Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Scorching/Explicit
HOLY MOTHER OF DIRTY TALKERS! I am so glad that I came across this book and author. I was not prepared for the awesome story and characters that Kimberly brings to life in her first foray into the literary world. She definitely lands with a bang with this awesome debut.
Ashley can’t catch a break. In recent months her life was swinging from one disappointment to another. It all started going downhill when she caught her boyfriend in bed with another woman. And if this is not humiliating and degrading enough, he so kindly let’s her know as the door is swinging shut that none of his cheating would have happened if she was more adventurous in the sack.
Tanner on the other hand appears to have it all. The star starting quarterback for the local NFL team he is portrayed as being a playboy. Fed up with all of the hangers on, he isolates himself only to those in his inner circle. He is determined to protect his image.
Forced to take an assignment that is way outside of her comfort zone, Ashley is thrown into the path of Tanner by having been nominated to conduct a rare interview with the quarterback. The attraction between the two of them is undeniable. That is until Ashley manages to botch up the entire interview and things go south. Down trodden, Ashley does not believe that it can possibly get any worse. Until it does. And of course Tanner is there is help her out.
Can the two of them work out their differences and move past their own insecurities to invest in a relationship that could change the both of them for the better? Can the explosive sexual chemistry between them be more than just lust?
I loved these two characters. The interaction between the two of them was explosive but it was more than that. Don’t get me wrong, the heat and steamy scenes between them were HOT and there were times where I felt that my kindle might self combust. But it was the growth of each of them and the discovery of their true inner selves that was what you invested in throughout the book.
Tanner is more than his dirty talking, dominant alphaness. Once he had Ashley he really listened to her insecurities and did everything in his power to help her move past them. He understood her hesitations and worked at every opportunity to show her what life is like when she moves past them. I don’t give away spoilers and when you read the book you will understand but there were times where I wanted to smack the ever loving crud out of Tanner – he really was a massive douche.
Ashley is totally relatable. Like many women, she is scared to voice what she really wants – to be more adventurous in the sack. She is plagued with the insecurities of what people will think of her if she voices her true desires. When she finally let’s Tanner in enough to say what she wants, there is no looking back for her. You can see how she fulfills her true inner self through the confidence gained by being with Tanner.
If I didn’t know before I picked up this book, I would not have guessed that this was a debut novel. Kimberly does an unreal job of investing you in Tanner and Ashley. She blends erotica and romance perfectly. I should warn you though, be careful not to trip on that cliffhanger. It left my jaw on the floor and my heart beating wildly. But don’t get discouraged, it is the work of an awesome author that has made you invest your feelings in the characters that makes it a doozy. I recommend this book to all lovers of smut, awesome characters and strong storylines. I can’t wait to read more from Kimberly and the conclusion to Tanner & Ashley’s story.
In the last six months, Ashley’s life has been one disappointment after another. She walked in on her boyfriend with another woman, leaving her needing a new place to live and a mountain of debt. As if that wasn’t enough, her ex convinces her that his infidelity is her fault for being unadventurous in bed.
Deep down Ashley has always had the desire to be wild but has been held back by her own insecurities. She’s desperate to break free, but she’s fearful of how people will judge her if they know her inner desires. She wants nothing more than to lose herself in sex that pushes her to the limit, but she hasn’t found anyone she trusts enough to take her there until she meets Tanner.
Tanner doesn’t trust anyone outside of his inner circle easily. The infamous, media proclaimed playboy, quarterback is tired of people using him for money, connections and to get their fifteen minutes of fame. Determined to protect his image and himself, he makes sure to keep most people at arm’s length until Ashley is thrown into his life. He’s inexplicably drawn to her, and she needs his help in more than ways than one. But to help her, he’ll need to let her in.
There’s an immediate attraction and connection that neither can deny, but can both of them get past their inhibitions and find what they are looking for in each other or will everything backfire in their faces?