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Gage Hunter, lead singer for the rock group, Engage, made a mistake five years ago. He let the girl of his dreams get away. When an unexpected encounter brings them together again, fate is offering Gage a second chance. But will Cassie? Cassie Wagner never expected to see Gage again. The man who shattered her dreams as well as her heart, five years ago. He's asking for forGage Hunter, lead singer for the rock group, Engage, made a mistake five years ago. He let the girl of his dreams get away. When an unexpected encounter brings them together again, fate is offering Gage a second chance. But will Cassie? Cassie Wagner never expected to see Gage again. The man who shattered her dreams as well as her heart, five years ago. He's asking for forgiveness, but he's not the only one who needs forgiving, for she too made a mistake. As they struggle to mend what's broken between them, an outside force threatens Cassie, and Gage's relentless pursuit, turns into an overwhelming desire to protect the woman he loves. Can Gage stop the danger before it destroys their second chance at happiness? This is a full-length, steamy, contemporary romance. While Engaging can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, it is part of a series started with Alluring and contains some spoilers. **Trigger warning** This book deals with the abuse and rescue of "fighting dogs". No dogs are killed. I am an avid animal lover and wanted to spread the word that animal cruelty is NOT okay....

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ISBN : 25619420
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Number of Pages : 249 Pages
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Engaging Reviews

  • Stacey is Sassy
    2019-02-19 17:40

    The rock star knew what he lost a little too late….I received an ARC directly from the author to read and review.The review has a wee bit of spoilerage, so please proceed with caution.Engaging is the second story in the Alluring series by Sarah Curtis. In this story we have a rock star named Gage who meets a young woman named Cassie attending an outdoor concert at her university. Cassie, who is more of a country music fan, had been dragged to the concert by her best friend Monica who is a huge fan of Gage and his band Engage. Do you remember that scene from Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark where he reaches down and drags a very young Courtney Cox up onto the stage to dance with him? Well it wasn’t exactly like that, but it was pretty damn close…loved it. Gage is very keen on getting to know Cassie more and chases her down at her job at a pizza parlour. With a little wooing from Gage, Cassie becomes smitten. Things were happily humming along until Engage is set to go on tour and Gage makes the stupidest mistake of dumping her before hitting the road. Gage realises his mistake pretty quickly and heads back to Cassie to set things right. Unfortunately he gets there too late and she’s not there anymore. In the beginning chapters we have a little bit of time warping where we see the mistakes play out when they were younger and present day settings 5 years later. In the present day, Gage is at a party and runs into a horrified Cassie. She does not want to see him and runs out of the party before he can stop her. Cassie was heartbroken when Gage broke up with her and never really recovered. She is also keeping a VERY big secret.Cassie has a son named Logan. You guessed it, he’s 4 years old (do the math). This story then goes on to tell us why she made the decisions she made and how she coped being a single Mum. This part of the story wasn’t as big a struggle to get through as I thought it would be. Gage had matured through the years and had really missed Cassie. Yes, he was disappointed with her choice to keep him out of his son’s life, but he didn’t fully blame her. He left a young woman with tough choices to make and never gave her confidence that he would be there for her. Once he was over his disappointment, he made the decision that they would become a family.I really enjoyed how the storyline progresses with Gage working his hardest to make Cassie trust him and his feelings for her. Cassie is very stubborn and it takes a while for her to see Gage is serious, but it was hard to deny when he becomes Logan’s Daddy with no hesitation. A few warning because I have friends who need to know this upfront. Cassie’s aunt who she lives and works with founded Tail Wagners, a non-profit organisation that rescues abandoned, neglected and abused dogs. Her job is to prepare them and find homes for them. It also includes rehabilitating dogs that have been illegally used in dog fights. There are some scenes where she is dealing with dogs that have been hurt in fights and we have a description given of what the fight scene looks like. There is one scene towards the end at a fight, but no explicit details are given.Overall I really enjoyed this story and was honoured to be given an ARC directly from the author to read and review. I’ll be honest and say this story wasn’t perfect for me, mainly due to our heroines TSTL actions towards the end of the story. She puts herself in harms way, knowing that she could get hurt. Does she hesitate…sure. Does she proceed…sure. Does she regret it…sure.Another great read by Ms Curtis and I will definitely be reading more from her in the future.This review and more can be found at

