Title: Tagged and Ashed
Published: 22nd June 2014
Author: C.M Owens
The cunning predator, the willing prey, and a weekend neither of them will be able to forget – ever. Ash Branderwood was told one thing before going to her best friend’s brother’s wedding – don’t get Tagged.
There’s always that one guy you shouldn’t want, but you just can’t help yourself. He’s going to be horrible for your health, he’ll probably break your heart, but he’s going to be so much fun while he’s doing it. Stay away. Ash Branderwood can’t seem to heed such logic when she meets playboy millionaire Tag Masters.
Weddings always seem to create a false sense of intimacy, but Ash doesn’t take that into consideration when she starts fantasizing about the man she can’t possibly tame. She’s a good girl… well, good enough. She’s never really taken any chances or done something irrational or foolish. Tag is just the person to rectify that for her.
Tag has never done anything but take chances. He never had anything to lose – so he risked it all and built his name up in Sterling Shore. Meaningless sex is one of his many hobbies, and he’s not looking to settle down any time soon. After all, these are the best years of his life.
But, one look at Ash, and he almost forgets his own name. And what in the hell is she doing at Wren’s wedding with Bity?
Tag is almost furious when he sees Billy Prize brought a girl as stunning as Ash, considering Tag doesn’t feel as though Billy deserves such a thing. He has to have her – at least once, possibly twice.
It was supposed to be a weekend of fun, one she’d remember just long enough to forget. But she quickly realizes there’s one thing for sure – she’s never going to be able to forget Tag Masters, only it isn’t for reasons one might think.
All hell breaks loose when secrets emerge, but when Ash’s life is endangered, Tag has to put aside his own issues to keep her safe.
As soon as we were introduced to Tag in the first book I knew it was going to take a special type of girl to be able to snag him. From the moment Ash meets Tag she is well and truly ‘Tagged’ but then the feeling is mutual as he in turn is well and truly ‘Ashed’. I also liked the introduction of a few new characters that you know are going to be in the rest of the series as it gives the Sterling Shore world a bit more depth.
Tag is a playboy through and through and tells women right from the start that that is all they will get from him. He doesn’t do relationships – he wouldn’t even know where to start with one. This all starts to change though at Wren’s wedding weekend bash. Ash has been invited by Billy – her best friend – to come as his date so she can in turn make Rene jealous. Billy gives her only one rule before going in to meet everyone – don’t get ‘Tagged’. This rule gets thrown out the window the moment she sees the mouth-watering man exit his car – one look is all it takes. She may want to jump him but she knows how much a womanizer he is – the fact he brought two dates sells it some more. Can’t stop a girl from fantasising though.
The moment Tag sees Ash he can’t believe this beautiful creature has been hidden from him. When he finds out that she is there as Billy’s date he almost swallows his own tongue. He can’t believe that Billy would be able to land a girl like her and he’s right because it takes him all of a few minutes to realise the game Billy is playing. Now he knows she is fair game he turns on all the charm, only problem is that Ash isn’t falling for it. Being completely off his game and distracted by her to the point of falling in a fountain he can’t believe he is this enthralled by one women but he is with Ash and he wants her more than his next breath.
Luckily Ash feels the same but tries to pull back not wanting to be just another notch on his belt. Being bolder the next day she decides to play a game of truth with him by the pool. For every question that he doesn’t wish to answer or lies about he loses an item of clothing and the same goes for her. He thinks this is great and decides to lie completely until she says that if he gets naked first then he has to leave her alone for the rest of the weekend. His only incentive is that she says if she gets naked first then he can do whatever he wants to do to her for the rest of the weekend. To say they come together hot and heavy would be an understatement. But after a misunderstanding Ash leaves without so much as a goodbye leaving Tag confused about how he feels.
This would have just been a weekend of fun to always remember fondly but ten pregnancy tests later Ash finds she has more of a memento than she bargained for. Having already told her that he thinks he would never be considered father material Ash decides to keep it from him – thinking its for the best. The longer she keeps the secret from him the worse it will be and when a stalker from her past comes back more deadly than before she may not have much of a choice. Tag seems intent on doing everything in his power to keep her and her son safe and Ash can only hoped that he will he still feel that way when he finds out the truth.
This story did jump forward a few times but then it would have to with a pregnancy in it. Some might think it was a bit unrealistic to think that Billy would have been able to keep Ash hidden all this time from his family but then with what he had done in the past and how resentful he feels towards Tag it would seem he would want to keep someone just for himself. Especially knowing that Tag would want her with his next breath the moment he saw her – which he very much does. Both Tag and Ash seemed good at projecting to the world a certain persona but only really became themselves when they were together – the perfect match definitely ‘Tagged and Ashed forever’.
5 out of 5 stars