have each of them crossover to the other's program. Despite their differences in approaches to life, there is an instant chemistry between them that is only heightened by their close quarters. But can single mother Susie convince Russ that home is where the heart is? I loved this story! Russ and Susie were both really fun, down to earth characters. Russ is the charming playboy, ready to take on any dare and thriving in his adventurous life - or so it seems on the surface. When confronted with Susie and her infant son, domesticated life extraordinaire, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to the idea of hearth and home, a scary proposition for him when all he's ever wanted was to push himself higher and farther in memory of his deceased brother. Susie is trying to balance her career and single motherhood after having been through a failed marriage. I really liked how her character became more adventurous and self confident as the story progressed and she was put into situations she would never have picked for herself. Equally I enjoyed how Russ dealt with things that were outside of his element, putting on his game face and making the best of situations. The sexual tension between them is high from the beginning of the story, leading to several steamy love scenes as they fight their attraction to each other. There were a lot of funny and entertaining scenes in this story as well as some emotional moments as Russ comes to grips with what he wants for his life and Susie goes after what she wants too. 5 stars for this delightful read! Note: a copy of this story was provided by the publisher for review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emily (Mrs B's Books)

    **My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review** Both Russ Donovan and Susannah Stone are big TV personalities who have been told by their TV station that they are being thrown together to make a new programme where each will be put in the others environment to see how they cope. Neither expect much from the other, however the chemistry between them sizzles. Susannah is also a mum to a toddler and has come out of a marriage feeling ver **My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review** Both Russ Donovan and Susannah Stone are big TV personalities who have been told by their TV station that they are being thrown together to make a new programme where each will be put in the others environment to see how they cope. Neither expect much from the other, however the chemistry between them sizzles. Susannah is also a mum to a toddler and has come out of a marriage feeling very low about herself, but refuses to let the world see her as anything other than a survivor. She makes the best out of everything, even if it means pushing her physical boundaries a little too far. Susannah does not want to seem weak and Russ's complete opinion about her changes over the weekend, as does Susannah's about Russ. The media attention gets in the way and they spend time apart until the next segment has to be filmed in her home, where Susannah tries him in the domesticated setting. Russ shows a soft sweet side to himself along with some passion. With a past that he can't let go of, Russ bails only to find that Susannah and her son occupy his mind constantly until he can no longer stand being apart any longer. A sweet yet fast read with a few naughty sections to ramp up the heat.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I don't even know where to start with this review...yes, I do. Buy this book! Seriously sexy, with a fantastic storyline and really dynamic characters! I'm such a fan of Amanda Usen's storytelling. I found myself laughing out loud several times, but was also moved to tears by this emotional romance. The dialogue between Susannah and Donovan was so genuine. Equal parts candid, flirty, and amusing. As for the seductive chemisty between this couple-it was off the charts HOT! Definitely a story to r I don't even know where to start with this review...yes, I do. Buy this book! Seriously sexy, with a fantastic storyline and really dynamic characters! I'm such a fan of Amanda Usen's storytelling. I found myself laughing out loud several times, but was also moved to tears by this emotional romance. The dialogue between Susannah and Donovan was so genuine. Equal parts candid, flirty, and amusing. As for the seductive chemisty between this couple-it was off the charts HOT! Definitely a story to read if you need to warm up this winter. To say that Donovan is smolderingly sexy, just doesn't do the character justice. Some of my favorite lines: "I've got hard covered, sweetheart. I like soft." "Because you seem to have some serious misapprehensions about what men find attractive, and I dare you to let me set you straight." Yeah...sexy just doesn't cover it at all. I dare you to read this book and not love it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    This book ended up being a pleasant surprise. It wasn't an earth-shattering, life-changing read, but it was a cute little story that I ended up liking more than I thought I would. The MCs are TV hosts that get forced by their station to team up for some joint episodes. During the first one, Donovan takes Susie hiking for two days. Overnight in the tent, they act on their attractions to each other, with no plans to continue when they return to the "real world". Unfortunately, some of their persona This book ended up being a pleasant surprise. It wasn't an earth-shattering, life-changing read, but it was a cute little story that I ended up liking more than I thought I would. The MCs are TV hosts that get forced by their station to team up for some joint episodes. During the first one, Donovan takes Susie hiking for two days. Overnight in the tent, they act on their attractions to each other, with no plans to continue when they return to the "real world". Unfortunately, some of their personal conversations get leaked, and they have to fake a relationship via socialmedia. Obviously, they both secretly really want the relationship to continue. The book is full of typical romance clichés, but there are some gems in it. Honestly, my favorite part of the book is when Susie's ex comes over and they discuss why their relationship ended. In the scene, Susie makes him a cup of coffee and then complains when he doesn't say 'thank you'. He responds that he didn't ask for the coffee, and they go on to discuss how she never listened to what he wanted in the relationship. I really love how this was added. So many romances fall back on ex-bashing to make the hero more likeable (and up until this point, there was actually a lot of ex-bashing in this book, too), but this scene made everything feel more real because it usually isn't one person's fault that a relationship ends. However, besides the ridiculous 'I Love You's at the end of the book after the MCs have only spent like 5 days together total, the thing that really spoiled this for a higher rating from me was the stupid I-must-be-bad-in-bed-and-hate-sex-because-my-ex-and-I-were-not-compatible troupe. That shit barely works in a regency novel where the women are married off shortly after puberty and no one but prostitutes seem able to talk about sex. In a contemporary novel, where women have access to the Internet and girlfriends to talk to...

