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THE FIRST TASTE (Slip of the Tongue #2) by JESSICA HAWKINS



REVIEW :: THE FIRST TASTE by JESSICA HAWKINS

A passionate second chance at love romance – Spin off Standalone

4th

SYNOPSIS

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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The First Taste

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Opposites attract and sparks ignite when City girl meets Jersey boy in this sensual, passionate, page turning romance in which ‘the first taste’ isn’t nearly enough!

We first met Andrew Beckwith, brother of Sadie in Slip of the Tongue but it is in The First Taste that we truly explore the depth of the pain and betrayal Andrew has been experiencing following the desertion of his ex-girlfriend four years earlier, leaving Andrew to pick up the pieces, run a successful business and singlehandedly raise his daughter, Bell.  Andrew owned our hearts. Well, what’s not to love? He exudes masculinity, he’s a seductive, commanding, tattooed, motorbike riding alpha who consistently puts his daughter’s needs before his own and whose heart melts at the mere sight of his six year old little girl. He’s a big softie when it comes to Bell, he’s truly besotted with her and she has him wrapped around her little finger!  Honestly, the interaction between father and daughter is delightful! Our hearts melted!

“You’re going to look so handsome, Daddy.”
“Thanks, baby.”
“All the girls will want to kiss you.”

Andrew is jaded after his experience with his ex and has resigned himself to having his physical needs met yet denying his emotional needs in order to refrain from being hurt again. He not interested in a relationship, the scars from Shana still imprinted on him, instead focusing on the emotional well-being of his ‘old rock loving’, wise beyond her years, little girl.

‘He’s a man’s man, macho as I’ve ever known, but every single night, he puts his princess-loving daughter to bed with a fairy-tale.’

That is until the day Andrew comes face to face with Amelia, the owner of the hugely successful Beauty/PR Company Andrew’s sister works for. Andrew and Amelia are as different as chalk and cheese. She’s the high flying fashionista with her life firmly planted in New York. He’s the single Dad, blue collar worker with his life well and truly cemented in New Jersey, though they share a common bond of being betrayed terribly in their previous relationships.

‘She wants nothing from me as badly as I want nothing from her. We’re a perfect match.’

Amelia wasn’t easy to warm to initially. The uptight, snarky and bossy businesswoman seemed to revel in biting people’s heads off and had a hatred for men stemming from her cheating creep ex-husband. However, through Amelia’s pov’s we were able to better understand what made her tick and in return we shared her resentment and hurt.

Can they keep it a ‘sex only’ arrangement though when Andrew is drawn to Amelia in ways he hadn’t expected. This woman challenges him with her wit, honesty, her ambition and her willingness to allow Andrew to push her boundaries. In turn, Amelia is drawn to Andrew’s masculinity, protectiveness, his determination and his passion, not to mention his caring heart.

“I’m a man, Amelia. I treat women like treasure. I treat my girlfriend like the love of my fucking life.”

There is a lot of back and forth as Andrew and Amelia deal with their issues and begin to connect on another level and there were times when the constant pull and push overshadowed the emotion between the characters, however Jessica Hawkins soon brought it back and delivered a story of a second chance at love that was gripping, emotional and very, very steamy! Another fabulous read from an author who is quickly becoming a 1click for us!

“Have I ever mentioned how it feels when I’m the reason for your smile? Like a million bucks.”

4 stars


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SLIP OF THE TONGUE – BOOK ONE
A TBB Recommended Read – Standalone angsty love triangle

‘How far are they each willing to go? How far am I?”

 

SYNOPSIS

Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.

When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.

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SLIP OF THE TONGUE by JESSICA HAWKINS

Standalone – angst love triangle

‘Her husband doesn’t want her anymore. The man next door would give everything up to have her.’

SLIP OF THE TONGUE

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SYNOPSIS
Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.


When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.

Her husband doesn’t want her anymore.
The man next door would give up everything to have her.

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Slip of the Tongue

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4 Stars

“He can’t have you!”

Once we got started, we could not put this book down, reading it in pretty much one sitting! If you’re not a fan of cheating then this book isn’t for you. However, if you devour books with angst, real emotions and an engrossing story, not to mention some of THE hottest sex scenes we’ve encountered for a while, that while not overly descriptive were extremely well written and off the charts hot, then this one just might be for you!

“Sadie, you looked at me like I was…I was someone you’d loved and lost – and then found.”

The players in this story are Nathan and Sadie who’ve been together for 8 years and are currently going through a bit of a troubled patch in their marriage. It is Finn, their also married new neighbour that Sadie turns to as a shoulder to cry on when her doting and loving husband, in her eyes, becomes distant and cold, shutting down emotionally in their marriage. Comfort from Finn soon turns into attraction and lust, with both Sadie and Finn unable to deny their feelings and desires.

“This is what happens when to a man consumed by a woman he can’t have.”

Nathan has always been the perfect husband. He’s a selfless man who loves his wife, he dotes on her…Sadie is his universe. So why, for the past few months has he been shutting Sadie out of his life? What is beneath his sudden cold and aloof actions?

We were teased mercilessly by Jessica Hawkins as we became desperate to uncover the reason for Nathan’s complete personality change with conspiracy theories being bandied around like crazy. We needed to get inside Nathan’s head, though our need didn’t appear to match Sadie’s apathy towards Nathan’s retreat from her. Whilst Sadie ‘talked’ about getting to the bottom of Nathan’s change in behaviour, she didn’t appear to assertively make the effort to uncover what was bothering him, instead jumping to conclusions and driving us up the wall.

‘It may be the wrong man. It may be the wrong apartment. But I got my wish. There is someone waiting for me after all.’

Sadie was a rather self-absorbed person in our opinion, seemingly making excuses for her reasoning’s and her behaviour rather than proactively making an effort to resolve their problems. Instead finding it easier to blame others for her own shortcomings.

‘How far are they each willing to go? How far am I?”

This story did feel real and the emotions very raw, with the author exploring the relationships in order for the characters to grow and move forward.  What we particularly admired in the writing was how this author didn’t make either Finn or Nathan the ‘bad’ guy and didn’t play one off against the other, resulting in us loving both these men equally. Each gripping our heart with their feelings and struggles. When Nathans issues unravelled, they were real, we felt them and our hearts hurt for him. As much as Nathan affected us, so too did Finn, our hearts aching for both these men.

“I’ll fight for us, and you will too, even if I have to make you.”

We did feel the ending let the story down in some ways. After all the heartache and struggles we went through with these characters we felt it ended a little too abruptly way too easily. We believed the story right up until the end, and although there was emotion in the ending, the ease of which is played out left us feeling a little flat. An epilogue or some ‘afters‘ relating to Sadie’s decision would have probably helped in this regard. However in saying that, we were completely engrossed throughout, unable to put it down until we hit that last page. A fabulously written, raw, painful and emotional story…..oh and did we mention…. it was hot?

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SLIP OF THE TONGUE by JESSICA HAWKINS
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