There's only one thing worse than dating a friend's sister - sleeping with his mother.
Fran DeLuca's known for her bossy, overbearing personality almost as much as for her love of nylon tracksuits. But when someone runs off with 50,000 dollars, she becomes involved in an ALFA investigation and catches the eye of silver fox biker, Bear.
Bear North, ALFA's resident bad boy, has never thought of Fran as anything more than his buddy's mom. When she trades in her elastic pants and orthopedic tennis shoes for a pair of skintight jeans and high heels, he takes notice of the 50-something MILF.
When the money trail leads closer to Fran than expected, Bear takes charge of the investigation and will do anything to protect her. Can Bear track a thief, claim Fran, and keep Morgan DeLuca in the dark long enough to solve the case?
©2016 Chelle Bliss (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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Older couple Contemporary Romance. Standalone, 3rd in a series of related standalones.
Since I like to read books in order, I fell so behind on the Men of Inked Series by Chelle Bliss that I never read anything after because I always intended on catching up. But being someone who is about to stare 50 right in the face, I really enjoy novels with older couples. I was assured Wicked Impulse stood alone, so I listened to the audiobook.
I have hair that is half purple down to my waist and I act like a child myself. My husband is 8 years older than me, but we still don’t think of ourselves as “old”. We have an 11 year old, maybe that’s why, but even my sisters, who are in their mid-fifties with grown kids are totally cool and not “old” at all. So I will say that Fran, especially at first, seemed way too old for her age, especially making a few “senior” jokes. If anyone called me a freaking senior I’d kick their butts.
The narration didn’t help. The female narrator would be AMAZING in a full-on comedy, but I had a little trouble thinking of her as basically someone my age. She just seemed totally like an older Italian from the Bronx, yet she was from Florida. Think of the Nanny, Marge Simpson and Linda (the mom from Bob’s Burgers) mixed and you have Fran DeLuca. She is funny as he!!, but maybe a little over the top. She actually sounded a bit like my Italian Mother-in-Law from the Bronx.
But she was a lot of fun to listen to. I think if I read it rather than listened, I would have found it sexier, but for me it was more fun because of the narration.
Bear works at Alfa Pi Security and he is a total manwhore. He has two grown kids who he loves, but only from afar. He basically gave them up when they were young because he was in a bad place, which was no place for kids. One of his best friends is his co-worker, Morgan whose mom, Fran, has just been robbed of $50,000 from a guy she was dating. The boys at Alfa Pi are investigating and trying to track the thief down.
Fran wears track suits all the time and doesn’t really care about her appearance, but when she starts working with Bear, she decides it’s time for a change and goes out shopping with her friends.
“We have to get you a new bra.”
“Your boobs shouldn’t be near your elbows.”
When Fran and Bear saw each other again with Fran's hot new look, it was clear. There was no way Bear could hide his need for her.
"It was written all over his face. His attraction. His need. The want he felt for me was almost electric. Why hadn’t I seen it before?”
Bear is a tough biker who has had a rough life, the love of his life died, he is estranged from his kids, and has no real connections outside work. He’s never been in a relationship that anyone can remember, so it’s no wonder Morgan warns him away from his mother.
“He was my buddy and coworker, but Fran…She was a real woman who made me feel something for the first time in as long as I could remember.”
They were actually pretty hot together, but the semi-comedic narration stopped me from really feeling a lot of that heat. When I re-read some of the scenes in the print version when I was pulling quotes, I found them a lot hotter. Even so, I loved the couple together. I love that they have hot sex in their fifties and Bear is a total dirty talker. But they needed to keep the relationship a secret for a while.
"There’s only one thing worse than dating a friend’s sister—sleeping with his mother."
Fran was tough. She didn’t put up with ANY crap and had no problems expressing that.
I honestly totally loved Fran. She meddled with no apologies and was a great mom, but was also tough and never a weak pushover. Bear was just a completely sexy alpha, and I loved how much he appreciated all of Fran’s qualities. They were great together, and the book had me smiling the entire time.
•I love a book with older couples!
•Even though they are in their fifties they're totally hot.
•Fran was funny as he!! and tough as nails.
•Fran was a great mom even though she totally meddled (Italian moms, it's what they are made for).
•Even though I hadn't read the prior books, I didn't feel lost.
•The narration was great for comedy, Fran was totally funny. I loved the male narrator who was completely sexy.
•I was torn on the female narrator. While I thought she was funny, her strong older Italian/New York vibe overpowered the story sometimes.
•Her narration stopped the sexy scenes from being sexy.
