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Peek Inside Taking the Score

Paying down her sister’s debts left personal assistant Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back and a second job as a waitress in a strip club. She’ll do anything to keep her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane from finding out. But when he brings an important client to the club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history—from her—Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time.

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His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left personal assistant Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to get a second job as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip clubHer uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.
Texas property tycoon Brody Kane hired Emma for her spreadsheet skills, but her prim and proper demeanor sealed the deal. There’s no room in his life for a sexy distraction…and yet, he can’t stop lusting after the delicious Ms. Strickland.

But then he takes an important client to a Chicago strip club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history. From Emma.

Now that he knows his office good girl has a naughty streak, Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time. But Emma is hiding more than her side job, and her final secret could end up destroying them both.



"Man this book was HAWT! ... Another stormer of a book from one of my favourite romance authors." - Love's a State of Mind

"... plenty of diverse and dirty talking sexy-times ... probably one of the best Brazen releases I have read for a while."- Claire @ Goodreads

"I enjoyed this so much, it is a fast,fun sexy read, and I adored the hero and the heroine." - The Romance Reading Brit

"Taking the Score is a fun, sexy, feel-good romance with a low dose of drama and angst."- Nicola @ Goodreads

"Kate's writing is fast paced and light when needed but trust me that there is plenty of action and drama to keep the story constantly moving." - Red Cheeks Reads

"... a fun, sexy, sassy, swoon worthy read that I thoroughly enjoyed." - Urvashi H. @ NetGalley

"Sexy, interesting characters, spicy bedroom antics, guaranteed HEAs, and a crazy pet! IT WAS PERFECT."- BFD Book Blog

"A wicked five shooting stars!"- Marie's Tempting Reads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755642
Series: Tall, Dark, and Texan, Book 2
Release Date: Feb 15, 2016
Page Count: 262
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: boss and employee, forbidden love/off limits, forced proximity, friends to lovers

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By ✦❋Arianna✦❋ February 24, 2016

3.5 -4 Stars!!


Kate Meader delivered a sexy office romance with a nice vibe of enemies to lovers story that I found really enjoyable. Like all the Brazen books out there “Taking the Score” was for the most part a light read and while the plot is nothing new, the execution was fun and entertaining. Th ...more

By Jen February 20, 2016

4 Stars

Because she liked it dirty, and the challenge of getting this buttoned-up man to give it to her was almost too much to resist.

Emma Strickland is trying to make a fresh start in Chicago after ONCE AGAIN bailing out her addict of a sister. This means leaving her checkered history with men b ...more

By Claire February 02, 2016

4.5 - "Keep your socks on, Mr. Kane." Stars!

Book Two in Kate Meader’s Tall, Dark and Texan series provides a sexy and entertaining few hours of reading, whilst giving the 'rich man/poor woman' trope a slightly different spin.

One thing that you always get from Kate’s writing is stellar banter and int ...more

By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ February 10, 2016

4.5 Stars

No problem with women on top, Mr. Kane?"
"You've always been the boss of me, Ms. Strickland."

Who accidentally deleted their published review? This idiot. So allow me to try and sum up my thoughts once more for this wonderful book.... le sigh.

I adore Kate Meader and everything she ...more

By Jo July 26, 2017

“I’ve had a taste of you, Emma, and it’s hard to imagine going back to before.”

Brody Kane has been fantasizing about his prim and proper PA for months. He hired her because he was sure her dowdy appearance would in no way temp him, but after merely a week she fueled all this private fan


By Michelle February 14, 2016

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Sizzling. Erotic. Sensual. Beautiful. And oh so fucking sexy. If you must know I love and adore Kate Meader. She is one of the authors who I know I can turn to to help satisfy any romance craving I have. And in her newest installment to the ...more

By Lyndy Ann ♫ February 24, 2016

I loved Taking the Score I fell for Brody Kane in Even the Score the bossy specs wearing Texan and I could not wait to read Brody and Emma's story and I was not disappointed.

Emma is having a tough time thanks to her sister working off her debt at a strip club who comes in one night but her day job b ...more

By Lana January 27, 2016


I loved this book,this is not typical billionaire story and whole book is so sexy and fun and I want more Emma and Brody :(

Emma and Brody together with that amazing chemistry!!!!
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Emma works for Brody - he is her boss.
And well Emma needs extra cash so she's taking second job - as a w ...more

By SamJ ★Needs a HEA★ February 08, 2016

Check out this and my other reviews at My Blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest

Copy received via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

★Book Basics★

Genre : - Cont. Romance
Series : - 2nd in series, can be read as a stand alone.
Love triangle? - (view spoiler)
Cheating? - (view spoiler)
HEA? - ...more

By Alyssa February 16, 2016

3.5 stars.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Taking the Score by Kate Meader
Book Two of the Tall, Dark, and Texan series
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Publication Date: February 15, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature re ...more

By Ivy February 03, 2016

Boss-assistant romances. That tried and true fantasy of your hot, billionaire boss looking past your frumpy facade to the smokin’ hot heroine underneath it all. Add to that a classic stripper fantasy and you’ve got the makings of a fun and sexy romance.

