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Peek Inside Even the Score

Actress Tess McKenzie really wants to start a theater of her own. Then Tess receives an offer she can't refuse. She'll get her funding...if she pretends to be the fiancée to her nemesis, Texan property tycoon, Hunter Dade. He hasn't quite forgiven Tess for ruining his wedding, but when chemistry goes from combative to straight-up lust, the rules of their mutually beneficial arrangement are tested. And if Tess isn't careful, she'll go from breaking a leg to breaking her heart...

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He’ll make her an offer she can’t refuse…

Actress Tess McKenzie is performing in the Tenth Circle of Showbiz Hell—dinner theater. All she really wants is to start a theater of her own. Then Tess receives an offer she can’t refuse. She’ll get her funding…if she pretends to be the fiancée to her nemesis, Texan property tycoon Hunter Dade. If she’s going to pull this off, she’ll need all the luck she can get. Break a leg, indeed.

On the verge of a big business deal, Hunter needs to hire a fiancée. He hasn’t quite forgiven Tess for ruining his wedding, but when their chemistry goes from combative to straight-up lust, the “no sex” clause in their mutually beneficial arrangement is tested. Which is a serious problem, because if Tess isn’t careful, she’ll go from breaking a leg to breaking her heart…



"One of my favorite Brazen books ever! . . .  I loved it from start to finish." - Eater of Books Blog

"5 - Perfection times heaven. Stars! Absolutely loved this one!" - Claire Robinson, Goodreads

"I loved, loved, loved this book." - Smut Matters

"The banter between these two was really funny and of course the heat they give off would have ignited any Texas bush nearby." - Jackie Kluyts,  Kiwibooknerd

"Light, sexy, fun, and hot! Loved it!" - About That Story

"Kate Meader has once again reminded me why I love reading her books." - Four Chicks Flipping Pages

". . . hot and sexy one minute, sweet and funny the next, and just simply a fantastic romance from the first page until the last." - Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 

"The duo is incredible together...fueled by compulsion and passion . . .  easily a 5+ star read." - BBMoreB, Goodreads

". . . romance perfection in a book. I loved the sexual tension, the desire, the lust, the romance, everything." - Thoughts at One in the Morning

". . . a whole Hunk of Texas fun!" - Maria Rose, Goodreads

"This story is hot, funny, and oh, so sweet." - Give Me Books 

". . . totally brilliant and the banter between the two of them is superbly written." - Books Laid Bare

"This is my first Kate Meader read and I can't wait to read more from her." - Bookaholics Not So Anonymous

"Tess and Hunter have absolute amazing chemistry and banter that will have you laughing your pants off and your panties melting." - Red Cheeks Reads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633753334
Series: Tall, Dark, and Texan, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 21, 2015
Page Count: 253
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: enemies to lovers, fake engagement, overcoming odds

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By ✦❋Arianna✦❋ July 28, 2015

4 Stars!!


What a great read this turned out to be! A enemies to lovers story, “Evan the Score” was a sexy, fun, feel good story with the perfect amount of steam, angst and drama, so if you love the hate-to-love trope this might be the perfect read for you. The story fallows Tess McKenzie, an actress ...more

By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ July 24, 2015

5 Stars

Revenge was a dish best served in bed- And Tess McKenzie was about to get a five-course meal.

There is no other trope out there that I love more than hate-to-love. And I think I may have found my favorite hate-to-love romance book to date. Even the Score was full of sexual chemistr ...more

By Amanda July 19, 2015

4.5 'Frenemies Forever' stars

Even The Score is the perfect kind of feel good romance that make me laugh and give me all the warm fuzzy feelings. It come with a dose of smart humor, a pair of lovable characters and some emotional moments that left my heart tender. I spent my weekend curled up on the ...more

By Claire July 20, 2015

5 - Perfection times heaven. Stars!

Sometimes you pick up a book with no expectations and no real idea as to what you are going to get. I hadn’t read anything by Kate Meader prior to Even The Score, and to say it grabbed me from the first page would be an understatement. I am naturally quite a qu ...more

By Jeanne March 19, 2016

Thanks for finding me a good book Ami,

Maybe there's hope for us yet! I don't know why I haven't read a book by this author before, because I have a couple on my list. I will definitely try them, I like her writing style, the banter in this was fun. Well, the hot Texan didn't hurt either....! Def ...more

By [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ July 30, 2015

4 stars

This was everything I enjoy about a Brazen title.
Quick read? Check
Fun banter? Check
Sizzling sexual tension? Check
Hot sex? Check check check!!