  7. 5 out of 5

    CassandraG

    Russ Donovan and Susannah Stone made quite the interesting couple once they managed to hook up and be civilized and refrained from killing one another. Russ was a reality TV survivalist and the son from a wealthy family who was fighting with his demons since the loss of someone very close to him. Susannah was an up and coming reality TV star herself, but she was more at home in the kitchen than on a mountain. They each had reservations about the other. Each had their own secrets and support syst Russ Donovan and Susannah Stone made quite the interesting couple once they managed to hook up and be civilized and refrained from killing one another. Russ was a reality TV survivalist and the son from a wealthy family who was fighting with his demons since the loss of someone very close to him. Susannah was an up and coming reality TV star herself, but she was more at home in the kitchen than on a mountain. They each had reservations about the other. Each had their own secrets and support systems. Russ’s family would also tell him he’s an idiot, when the circumstances call for it and Berman to. He just might deserve his own story to, devious sly devil that he is. And she had her adorable son Billy and a few people to help her out and on the rare occasion would get to see her ex. It was a fast read and a good story with very likeable characters. So if you get a chance to pick up a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    I love this author and I definitely loved this book! It's a great opposites attract story and I was thoroughly entertained by it. When two reality TV show stars are paired up for a new show neither can say no to, the hilarity begins and the sparks fly. Total opposites, Russ and Susannah are out to prove the other can't cut it when put to the test. Great story concept and one you definitely don't want to miss, I highly recommend it. I love this author and I definitely loved this book! It's a great opposites attract story and I was thoroughly entertained by it. When two reality TV show stars are paired up for a new show neither can say no to, the hilarity begins and the sparks fly. Total opposites, Russ and Susannah are out to prove the other can't cut it when put to the test. Great story concept and one you definitely don't want to miss, I highly recommend it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather in FL

    This was really cute. Gotta love opposites attract. If I'm being honest, her lack of self esteem started to bug me, but at the same time, I understand where it came from. And I also got his need to constantly be on the move. I loved that neither one of them backed down from a challenge and they both readily recognized when the other was doing well outside their respective elements. Overall cute story. This was really cute. Gotta love opposites attract. If I'm being honest, her lack of self esteem started to bug me, but at the same time, I understand where it came from. And I also got his need to constantly be on the move. I loved that neither one of them backed down from a challenge and they both readily recognized when the other was doing well outside their respective elements. Overall cute story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Penelope

    I was delighted with Impulse Control, a quick reading enemies to lovers novel. I purchased Impulse Control not having read any previous Amanda Usen novels because the premise of this story interested me. I love action adventure romances and settings where the 2 main characters are “lost in the wilderness and must join forces to survive.” Russ Donovan, MMC is a retired military and special forces man who fell into a television career and notoriety through a program known as In the Wild. In the Wi I was delighted with Impulse Control, a quick reading enemies to lovers novel. I purchased Impulse Control not having read any previous Amanda Usen novels because the premise of this story interested me. I love action adventure romances and settings where the 2 main characters are “lost in the wilderness and must join forces to survive.” Russ Donovan, MMC is a retired military and special forces man who fell into a television career and notoriety through a program known as In the Wild. In the Wild features Russ in situations where he takes on nature full throttle - climbing mountains, running raging rapids, swimming/diving with sharks, exploring places not seen previously - each adventure recorded with a film crew and a network’s backing. Continuous success allows Russ to create his own production company and he fine-tunes his focused and determined drive filming and experiencing the challenges nature offers. In Impulse Control, the producer and family friend who offered Russ his first opportunity in television convinces him to complete a short 2-segment project titled At Home in the Wild with the networks currently highest rating television host and single-mom Susannah Stone, FMC. Susannah is popular for her program aptly named At Home which is a comfortable home cooking and DIY production showing viewers anyone can be successful in the home. In At Home In the Wild, Russ and Susannah each take a turn introducing the other the to the pitfalls and hidden joys of their specialty allowing space for both to examine past mistakes in their lives, learn from them, and move forward. I found Impulse Control a delightful read. This wasn’t a gritty, nail biting, death-defying thriller but rather an enjoyable sweet story with a sexy hero and a strong woman both successful in their fields, scarred a bit by their pasts wondering if life might offer something more. The action-adventure element in Impulse Control wasn’t predominant but rather woven around Russ’s personality. I recommend Impulse Control to readers who enjoy quick reading contemporary romances with strong, mature (behavior more than age) characters; the enemies to lovers trope; outdoor settings or cooking in their novels; and/or HEAs. There is a toddler in this story for those who also love babies. Impulse Control is a standalone novel in a series of books by 12 different authors. After finishing Impulse Control I scrolled through the other titles and picked up one of the others as well. Reader Cautions - not a Clean read Violence - none. Profanity - yes. Occasional. Not frequent. Sexual situations - yes. Sexual banter and on-scene sexual intimacy develops in the latter half of this novel. I found it a natural development of their attraction toward each other, but it does cover a chapter and more. (Perhaps a 3.5 on a Sweet to Very Steamy 0 to 5 scale). Not recommended for young readers or those who would be offended by the aforementioned.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ayekah

