Series: Growing Pains #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Published by Self Published on September 22, 2013
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On the tail-end of her ex-boyfriend crashing through a restraining order and putting her in the hospital, Krista realizes that the only way to effectively escape her past is to put distance between it. She gets her life back on track in San Francisco with a job that has limitless potential.
Unfortunately, to achieve her dreams, she must brave the star of the company; a charming and handsome salesman that isn’t used to the word no. Krista tries to run from him at every turn, but his pull continually sucks her back in; her hesitancy to trust the only thing saving her from being another notch on a bedpost.
Sean never has to try with women. He's the type of guy to jump in with both feet, get bored, and sprint right back out. But when a geeky new hire stumbles through the company, befuddling him with a keen intellect he doesn’t expect, he starts to lose his way. Before he knows it, all his efforts are concentrated around trying to capture the interest of the only woman to run when he tries to deliver a line. As she opens up, so does he, landing him in a terrain as disconcerting as it is invigorating.
Sparklers went at the base of his groin. It was like Fourth of June and his dick wanted to celebrate.
For the above quote, first I thought, “Well that might hurt” and then I didn’t know if Ms Breene meant for it to be the “Fourth of July” or she wanted to stick with June. No idea. But moving on!
This book was quite refreshing. I loved it because it’s not your usual “new-adult”, jump into sex novel. Sean has to WORK to get the girl, and the girl, Krista, has good reason to be wary. But she also has a great support circle of friends to help her come out of her shell.
Sean, on the outside, is exactly what Krista’s ex was, the one who put her in the hospital. Womanizing, good looking, suave and has that magnetic pull that brings in all the ladies, like bees to honey. But that’s where it ends, and I love that this book doesn’t jump right into the two of them having sex. You have to wait for it.
It’s a great example (and perhaps I’m old fashioned in this thinking) of two people becoming actual friends before jumping in the sack. They go out to lunch and learn about each other, deeper than two coworkers would go as well as if they were just acquaintances. They push each other’s limits and help the other to grow into a better person.
Did I occasionally want to strangle the characters? Yes. And I love that because it’s real. You identify with the characters and feel their lust, pain and frustration. You are confused right along with them and enjoy the ride. I really love both of these characters and I can’t wait for the next day I have off so I can read the other two books in this series (which I immediately purchased after finishing this one.) I’m hoping to buy her other series soon. Her writing style is fun, easy to relate to and has a few quirks that draw you in and before you know it, you’ve finished the book.
Definitely a good read, and definitely worth owning. Check it out!