Hard as Mason by Cindy B. Wells
Laura Bellamy is a rising star at her San Francisco company. She is smart, beautiful, professional, respected, and driven to succeed. Unfortunately, the greater her success grows, the more her husband’s insecurities are revealed. The couple has been married only three years since busy Laura took a chance on finding love on an internet dating website.
But once the honeymoon ended, the more she tried to make their marriage succeed, the more Greg’s true colors stained their crumbling relationship. He is jealous, paranoid, and cruel. Adding to their pressure-cooker marriage, he focuses his insecurities into pressuring his wife to start a family and give up the career that makes her happy.
Laura has worked with the same company for longer than she’s known her husband. In that time, not only has she loved her career, she’s also enjoyed her friendship with Mason Paladino: a fellow executive who is witty, sophisticated, and a bit of a goofball who sports a gorgeous swimmer’s body. For too long, the friends have suspected they share romantic chemistry, but neither will break their vows. If the right conditions present themselves, will they act on their simmering desires? Would it be wrong to deny their love? Can Laura trust her heart to show her the right path after failing miserably with her husband?
When Greg’s insecurities push him over the edge from cruel to criminal, will Laura stay, or end the toxic relationship? And if he catches her with a new man, how far will his anger drive his actions to tear them apart?
Laura and Mason are both unhappily married to their spouses. Laura and Mason work together and have built a friendship over the years worldly closely together. They literally come together when their marriages go to shit and this all happens rather quickly. The chemistry between Laura and Mason felt awkward and robotic (ie dirty talk and alpha Mason talk/mannerisms) and I did not feel a connection. Even in the sexy, romantic, steamy moments: the words an mannerisms did not flow fluidly for me. I enjoyed the premise of Laura and Mason’s story and I was rooting for them both to find their happiness. I believed their emotions for one another were deep and true having been built on a solid foundation, but I couldn’t feel and experience these emotions for myself. I wanted more in depth dialogue and banter between the characters as I felt important conversations and events were skimmed over. Give this a try and find your next crush! Rating: 3 stars