  • CC
    2019-02-02 17:46

    I am very torn about this rating and review. I like this author. Very much liked her first book. Because of that I jumped into a story that I knew might not fit my personal preferences. And I hate to bring down her ratings because of my decisions. People who like or do not mind second chance stories will probably rate higher. You cannot get a hero more committed to getting the heroine back. He never faltered. And she held out for 60% of the book! Gage is determined, loving, and sweet. To me there are two important questions for this type of book:Did I think they should end up together? - YESDid I think they both redeemed themselves enough to deserve itheir HEA - YESMy personal thoughts on how they split filled with spoilers...(view spoiler)[Gage worked hard from the moment he saw her. He pushed and never let up. Was not shy with his regrets or his feelings of love for her. I cannot fault him for his actions in the current day the book is set in. Now 5 years ago when he dumped her? He was stone cold. It was harsh. I know he regretted it later, but he was a grown man and could have handled that better. So I get why she disappeared and felt he would never want anything to do with her. She waited two months and his head was still firmly planted up his own ass. So when he did try to find her, did he try very hard? Of course not. He was a rock star. He could have hired a PI. Hell send me an email, I bet I could have found her for him in an hour on the Internet. Ok that was a bitchy remark!All that being said, I am not ok with keeping a baby from its father. He has already given her the heave ho. So what if he says he wants nothing to do with the baby? It is not about you anymore! You have to try! If he does want to be there for his child, you would be denying a child its father! This does not excuse him, but they were both wrong. And hence my issues with second chance. I don't mind suspending reality for a romance. But when my feeling are hurt in the beginning I have a really hard time getting over it and enjoying the story. I cannot be mad at the MCs and enjoy the book! BUT at least in this story I was upset with both of them so they were on equal footing. If it had all been one persons fault, I probably could not have read the book.(hide spoiler)]The story was very easy for the first 75%. Gage pursuing Cassie and her in denial. Which I was totally ok with. I thought they could have had more special moments with Logan (their son) but you still saw him committed to daily fatherhood. Her celebration of Father's Day was really sweet. My biggest complaint was that I thought there needed to be something else going on. The dog thing was almost periphery still. Then the story changed. It used a plot device I hate, the OW - from the past, and then Cassie became TSTL. Mostly by knowingly putting herself in danger when she has a CHILD to think about! I wanted to slap her! It all wrapped up happily, but I did not have time to deal with the events that started at 75%. I was still pissed off and confused. I just needed more time. Start the crazy earlier, then I can process it before the super fast happy ending. Overall, I believe that if you are ok with 2nd chance romance you will really enjoy the story. Those who do not may also still like the story because the Hero is so very committed to getting her back and takes responsibility for being an idiot in the past. I look forward to the next book in the series. Mace needs to redeem himself for the shit with Sabrina in Alluring so I hope his heroine really puts him through the ringer! Safety Gang Spoilers(view spoiler)[Gage does sleep around during 5 year separation. I did not get the total man-ho feel but there was no emotional commitment. Cassie does not even date. I do not believe she is pinning for him. I think she is scared and unwilling to have her heart broken again. I wish she had tried to move on too. However, until the OW incident, I thought this was handled as well as it could be and neither MC got worked up about the past. He did not hide that he had hook ups over the past 5 years and the heroine seemed ok to leave it in the past. The OW incident - Gage gets a call from a past hook up who had been out of town for 2 months (exactly how long they had been reunited - convenient huh?). She says she is his girlfriend. Of course Cassie had answered the phone. Gage was posies said she was never his GF. Just fucked her 3 times. I was super pissed! Timing was icky. Like was a fucking the OW the night before he met Cassie? Of course the story did not have anything like that in it, but it is where my mind went. And why did he not tell his fuck buddies he was off the market? He says he had no intention to see her again, nor was it ever discussed. Huh. Yea right, but for Cassie. Cassie folded on this way too easily. One impassioned speech about tossing all other women aside (I will never get over that line) and she rolls over faster than a prom date. She spent 60% holding back and then something actually happens and she folds. It was out of character. I would have been ok if she had slapped him around a bit on it. But then she continues to have a personality transplant with her following actions so maybe it was just the beginning. The dog fighting thing. Cassie was not stupid for 75% of the book. Then shit got real and she became a reckless moron. She did not think of her child once during her escapades. And when push came to shove, she got off easy. This is a hard subject for a romance and I appreciate the author trying to bring attention to it.(hide spoiler)]

