“Wanting it All” is the second book in Barth’s Naked Men series. The naked men in question here are a bunch of old school friends who bare their souls in a syndicated Podcast that has a large following online. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t actually finish the first book in this series. I just couldn’t feel any empathy for either of the two main characters in that installment. This second book has got more depth to it and the characters feel a bit more plausible.
In this story Knox Davies is a playboy about town in Washington DC. A successful businessman, he wants for nothing and has always got an attractive woman on his arm. Just never the same one twice. As he steps out of the W Hotel he grabs someone so intent on taking a selfie that she didn’t notice she was stepping out into traffic. Madison fits so nicely into him that he is prepared to break his own rules and takes her to one of his favourite bars to recover and have a drink.
New to the city, Alaskan librarian Madison is looking to make friends and settle into her adopted city. After her drinks date with Knox she finds herself with a new roommate – courtesy of their barmaid – and some new friends. Maybe even husband material, but commitment–phobe Knox doesn’t realise this yet.
Like many of these stories it hangs on an instant attraction between the two main characters. Madison knows that he is the man she is going to marry after just two dates. Knox may take a bit more convincing. If you are prepared to suspend belief and just enjoy the hot and heavy action between the two it is quite an entertaining tale. Nothing too complicated and perfect holiday reading.
Supplied by Net Galley and Loveswept in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: 9 Aug 2016. 260 pages.
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