    Reading this reminds me why I love Amanda Usen so much. What a great read, filled with snappy dialogue, the perfect tension between these two characters and the perfect amount of sizzle! Checks all the boxes. When two TV reality show stars are called in to the network offices for a meeting, they're about to get the shock of their totally opposite lives. Russ Donovan is the Wild Man, known for his risky adventures and absolute screen appeal, Susannah Stone is a recently divorced mother to a 14 mon Reading this reminds me why I love Amanda Usen so much. What a great read, filled with snappy dialogue, the perfect tension between these two characters and the perfect amount of sizzle! Checks all the boxes. When two TV reality show stars are called in to the network offices for a meeting, they're about to get the shock of their totally opposite lives. Russ Donovan is the Wild Man, known for his risky adventures and absolute screen appeal, Susannah Stone is a recently divorced mother to a 14 month old with a Martha Stewart-is type theme, but she really appeals to the masses of stay at home Moms. Russ is a driven risk taker, Susie as he calls her, is a planner and keeps her life as tidy and tight as possible. The networks have decided for ratings of both shows to pair the two up, Susie out in the wilds with Russ and Russ at home with Susannah. Neither are happy, but with the threats hanging over their heads decide to make a go of it. Both decide to make the other a little miserable in their own environments. Each make assumptions about the other. The chemistry was superb. As the story unfolds they start to let their guard down with each other. Who needs a campfire with all the heat coming from their tent! Susie's ex really did a job on her self esteem, insecure about her body image along with multitude of other things, Russ does wonders for her confidence. He opens up about why he has chosen this lifestyle after losing his brother. When the arena's switch and Susie has Russ in her home with her teething 14 month old we see a different side of Russ, the more domestic side. Susie still plots to trip him up now and then, but he's a quick learner. He also has a knack with that sweet little toddler. Russ vows to never settle down, can these two get to the end of this collective show challenge and mesh their personal lives? Read this book, great plot, stellar writing and witty dialogue with some smoking steam make this book a winner and an easy 5 stars from me. *this is book one in the Zodiac series, all stand alone, written by different authors. I highly recommend this book and the whole series. arc from Entangled publishing for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ty Morgan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I did like the concept. I’m starting to like reality tv shows/contests. Russ Donovan is a great Wild Man who was able to find his Wild Woman - quite hot in fact, had me wishing for my own Wild Man lol. Absolutely loved Billy with all my heart!! With time I could see Sussanah and Russ being great couple, but I deem to class them as a good one for now, as I felt I didn’t have another time to connect with each of them like I would have wanted to. I felt the book was pretty short (not surprising as it i I did like the concept. I’m starting to like reality tv shows/contests. Russ Donovan is a great Wild Man who was able to find his Wild Woman - quite hot in fact, had me wishing for my own Wild Man lol. Absolutely loved Billy with all my heart!! With time I could see Sussanah and Russ being great couple, but I deem to class them as a good one for now, as I felt I didn’t have another time to connect with each of them like I would have wanted to. I felt the book was pretty short (not surprising as it is meant to be like 295 words) the part between the hero and the heroine falling out and then making up was too quick for me. And the epilogue I would have liked further into the future, not just one month inside if their relationship.

  13. 5 out of 5

    E.B. Rose

    Characters you will care I've been leaving a lot of books unfinished lately. I'm finding myself getting to the 50% mark and realizing I don't care about the characters - not this book. Susannah and Russ were so loveable, I couldn't stop reading until I made sure they got the ending they deserved. Characters you will care I've been leaving a lot of books unfinished lately. I'm finding myself getting to the 50% mark and realizing I don't care about the characters - not this book. Susannah and Russ were so loveable, I couldn't stop reading until I made sure they got the ending they deserved.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carole Jarosz

    Impressive This book had me hooked all the way through it. Loved the characters even those with little parts. Loved the teasing and the strong feelings. Will look for more stories like this.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jon C. Hooper

    Just Had to Be You know the conclusion early on but reading how that get there is fun. You get to find out what drives them and why they are like they are . Each surprised the other and that the fun part of the story. You will enjoy this book

  16. 4 out of 5

    WTF Are You Reading?

