Series: The McLaughlins, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Kindle Book
Length: 229 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd. (June 11, 2013)
In high school Sarah fell for her best friend’s older brother—one of the sexy, Scottish McLaughlin boys. But a painful betrayal showed her she’d been a fool to give her heart to a bad boy. At least it made it easier to leave him and move halfway around the world when her Navy dad got stationed in Japan.
Eleven years later, the death of her grandmother has forced Sarah back to Whidbey Island for a month. It’s the length of time she must stay in her inherited house before she’s allowed to sell it, take the money and run. But when she sees Ian, bad as ever and still looking like sin on a stick, she can’t keep her mouth from watering.
One look at Sarah stirs up the regret lingering in Ian’s heart—and never-forgotten desire lingering in his body. He should walk away, especially since divorced single mothers aren’t his style. But when she starts showing up at his family’s pub, he can’t resist a little casual seduction for old time’s sake.
One thing quickly becomes clear, though. The heat between them is causing an avalanche of secrets and betrayal and nothing will ever be the same.
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Confession: This is my first Shelli Stevens book *ducks down and waits for tomatoes to be thrown*
Okay, I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately and I'm a fan of Hottie Scotties and contemporary romance so a melding of both things in one book made me pick up Shelli's book.
And now, I give you five reasons why you should read this book. Or at least put it on your TBR list:
- Hottie Scotties: Three of them. Aleck, Ian and Colin McLaughlin. And two of them are twins. Whoa! I mean really, who can resist a guy who competes in Highland Games, can rock a kilt and make your knees weak with one smoldering look?
Kind of like this...
- A shared past, a second chance: If you're a total fan of the second chances trope, this book is for you. Sarah and Ian were totally hot and heavy in high school until two factors pulled them apart: her father's relocation for the Navy and Sarah walking in on Ian and his bad boy ways. Once a bad boy, always a bad boy. Or so it goes.
- Small town romance: I'm a fan of small town romance because everyone knows everyone else's business. Plus, those characters will pop up in future books. It's like visiting with old friends.
- Super Sexual Tension (SST): The attraction between Sarah and Ian comes back full force and let me tell you, break out the ice cubes. These two, no matter what they tell themselves, are meant for each other. Eleven years apart and their chemistry is smoking hot. Like, do-her-against-the-wall-so-hard primal. WHOA!
- Flashbacks: Shelli weaves the past with the present so well. As the story moves along, we see glimpses of how Ian and Sarah got together, what happened when they broke up and what happened in the years between.
I'm a sucker for second chance stories, small town romances, super sexy smexing, secrets and the whole "you must return because of a clause in my will which will set a sexy reunion in motion" thing. This book doesn't disappoint. It has all of my favorite things. It will make you laugh at the McLaughlin sibling antics. It will make you fan yourself while Sarah and Ian have a very physical reunion. It will make your heart ache as you root for Sarah and Ian to finally lay it all out on the table and just fall in love already! Then in the end you'll throw your hands up in the air when they finally do but realize that there's a breakable e-reader in your hand and set it aside before continuing your celebration. *dance par-tay*
"What are you, a vampire?" she whispered, trying for humor. Anything to diffuse the thick awareness and tension between them.
Their mutual need was so vibrant it was almost visible.
"No." He cupped her cheek. "I'm the man who's going to make you come at least five times tonight. If you'll let me."
Her panties dampened and her knees gave out.
Doesn't that quote make you want to read more?