Thursday, August 4, 2016

RELEASE BLITZ PACKET - 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



Blurb

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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Excerpt

“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.”



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Author Bio

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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My Review:

OH yes, what a fantastic , hot, and well written romance. The characters just leap out at you and get your attention with a sparkling pizzazz. Andrew Beckwith is a single dad who takes his responsibility seriously. Also you know him as brother to Sadie from A Slip of the Tongue and even there, I wanted to know his story and in this story, I definitely get my wish.
Andrew is one hot, serious, rugged, tough and hardworking alpha dad to his 6 year old daughter Bell. He doesn’t really date, this is due to what happened in his past and now he is open to dating and suddenly in his life comes Amelia VanEcken.  Sadie works for Amelia in her PR company and Amelia and Andrew have this horrible 1st meeting –trust me, it wasn’t a great 1st meeting but there were definitely sparks. They ended up running into each other again and the sparks were there again and even bigger and hotter. What happens is a one night stand that they agreed to have but for some reason, these two can’t leave it there. They kept ending up in each others’ world and each had baggage from previous relationships yet they found they were perfect for each other. Not saying that it was instant but slowly Andrew was able to show Amelia that not all men were jerks and would take her money ( this is what happened after her divorce –trust me this is from her divorce from her jerky ex and is addressed in the book) and Amelia is able to show Andrew that not all women cut and run when it comes to relationship and children. Amelia shows how much she does care for Bell and Andrew. There is so many twists in this story and the heat and passion is insanely good. Oh and the dirty talk factor is yummy good. I loved this book – it showed the push/pull of relationships, the realness and that everything isn’t sweetness and light. I got how real things were. I truly appreciated how real, how right everything felt. I loved how everything came together and how the flow was right on point.  The ending was great and the epilogue was so sweet and gave us a look at the characters after the end of the book which, as a reader, I truly appreciate.

My rating: 4.8 stars *****

 **I was given an ARC by Give Me Books Promotions  in exchange for an honest review***

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