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    2019-02-03 18:59

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  • Sarah
    2019-02-11 22:34

    Yay, the link is working now :)I'm so sorry the Amazon link above isn't working. I'm trying to fix that. In the meantime please use this one... :)I truly hope you enjoy reading Cassie and Gage's story as much as I've enjoyed writing it :)

  • Rejane
    2019-02-19 16:34

    I really despise (view spoiler)[hiding a kid from his parent. (hide spoiler)]

  • Kate's Corner
    2019-02-06 15:54

    The award for the best book boyfriend goes to ‘it was all about Gage Hunter’ 4 stars. I preferred this book to the first one although I’m not keen on second chance romances this one was done really well. In my opinion at least. Cassie meets Gage Hunter at a concert he is the lead singer for the band ‘Engage’ Cassie falls in love and as it is time for the band to go on tour. Gage gives the long relationships don’t work, dick move Gage but then you know that and you only realise what you lost until it is gone. Admittedly he did try to get in contact after he came back from his tour but it was too little too late. As he himself said it was the biggest mistake of his life.Cassie had dropped out of college and moved in with her Aunt to help her with Tail Wagners and to take care of her little man Logan. Guess who the father is? Gage. They meet again 5 years later at Mase’s birthday party. I love Mase. Gage turns on the charm and finds out that he has a son. Gage forgives her pretty easily but Cassie was like a dog with a frigging bone halfway throughout the book. You broke my heart, I can’t trust you. I don’t know how Ms. Curtis does it but she can really get me on the heroine annoying scales. I found Alexis also to be a wee bit annoying. Cassie has no self-preservation whatsoever. She puts the dogs before her own safety and that of her son who she needs to be there for. Overall an enjoyable read and I personally think that the writing of Ms. Curtis has developed. I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that my opinion is one of many who have loved this book

  • Emily
    2019-02-11 16:00

    Cassie Wagner loved deeply once but that love shattered and she was left broken in return. Gage Hunter thought he was doing the right thing, he was a rock star going on tour and although he cared deeply for Cassie he had seen the effects of long distance relationships and the destruction it left, he didn't want that for her. Five years later Gage believes fate has intervened, he found Cassie again. He has regretted his choice for all those years and now has a chance to get Cassie back. Cassie is not interested, she doesn't believe she can trust Gage fully again. Gage digs in and plans to prove to her that he is worthy of a second chance, will she give him one?There is several plotlines that I did not delve into not wanting to give anything away. I was anxious to see what Sarah Curtis had in store for readers after reading her first book Alluring, I was not disappointed. This is completely different from the first book but you do read about familiar characters which was fun. Gage is uber alpha male and even though at time Cassie seems like a brick wall, he maintains his course. Excellent read.