It's not a storyline I haven't read before unfortunately and it may get lost and forgotten in the many books that I have read with similar plots. But s ...more

By Michelle July 21, 2015

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Kate Meader has once again reminded me why I love reading her books. She has managed to make sensual tension and banter into such a fun yet emotional endearing romance that will make any hearts flutter. In her newest release, Even t ...more

By Janey July 20, 2015

4 perfection times heaven stars

Loved this new author to me, but loved Hunter Dade far more!


Tess McKenzie is biding her time until she has enough funding to set up a theatre of her own. In the meantime, the actress is working at a dinner theatre, currently kitted out in a corseted waist and ffffo ...more

By Nicola July 20, 2015

I have to confess when I saw Even the Score involved a fake engagement, I may have emitted a little groan as it's a trope that has become tired for me of late. And it fills me with glee to admit I was wrong, because this held pretty much everything I could have asked for in a book from the Brazen im ...more

By Alyssa July 13, 2015

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

Even the Score by Kate Meader
Book One of the Tall, Dark, and Texan series
Publisher: Brazen
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Good ...more

By Ivy February 03, 2016

Want to hate you: Hunter Dade was unceremoniously dumped on his wedding day and it still stings. His wussy bride couldn’t tell him, so she sent her maid of honor, Tess McKenzie, to deliver the news. The same maid of honor who told/nudged the bride into not going through with it because said wussy br ...more

By Jo October 02, 2016

Revenge was a dish best served in bed— And Tess McKenzie was about to get a five-course meal.

Actress Tess Mckenzie dreams of starting a theater of her own. Instead she’s performing in dinner theater. But when Hunter Dade, the man who hates her because she ruined his wedding, makes her a offer t


Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I'll admit I almost didn't read this book because of the title; I'm tired of reading books that are labeled romance but the characters are together for revenge or to use one another or to "get even." But because I've loved this author's work in t ...more

By Kim Reads July 21, 2015

Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
by Kim

Confession time...I’ve known Even the Score was coming out for awhile now. Being a fan of Kate Meader, I couldn’t wait. I’ve heard bits and pieces about the story. From those bits and pieces, I was concerned I wasn’t going to like the heroine, Tess McK ...more

By Talk July 20, 2015

Oh but I loved this! KMeader, your brand of sexy romance is fast becoming a my favorite. ...more

By Maria Rose April 02, 2016

This fun and sexy romance is the story of Tess and Hunter. When Hunter's wedding to his socialite fiancée ended in disaster, he blamed Tess the maid of honour for scaring off his bride to be. Encountering Tess months later in a dinner theater where she is the only bright light in an actor's hell he ...more

By WTF Are You Reading? July 21, 2015

Acting my ass! There is no way that an attraction as intense as the one searing the pages of Kate Meader's Even The Score can be anything less than soul-shatteringly, heart-stoppingly, panty-soakingly, authentic.
This blue collar Texan, and his blue blooded "lady of the stage" may begin their "fianc ...more

By Gretchen July 21, 2015

This was so great! Everything I love in a story was in this plus the edition of a super sexy cowboy. Awesome read!

I loved both Tess and Hunter and the friction between the two. Characters that bicker and have great animosity are a personal favorite of mine. It created amazing chemistry between them ...more

By Book Reading Gals January 20, 2018

Title: Even the Score

Series: Tall, Dark, and Texan book #1

Author: Kate Meader

He'll make her an offer she can't refuse...

Actress Tess McKenzie is performing in the Tenth Circle of Showbiz Hell-dinner theater. All she really wants is to start a theater of her own. Then Tess receives an offer she can't ...more

By Sometime September 10, 2018

This had a few ups and downs but overall, I really liked it.

Safety(view spoiler) ...more

Never have the words ‘opposites attract’ worked more than in this story!

Tess and Hunter intensely disliked each other and with Tess ending his wedding before it even began, it led to lots of fighting. However, there was always an underlying attraction and connection between them.

“He’d never had as ...more

By Devika July 16, 2015

Advanced Readers Copy Courtesy of Entangled Publishing ...more

By Jamila January 07, 2018

short and hot ...more

By Sheri January 19, 2016

Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

I received a copy of this book, from the author, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

Oh. My. Word. I am wrecked. If there's one thing I've discovered from reading her books, it's that Kate Meader has ...more

By Camille September 20, 2015

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.

Why did I want to read it?

I’ve enjoyed a lot of books from the Entangled Brazen line and I was so excited when I learned that Kate Meade ...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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