Thursday, August 4, 2016

Release Day Blitz - The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins

Title: The First Taste
Series: Slip of the Tongue #2
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: August 4, 2016


Andrew Beckwith has already devoted his life to one girl—and as far as he’s concerned, she’s all he needs. The rough-around-the-edges bad boy left his reckless ways behind six years ago when his daughter Bell was born. To the female population’s dismay, he’s unapologetically single. When Bell’s mother walked out on them years ago, he vowed never to let another woman close enough to hurt them again.

Amelia Van Ecken isn’t just another woman. She’s an independent, smart, and savvy businesswoman who doesn’t have time for sex, much less love. In the midst of a drawn-out, bitter divorce, all she wants is to bury herself in work. But when sharp-tongued Amelia and stubborn Andrew cross paths, sparks fly—and burn. Two things are obvious in an instant: they want each other, and they’re from different worlds. It’s the perfect formula for an off-the-charts one-night stand. After all, it’s not as if opposites ever attract.

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“What’re your plans tonight?”

She scoffs. “It’s Friday night. What aren’t my plans? I have drinks with friends in an hour, then a late dinner, and who knows after that.”

“Cancel them.”

She gapes at me. “Cancel my plans? Why would I?”

“Come out with me. Sadie says there’s a place around here with great pizza.”

She laughs, tilting her head and exposing the smooth column of her throat. “First, I don’t eat carbs, so there’s no way you’re getting me to do anything with the promise of pizza. Second, I just told you—I don’t date.”

“And neither do I.”

“Then why are you asking me out?” she asks.

“Because despite what you may think, I am a gentleman, and it’s only good manners to buy you dinner first.”

“First?” she asks, wrinkling her nose. “What’s second?”

We stare at each other. I let her figure it out on her own. It’s rare to meet a woman like me, someone who truly has no interest in finding a partner. I’ve heard that claim from enough girls to know when they’re bullshitting me, and unless Amelia is a Grade-A con artist, she definitely isn’t looking to get serious.

When she understands, the wrinkles on her forehead ease, and she parts her lips. I answer with a knowing smile. Suggesting sex within half an hour of meeting someone might normally get me slapped, but I get the feeling Amelia appreciates a more direct approach.

“I don’t date,” I say, “but I’m still a man with eyes.”

She makes no secret of looking me up and down. “You’re not my type either,” she warns. “I like men who carry a briefcase and see a barber regularly.”

I run my hand through my black hair, which I know is too long. “How’s that working out for you?”

She narrows her eyes. “Fine. Perfect.”

“I have some tattoos too,” I say. “And ride a motorcycle. Since that’s normally how I get most girls, I suppose those are turn-offs for you.”

“They are,” she says immediately, straightening her shoulders. “I’ve never understood the appeal of a bad boy.”

“Then tonight, we’re a match made in heaven, aren’t we? It shouldn’t be hard for either of us to say goodbye afterward.”

She bats her eyelashes a few times, not because she’s flirting but because she’s thinking. Considering. Which means it’s basically a done deal. I’ve never gotten this far with a girl only to have her walk away. “Why even bother with dinner?” she asks.

I take a moment to study her, her shoulder-length, perfectly coifed blonde hair. Her defined red lips that look like a heart when pursed, which is often. Yeah, based on the fact that I’m noticing details—something I try not to do anymore—I know I’m feeling her tonight. Most guys would jump at the opportunity to skip the small talk, but that doesn’t really appeal to me. I like women, always have. Just because Shana fucked me in the head doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them. Doesn’t mean I don’t want to spend time around them—just so long’s it’s surface stuff.

I don’t want to scare her off by suggesting I might want to have a conversation with her, so I just shrug. “Because I’m starving.”

“I’m not hungry.”

“Indulge me then. I need my energy.”

“For what?” she asks.

I arch an eyebrow at her. I’ll definitely need my energy for a night with her.

She reads my expression and her cheeks redden. “Oh.”

Angie and Shanda's Reviews

Shanda's Review

I am always excited to read a single dad story so when I found out Jessica Hawkins was writing a story about Andrew I was pumped.

Andrew is a single dad that doesn’t make time for himself and caters to every whim his daughter has. He has agreed to let his sister Sadie (from Slip of the Tongue) babysit Bell for the night. He meets Sadie’s boss Amelia and even though they get off on the wrong foot he wants her. Andrew convinces her to spend one night with him. Amelia has a lot of baggage from her last relationship and although Andrew isn’t her usual type she agrees to one night. It is something they both need and it leads to them sneaking in a few more encounters.

I did love the chemistry between Andrew and Amelia. They had great banter and they were smoking hot in the bedroom together. They do have issues they both need to overcome to make a relationship work. Andrew was extremely frustrating in his interactions with this daughter. I loved Bell; she was really cute and sweet and he was doing a great job as a single dad but he was struggling to do things without her. Yes Bell acts out because she doesn’t want her dad to do things without her but it was Andrew’s job to step up and change that. You find out later that some of his reactions are out of guilt and although friends and family are there to help he is adamant that they are okay. He does finally see that he needs to make changes but man oh man I was yelling at him a lot.

Now Amelia comes off as a little cold because she doesn’t see a future with Andrew and him having a kid is part of that. I actually thought that Amelia didn’t quite know what she wanted because of the marriage she had been in and no interactions with kids. Bell liking her and pulling her in helped and once she warmed up I think the idea of them as family fit. I think she surprised herself when she learned that she had more motherly instincts than she thought she did.

Overall I really enjoyed The First Taste it flowed well and the steam, banter, and the cute Bell kept me turning the pages.

Angie's Review

Meh.This book was hard to get into. Typical opposites attract - exes did a number on them - can't promise more than one night - falling for you even though I don't want to - insta love kind of book. To be honest, I really wasn't feeling the connection between Andrew and Amelia. It felt forced.

The one bright side of the book was Bell. She was a sweet kid and Andrew was a good dad. I liked their scenes together. Overall, it was okay but I preferred book one.   

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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that's what you'll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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