  • Chitra *CJ*
    2019-02-24 15:32

    "Engaging", is a second chance/ secret baby romance between Gage and Cassie.Years ago, Gage, the rockstar and Cassie, the student met, fell for each other but Gage broke her heart due to his tours and life. He leaves a heartbroken Cassie, and she vows never to trust him again.5 years later, Gage has moved on yet hasn't, because his heart is stuck on her- when he meets Cassie again and discovers he has a son Logan.Sweet and sexy romance with trust issues and mild angst. Though I love secret babies- I am not a fan of rockstar books but I'm glad I gave this one a chance.Also it annoyed me a little that he had slept around in her absence, especially because he insists she was the love of his life- and on the other hand the author kept the heroine celibate- so that took a little while to get over.Mixed is some illegal dogfighting drama and the heroine acting like Sherlock Holmes minus the brain or Watson but overall an engaging read *smirks*Unsafe3.5/5

  • Angie H.
    2019-01-29 18:39

    5 doggone good stars! I'm loving this series.

  • Erika
    2019-02-16 20:58

    [Long overdue! I don't know why this didn't post back in 2015] “The hot rocker only falls in love with the silly schoolgirl in romance novels and movies”Overall Rating → 5 “Baby, I’m better than Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.” STARS Price is Right? → (view spoiler)[ YES ($2.99 on Amazon, KU & Prime) I received my copy from the author personally (Lucky Girl AGAIN ☺ I know!). Definitely a “1-clock” Author!(hide spoiler)]Love Triangle? → (view spoiler)[ NO(hide spoiler)]Cheating? → I seriously LOVE Sarah Curtis’s books because I know my reading experience is in good hands (view spoiler)[ NO, IMO. However, Our H/h fell in love 5 years ago. They broke up, she ended up prego, and hasn’t been with anyone since. Even though the H/ was with other women during the 5yrs, this did not bother me one bit. Why? Because of 4 major reasons: He went back looking for her, bought her an engagement ring, got her name tattooed on his shoulder, and kept one of her old hair clips. That's how much she meant to him! Yeah, he screwed up BIG time, but once he realized his mistake, he tried to right HIS wrong before moving on with OW. Again, I never once questioned his devotion and love to Cassie!(hide spoiler)]Angst Level: High, Medium, Low → (view spoiler)[ low(hide spoiler)]Heat/Language Level: Rated G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17 → (view spoiler)[ Rated R(hide spoiler)]HEA → (view spoiler)[ YES! HEA & an Epilogue! I love my epilogues ;) Seriously! I wish there were 0.5 books for these characters!(hide spoiler)]Page Turner? → HELL YES! More so than the 1st book in my opinion.Would I recommend? → YES! Everyone loves a fresh/new romance book where the main characters are just getting to know each other and their compatibility, but second chance romance books have that extra edge. Why? Because these characters already have a rocky history. Personally, this makes the book more dynamic and realistic. Sure it’s harder to read about because at least one person has a broken heart, but it keeps you (the reader) on your toes. Would I re-read? → HELL YES!!! Definitely a safe and dependable read! A book to put you in a good mood! I love me some Neanderthals “I am the man. This is my woman. Back off.” [Update: read this book multiple times since I last wrote this review]Would I read more from this author? → YES!!! I need Mase’s story NOW! [Good news... Pursuing is now out!!!]Quotes that made me fall in love with Gage:“I don't want to be your fantasy fuck. I want us to be real…And I’m willing to wait an eternity for that to happen.”“I’ll make love to you when you see it”“Baby, I’m better than Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.”Mase!!!“This is my pups Godmother we’re talking about here. There is no way in hell I’m not doing this.”["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Nicla
    2019-01-25 16:45

