Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City #2) by Penny Reid

Freinds without benefitsBlurb: There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she’s unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.




3 stars

I was let down by this one I’m afraid.  I found Elizabeth contradictory, stubborn, and emotionally stunted.  And not in a charming, witty, sarcastic way.  She claimed to be super honest but habitually lied to herself.  It was frustrating and I got tired of it real fast.

And the male MC! Not really my kind of love interest.  I wasn’t attracted to him in the slightest so I had a hard time taking him seriously.  His past as a bully to her kept coming up and for some reason I just could’t let that go.  He played to love card too early and it came off as creepy than endearing.  Like real creepy.

Everything after that was fruit of the poisonous tree.  There were some funny parts that had me laughing like the panty party and whenever they had their knitting night.  The little girl gave it a bit more even if it felt like a gimic.

The backstory could have been a book in its own right and I would have liked to have had some flashbacks to get a better feel for Nico.  I think that might have helped me to know him on a deeper level.  Other than that, I was underwhelmed.

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Adapted for Film by Stacey Rourke

adapted-for-filmBlurb: Aubrey Evans is living every author’s dream; her sizzling romance novel is being turned into a blockbuster film. She would be celebrating this momentous event, if she wasn’t busy fighting over every tiny production detail with the maddeningly cavalier director, Kole Camden.

When news of their heated rivalry hits the gossip columns, drastic measures must be taken to save their sinking project. In an elaborate PR hoax, she is publicly linked to Greyson Meyers, the swoon-worthy star of her movie. A whirl-wind love affair is staged for the couple to mirror the steamy chapters of her own books.

Can the introverted author resist the charms of Hollywood’s sexiest leading man? Or will love find her in the City of Angels?



5 stars

I finished this book in damn near one sitting.  It was drenched in sarcasm.  And I loved it. I’ve had this book in my queue for a while now. I don’t recall how I got it but I needed a break from my series reads and the Sci-Fi book I had been reading. (H.G. Wells is hard to read for too long) I immediately loved it.  From beginning to end this book screams wit, snark and lots of humor!

I laughed so much during this book you guys.  I could not put the damn thing down.  The pretend romance was not what I would have expected so that was fun.  It was more realistic. I mean, I remember people in high school that wore sex appeal like a second skin, which is how Greyson came off.  But I do like the fact he wasn’t a douche, which is usually the case with the sexy ones.  I honestly liked him better than the actual love interest.

The main plot was pretty predictable but the WAY it was written was what hooked me.

The only thing I found a bit off was the Camden and Aubrey’s attraction.  We could see where it was headed but we never really see ‘the moment they fall’ ya know.  Then it just skips to them being in love.  Its hard to explain without spoiling the book but that’s the best I can do.

It didn’t have any impact of my likability of the story though.  It was a quick, funny read that I could see going back too when I need a break from life.

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Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect #1) by Mary Frame

imperfect-chemistryBlurb: Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.

When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions—by experiencing them herself.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

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Favorite Quotes:  

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.

“You’re totally grabbing her ass,” Freya whispers loudly. “Is that weird? Groping your ex’s ex?”

“I dropped out of school,” he says. “I’m going to go back, when I can afford it or when I can figure out how the whole student loan thing works. Until then, I’m going to live off of my art, and if that doesn’t work, I’m going to get a job. But I’m never going to give up doing what I love.” “That’s good. I’m glad.” I really am. He deserves every bit of happiness, whether I’m part of that happiness or not. He looks down at the couch, and his fingers fiddle with a bit of fabric that’s come loose on the old piece of furniture. “The thing is,” he says quietly and then clears his throat. “The thing is,” he repeats it louder. “I don’t want to do any of that.” His eyes meet mine again. “Without you.”


5 stars

This ebook is free on Amazon!

I really liked this story.  Lucy was so fricking funny.  It almost seemed like she was deliberate in her responses but she just had no idea how to deal with people.  Her demeanor was crisp yet edgy.  She was completely obtuse when it came to her emotions, which made this book that much more awesome.  To see her thrive in academia but struggle with social settings.

I mean, emotions as a pathogen?  Think about it. A Pathogen.  Come on!  That’s funny, I don’t care who you are.

