Reviewed by Kini
“Exactly. Sure, sometimes a quick bang does the job. Other times, you can’t help yourself, and it’s got to be all-consuming and clumsy and so rough the guy’s dangling belt buckle digs into your thigh and you notice scratch marks the next morning. But mostly, we want to be savored. We want to know that you’d happily spend the entire day making us shudder and gasp and cry out in pleasure and that your face between our legs is a fucking joy, not a chore.”
I read the previous book in this series, Acting on Impulse, last year and really liked it. I went in with high expectations for this book and they were met. I really enjoy Sosa’s voice. Her characters are realistic, without being boring and they end up having amazingly hot sex. I think this book may have been dirtier, in the best ways, than the previous book and features both characters doing on page masturbation- if you’re into that kind of thing!
The heroine, Ashley, is a flight attendant and secretly an aspiring singer/songwriter. She is also the younger sister of Carter, the hero in book one. Her and Julian’s friendship was lightly alluded to in book one. But this book can be read as a stand alone. Ashley has always liked Julian, as he has been best friends with her brother since they were younger. Ashley needs a place to stay and ends up staying with Julian.
Julian is a casting agent and kind of uptight and worries a lot. He is attracted to Ashley, but worried about the implications to his job, as he represents her brother. He agrees to let Ashley stay with him, but just as friends. We know that never works.
This book is a take on forced proximity, one of my favorite tropes and then it goes in to fake relationship when they decide to pretend to be dating in order for Ashley to get an annoying cousin off her back and for Julian to avoid the advances of that same cousin. Not going to lie, I felt the rationale for the fake relationship was a little loose, but since I love fake relationship, I didn’t get too hung up on it.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It’s fun, Ashley and Julian have great chemistry, they give good banter too. When they get to the smexy times, it was HOT. The conflict was mostly internal, them trying to get over their shit, and they did but not before a little bad behavior. There was some good grovel and I was there for it. I did like that Ashley being Carter’s sister was only a hindrance inasmuch as the fact that Julian and Carter worked together and he didn’t want to jeopardize that and not that stupid- “you can’t date my sister” thing. Carter and Tori from book one are in this a fair amount, but again I don’t think you have to read their book in order to enjoy this one. There are some light teasers to the next book and I look forward to reading that.