    It is not often that I sit down to write a review with a tear stained face and a happy heart. But after just having finished Amanda Usen's Impulse Control, I am more than happy to report that this wonderfully hopeful and heartfelt read has indeed transformed me into quite the blubbering mess. The reason? It's all in the story. Susannah Stone is a women who seems to have it all. 1. A top rated how-to show that rivals Martha Stewart. 2. A beautiful home. 3. Financial security. 4. Great friends. 5. Beauty It is not often that I sit down to write a review with a tear stained face and a happy heart. But after just having finished Amanda Usen's Impulse Control, I am more than happy to report that this wonderfully hopeful and heartfelt read has indeed transformed me into quite the blubbering mess. The reason? It's all in the story. Susannah Stone is a women who seems to have it all. 1. A top rated how-to show that rivals Martha Stewart. 2. A beautiful home. 3. Financial security. 4. Great friends. 5. Beauty 6. An awesome 14-month old son. 7. Stellar intelligence. But... All Susannah can see is: 1. The stretchmarks that have transformed her body into a road map of motherhood. 2. The raised contours of the 6-inch Cesarean Section scar that has forever changed the landscape of her once pristine bikini line. 3. The "still there" baby weight that makes her just a little too soft in places. 4. The time that her demanding work schedule takes way from her son. 5. The fact that she was never, and will never be the woman that her now ex-husband wants. 6. Her fear of life, love, taking risks, and being hurt. Then she meets him. Russ "The Wild Man" Donavon, the star of an Emmy-award winning adventure show, world traveler extraordinaire, and a man who lives a life seemingly predicated upon chasing that next big risk. When these two are thrown together for a show that combines his love for outdoor adventure with her domestic savvy; the on-camera chemistry is ratings gold. What neither she nor he could have ever anticipated however, is that the lingering glances, furtive touches, and snarky banter that they share are all just a precursor to a much deeper and more primal bond. Susannah's story is the story of many single mothers, (myself included) who have survived relationships that have left them a little worse for wear, and very wary of matters of love and sex. That is not to say that she is not desirous of said entanglements; she is just not sure that she still has "the right stuff" for the job. In other words she can't see the forest for the trees. So when someone like Russ, who is wild, seemingly carefree, and oh soo HAWT comes along and wants her... First instinct...Danger Will Robinson! The magic of this story is that Russ is not trying to change or save Susannah. Truth be told, he is the one in need of the S.O.S flares and life raft. Instead, he is trying to get her to see herself for the beautiful, resilient, honest, loyal, resourceful, caring, and supremely SEXY "wild woman" that she is. Because it is only after she begins to love herself that she can even hope to come into the fullness of what true and untamed love really means. As if things couldn't get any better for readers...we get a peek inside the psyche of the man himself! That's right! This tale comes equipped with a look at things from Russ's POV! For a man who claims to be "all about the action" his thoughts are proof that still waters run mighty deep. If you are looking for a story that will stoke the embers of your passion, inspire you to be your best you, make you smile from ear to ear, and make you proud to be a phenomenal woman. Look no further than Impulse Control. You'll be glad you did!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dirty Dayna

    5 Wildman and WildWoMan Stars Okay I am going to be honest I did not see myself loving this as much as I did and yay me!! Susannah’s husband left her and her small child 15 months I believe alone and she decided she was going to teach the average American how to take care of a child, cook dinner and take care of the house in yoga pants and vomit. Her show is very popular her competitor on another network is a man named Russ and his show is basically a man Vs wild TV show where they drop him plac 5 Wildman and WildWoMan Stars Okay I am going to be honest I did not see myself loving this as much as I did and yay me!! Susannah’s husband left her and her small child 15 months I believe alone and she decided she was going to teach the average American how to take care of a child, cook dinner and take care of the house in yoga pants and vomit. Her show is very popular her competitor on another network is a man named Russ and his show is basically a man Vs wild TV show where they drop him places and he hikes very risky mountains and all in all man things. The show producer decides to merge the two shows for a few episodes to see if both parties are still successful. The show will be combine Wild Man and At home. To make at Home in the Wild. It throws both characters out of their comfort zones and every moment is filmed but what they don’t know is the sound is recorded too.. Attractions heat up when they are stuck on a mountain with a wet sleeping bag and one suitable one S: Id rather hike through hell than have you see me naked. --- His mouth left her neck so fast she felt the breeze. R: Says the woman who just had her tongue down my throat. As they fall asleep in the same sleeping bag R wakes up to being kisses by S in her sleep .. As they chuckle..and further that kiss on to some nice little O’s R is thankful he taped over the webcam so no one would know their secret ( until Russ boards the plane alone and is informed that the sound still worked on the webcam) Even tho both character are mortified they continue to follow their hearts and flirty texts and webpage tagging. And as they both try to best eachother they both realize they aren’t pretending to like eachother for tv ratings the love that has developed is more. But Russ needs to accept that his brother has died and he cant keep climbing mountains to remember his brother and he needs to start living for himself and for his family… and for the family he found along the way R: Will you marry me? S: Id rather hike through hell….then live without you. Yes!!! *entire audience swoon*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mignon Mykel

    Received a copy from NetGalley/Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Full review with excerpts and giveaway can be found on blog at: http://mnonmklreviews.blogspot.com/20... 4.5/5 stars The day after I finished reading this book, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson climbed the summit of El Capiton -- free climbing the mountain with use of ropes and hands/feet only. I saw the headlines while waiting for my (wait for it...) quad venti nonfat 3 pump mocha 2 pump peppermint with whip mocha, Received a copy from NetGalley/Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Full review with excerpts and giveaway can be found on blog at: http://mnonmklreviews.blogspot.com/20... 4.5/5 stars The day after I finished reading this book, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson climbed the summit of El Capiton -- free climbing the mountain with use of ropes and hands/feet only. I saw the headlines while waiting for my (wait for it...) quad venti nonfat 3 pump mocha 2 pump peppermint with whip mocha, before a night shift. One paper only had a picture, another had a blurb. Finally, three papers down was a full, front-page story. I had to read it... for no other reason than the story seemed like something Russ Donovan would have accomplished. Russ and Susannah really couldn't be more different... but in reality, they're pretty much the same. They both have deep insecurities, but they hide them extremely well behind their personas -- Russ being an extremist, and Susannah being little Miss Susie Homemaker. When Russ is pulled in to the old headquarters of his first show and is told they want to do a show that intermixes his with Susannah's 'at home' one, both he and Susannah want to say no. He reminds her of her ex... And she is the epitome of everything Russ doesn't want. Watching these two was entertaining. Russ's part of the show is first and while he doesn't set out to make Susannah a joke, he's fairly certain he can make a point out of her -- little housewife wouldn't (...shouldn't) know the first thing about hiking up a mountain. But Susannah, who's dealt with many humiliating years with her ex, researches and proves him wrong. Susannah's ex did a number on her. I'm sure she may have been a confident woman before Ethan made her feel less than great, but she's very much not there anymore. Understandably, as many abuse victims do, she sees Ethan in many of the things Russ does -- and when he realizes this, he does his best to squash them. ...not that he succeeds (at squashing them). And because she feels he makes a fool out of her on his part, when he comes to do the 'at home' portion, she has every intention of making a fool out of him. These two are hardheaded; they tend to think the worse of the other even when that isn't the intention. They fell for one another rather quickly, but that's the case in many romances. Some of the dialogue was too long and drawn out. It would be more believable with pauses, breaths, and moving eyes or hands, rather than one long paragraph of simply verb-age but... As a whole, I enjoyed this book. Russ, as much as he doesn't want to be, is a family man through and through, and makes a great addition to the Home of Susie.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)

    Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! Have I told you lately just how much I enjoy books where the main characters don't get along/have some sort of rivalry/are enemies before hand? It always cracks me up and puts a huge smile on my face watching two people with an obvious intense chemistry fight their feelings, and each other. Just reading that b Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! Have I told you lately just how much I enjoy books where the main characters don't get along/have some sort of rivalry/are enemies before hand? It always cracks me up and puts a huge smile on my face watching two people with an obvious intense chemistry fight their feelings, and each other. Just reading that blurb let me know that I had to read this book and I did end up enjoying the storyline a lot! The characters were fun up to a point. Susannah had zero self esteem. Okay I somewhat take that back. When it came to her show At Home and cooking and being a mom she was full of confidence so I really enjoyed her in that aspect. It's just that part of her character's thing is that in her past she was really torn down from a relationship and made to feel unworthy and a failure in basically every other area of her life. And she's one of those women who will bend and reinvent herself to please others. I can't stand women like that. I always feel like shaking them and screaming have an opinion of your own!! But once I pushed past that she really was a fun character. Watching her grow and gain confidence. Russ, well, I took issue with him as well. I loved the fact that he was very alpha male. And there have been plenty of times in which a guy who is real cocky will crack me up and make me fall for him anyway but it was too in your face with Russ. Too much of the all-the-women-from-my-past-who-screamed-my-name-never-complained for me. And yes...he did say something very similar to Susannah at one point. He's actually such a great character. Very much a Bear Grylls type of a guy, has that type of a survival reality show going on. I loved everything about him except that one thing so he still made me swoon on more than one occasion! The plot was such a fun concept and it was executed really well. I loved the idea of someone who's very Martha Stewart like having to do a merged reality show with someone very Bear Grylls like. Seeing both Russ and Susannah try to live in each other's worlds made for lots of fun moments. Not to mention the oh so steamy ones. Holy chemistry Batman. These two have got it! I'm glad I gave this one a chance, very worth it in the end! Thank you Entangled Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews I really don’t want to write this review, I want to stop right now and say go buy Impulse Control by Amanda Usen and read it and you’ll understand why I loved this book so much. Two television personalities; one who teaches survivalist skills and one who teaches home and life skills are thrown together by a network executive determined to boost ratings for one and promising to help the other with his pet charity. Two people who seem exact opp Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews I really don’t want to write this review, I want to stop right now and say go buy Impulse Control by Amanda Usen and read it and you’ll understand why I loved this book so much. Two television personalities; one who teaches survivalist skills and one who teaches home and life skills are thrown together by a network executive determined to boost ratings for one and promising to help the other with his pet charity. Two people who seem exact opposites; a man who lives for the next adrenaline rush and a woman who wants to grow her empire and raise her son but they find that adventures come in all shapes and sizes and experiencing them together is way more exciting. What I loved so much about this book is how normal Susannah Stone seems; she has a career she loves, a son she adores, an ex-husband who did a number on her self esteem and she suffers from all the insecurities that any woman suffers from when a relationship has gone horribly wrong and when she’s gone through child birth and her body is no longer the same. However, I absolutely loved her no nonsense attitude, her spirit, and her willingness to do whatever she had to in order to continue her very successful show. While it is easy to think that it will be Susannah who has all the issues in this book, that is far from the truth because Russ “Wild Man” Donovan is just better at covering his up and running away from them but he soon finds out that when the right person catches him life can be really good. I love the way they both quickly learn how special the other person is and that they admire each other for their ability to adapt and put their best foot forward. I love that Russ did everything in his power to make Susannah feel good about herself and her accomplishments and I love how Susannah and her son, Billy, made Russ see that he was more than the “wild man” he branded himself as. Add sizzling hot chemistry both in the wild and in the kitchen, witty dialog, an adorable baby, and two people who discover they are more than their public personas and you have one spectacular book that you don’t want to miss. Amanda Usen has done it again and I think Impulse Control may be her best book to date! Review copy provided for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Susannah Stone is a divorced, single-mom, fast becoming the next Martha Stewart, while Russ Donovan is an adrenaline junkie, the Wild Man who lives for his survival show. In a bid for ratings, their producer pairs them up, combining their shows. Both are determined to come out on top, to show the other they can handle the unfamiliar environments. When they finally act on their attraction, it's difficult to tell whether it's real or an attempt to boost ratings. There are times when the connection Susannah Stone is a divorced, single-mom, fast becoming the next Martha Stewart, while Russ Donovan is an adrenaline junkie, the Wild Man who lives for his survival show. In a bid for ratings, their producer pairs them up, combining their shows. Both are determined to come out on top, to show the other they can handle the unfamiliar environments. When they finally act on their attraction, it's difficult to tell whether it's real or an attempt to boost ratings. There are times when the connection between them feels deep and lasting, while at other times, Susannah can't tell if Russ is just playing a role. What she does know is that Russ is not the kind of guy to stick around. And Susannah is quickly learning just how strong she is and just how much she deserves a guy with staying-power. I liked aspects of this story. I really like that Susannah makes growth and actually overcomes her insecurities. Even there at the end, she doesn't just (view spoiler)[ sit down and weep that he left her, she makes the decision to go get him because she deserves it (hide spoiler)] . Which is really taking control. I sort of liked the by play between them, even though at times I wanted them to just clear the air already and make it absolutely clear what is and isn't a part of the TV show. And that's the part I didn't like - the TV show - particularly once it reached Susannah's home...then it felt more like an invasion of privacy. But it's the existence of the TV show that creates most of the tension, since that's what pushes them to one-up the other and what makes it impossible for them to know what the other is feeling. So I'm torn really. I did wonder one thing. If Lance's death created so much guilt for Russ that he had to live his life for his little brother (or at least that's what he tells himself.) He cuts off family connections, he pushes his body and his spirit to the limit more or less seeking new and more dangerous ways to kill himself all in the name of guilt. How in the world was he able to justify carrying on a no-strings sexual affair with his brother's girlfriend? On that note though, the epilogue was great. Russ's dream of Lance was truly awesome. (view spoiler)[ I even liked the "public" proposal, which is unheard of for me (hide spoiler)] .