    4.5 starsAnother wonderful story from Sarah Curtis. Engaging is a second chance love story. It was an easy and relaxing read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Gage broke Cassie’s heart 5 years ago and it is the biggest mistake of his life. He has thought about her every day since then. After a chance encounter with Cassie he is out to win her heart back and prove he can be trusted with it. Cassie was heartbroken when Gage broke up with her to go on tour. But she also has made a mistake and is keeping something important from Gage. When Gage tries to win her heart back she tries her best to protect it. I loved Gage. He is definitely the highlight of Engaging. Gage is an alpha who knows exactly what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it. He could be sweet and understanding with Cassie but also a little bossy. I also liked the fact he was able to admit to his past mistakes. Cassie is a sweetheart. I would describe her as passionate and stubborn. Sometimes she doesn’t make the smartest decisions when it comes to her safety. If she just talked to Gage some of the dangerous situations she gets herself into could have been avoided.(view spoiler)[There is a secret baby plot. I thought this was handled well. However I would love some more detailed scenes with Gage and Logan. I am a sucker for those type of moments (hide spoiler)].Overall, Engaging was a pleasure to read. I can’t wait to see what Sarah Curtis writes next. I am crossing my fingers it is Mase’s story. HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]Cheating/OW (view spoiler)[ Safe from Cheating or OW. But it might be considered safe with exception see spoiler below (hide spoiler)]Angst Level: LowSteam Level : HighSafety Group note (view spoiler)[ They are apart for 5 years. He has a few casual hook ups. Not a manwhore but not a saint either. It doesn’t say how many. She has none. Busy raising a child and took her a while to recover from having her heart crushed. She does go out on 1 date in the beginning but Gage ruins that. When he see her again her never waivers and set out on proving he loves her and can be trusted not to break her heart. There is a scene where another OW rings and Cassie answers the phone and the OW claims to be his girlfriend. Apparently they hooked up 3 times a couple of months ago. Apparently is was just a hook up and she knew that. It gets resolved pretty quickly. I would say there is definitely some safety triggers in this book.(hide spoiler)]

  • Libby Harrison
    2019-02-17 14:50

    https://romanticcynicblog.wordpress.c...Beware of Spoilers!Star Ratings:Heroine (Cassie): 24yrs old – 3/5Hero (Gage): 30yrs old – 4/5Plot: 2/5Grovel: sort ofCheating: noneHEA: yes but no babiesTriggers: H slept around during separationAverage score: 3/5Best Line: “I'm willing to work hard for her forgiveness.”Worst Line: "No. He didn't want me. I highly doubt he wants our baby."Personal Review:This was an average love story between a rock star and a puppy lover. It was no were near as good as the first book in this series but it was ok.Random Ramblings•Yay! Another h who doesn’t give in easily but she did start to annoy me later in the story•Still love secret baby romances but started to become annoyed with the back and forth between the past and the present and when the h never even makes an attempt to inform the H•I would have liked to have read more interaction between Gage and Logan •The story started to drag a little•She was an idiot for not calling 911 immediately, especially considering she was on her own with her young son Overall Feeling:Could have been better

  • Mindy Lou's Book Reviews
    2019-01-28 22:31

    Engaging is the 2nd standalone book in the Alluring series and a second chance novel. I loved how Gage and Cassie first meet in this story even though you get a just a small sneak peak before the story is flashed forward 5 years. Cassie not being impressed with Gage's celebrity status, he actually has to woo her. Unfortunately, Gage let her go not believing they can survive a long distance relationship while he is on tour with his band. 5 years later they meet again, however, Cassie is too jaded to give Gage a second chance. Now knowing what Gage truly gave up pining for Cassie for five years, he's determined not to let Cassie slip away again. The book is all about Gage proving his commitment to Cassie and Cassie refusing to depend on Gage and his love again. I enjoyed the chase in this book. Gage was relentless and wasn't giving up no matter how hard Cassie resisted which made the ending that much sweeter. You also get to read a bit about Mase who the 3rd book in the series is based off of as well as read about Alexis and Jack from the first book. Sarah Curtis does a great job of giving you the Alpha male without taking it too far and creating sassy females to give them a run for their money!

  • Auden Dar
    2019-02-03 20:33

    This book was recommended by a new friend on Goodreads. It was my first book by Sarah Curtis and it certainly will not be my last. Although the hero, Gage Hunter, was a rock star, I wouldn't classify this in that genre. It is definitely romance book and there were several steamy scenes. It was a fun, easy and enjoyable read. One that can be devoured in an afternoon.

