ARC Review: Worn Me Down by T.E. Sivec

Posted January 26, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Worn Me Down by T.E. Sivec
Worn Me Down
by Tara Sivec

3.5 Stars


Released: 20 January 2014
Series: Playing With Fire #3
Published by Self Published
Pages: 254
Format: eARC


The mixture of sexy romance, laughter and the cute kiddie factor made this a book I flew through ~ Under the Covers

Gwen Stratford has had enough of men, after putting up with her husbands abuse for ten years she doesn’t need another name coming in telling her what to do. Especially when that man is her brother’s best friend and fellow SEAL team member Austin Conrad, who seems to possess the ability to drive her mad and imagining him naked all at once. However, she has her daughter Emma to worry about and no matter what the feelings fun lovin’ playboy Austin inspires in her, she will always come first. But, she may need Austin’s help when strange things start to happen and it looks like her ex-husband is stalking her, determined to have them back.

I had great fun reading this book, romantic suspense books don’t often have me laughing, but I should have expected nothing less when it has been written by Tara Sivec. The mixture of sexy romance, laughter and the cute kiddie factor made this a book I flew through.

Austin and Gwen had great chemistry and from the start you could see the sparks flying off them, both from anger and their – at first- reluctant attraction towards one another. Austin is normally the love ’em and leave ’em type, more interested in his career as a SEAL than having a family and it was fun to watch him realise that he loved both of “his girls”. And reading him playing Barbies with Emma, Gwen’s daughter, was adorable, how could you not fall in love with that? Gwen was a strong female character and it was heartbreaking to see some of the things she had been through.

I just wish this book was longer, the suspense part of this romantic suspense wasn’t really that much of a presence in this book, although you know something bad is going to happen, I just didn’t really feel tense or any sense of impending doom. But it did make a good excuse for Gwen and Austin to live in close proximity, forcing a new level of intimacy on them as they live with him in a bid to keep Gwen and Emma safe.

I really enjoyed this book and I am definitely going to read the books I have missed in the Playing With Fire series, as although they can be read alone, I can’t wait to see what happened with the other couples mentioned in this book. So pick Worn Me Down up if you are after a quick, funny and romantic read, it certainly won’t disappoint.

* ARC provided by Author

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About Tara Sivec

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.



Tara is giving away lots of fun things.

1st Place – One engraved iPod Nano and a $50 iTunes gift card so you can load it up with the playlist she created while writing this story.

2nd Place – One autographed set of the entire Playing With Fire series

3rd Place – 10 people will win a Worn Me Down swag pack filled with dog tags, bookmarks and other goodies

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Drew, Gavin oh wait Jenny oh wait Claire oh shit how does one decide on a favorite I love them all for different reasons


i dont have a favorite i like them all


I don’t have a fave character just yet as I haven’t read any of her books but I’ve got a few of them on my tbr pile.


I own a few books by the author but haven’t read any yet. So I can’t say I have a favorite.

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I loved her Chocolate Lovers series and I have the first 2 books of this series but haven’t read them yet.