  22. 4 out of 5

    T

    Russ Donovan AKA 'Wild Man' is known for climbing mountains, dealing with wild animals and swimming through rapids, so when his TV network wants to pair him up with 'At Home' star Susannah Stone, he's not happy. Until he meets her. From then on a rivalry blooms, but the two will have to get past thinking the worst of each other before they can realise why they're in fact perfect for each other. The only reason I picked this book up was because I have a bit of a thing about starting at the beginn Russ Donovan AKA 'Wild Man' is known for climbing mountains, dealing with wild animals and swimming through rapids, so when his TV network wants to pair him up with 'At Home' star Susannah Stone, he's not happy. Until he meets her. From then on a rivalry blooms, but the two will have to get past thinking the worst of each other before they can realise why they're in fact perfect for each other. The only reason I picked this book up was because I have a bit of a thing about starting at the beginning of a series, but I'm so glad I did! The from hate to love is a trope that's been used so often, it's easy to tire of it, but Amanda Usen was able to do it in a way that felt completely fresh, and I think that that was due to her ability to write characters that were very much on equal terms. There wasn't any denying each other's abilities and there wasn't anything that put down the other's professions. They understood that they were both equal, just different, but that didn't stop a rivalry starting. And that's another thing I liked about it. It was very clear that the couple were similar people despite their differences of careers. Sometimes books tend to focus on just sexual chemistry, and you don't really understand why the couple would be together besides that. Here, however, both Susannah and Russ had drive and liked challenges, and their similar personalities meant that it did seem like they would be a lasting couple. And I really liked both Susannah and Russ. Besides what I've already said, Susannah was a really strong character and I could really admire her, especially with what she'd done as a single mother, but that doesn't mean that she was perfect. There were times I was frustrated with her character, but I could understand her motivations and why she'd act in a certain way. And Russ, he was beautiful. I loved how open he was, and how he could easily fit into both worlds. Again, he did do stupid things, but he was quick to realise and that's why I really enjoyed reading about him. I'm giving this book 4.5 stars because the only thing I could fault it for was the fact that I found the ending a bit fast.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I read this novel as part of the Men of the Zodiac box set but I will be trying to review each novel individually. Russ "Wild Man" Donovan is a successful TV presenter of Survival programmes, think Bear Grylls or Ray Mears. Susannah Stone is a divorced single mother who presents a homemaker show on TV. Both get bribed/strong-armed/coerced into creating a cross-over TV show. Russ takes Susannah camping in the mountains and then Susannah will get him to have a face-mask, change a nappy, cook a dinn I read this novel as part of the Men of the Zodiac box set but I will be trying to review each novel individually. Russ "Wild Man" Donovan is a successful TV presenter of Survival programmes, think Bear Grylls or Ray Mears. Susannah Stone is a divorced single mother who presents a homemaker show on TV. Both get bribed/strong-armed/coerced into creating a cross-over TV show. Russ takes Susannah camping in the mountains and then Susannah will get him to have a face-mask, change a nappy, cook a dinner etc. While initially Russ is all about garnering ratings by playing to people's prejudices - what is funnier than a Susie-homemaking whining about exercise and having to be hauled up a mountain, right? Soon he is impressed by Susannah's indomitable spirit and determination, when she cooks a close approximation to a gourmet meal from their meagre rations he realises he's totally lusting after her. Susannah has had her ego badly bruised by her husband, despite being intimidated by the buff perfection of the Wild Man she is through being belittled and humiliated, her watch-words are "Transcend, Transform and Triumph" and she's not going to let herself down. I loved this, both Russ and Susannah came across as really believable and nice characters. Whilst they had both suffered tragedy/disappointment in their lives they weren't broken - the circumstances just influenced their behaviour and actions somewhat. Even better, they were both adults, or do I mean grown-ups? There was no sulking or tantrums or unrealistic lifestyles, just two people (and a cute baby) from different walks of life finding an unexpected attraction. This is my first book by Amanda Usen, I have to confess I hadn't even heard her name before, but I really liked her writing and I will be looking out for more of her books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Such a fun read! I love the idea behind it--survivalist/daredevil guy and Susie homemaker go head-to-head, forced to take on each other's environment in front of an audience--so much potential! Add in fabulous characters and you've got a real recipe for a great story! (Pun totally intended) Both Russ and Susannah are strong characters. They start out as rivals (such an awesome troupe!), each sure the other couldn't possibly survive on their show and wanting to scrap the whole idea. They have some Such a fun read! I love the idea behind it--survivalist/daredevil guy and Susie homemaker go head-to-head, forced to take on each other's environment in front of an audience--so much potential! Add in fabulous characters and you've got a real recipe for a great story! (Pun totally intended) Both Russ and Susannah are strong characters. They start out as rivals (such an awesome troupe!), each sure the other couldn't possibly survive on their show and wanting to scrap the whole idea. They have some serious chemistry, though, and hidden strengths and talents that even they didn't expect. Soon respect gives way to something more...but can it lead to something lasting? Amanda Usen does a great job of pitting the two against each other, and then making us--and eventually them--believe that Russ and Suze have a real chance together. Suze's fourteen-month-old son Billy adds both comic relief and some truly adorable moments (be warned--the Russ/Billy combo might cause ovary combustion!), and Russ's use of social media had more than just Suze's heart melting. Toward the end things got a little fast--Russ's resolution with his parents was fairly abrupt and almost too easy, and the real reason behind the Russ/Suze series collaboration was a bit of a stretch. Still, I couldn't find it in me to take off more than a half a star. I had a total blast reading this one, and am definitely looking forward to the rest of the series. Bring on more men of the zodiac; I'm ready for them! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Book Gannet