I think what really helped me to love this book was the fact that the side characters were just as deep and rich in their attitudes as the MC was.  Freya especially, was a favorite of mine.  She seemed the typical college student but she didn’t show disdain to Lucy (at least, not for long) for her lack of warmth and affection but instead realized that what she really needed was a friend.  And she was there for Lucy in a way that most people couldn’t or refused to be.  That says a lot about a persons character to commit to friendship when you really have no idea what they are saying half the time.  Haha.

Jensen was a very unexpected male lead for me. He’s creative and shy, attempting to squirm out from under his father’s thumb and expectations.  But my first impression of him came off as sexy and alpha, which he wasn’t at all!  I mean, he WAS sexy but not in that arrogant way.  It was more understated.  I loved that about him.  He had drive but lacked support and a bit of courage.  And I think that’s where Lucy helped him. They really helped each other. It was a true give and take relationship.

And the narration!  Rhiannon Engell nailed it.  Each character was easily discernible and had their own ‘voice’.  I found myself laughing at least once a chapter, her timing with the punchlines was perfect.  With the ebook being free and the audio only 1.99 to add, this book is a steal!  You should really go read it.  You’re welcome in advance!

I received a free audible code from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

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Flirty Thirty (Nerdy Thirties Book 1) by Cassie Mae

32327970Blurb: Maya never expected to get kissed when she walked out in her ratty old hoodie (and nothing else) to get the mail. But when a shirtless god jogs down your street, grabs your face, and kisses you… you kiss that man back!

Cooper is on a mission to find the love of his life, and he’s gotten desperate. Over thirty years old with more money than he could spend in his lifetime, he’s ready to spoil and love his soul mate. After hiring the beautiful woman he kissed on the street as his realtor, he’s convinced that fate has led him to her.

Maya doesn’t buy into fate and definitely doesn’t want something serious. She’s not ready to become one of her baggy-eyed friends who all have two or more kids and one or less husband. But when Cooper challenges her to a week of living the married life, Maya dives in headfirst thinking she’s sure to prove that singlehood is really the way to go, even if she does end up falling head over heels.

scr2557-proj697-a-kindle-logo-w-rgb-lg   This is a pre-order for October 24.


3.5 stars

I enjoyed this new adventure that CM took us on.   And the cover is super cute!

The story was a great one.  But I feel the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more, especially Maya.  I got Cooper, he was easy to peg but for a character as multi dimensional as Maya I felt that there was something missing in her development.  What? I couldn’t tell you.  I had a bit of a dilemma identifying with her, which is super weird because I am in my 30’s (late 30’s but it still counts!) and I didn’t want kids when I was younger until I meant my husband.  Both things should have made me love her since we had them in common.  But for some reason I found myself not feeling her that much.

I think she changed her mind too fast and he chased her too quickly for me.  The issue of having children didn’t seem to be taken as seriously as I thought it should have I guess. That was the main thing for me.  As someone who didn’t want kids when I was younger, let me tell you I was on every birth control I could find!  It seems odd that she wasn’t and didn’t have a back up plan in place for accidents.

Bypassing the child issue, I loved the story!  They had great chemistry and Cooper’s social awkwardness was just the most adorkable thing you have ever saw!  I loved how Maya didn’t make him feel bad about his non filter in conversations.  And how he just wanted to skip the first dates and move straight in the middle.  Which for me is one of the best parts of a relationship too.

I will definitely be reading the next one because I need to know what happens!

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Beard Science (Winston Brothers, #3) by Penny Reid

beard-scienceBlurb:  Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.



3 Stars (or 2.5 I’m still debating)

I don’t know what I think about this book. The ending seem disjointed from the beginning. I felt the transitioning from blackmailer to friend to love interest was a bit off. And it went downhill from there. I felt like I was reading two different books. The beginning stayed true to the characters but the second half….It was like reading a completely different book.

Cletus came off as arrogant, conniving and manipulative peppered with a loyalty and a fierce protectiveness towards his family. He also enjoyed when others misjudged him and used it to his already considerable advantage multiple times. I liked that about him and didn’t really want him to change, I was looking forward to his growing a bit more, but not really changing. But then he did like a 180 and I fricking lost it. Now I think of him as some weakling who can’t control his urges whenever his kryptonite walks in the room. Instead of seeming confident he comes off as vulnerable and insecure. And not in a good way. It was very unattractive to me.

Really I felt this story should not have been a love story. It should have been about Jennifer, not Cletus. Or at least Cletus as a strictly platonic friend. Jennifer had the most growth and her character stayed consistent throughout the book. I loved her a lot and think Cletus is no longer good enough for her.

