Make Me Beg is the second book in Rebecca Brooks’ Men of Gold Mountain series, but you don’t need to have read the first to enjoy the second. I was new to the series (and the author) myself, but now I find myself wanting to go back and read the first (and any and all that follow!) because the setting of Gold Mountain is compelling and inviting and I want to know more about this tiny resort town tucked into the Northern Cascades and the men (and women) that call it home.
I was sucked right into the story of Mackenzie Ellinsworth and Connor Branding. They work together at a failing bar/restaurant though they spend pretty much all the time in each other’s company sniping at each other and trying to get in the best burning insult. The two have a hate/hate relationship going, but with a hot, simmering undertone of sexual tension in all their interactions.
“See, that’s where you’re making your mistake. We man-whores are the ones who make life worth living.”
Mack rolled her eyes. “And yet somehow I manage to have a pulse without you.”
Connor slid her phone into his back pocket and stepped forward, one hand suddenly on her hip so she couldn’t get away. He pressed two fingers against her neck, where she was sure he could feel the leap of her pulse. And then his palm slid down to cover her heart.
Not quite her breast—he wasn’t that cheeky. But it was close.
“Would you look at that,” he said, head cocked, looking down at her as though making some fascinating, impartial observation. “Your heart is racing.”