She was kissing him now. Screw her stupid rules. They couldn’t stop her from this feeling, from this want. From responding to the sweet gesture he’d offered her that morning. She leaned in to him, slowly at first, so he’d know exactly where she was going—for his lips, his sweet, hot, naughty lips.
She brushed against them lightly, testing, but when Alec pressed against her with more force, opened her mouth with his tongue and dove in deep, she could do nothing but meet his demand—nothing but ride to wherever he was taking her.
ARC received from: Netgalley
Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio
One-Sentence Summary: Two friends become more at a high school reunion
Review: Holy smokes, this book is HAWT!!!! I don’t think I will ever look at a Coca Cola vending machine the same way again! Seriously, wow. Bring me some of that ice now to cool me down!
I loved the setup of the book. Usually friends-to-lovers romances are a little tricky when it comes to explaining why two characters suddenly decide to cross that line but here Alec and Valerie haven’t seen each other in person for ten years and it is sort of believable why.
The setting of a high school reunion is believable as a catalyst as well and it made for some interesting set ups and comic scenes – I kind of feel a bit sorry for Reece though?
As to Alec and Valerie themselves, I love their backstory. Alec has a bit of an angsty background but rather than shoving some angst in there for no other reason than to make you feel sorry for a character, his past does come into play and directly explains his reluctance for a relationship in the present. Valerie also has her own stuff going on, waiting for a job offer in London and trying to understand her conflicting feelings she has for her friend/lover.
It seems like this book is the first in a series and whilst I can’t find out any more information about the followup at the moment, I know I can’t wait to read more from this author.
In conclusion, if you are a fan of friends-to-lovers trope – of if you just want a well-written sexy read – you will LOVE this book.
He pointed at the wilting flowers in her hand. “What are those?”
She’d forgotten she still had them. “I was going to Pretty Woman you,” she explained. “Roses are hard to come by on short notice.”
“You brought me flowers?” His mouth quirked up and displayed his dimple.
“What?” She stood up straighter. “You’re the only one who’s allowed to be sorry?”
“Typical Val.” He stepped closer to her, his eyes not leaving hers. “Trying to steal the thunder of my apology.”