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    Awesome

    Funny, sexy, and completely entertaining! Tess McKenzie and Hunter Dade know each other. At least they think they do. She did, after all, ruin his wedding! When they meet up a year later in a dinner theater of all places, Hunter can't believe his bad luck. Or maybe, if she agrees to his deal, his good luck! It seems they both need something. He needs a fake fiancee, and she needs money to get her own theater up and running. After spending a little time together, they are both coming to realize that maybe they don't know each other at all. I thought this one was great! Loved the writing, story, and pace of the book. The chemistry between Tess and Hunter was off the charts and it came through the pages. This is one I definitely recommend.
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    Some of the most spectacular writing around!

    Bella Sera Playhouse is not where Tess McKenzie dreamed of showing off her acting skills, but it pays the bills. Neither did the university graduate thought she would have to wait tables before a performance, but it’s what must be done until she can fulfill her dream of having her own theatre company. While serving tables, she loses her footing and lands straight in the arms of the last man she wanted to see: Hunter Dade, the sexy Texan who still blames her for ruining his wedding as well as huge business deal. Then after an unsettling encounter with her boss at the theatre, Tess is fired. Hunter needs a suitable fiancée to secure a deal, and he figures an actress could be the best option. Tess is an actress, so why not her? He offers her a great deal of money, which would be more than enough to open her theatre company, and she accepts. In spite of everything, they are attracted to each other; spending a 3-day weekend together proves to be much more difficult than they ever anticipated. I absolutely love Kate Meader’s writing style, and again she more than rises to the occasion! Ms. Meader’s prose is snappy, seamless and very witty. Her descriptions are colourful, and her demented sense of humour makes EVEN THE SCORE a joy to read. Tess and Hunter are engaging characters, their banter is fun and playful, and they share an undeniable chemistry. The tone of the book is sensual, light-hearted, and subtly erotic. There are also some clever plot twists that make it a very easy and quick read. EVEN THE SCORE is a sexy, unpretentious book with truly superlative writing! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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    A very good and relaxing romantic story

    I quite like Kate Meader's books and her style of writing, especially when I am in the mood for a relaxing and romantic read with a pinch of humor, heartbreak and hotness. And this new story definitely didn't disappoint. The writing s very good and intriguing and the story and characters in themselves are quite entertaining :) Especially considering the tall, dark Texan and his smoldering looks :) Hunter is definitely a hottie you have to meet :) He is pantie melting hot and with his southern looks, stubbornness and somewhat dirty mouth, this alpha is definitely smokin' :D. And somehow he fits perfectly with Tess. They are just like made for each other, even if their favorite past time is to fight with each other and test who is going to break first :D As a result you get some quite funny and other quite hot scenes :D Even though the story line is one, I've encountered before, I still found the book quite entertaining and interesting. It was simply fun to read and sometimes we all know we need that in our lives ;) And let's be honest, the smoking HOT Texan is reason enough on his own ;) So, in a few words, this is a great summer read. Perfect to relax with during your holiday or a hot summer night at home when you need to escape from your everyday life with an entertaining read :) So if you are looking for some humor and fun combined with a sweet romantic story, this is the perfect read for you :) You only have to #oneclick it :) This review was originally posted at Living In Our Own Story Book Blog. I received an ARC of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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    So much fun!

    4.5 Stars! I absolutely adore Kate Meader's writing, so much that I have to read anything she writes! Sometimes snarky, always witty, always humorous and always sexy, she writes smart aleck-y and bold characters who hide their dreams, insecurities and fears under tons of attitude and EVEN THE SCORE is no different. Actress Tess McKenzie comes from theater royalty, with an award-winning actress mother and she aspires to start her own theater. With no well-paying jobs on the horizon, Tess has taken to performing in dinner theater to save money towards her dream. Dinner theater is the lowest of low in the world of acting, but the pay is good and Tess is determined to hang in there rather than accept financial help from her mother, until she gets an irresistible offer from Hunter Dade. Hunter is a successful property tycoon (why are rich Texans always called tycoons and all others moguls or millionaires? Random, I know) on the verge of clinching a big business deal and he needs a fiancee for the for the weekend. Tess fits the bill, so they strike up a bargain. For a hefty contribution to her dream fund, she gets to play fiancee and help him land the deal he's angling for. Contract terms include ice cream and foot rubs and no sex. Never mind that they can't get within a few feet of each other without steaming up the air between them. The success of the plan is doubtful because not too long ago Tess's best friend left Hunter standing the altar on his wedding day, a decision that Tess may have had a hand in and Hunter hasn't forgotten about her role in the drama. Hunter and Tess have always been attracted to each other for a while and in such close quarters, they go from fighting hard to loving hard and there is nothing polite about it. But when they realize that the attraction between them is real, what happens? EVEN THE SCORE is a lot more than a sexy and steamy romance. In spite of the combative nature of their relationship, Hunter and Tess are very alike and struggle with their feelings of inadequacy, a need for validation and overcoming the misconceptions they have of each other. With a past filled with poverty, abuse and loss, Hunter clawed his way up and into success, but on the inside he's still the boy from the wrong side of town, on a quest for acceptance. Like Hunter, Tess unsuccessfully sought her mother's approval and is her own person these days. And she's just the person to teach Hunter that he deserves happiness and that his mile-wide protective streak can be put to good use - giving her foot rubs. This was so much fun to read and has me chuckling, gasping and fanning myself in turns and I definitely recommend it. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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    Kate brings humor and HEAT to Even the Score.

    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Confession time...I’ve known Even the Score was coming out for awhile now. Being a fan of Kate Meader, I couldn’t wait. I’ve heard bits and pieces about the story. From those bits and pieces, I was concerned I wasn’t going to like the heroine, Tess McKenzie. I mean come on, the woman convinced her friend to not marry the hero, Hunter Dade on their wedding day. The man was actually left at the altar in front of hundreds of people. That’s a little hard to get over. Kate Meader brings her classic humor which I love her for to Even the Score. She also brings the heat which I think is more than she usually writes. I went into reading this story with a preconceived idea of what the characters were like. I was totally wrong and I’m so happy for that. Tess McKenzie is an underpaid stage actress (read broke), chasing her dream of opening her own theater company. She refuses to take the easy way out and ask her mega-star mother to help her. She’s brass, sassy, and has her own dirty mouth. I totally love her! But for her, she’s been playing a part her whole life and she isn’t too sure who she really is. Hunter Dade is an alpha through and through. He’s a sweet and dirty talker with a protective streak that’s a mile long. For all the good in him, Hunter is running from his past and has regret eating him up. I can't remember the last time a character had my heart breaking for them. Hunter needs to purchase a piece of property in Texas, but in order to do so, he has to show he’s in a committed relationship. At the offhanded suggestion by one of his business partners, Hunter offers Tess the money she needs for her company if she plays the part of his fiancee for a weekend. With explosive tension and serious chemistry between them, these two are like longhorns circling each other and preparing for battle. Hunter has a violent and tragic past which rules his life. Tess’ past isn’t all smiley faces and hearts like people think. Together they bring out the best in each other, resulting in fake feelings becoming a little too real. Tess and Hunter show that when you set out for payback and to even the score, you get more than you bargained for. *The book contains violent flashbacks.* **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion. I also personally purchased the book.**
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