    This was a fun, sexy little read about opposites not just attracting but striking serious sparks. Where Susannah is buttoned-up and controlled, Russ is wild and reckless, so there shouldn’t be any common ground between them. Yet somehow there is. Susannah’s not a woman to give up easily and Russ can’t resist a challenge, but she has self-confidence issues thanks to her ex-husband and Russ has never recovered from losing his brother – it’s no wonder things didn’t just ignite between them, but kep This was a fun, sexy little read about opposites not just attracting but striking serious sparks. Where Susannah is buttoned-up and controlled, Russ is wild and reckless, so there shouldn’t be any common ground between them. Yet somehow there is. Susannah’s not a woman to give up easily and Russ can’t resist a challenge, but she has self-confidence issues thanks to her ex-husband and Russ has never recovered from losing his brother – it’s no wonder things didn’t just ignite between them, but kept on burning. With action taking place both in the mountains and back home in the kitchen, there’s plenty of pushing each other out of their comfort zones – and not always in the ways people might expect. I loved how gutsy Susannah was in the mountains, even if her decisions weren’t always the best. Russ’ behaviour isn’t always brilliant out there, and at times I wasn’t all that fond of him, but I loved how things changed when they filmed the second show. Then there’s all the flirting messages and the general cuteness of Susannah’s young son, and the way Russ does so much to rebuild Susannah’s battered confidence, even if he doesn’t see his own issues anything like as clearly. Sure, there are a couple of moments where they each made terrible decisions and said hurtful things, and things with Susannah’s ex seemed a bit pointless. However, on the whole, this was a lovely read. It’s sweet and funny and light and sexy – a great feel-good tale. (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kim Perry

    Susannah and Russ have their own successful TV shows, but they are forced to collaborate for a new special. This is the very last thing that Susannah needs to worry about as she's dealing with he ex-husband and a custody battle. Russ also has no desire for this special, but he owes the producer a favor. Susannah and Russ seem like opposites. Susannah is a homemaker and cook extraordinaire while Russ is former military, a thrill seeker, and a rolling stone. Despite their immediate attraction, Susa Susannah and Russ have their own successful TV shows, but they are forced to collaborate for a new special. This is the very last thing that Susannah needs to worry about as she's dealing with he ex-husband and a custody battle. Russ also has no desire for this special, but he owes the producer a favor. Susannah and Russ seem like opposites. Susannah is a homemaker and cook extraordinaire while Russ is former military, a thrill seeker, and a rolling stone. Despite their immediate attraction, Susannah doesn't need Russ, who seems to always be looking for that next challenge, to ruin her brand. Russ would love to unravel Susannah, but she's looking for a stable, steady relationship. As they are forced together for the show, they find they love to challenge each other. Both are driven and hate to lose. Neither react how the other one expects. When they aren't trying to show the other up, both can be sweet and generous. As they get to know each other, their attraction grows. It starts as fun and games until Russ is on Susannah's turf. Things become more complicated when Russ meets her 14-month-old son. Impulse Control is a fun and engaging ride as two people with very different lives come together. Amanda Usen has two independent and strong-willed characters who learn how to face their fears, insecurities, and guilt. Ms. Usen also included some interesting secondary characters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Rating: 4.5/5 A great story where supposed opposites attract. It shows how preconceptions can influence how people react and just how wrong these can be. This is a great read, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking for other books by this author in future. Susannah Stone is an independent, single Mum, who stars in a popular TV show demonstrating how to be a homemaker now without her domineering ex-husband. Russ Donovan is also the star of his own TV show but his is about surviving in the wild Rating: 4.5/5 A great story where supposed opposites attract. It shows how preconceptions can influence how people react and just how wrong these can be. This is a great read, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking for other books by this author in future. Susannah Stone is an independent, single Mum, who stars in a popular TV show demonstrating how to be a homemaker now without her domineering ex-husband. Russ Donovan is also the star of his own TV show but his is about surviving in the wild. The TV company want to join the two together in a couple of special shows, "At Home in the Wild". For Russ this could mean millions for the charity his family set up in memory of his brother whilst for Susannah is threatened by the producer should she not cooperate and take part in this. Neither expect the sparks to fly when they first meet! They're in for an interesting time as he doesn't believe she'll survive mountain climbing and camping whilst she doesn't think he'll cope cooking in a small kitchen with her toddler running round! Cameras will follow their every move, will chemistry or catastrophe follow? Come on, you know you want to read this to see what happens! Thanks to the author and publishers, too, for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caro