  • Treena
    2019-02-05 18:46

    I didn't like this one as much as the first book. I had a hard time supporting the h's decisions and at times found her actions questionable/frustrating. As far as H's go, I thought Gage was great. But I'll admit that I'm looking forward to reading about Mase next. He seems really fun.

  • Laurie
    2019-01-24 21:50

    I liked this one but not as much as the first one. The writing was great, I just had a hard time with the h's decisions, especially the elephant in the room one. Her doubts about him and a couple of her TSTL moments kind of sealed her fate as an h that fits firmly in my not my favorite list.I did love the H. He was a dumbass who could have tried harder to once he realized his mistake. But, he groveled and bent over backwards to fix things with her. I kind of thought he was way too forgiving of her secret.Still, I did enjoy the story. I'm just not as forgiving of the type of secret the h had. Others love this storyline.

  • Bev
    2019-02-08 19:34

    I didn't like this one nearly as much as I did the first one. Why? Because save me from TSTL bitches. Honestly??? She pulled the TSTL move more than once, gets the shit beaten out of her and all of a sudden she loves him. GAH, I was rooting for Gage to walk away and find someone else that's how much Cassie irritated me. There also needs to be a great big stonking TRIGGER warning in the blurb for animal abuse. 5 stars for Gage who never gave up or wavered, 1 star for TSTL Cassie

  • C
    2019-01-28 18:47

    4.5/5First off I am NOT a fan of "second chance" or "rock star" stories.... I don't know why... I'm just not. This just goes to show how much I LOVE Sarah Curtis!!! I would definitely rank her up there with Alexa Riley, CM Steele, Fiona Davenport and Aurora Roes Reynolds!!! All her men are strong, loyal, possessive men once they find their (in Reynolds words) "BOOM" this book is no different. A must read!

  • Bonnie-Anne Carmichael (Love Triangles Are Fucking Stupid.)
    2019-02-22 15:41

    Just not my cup of tea. (view spoiler)[I just find heroines like this one selfish and COMPLETELY unforgivable. I don't care how hurt your poor wee feelings are, having a vagina doesn't give you the right to keep a child away from their father. This makes me rage in books/life. (hide spoiler)]

  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
    2019-02-11 19:49

    Originally posted at SmexyBooks- Wagner met and fell in love with Gage Hunter, lead singer for the band Engage, while in college. Their whirlwind romance ended abruptly when Gage decided to break up with her before he went on tour. After a few months, he realized his mistake and came back for her only to discover she had left college and disappeared. Now five years later, Gage runs into Cassie at a party but before he can talk to her, she disappears again. Gage has never forgotten Cassie and is determined to gain her forgiveness and pick up where they left off but Cassie isn’t the star struck girl she was back then and she has some forgiveness to ask for.As Cassie and Gage work to heal the breach between them, an outside force brings danger into Cassie’s life and Gage’s protective instincts go into overdrive. Gage needs this second chance but he won’t get it unless he can stop the growing violence that is stalking Cassie.Engaging is the second book in Sarah Curtis’s Allure series. I read book one, Alluring, earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. You can read my review Alluring HERE. Engaging is about second chances. As with book one, the romance is pretty straight forward in its reveal with a slightly off-center suspense subplot that is used to push our couple towards their HEA. Curtis flips between the past and present to tell Gage and Claire’s story, making sure we understand just where everything went wrong and how they might be able to fix it. Well written with a clear concise storyline, well developed plotlines, and personable characters; I found this one didn’t capture me as much as the first one.I had issues with the heroine. I never really connected with her. I’m all for making someone work to regain your trust, and mind you me, Gage broke Cassie’s trust, but I’m not onboard with acting the fool out of spite in order to get exact revenge for past deeds. She makes some incredibly ignorant decisions from the moment Gage leaves her. When Gage re enters her life, in her need to punish Gage for his past decisions, she continues to make bad decisions that pretty much had me throwing up my hands in disgust. One decision in particular is unforgivable in my opinion. There are only two reasons to make the decision she made and neither of them were present.I liked the hero, Gage, much better. Besides being sexy, smart, and alpha; he readily admits to his mistakes. He knew he was stupid for breaking it off with Claire before going on tour. He admits his fear got the better of him and when he sees her again, he does everything possible to make it up to her and prove to her he still loves her. I admit I questioned Gage’s inability to find Claire after he left her. It had only been two months. He’s a rock star and has the money and connections that the average person doesn’t. He could have found her if he really wanted to. But overall, Gage does everything he can to rebuild the trust he lost and that includes being extremely patient with Claire’s antics.The reconnection is slow going as Claire fights it every step of the way. The chemistry is sizzling. Physically they have no issues at all. It’s emotionally where they have a long uphill battle. I personally felt Claire dragged it out for too long, inventing problems where there were none.The stalker subplot is well written though it doesn’t blend well with the main storyline. It plays off Claire’s job and addresses a serious problem in the world today. Though Curtis uses it as a glaring plot device to push Claire forward in her life, she never belittles the issues nor uses the violence involved gratuitously. Be forewarned: some may find this aspect of the story disturbing as dog fighting is a violent crime that often does not have a happy ending.The ending comes at us hard and fast, leaving little time to process. Curtis slams us into our happy place as the subplot and romance wrap up tightly leaving readers with no doubt Claire and Gage have found their happily ever after. While this one wasn’t a favorite, I really dislike one of the tropes used in here immensely, I still enjoyed Curtis’s voice and look forward to book three in this series.RATING: C