Emma is fighting for agency in her life (which ...more

By Irene February 16, 2016

5 stars

What a great read Taking the Score turned out to be, loved it.

Sometimes you start a book and you know from the first page this is going to a winner.
Taking the Score ticked all the boxes for me. It had an interesting & entertaining storyline, characters that were lovable, passionate, fun, sens ...more

By Lady Heather February 17, 2016

"A copy of this book has been provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Brazen) in exchange for an honest review"


His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the ...more

By Gretchen February 15, 2016

This was such a fun read! So entertaining (the burst-out-laughing kind!) and super sexy (the holy-wow-that's-super-hot kind!). I totally enjoyed it!

I totally loved nerd-boy Brody and his little geeky nuances. They were just so endearing to me. Loved that connection he had with Emma, the looks, the p ...more

By Jos October 15, 2016

4.5 Sexy Stars

This is my first read in this series and I loved it. The storyline was great, it moved along seamlessly and at a fast pace. I LOVED Brody and Emma!

Brody was THE best. He was a total alpha all the way, he was sexy, he was so sweet and caring underneath that tough exterior and he made my ...more

By Red Cheeks Reads January 25, 2016

"You've had your hands on my ass and I ground my lady lips into your dick. I think you can call me Emma."

I put this advance copy on kindle with the intention of reading it a lot closer to the release date . . . and then I read that blurb and could not hold out. Emma is the organized and represse ...more

By Nicola January 31, 2016

4.5 stars

Taking the Score is a fun, sexy, feel-good romance with a low dose of drama and angst. If you're partial to a nerdy billionaire then Broderick Kane III is one to love, whilst his frumpy personal assistant, Emma Strickland is hiding a few surprises behind her unflattering office attire.

" ...more

By Lacey (laceybooklovers) July 19, 2017


Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

I’ve only read one other book by Kate Meader, but I freaking LOVED it (and the alpha male) so I was excited to read another book by her! Plus, this is an office romance between a boss and his assistant, a trope I adore, so Taking the Score is pretty much just ...more

By Angy Potter - February 18, 2016

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I LOVE Kate Meader’s books! Period! She surprises me with every book she writes, they are always authentic, original and so damn hot! And this book had a thing I love so much: IT WAS HILARIOUS!!

Taking the Score is the story of Brody, the sexy nerd and domineering billionaire and Emma, his perso ...more

By CL January 21, 2016

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“You’ve had your hands on my ass and I ground my lady lips into your dick. I think you can call me Emma.”
Shock enlivened his grim features. Had she really just said “lady lips” out loud? This was not their standard repartee around the office.

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

Trope: Boss/ ...more

By Jaime July 07, 2016

This book was basically amazing.

Brody has definitely just earned his way onto my favorite book boyfriends of 2016 list. It's like Kate Meader went down my checklist of favorite traits and created him. Smart? Nerd? Rich? Jaded curmudgeon? Sexy? Alpha? Check. Check. Check. There is something super se ...more

By Nathalie* March 01, 2017

I really really liked this one ! It was so funny and Super hot!
She was great a head strong stubborn woman . He was funny and amazing in his ways :) the cat was awesome
A really cute fun read:) ...more

By 1-Click Addict Support Group February 15, 2016

Emma Strickland is all about order—keeping order in Brody Kane’s business life. She’s perfection personified as a Personal Assistant by day. But due to the need to help out her sister and pay the debt her sister owes, Emma takes a second job— as a waitress—at a strip club, and prays no one, least of ...more

By Kimberly February 15, 2016

My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Taking the Score is a fabulously wicked and oh-so-fun office romance. Kate Meader knows how to write snappy dialogue and sizzling sexual tension, and both are on full display in this second Tall, Dark, and Texan sto ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews February 15, 2016

Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 stars

A hot, crazy sexy romp in which I had to tell myself that normal rules don't apply, that the attraction between these two was so strong they threw all common sense out the window and they simply went for it.

Lord save me from women who w ...more

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Kate Meader

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Kate Meader

Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she is so there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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