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Peek Inside Impulse Control

Survivalist Russ Donovan has been strong-armed into filming a new show with dainty lifestyle expert Susannah Stone, and he plans to put Little Susie Homemaker to the the Adirondack Mountains. But Susannah is tougher than she looks. She's had to fight her way through life, and there's no way she'll let a bossy mountain man show her up. No one—least of all Russ and Susannah—expects sparks to fly both on camera and off. And their risqué rivalry is about to break all of the rules.

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Sign: Aries

He’s fiery, courageous…and he can’t resist a sexy challenge.

Survivalist Russ Donovan is known on TV as the “Wildest Man In The World.” The last thing this headstrong Aries guy needs is to be wrangled into a cross-promotional TV special with a popular homemaker—even a sexy little thing like Susannah Stone. Besides, the Adirondacks in the dead of winter is no place for amateurs…especially a stubborn homemaker who’s determined to show him up every chance she gets.

Susannah’s a working single mom who knows plenty about roughing it. She can take anything this mountain man dishes out. Now Russ and Susannah are taking their competitive rivalry to new levels, and not even the canned beef stew is safe. Then Russ and Susannah’s on-camera sparks turn into a sizzling off-camera romance, and their two conflicting worlds collide.

Sure, major differences can turn chemistry red-hot…they also make compromise nearly impossible.



"...a story that will stoke the embers of your passion, inspire you to be your best you, make you smile from ear to ear, and make you proud to be a phenomenal woman." ~ Frishawn Rasheed, Goodreads review

"Impulse Control was a delightfully comical and sizzling romance rolled into one fast paced and enjoyable read." ~ Wendy G., Goodreads review

"The sex, the emotions and the banter were off the charts and perfection for me. This Aries is obsessed with "Impulse Control!"" ~ Jessica, Goodreads review

"Impulse Control was a fun, steamy and very entertaining read." ~ Irene C., NetGalley review

"...sizzling hot chemistry both in the wild and in the kitchen, witty dialog, an adorable baby, and two people who discover they are more than their public spectacular book that you don't want to miss." ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

" just doesn't cover it at all. I dare you to read this book and not love it!" ~ Michelle, Goodreads review

"...the ultimate story of opposites attracting. Impulse Control is a heartwarming, entertaining fun read." ~ ILC, Amazon review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751859
Series: Men of the Zodiac, Book 1
Release Date: Jan 19, 2015
Page Count: 245
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: enemies to lovers, opposites attract

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By Michelle January 18, 2015

ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange of honest review

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We all know the saying opposites attracts well this couldn't be more true in Amanda Usen's Impulse Control. A survivalist and a homemaker!! Couldn't get more opposite than that. The only thing that is heating up in th ...more

By Maria Rose April 03, 2016

This opposites attract contemporary romance is the story of Russ and Susie, two TV personalities who have vastly different shows. Russ headlines an outdoor wilderness adventure program, while Susie has a lifestyle show dealing with all things domestic. Ostensibly to improve Susie's show ratings, the ...more

By Emily January 30, 2015

**My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Both Russ Donovan and Susannah Stone are big TV personalities who have been told by their TV station that they are being thrown together to make a new programme where each will be put in th ...more

By Michelle January 26, 2015

I don't even know where to start with this review...yes, I do. Buy this book! Seriously sexy, with a fantastic storyline and really dynamic characters! I'm such a fan of Amanda Usen's storytelling. I found myself laughing out loud several times, but was also moved to tears by this emotional romance. ...more

By CassandraG January 23, 2015

Russ Donovan and Susannah Stone made quite the interesting couple once they managed to hook up and be civilized and refrained from killing one another. Russ was a reality TV survivalist and the son from a wealthy family who was fighting with his demons since the loss of someone very close to him. Su ...more

By Heather in FL May 31, 2016

This was really cute. Gotta love opposites attract. If I'm being honest, her lack of self esteem started to bug me, but at the same time, I understand where it came from. And I also got his need to constantly be on the move. I loved that neither one of them backed down from a challenge and they both ...more

By Bette January 16, 2015

I love this author and I definitely loved this book! It's a great opposites attract story and I was thoroughly entertained by it.