I will say that we got a whole lot more background on the family in general and I feel like I know the siblings better, which was a concern of mine going into the series since they seem to focus on each brother but didn’t really show the family dynamic in the first two. This book really gave me a more in depth look into their lives and I now feel I know the other brothers more. Solid character building in that aspect.

Other than that, I was a bit disappointed in this one.

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How to Date a Nerd (How To #1) by Cassie Mae

how-to-date-a-nerdBlurb: Zoe has a great pair of legs, perky boobs, and wears exactly what she needs to show it all off. She works hard for the easy sleazy you only wish you were me reputation, burying who she really is—an all-out nerd. The only time Zoe gets to be herself is when she hides under her comforter to read X-Men comics, sending jealousy stabs at everyone who attends Comic-Con.

Zak’s a geek to the core, shunned by everyone in school for playing Dungeons and Dragons at lunch and wearing “Use the Force” t-shirts. And Zoe’s got it bad for the boy.

Only Zak doesn’t want Popular Zoe. He wants Geek Zoe.





3.5 stars

Ok, full disclosure, I’m on the fence about this book. I mean, I liked the writing and the story was a great one, but I couldn’t understand Zoe’s actions…AT ALL.  It probably has to do with the fact that I had such a hard core supportive tribe in HS that I never would have treated a friend this way, especially someone I was half in love with.  I just didn’t get her reasoning.  I don’t think she deserved to get the guy in the end, I wanted her to lose. That’s how much I disliked her character.

And I found Zak to be too much of a pushover.  He consistently accepted her apology time after time even when she humiliated him.  I was heartbroken for him when she let him down.  The beginning of the end for me was the stalker scene. When she dissed him so hard at school, I lost it. After that I was mad he gave her another chance.  I guess I am not one of those people that can forgive that easily.  Wow, whats that say about me.

BUT……The simple fact that CM made me feel so deeply about each character, even if it’s in a negative fashion, is a wonderful thing.  Cause most authors don’t have that power.  And her writing pulled me in right away.  I just didn’t like either character.  Which I used to think was a major deal, but since I feel so strongly about this book, the story must have touched me in some way right?  The story itself is a great piece about excepting and loving yourself for who you are and not giving in to societies demands for conformity. Something I am a huge die-hard fan of.  I hate almost all conformity.  So in that way, it was a win.

But I had to knock of a few stars for disliking the MC’s.  Sorry.

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Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid

23337863Blurb: Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?


Favorite Quotes: 

I swear, at this rate of staring and grinning, Jethro and I were in serious danger of going steady and holding hands.

“You’re a movie star. A celebrity with millions of fans.” “And you’re a wildlife ranger who traps giant, dangerous black bears for a living and acts like it’s no big deal. Tell me that doesn’t sound like a heaping helping of crazy, with bizarre gravy, and a slice of mashed loco for Cocoa Puffs.”

“And you are more than the mistakes of your youth. You are more than the label you’ve been assigned by people who might love you, but don’t really know who you are anymore.”

“Think of how much better the world would be if people craved compliments about the beauty of their heart rather than the beauty of their face.”

“don’t ration the passion, i.e. put your best fuck forward.”



5 Stars!

Oh dear lord this book!  This series!  This cover! This author!  I could be easily convinced that PR sold her soul to the devil.  She is so good at her craft it’s almost outside the realm of reality.  (That’s a compliment)

I was waiting impatiently for Cletus’ book, but damn if I didn’t fall for the eldest Winston brother.  Jethro is confident in his work, but he is insecure in his role as eldest brother. You can feel the guilt that settles heavily in his heart for not being a good brother, something that he attempts to make up for constantly.  His character has such a contradiction of traits, it gives him depth and dimension.

And Sienna, god I loves her. Not only is this book a surprise diverse read for me.  She is also a plus size MC.  A woman like me!  Its lovely to see characters in books that we can relate to physically.  She is a successful actress, writer and comedian but she seems to lose her cool whenever Jethro shows up, making their interactions even more enjoyable.