  • Polly
    2019-01-30 14:46

    Not my fav because I'm not a huge second chance romance person. Still pretty good though.

  • Lady E
    2019-01-29 20:52

    I didn't dislike the book, but I couldn't get past the lack of common sense portrayed by Cassie. Gage was a patient man. 2.5

  • Samantha
    2019-02-23 20:56

    4 Stars!Another awesome read from Sarah Curtis! The story starts when Gage Hunter the lead singer of an up and coming rock band meets Cassie Wagner college student. They instantly connect and spend time falling in love. Gage without warning ends things with Cassie before he leaves on your devastating both of them though he felt he was doing the right thing.It picks up 5 years later when Gage runs into Cassie at a party. He soon learns how Cassie has spend the last 5 years. Gage sets out to win Cassie back and he is not letting her go again. I loved these characters. I love this authors alpha males that have so much determination to win over the Woman they want without giving up, and there feisty women that make them work for it and prove there love.

  • Annie ♥TrueLoveStoriesNeverEnd♥
    2019-02-11 19:48

    I am sure I have read this story before. Liked it then liked it now.

  • Shadi ***save your ratings use disclaimers**
    2019-01-24 18:42

    Book Facts:EngagingGenre:Contemporary RomancePart of a Series/Installment:SeriesStandalone/Cliffhanger:(view spoiler)[ Standalone (hide spoiler)]M/F-M/M-M/M/F-etc:(view spoiler)[M/F (hide spoiler)]Multi-Luv'n/Ménages:(view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)]Was There Descriptive Sex: (view spoiler)[ Yes (hide spoiler)]Contains Cheating:(view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]Amount of Sex in The Book:(view spoiler)[5 (hide spoiler)]Overall Steam Factor/Chemistry: (view spoiler)[6 (hide spoiler)]HEA/HFN/etc Ending:(view spoiler)[HEA (hide spoiler)]Any Triggers/Warnings: (view spoiler)[ H is with other women during break up. I really like the H, he wasn’t portrayed as a manwhore with a woman every night but had a sexual history. I would have preferred that the h also moved on during the separation but having a toddler myself just thinking about dating makes me tired so I get it. (hide spoiler)]My thoughts:I really liked that the plot wasn’t typical, by that I mean the H is a rockstar. Like many books with that type of character usually it is focused around their band, music, touring, groupies etc. Instead the book was focused around a dog fighting ring. What a great plot line to follow while having a hottie rockstar in on the action. The H was protective and knew what he wanted, the h was not as strong as I normally like in a character but overall she was fine. She didn’t annoy me or make me roll my eyes, but she did have a little of the he kissed me now I must swoon vibe. Overall Rating: 4.25Do You Recommend This Book:YesReRead:Probably notWould You Read More Books By This Author:Yes