    3.5-4 stars. Really entertaining read. I liked both characters, although I liked Susannah much more than Russ, lol. Susannah was a great character, really relatable and I thought believable in her actions and thoughts. She was a mom, had her own TV show, and was dealing with a divorce and n ass of an ex. No wonder she didn’t have the time or the energy to deal with her love life. But once she did, she realized that it was something that was seriously missing in her life. I liked that her time with 3.5-4 stars. Really entertaining read. I liked both characters, although I liked Susannah much more than Russ, lol. Susannah was a great character, really relatable and I thought believable in her actions and thoughts. She was a mom, had her own TV show, and was dealing with a divorce and n ass of an ex. No wonder she didn’t have the time or the energy to deal with her love life. But once she did, she realized that it was something that was seriously missing in her life. I liked that her time with Russ showed her a side of her she didn’t know existed. It also showed she was stronger, sexier and bolder than what she thought. Russ wasn’t bad, but there was something I didn’t like about him. Not sure what, maybe that he took things too lightly at times; or that he pushed Susannah to do things she wasn’t comfortable with doing (nothing bad, though). I’m not sure, but I couldn’t completely like him. Aside from that, he was funny, sexy, and crazy loyal to those he loved. So, all in all he was a good guy. In the end, the story was enjoyable, with fun, sexy and sweet times between these two. *Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC in exchange of my honest opinion*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    4 stars *ARC provided by Entangled in exchange for honest Review* One thing that I do know is I really like Amanda’s books. I really like reading where food comes into play in the story. All of Amanda’s books have that. Either it be the guy being a chef or the woman. From the very beginning Russ and Susannah are attracted to each other. Russ and Susannah don’t want to admit at first. But the attraction is strong. Both have their own TV show and are very different. Russ is the star of a reality show 4 stars *ARC provided by Entangled in exchange for honest Review* One thing that I do know is I really like Amanda’s books. I really like reading where food comes into play in the story. All of Amanda’s books have that. Either it be the guy being a chef or the woman. From the very beginning Russ and Susannah are attracted to each other. Russ and Susannah don’t want to admit at first. But the attraction is strong. Both have their own TV show and are very different. Russ is the star of a reality show that’s something like Man VS. Wild. And Susannah has a home cooking show. More like Martha Stewart. And these two completely opposite people have too pair up and do a show together. Which, I found I really enjoyed watching these too together. I liked how Russ was with Susannah’s little boy, Billy. Russ really wasn’t the fatherly type, or so he thought. But add a little adorable boy and something’s change. Overall thoughts… If you enjoyed Amanda’s previoud books then, you will more than likely enjoy this one. Although it is a bit different than her other books. So, if your wanting a fairly short book, with a bit of steam, then this would be the prefect book. I really hope Holly and Adam get a book. Those two were heating up the pages along with Russ and Susannah.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jasmyn

    This book was tons of fun and it came really super close to getting that 4th star. I loved watching Russ and Susannah interact, it was the perfect example of an opposites attract relationship. Their conversations were witty and their accidental touches sparked some seriously hot thinking. My favorite parts were watching them interact in each of their respective new environments. Susannah showed just how tough she could be hiking a mountin in freezing temperatures (you sure won't find me doing any This book was tons of fun and it came really super close to getting that 4th star. I loved watching Russ and Susannah interact, it was the perfect example of an opposites attract relationship. Their conversations were witty and their accidental touches sparked some seriously hot thinking. My favorite parts were watching them interact in each of their respective new environments. Susannah showed just how tough she could be hiking a mountin in freezing temperatures (you sure won't find me doing anything like that - I need warmth). This is when things really started for the two of them - in close quarters sharing a tent it was hard to to react to each other. I was a bit disappointed in her side of the show. While Russ got to take her into his environment for a few days, she only seemed to get a couple hours of "domestication" on her show with him. The story carries it a bit further outside of her show, but I really wanted to seem him try to cook and clean while chasing a kid around. Overall, this was quite fun. There is some silly social media and blog posts that really helped to bring their relationship to life. I just really wanted to see Russ cook asparagus. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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