The dialogue is consistently humorous, clever and sexy.  The family is pretty close knit and I love how they all live together.  I myself am the oldest of seven siblings so I get their dynamic so much.  I gobbled this book up in a day and am now suffering from withdrawal. Its a good thing my husband has a beard. 😉

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Frosted Sweets: a Romantic Comedy (A Taste of Love Series #1) by A.M. Willard

frosted sweetsBlurb:
 Morgan Lewis, a hopeless romantic and the bubbly owner of the Polka Dot Bakery, couldn’t wait to wed the man of her dreams. Feeling giddy as she walks through the park carrying her beautiful wedding dress over her shoulder, she sees a sight no soon-to-be bride should ever see. In that moment, the wedding of her dreams becomes a story fit for a gossip magazine. As tears stream down her face, she wonders who to cancel first; the church or the caterer.

Insert Jayden Rivers whose career in production has him relocated to Atlanta. His mother always said it would take a special woman to lure him away from his work, but he felt like someone sucker punched him when he saw her… the sweet smelling goddess carrying a wedding dress through the park. Will Jayden be able to set the camera aside and restore Morgan’s faith in love?



2.5 stars

Eh, I wasn’t really impressed with this book.  I saw it on Books and Bindings and it was free at the time so I though, What the hay?  And the cover is pretty.

I’m glad the book was free, this story seemed to drag on for me.  And it was a lot of telling and not enough showing for my tastes.  I finished it so that’s something, but the climax wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been. I don’t know, it was just missing something. It seemed a bit cliche and tropey IMO.  And while some tropes are awesome and I never get tired of them, this was not one of them.

Morgan was lost after finding out her fiance was cheating.  This is where I get annoyed. She was with him for years and constantly did what he wanted, then all of the sudden she switches gears and decides that she is living her life for her.  I mean, I get it, he cheated, but it just didn’t make sense to me that that is what caused her to have this epiphany. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood but this just seemed way to easy.

And the other romance seemed way too fast, like who falls in love after one encounter.   IDK, it was very all over the place for me.  I don’t think I’ll be reading anymore in this series.  Bummer.

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Two Cabins, One Lake (Alaskan Romance #1) by Shaye Marlow

two cabins one lakeBlurb: Helly is a volatile blonde with a passion for fishing, a grudging tolerance for the fishermen she guides, and a part-time job putting her sexual fantasies in writing. She lives a quiet life in the Alaskan bush, alone on her little lake with only a spooky dog and her gun collection for company.

But then Gary, the most obnoxious man Helly’s ever met, roars into her life. The mysterious helicopter pilot moves into the cabin across the lake with a vengeance. And fire. And karaoke. He’s a despicably early riser with a penchant for public indecency, a talent for trespassing… and he’s handsome as the devil, with abs she’d like to lick.

Helly quickly realizes her little lake isn’t big enough for the two of them. After an initial attempt at being reasonable, and responsible, and mature, she gives up—and gives as good as she gets. What follows is a feud of eardrum-battering intensity; a no-holds-barred water fight to the tune of a screaming chainsaw, with her panties caught in the crossfire.

Just when Helly thinks things couldn’t possibly get any worse, her crazy brothers crash the party. In an unforgiving land where even the wildlife is out for blood, can the pair survive long enough for Gary to capture Helly’s heart, along with her wrists? Or will Gary’s past be the final blow, after Helly loses her boat, her dignity, and what’s left of her ammo?

For lovers of Alaskan romance and romantic comedy, Two Cabins, One Lake is a sexy, standalone contemporary romance novel with action & adventure, a splash of mystery & suspense, and a satisfying conclusion. Take a vacation to Alaska, where everything’s bigger & wilder, and you’ll laugh out loud!



Favorite Quotes: 

Because everything is better with cheese. Life is better with cheese.

How about the simpler ‘Let’s be fuck buddies’? See, that felt pretty good. Fuck buddies, I could do. I’d just tell him not to talk to me unless he was growling dirty nothings in my ear. No conversation outside of sex. I didn’t want to talk to him; I just wanted his body.

5 stars!

I loved this book.  I’d seen it advertised on my kindle a few times and thought the blurb was decent.  I tried to find it on my own with no success, then it showed up on my kindle again so I thought, “it’s meant to be read!”  And I snagged that puppy up.  Thank goodness I followed the signs, cause this book was amazing!

I don’t know how I never knew this author before.  She is witty, hilarious and knows how to write revenge…or foreplay, however you want to see it.  😉 She doesn’t pull any punches in her writing and I appreciated that.  Like when describing things that were gross or disgusting, she didn’t sugarcoat it, it was straightforward and refreshing to read someone tell it like it is.

