Reviewed by Kini
Allie Fredericks isn’t supposed to be in Manhattan, hiding in the darkest corner of a hip bar, spying on her own mother—who’s flirting with a man who’s definitely not Allie’s father. Allie’s supposed to be in Wisconsin, planning her parents’ milestone anniversary party. Then Winston Chamberlain walks through the door, with his tailored suit, British accent, and gorgeous eyes, and Allie’s strange mission goes truly sideways.
Winston doesn’t do messy. But after a pretty stranger ropes him into her ridiculous family drama with a fake kiss that gets a little too real, he finds out that messy can be fun. Maybe even a little addicting. And as the night grows longer, Allie and Winston make a list of other wild things they could do together—and what seems like a mismatch leads to a genuine connection. But can their relationship survive as their real lives implode just outside the bedroom door?
This is second in a series, the previous book was Truly and featured a different couple. But this book is also related to one of her earlier books, About Last Night. You don’t have to read either or both of those stories first, but I definitely recommend them and will help you have a better understanding of Allie and Winston’s story.
Allie and Winston have an interesting meet-cute when she is semi stalker her mother in a bar in NYC. It’s kind of weird, but it worked. Allie is not from NYC and after conversation in the bar, Winston offers his apartment to her. Allie recently walked away from a long term relationship and broke up with her fiance right before they were to be married. She is now struggling to find herself and how she fits in the world as a single person.
Winston is a bit older and divorced and moved to NYC when his daughter wanted to move there for school. He is struggling to find out who he is as a parent and a man. Allie and Winston were a good fit together as they discover things about themselves. Winston is older than Allie and this trope worked really well in this story.
The sexual tension and sex in this book is scorching hot. As part of their discovery of their individual selves, they come up with a list of things they want to do, not all things are sexual, but most were. And as they go through the list, wooh boy, it gets hot! The quote I picked is fairly filthy and I am going to wrap it in a spoiler tag to keep things interesting
Allie to Winston-
“I want you to get back between my legs. I want you to hold my thighs down, firmly. Don’t let me, like, hump too much. I mean really, really hold me down. I want you to lick harder when I’m trying to get you to back off. I want you to … uh. I want you to make a lot of noise. Like… you know. Like you like it. Really like it. I want you to come if you feel like coming, and um. If you want to come I want you to stop licking me and jerk yourself right in front of me, then finish me off.”
I have really missed Knox’s voice. She writes regular characters going through regular problems and along the way they find love. The only thing I didn’t like about this story was I felt there was a little too much emphasis put on the mother’s story and I wasn’t as invested in that. With the main story being Allie and Winston and my enjoyment of that, I can overlook the time spent on the mom. Knox’s site says there will be a third story in this series, but I don’t know who it will feature, but I am still very interested.