When two reality TV show stars are paired up for a new show neither can say no to, the hilarity begins and the sparks fly. Total opposites, Russ and Susannah are out to p ...more

By Penelope May 08, 2020

I was delighted with Impulse Control, a quick reading enemies to lovers novel. I purchased Impulse Control not having read any previous Amanda Usen novels because the premise of this story interested me. I love action adventure romances and settings where the 2 main characters are “lost in the wilde ...more

By Ayekah April 09, 2020

Reading this reminds me why I love Amanda Usen so much. What a great read, filled with snappy dialogue, the perfect tension between these two characters and the perfect amount of sizzle! Checks all the boxes.
When two TV reality show stars are called in to the network offices for a meeting, they're a ...more

By E.B. September 04, 2020

Characters you will care

I've been leaving a lot of books unfinished lately. I'm finding myself getting to the 50% mark and realizing I don't care about the characters - not this book. Susannah and Russ were so loveable, I couldn't stop reading until I made sure they got the ending they deserved. ...more

By Carole Jarosz May 07, 2020


This book had me hooked all the way through it. Loved the characters even those with little parts. Loved the teasing and the strong feelings. Will look for more stories like this. ...more

By Jon C. Hooper May 08, 2020

Just Had to Be

You know the conclusion early on but reading how that get there is fun. You get to find out what drives them and why they are like they are . Each surprised the other and that the fun part of the story. You will enjoy this book ...more

By WTF Are You Reading? December 28, 2014

It is not often that I sit down to write a review with a tear stained face and a happy heart.
But after just having finished Amanda Usen's Impulse Control, I am more than happy to report that this wonderfully hopeful and heartfelt read has indeed transformed me into quite the blubbering mess.

The reas ...more

By Dirty Dayna December 28, 2014

5 Wildman and WildWoMan Stars
Okay I am going to be honest I did not see myself loving this as much as I did and yay me!!
Susannah’s husband left her and her small child 15 months I believe alone and she decided she was going to teach the average American how to take care of a child, cook dinner and ...more

By Mignon January 20, 2015

Received a copy from NetGalley/Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Full review with excerpts and giveaway can be found on blog at:

4.5/5 stars

The day after I finished reading this book, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson climbed the summit of El C ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews January 25, 2015

Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I really don’t want to write this review, I want to stop right now and say go buy Impulse Control by Amanda Usen and read it and you’ll understand why I loved this book so much. Two television personalities; one who teaches survivalist skills and ...more

By T July 27, 2015

Russ Donovan AKA 'Wild Man' is known for climbing mountains, dealing with wild animals and swimming through rapids, so when his TV network wants to pair him up with 'At Home' star Susannah Stone, he's not happy. Until he meets her. From then on a rivalry blooms, but the two will have to get past thi ...more

By Alison January 31, 2017

I read this novel as part of the Men of the Zodiac box set but I will be trying to review each novel individually.

Russ "Wild Man" Donovan is a successful TV presenter of Survival programmes, think Bear Grylls or Ray Mears. Susannah Stone is a divorced single mother who presents a homemaker show on T ...more

By Becky January 21, 2015

Such a fun read!

I love the idea behind it--survivalist/daredevil guy and Susie homemaker go head-to-head, forced to take on each other's environment in front of an audience--so much potential! Add in fabulous characters and you've got a real recipe for a great story! (Pun totally intended)

Both Russ ...more

By Book Gannet January 10, 2015

This was a fun, sexy little read about opposites not just attracting but striking serious sparks. Where Susannah is buttoned-up and controlled, Russ is wild and reckless, so there shouldn’t be any common ground between them. Yet somehow there is. Susannah’s not a woman to give up easily and Russ can ...more

By Kim January 27, 2015

Susannah and Russ have their own successful TV shows, but they are forced to collaborate for a new special. This is the very last thing that Susannah needs to worry about as she's dealing with he ex-husband and a custody battle. Russ also has no desire for this special, but he owes the producer a fa ...more

By Elaine January 12, 2015

Rating: 4.5/5

A great story where supposed opposites attract. It shows how preconceptions can influence how people react and just how wrong these can be. This is a great read, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking for other books by this author in future.

Susannah Stone is an independent, single ...more

By Caro January 19, 2015

3.5-4 stars.

Really entertaining read.

I liked both characters, although I liked Susannah much more than Russ, lol.

Susannah was a great character, really relatable and I thought believable in her actions and thoughts. She was a mom, had her own TV show, and was dealing with a divorce and n ass of an e ...more

By Megan January 25, 2015

4 stars
*ARC provided by Entangled in exchange for honest Review*
One thing that I do know is I really like Amanda’s books. I really like reading where food comes into play in the story. All of Amanda’s books have that. Either it be the guy being a chef or the woman.
From the very beginning Russ and Su ...more

By 2kasmom January 23, 2015

Russ and Susannah's story was witty and fun. They are forced to make a couple of TV shows for a special cooking show to boost ratings. Hot guy and smart girl who can both cook and look great is a great idea - but not to them.

Russ is immediately attracted to her and calls her "Susie" to drive her nut ...more

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Amanda Usen

About the author

Amanda Usen

Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one crawfish, two guinea pigs, a tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing romance. If she isn't baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.

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