Helly is a a wonderful character.  At first she came off  a a bit masculine for my tastes but as I read on it made her more attractive honestly.  She doesn’t pretend to know all woodsy things but the ones she does know, she knows a lot.  I especially loved how she knew how to fish, gut and shoot like a sniper but couldn’t figure out why her car wouldn’t start.  It wasn’t an all or nothing character if that makes sense.  She had some vulnerability but for the most part she was a vicious defender of her space and no amount of wild animals or men were going to intimidate her or scare her into submission.

Gary is a mans man.  He is broad, agile and knows how to use hand tools and guns. (A man after my own heart!) And he didn’t go easy on Helly just cause she was a girl.  He treated her the same as the other men, well, except for the sexy times. 😉  Which there were  A LOT of.  And each one was more adventurous and hotter than the last.  My goodness, I usually get tired when they put sex in a lot of the story but this was exhibitionist at its best and brightest.

And the brothers!  Oh my gosh these guys picked on their little sister so much, but she gave as good as she got!  They had the best campfire stories about torturing Helly as a kid but when it came to protecting her, they did that with all they had as well.  They were hilarious and original and had their own personality that shined through quite handsomely.  I like Rory myself.

I’m going to immediately read it again because I love this story so much!

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Level Up: A Geek Romance Rom Com by Cathy Yardley

Level upBlurb: Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can’t do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…

Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.

Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?




Now Harold flushed, anger in his eyes.  “Who the fuck are you?”

“I’m Tessa,” she said.  “I’m a friend of these girls.  And I could ask who the fuck you are, coming over here, trying to be intimidating, and throwing your pitiful masculinity around like it’s something to be either proud of or afraid of, which is a joke.  Since you obviously can’t threaten anybody physically–I’m fairly certain Hailey here could pound you into a crimson stain on the pavement in a hot minute–you’re trying to overcompensate by making veiled sexual and financial threats, acting like homosexuality is somehow an insult, and basically being an asshole.”

Harold was staring at her.  So were the girls. Hell, so was he.

“I could ask who the fuck you are,” she repeated, with a smaile as sharp as a razor, “but I’ve known a million guys just like you, and frankly, I just don’t care.”

“You couldn’t even handle a man like me.” he spat out.

“Please.  the only sizeable thing on you is your inferiority complex,” she shot back.  “So why don’t you use that needle dick of yours as a compass, and find the door?”

5 Stars!!!!  AND ITS FREE!!!!

I Floved this book! The cover has such relevance to the story and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a cover that had nothing to do with the story so this one is a favorite for me.  This book is diverse and touches on sexist issues.


Tessa is like the ultimate geeky fangirl.  She is a coder, which, we already know is difficult for a woman working in a male dominated field.  She is a bit of an introvert so she has two things working against her in this field.  But she is also fiercely competitive, passionate about her friends, and she isn’t afraid to stand up for herself or others.  She references some of my favorite fandoms too so shes extra cool in my book.  (DW, Sherlock, Firefly to name a few) Honestly, I don’t know if the show they reference in the book (Mystics) is a real series, but if it is I want to see it.  She’s a bit of an outcast because she is the only female in her family that doesn’t want the ‘conventional’ life.  While her sisters are having kids and starting families, she is focusing on her career.  Tessa is a self aware woman.  She knows her worth and what she is capable of and refuses to settle.  In a career made up of mostly guys, she gives as good as she gets. And I admire her greatly for not quitting.

Now to Adam, Oh man! I really thought Adam was gonna be shy and let her take the lead, and he did for the most part.  But he surprised me in the bedroom.  It was like when the sun goes down, a whole ‘nother Adam came out to play.  He was a bit agressive in his pursuit.  It was pretty hot.  He also really respected the fact that she wanted to get the job on her own merits and not have her gender be a factor for or against her.  I really liked that about him cause he didn’t try to swoop in and save her even though he wanted to. And he even asked her a few times if he could help her, so for him to ask without just going ahead and doing it showed me the kind of character he was ya know. He respected her choices and her decisions without trying to persuade her or minimize her contribution.  Which, we all have had happen to us at some point or another.  He just had this really great balance of shyness and masculinity.

I really like this book.  Sidenote: The side charcaters are fricking hilarious.

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