Would you take another shot at love? Or just settle on a friend with benefits?
THEIR HEARTBREAKING PAST WILL MOVE YOU. THEIR PASSION WILL MAKE YOU BLUSH. THEIR ANTICS WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD.
Twenty-five-year-old Natalie Davenport lugs substantial baggage. One boyfriend after the next has been a total disaster, leaving Natalie distrustful toward the male population in general. So when Colin Hampton crosses her path, she’s cautious. Her heart (and some other body parts!) nudges her to go for it, while her head wants her to run for the hills.
Colin is one of those gorgeous guys who attract women, no matter the age or marital status. With a successful career at a popular Seattle radio station, hard body, and charming personality, he is the complete package. But something dark lurks in the corners of his soul; some murky experience that has changed him—maybe for the better, but maybe for the worse.
Will he steal her heart and stomp over it like other guys did?
Will she let him into her heavily fortified world despite herself?
Or will they settle somewhere in the middle—establishing the emotional boundaries to protect them from falling in love?
This contemporary romantic comedy blends humor, sensuality, and angst, with zany characters and witty dialogue.
***Warning: contains sexual situations (some quite vivid!), profanity, and a high dose of sarcasm. Oh, and there is a lot of appletini and beer drinking.
May not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old. Not intended for prudes and killjoys with no sense of humor***
Where to Buy
Amazon ~ B&N
To be fair, I wasn’t sure when the romance would begin, because for the first 1/3 of the book, the focus was on Natalie and her 3 close friends. But I liked that. Why? I could relate. It has always been my belief that we women define ourselves by our relationships. Some of us focus more on finding that perfect mate, where as others of us find the perfect partner in crime instead. Don’t get me wrong, finding that perfect guy is never far from our minds, but if you have the right friends, the wait isn’t as long and you have lots of fun along the way. Like Natalie, I myself had a great group of gals to hang with, get drunk, go dancing, and search for that great guy. Reading about the antics of Ali, Caroline, Natalie, and Jena was fun and brought back some really good memories. Although I myself could not subscribe to the ideal of a sex buddy, I can see the benefits Especially if you have dated enough losers to not want to risk getting hurt again.
So, at the start, we meet Natalie and the rest of the girls…each of them is different – backgrounds, looks, occupations, etc. However, each of them is someone you can either relate to or know someone who can relate to them. Natalie and Ali are business partners. They run their own business and neither are married or involved in a serious relationship at this time. Aside from hanging with her friends, working, and going to the gym, Natalie spends her time thinking about the men she has dated in the past and wondering if she should just put a hold on getting into another serious relationship. Caroline is the best friend who has body issues. Jena is the student. Sound familiar?
Enter Colin. Natalie meets him at work. However, not in the most ideal situation. He’s good looking, smart, successful, and nice. What is not to like, right? Well, first off, there was the moment they met…when she was half naked in the office…then there is the fact that she isn’t sure she wants to get involved again. Not to give away too much, but they will eventually start to date and that will eventually lead to a relationship. Just when things start to look like Natalie’s search for the perfect mate is done, things start to get complicated with Colin. Everyone comes with some kind of baggage, right? A past that can be either good, decent, bad, or sad. The thing is…if you’re not upfront about your past, especially those things that tend to haunt you…they always come back to bite you in the @$$.
In closing, I really liked the story, but gotta say, it wasn’t perfect. First, as the book progressed, there were more misspelled or missing words. It started to get a little distracting. More importantly, the ending was abrupt. I don’t mind cliffhangers…ok, I don’t mind them too much as I get it sets the stage for the next book, but this one was just like, out of nowhere. Just when we were getting to the part where Colin was explaining his behavior, it ended. Would I recommend the book, yes. Do I think everyone would love it, perhaps not, but it was still an entertaining read.
**This book has been up-dated**
About the Author
Angela Orlowski-Peart was born and raised in Poland. She describes herself as European born, American by choice. She was just seven-years-old when she decided to learn English and translate her favorite Polish fairytales.
Angela is the author of the Young Adult and New Adult fiction novels. She writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi, and short stories. She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Western Washington Chapter (http://www.scbwi.org), and several authors’ and readers’ networking groups on Facebook, Linkedin, and Goodreads.
Angela speaks with Polish accent, and loves listening to the Southern drawl. She is passionate about watercolor painting, fashion—especially stilettos, rock climbing, environment, and organic food and gardening. She lives in the Seattle area with her family and a chronically curious cat.
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