Hunks Pulled Over by Marie Rochelle
Publisher: Phaze Books
Length: Short Story (131 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia
Chance Cutter didn’t know what to do. He was at a loss. For years, he used his winning smile and charm to win over women who crossed his path, but when he wanted those traits to work the most, they didn’t. He had done something he never thought he would ever in his life…he had fallen in love. Unfortunately, the woman who made him want to turn in his bachelor card hated him.
Emerald Stone wouldn’t believe a word that came out of Chance’s mouth. He had gotten his way for too long and he wasn’t used to hearing the word "no." However, she was here to give him a crash course in leaning what the word meant. There was just one teeny tiny problem. Chance didn’t know it, but she was falling for his dimpled smile and carefree ways.
What in the hell was she going to do? She wanted a hunk of her own, but how in the world did Chance end being the man who wanted to fill those shoes?
When I sit down to read a book I want to become completely involved in the lives of the characters I'm reading about. If the opening paragraph does not grab my attention then I know that the rest of the story will probably not interest me. This book however threw me right into the deep end by introducing me to the main character by way of his attitude.
Chance Cutter is a love-them-and-leave-them kind of guy. His best friends Nash and Brian are blissfully happy because they found the love of their lives, which Cutter can’t and won’t understand. He couldn't imagine being with the same woman for the rest of his life. The author gave me a little insight into the bitterness Cutter feels towards relationships and how he manages to alienate his two best friends because of this. His attitude changes when he meets the assistant medical examiner, Emerald Stone, who, unbeknownst to him, is the best friend of Nash and Brian’s girlfriends.
Emerald wants nothing to do with him and as the story progressed, I found out that there was a reason behind her dislike of him, even though he makes it his mission in life to pursue her. This story was enjoyable and entertaining and had characters that were likeable and who made me care about them. I got to see behind Chance’s bitterness to the vulnerability he tried to keep hidden. I also got to see the close relationship Emerald had with Nash’s fiancée, Shauntie, and Sapphire who is Brian’s girlfriend.
This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. My only problem with the book is that I felt the author rushed the ending. Without giving too many details, I simply felt the author wanted to end the book and did not fully flesh out the ending. It needed just a little something more that would make you say "yes, I’m glad she did that". That being said, I still enjoyed the book and it was a good read.