  • Karma Queen
    2019-02-17 14:39

    ARC provided in exchange for honest reviewI enjoyed this second book in the Alluring series, which follows the romantic adventures of a group of people linked by friendship vs. occupation.Cassie and Gage were lovers and had a good thing going until he breaks it off to go on tour with his band Engage. His reasoning was that long distance relationships don't work (so he's been told). Cassie's heart breaks into a million pieces and since he doesn't contact her for over 2 months she is convinced she was a throwaway heart for him. Five years later she has moved on but still feels the lingering pain.Gage Hunter realizes that he made the biggest mistake of his life when he left Cassie and he sees her for the first time in five years at a party. He can't believe his good fortune but she is not willing to forgive and forget. Most of all she's not willing to let him into her heart again. But she's got her own life changing secret and Gage is the one who will need to forgive her for that.Gage is sweet and relentless in his pursuit of Cassie and wants that second chance to rectify the mistake he made by leaving her. Cassie does not make it easy for him but who can blame her?

  • Tanaka K
    2019-02-06 15:55

    I loved this book so much. It was sweet and so tomantic that I almost cried. Sometimes you got to to read sweet book that make you heart melt and this is the book. I liked this book more than Alluring because of Gage Hunter. The sexy rockstar. I love rockstars. and Gage Hunter just made me melt page after page. Cassie was a sweetheart but I felt like punching her in her face to get her act together. Stubborn but funny. The sex scenes were hot and I liked that it wasnt overpowering the story of the book. I really enjoyed the writing because there was some honest writing involved. I got confused midway to the story but I quickly ignored it because it later filled the gaps.Loved this book. Totally recommend this book uf you need something sweet and refreshing to read.ARC PROVIDED BY AUTHOR FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

  • Holly
    2019-02-09 18:56

    I expected more. The book started off so raw with her feelings. This book has two pov but it's get thrown in there. It started out great make u buy the the book after a sample but it drags. Like you feel like they're doing a play by play of everyday of their lives. This book ended to be ok with a drag. She was great up until she got annoying. She was heart broken that he left her. I thought she would be strong and find every way possible to avoid him but she didn't. I thought he would talk about how much he love her and make him feel. I thought I'll get the deep raw emotions but I didn't I got the basic. I wanted to know how he felt for the last 5 years and what he been thru. Did he write all the songs for her? Wtf did she do for 5 year??

  • French Press Bookworm Blog
    2019-02-23 18:45

    FANTASTIC!!!!!I stumbled across alluring and was hooked on Sarah Curtis. She writes alphas like no ones business. Alluring was great but Engaging was flawless.Gage and his sunshine were so sweet to read. Caddie had such walls around her heart in the beginning I was wondering if Gage was gonna be able to break them. It was beautiful how he was with her. His love and forgiveness and his understanding. It was not only beautiful to see them love again but it was flipping Hot! So much to say about this book but I don't wanna spoil it.That being said, if you like your men alpha and possessive as well as hot then Gage is your man. If you like your women sassy and sweet with some flirt wit then Caddie is your girl.Don't delay...pick up Engaging

  • Nicole
    2019-02-22 21:45

    I really liked this book a lot. I think I even like Gage more than Jack! He was so persistent in his pursuit of Cassie and showed utter devotion to her. Cassie was weary of him, understandably. The moment he got through to her though after the incident with Bianca and the speech he gave her was just perfect. I re-read it several times because it was just so romantic what he said. The parts with the dog fighting were tough to read but they're not too explicit so it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.Logan is so adorable...what a sweet boy! And I love that Gage became his dad right from their first meeting. It's like they had always known each other. All in all a really good read. Sarah Curtis has become a new favorite author of mine. I can't wait for Mase's book!