•Fran seemed way older than early fifties, but I admit, I know one or two women my age that just seem way older.
•Not a fan of the way it ended.
The Down & Dirty:
I am torn on Wicked Impulse. I love the story, but where I'm torn is whether the audio made it better or worse. I think it made the story a comedy, where if I read on kindle I think I would have found it a much sexier read with some funny moments. Fran seemed a bit older than the age she's supposed to be, because she seemed old to me even though I'm about the same age. But I love Chelle Bliss for writing an older couple as still very sexual and HOT and including it in a series for all ages. It's funny, the story that first made me fall for Chelle's writing was The Gallos which is no longer on Kindle, but it was about the parents of the characters in Men of Inked who were married a long time, older, and still cool and sexy.
All in all I totally recommend Wicked Impulse. If you are looking for more of a comedy with a unique and fun narrator, get the audible. If you are looking for a hot read with an older couple, get the print version. Either way, it's a great story, and I'm ready for more, because this doesn't quite stand completely alone, you will want the next.
Rating: 4.25 Stars, 4.25 Heat, 4 Narration
Chelle is a wonderful writer and it makes listening to her audiobook a pleasure. For me this was one of the best in the Alpha PI series, and that says a lot because I enjoyed all them. Bear is a silverfox and Franny is a women with bigger balls than Bear, LOL
This was my first audio for a Chelle Bliss novel, and my first book in the Alpha Pi series. I thinking reading the other books in the series would be helpful but not necessary. I loved this story about Bear and Fran finding each other through an investigation at Bear's work. They are both older than the typical age of characters but are still just as funny and sexy as any character in any book. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to their story and banter in this dual narration audio.
I read this book and listened to the audio book on my commute to work. There were several morning I didn't want to get out of my car so I could listen to just a little bit more.
Franny and Bear cracked me up! I've not read many 'older couple' stories where the couple truly ARE older, but if I find another half as good as this one, I will snatch it up in a hearbeat! Chelle Bliss never disappoints and this story is just another example of how versatile and well she writes.
Oh Bear. Where do I even start? This man had me from page one. Love this story. Love this series. And the voice had me frozen in my chair unable to do anything except listen to Ms Bliss' words. Amazing!
Oh, Bear! If only I'd found you before Fran!
Bear has been an amusing supporting character on the preceding books. I rather enjoyed his fall into love with Fran, a mature woman coming into her own with a gown son who doesn't know when to back off. The grown son Bear works with every day.
Bear the manwhore becomes Bear the devoted, adoring lover. He has to battle his friends ( son and nephews to the woman who has caught his attention and sent his spiraling) who know his history and want to protect Fran from him. Funny antics and conversations ensue.
Fran has balls! Big Italian balls to rival Mama Gallo's. She's also a nosy, interfering, loving mom who wants her man to have what he deserves and never felt he could handle. His own children. She is completely amusing when she gives Bear shit and puts Morgan on his place. Had me laughing outright.
Of course, the Audible version of the story added to the entertainment.
I loved Bear and Fran's story!!
Yes!! It's all about Bear. I've loved him from the other books. I was excited to hear that he would be getting his own book. I loved every minute of it!
That was actually Fran. "You want the a**, I want drinks!"
I think Samantha did an excellent job of bringing Fran to life. This was my first time listening to her and she was awesome. As for Lee Samuels? Come on! He can read me a phone book and i'd be happy! But he pulled Bear off perfectly of course. :)
It had me in tears from laughter during all most all of the book. Even the serious parts, Bear had a way of bringing his humor into it to bring a smile to my face.
Bring on the next book. I hope it's about Rhett?!?!
This was my first audio book and I loved it! I was hooked from the start. The characters were so entertaining, I couldn't wait to know what they would be doing next. Devoured this in less than a day!
5 Crazy Ass Must Read Stars!!!!!
I have been wanting Bear's story since I met him in the Men of Inked Series. Holy Fashizell, Chelle! That was HOT! Bear is HOT! That mouth. Oh that mouth.
Fran cracked me up. I could totally picture her in my mind thrusting her hip out and giving the business to anybody that crossed her path.
Bear. I'm totally starting a Silver Fox BBF list and he's is topping that list.
I ended up getting the audiobook as soon as it went live because this time of year leaves little time to sit and read. Throw in a couple of sick kids and reading is an impossibility. I loved the Samantha Brentmoor as the narrator. She really brought Fran to life. Lee Samuels made for a great Bear.
I'm needing the next book like yesterday. That cliffy at the end just left me hanging and I need to know what happens.
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