Overall rating – 5 silken sheets
Amanda Martin has the worst taste in men. After being cheated on not once, but twice, she’s lost all faith in men … and in herself. Determined to regain her confidence, Amanda decides to have a one-night stand. No relationship, no promises, no threat of being hurt again … just sex. What she doesn’t anticipate is meeting a handsome-as-sin stranger who will give her pleasure unlike any she’s ever known.
Joe Sterling has spent his life avoiding relationships, his former job as a military sniper not allowing for such commitments. Now he’s come home to Texas, to let go of the past and to prove he is more than the killer he’s been trained to be.
When Amanda’s life is threatened, Joe’s killer instinct is tested while Amanda struggles to protect her heart. Will they succumb to their overwhelming desire for each other, or lose it all by letting the past dictate their future?
Amanda spun to look at the man behind her and came face-to-face with his pecs.
Her gaze roamed upward, He was well over six feet tall. Over six feet of powerful male. His black t-shirt strained against the pressure of containing all those muscles.
I agree. Wow sums up Joe Sterling.
Amanda is hurting after her latest boyfriend cheated on her and she tells her best friend Sam all about it.
“So…” Sam waved a finger at her… “do the three horsemen of the apocalypse know about it yet?”
Her brothers. Sweet Jesus, when they found out it was going to get ugly. And potentially bloody. Those boys did love a good fight. She almost felt sorry for Scott. Almost.
Amanda needs to hide out from her brothers while she licks her wounds, and in a moment of weakness she decides to take Sam’s advice and have a one night stand. Finding a quiet and unfamiliar bar, she attracts some unwanted attention and ends up punching a sleazebag who refused to take NO for an answer. In her haste to leave, she meets Joe, the owner.
Grabbing every ounce of courage she possesses, Amanda invites him back to her place, and then gets cold feet.
Amanda’s voice rose somewhat and the words tumbled out. “I’m here because my idiot best friend suggested I get laid. The kind of laid where I take my pleasure and walk away. ‘Find a gorgeous stranger and have wild monkey sex with him,’ she said.” Amanda blushed as she gave him her best Samantha impression, not that he’d know the difference. “I’ve never had sex like that before.”
Of course, Joe is patient and understanding, and as hoped, the sex is just what the doctor ordered. Or in this case, the best friend * grin *
So far, so good. What elevated this read for me, was Parker’s exceptional characters. Amanda’s insecurity wasn’t overwhelming, she seemed real. Joe wasn’t a picture-perfect-only-appears-in-fiction hero, he had his own vulnerabilities and that made him even more attractive. Then you add in the loyal and complex best friend…and then the three brothers…and it all added up to more than the sum of its parts. I wanted to be Amanda’s best friend. I longed to have her brothers, and believe me, if Joe Sterling wanted to spend one night with me I’d drop everything to be there!
* reaches for the ice bucket *
Good Lord! Her name on his lips was like a caress that went all the way to her core. She went instantly wet. She clenched her legs together and took a deep breath.
I love it when I read a book that shows the potential for a linked series, and this is a golden example. I hope Parker not only plans to write a story for each of the brothers, but is on the verge of publishing the next. Caleb first I think, then Alec and lastly Brandon. Oh boy. Even their names are hot!
Sam just looked defeated. “Of course. What are the odds?” she whispered to herself. “The fourth horseman,” she said ironically. “Look, Amanda.” She waved her hand absently at Joe. “Now we have the whole set. Four impossibly arrogant males who think they always know best.”
If you haven’t read this yet, if you’ve seen it and skipped over it, please stop. Rewind. Buy it, and indulge in a hot ‘n’ sexy romp that pushes all the right buttons. I may just have to re-read some of it later. It was that good 🙂
Overall rating – 5 silken sheets
Sexy rating – 5 lips
Plot – great
Characters – great (I definitely want to see more of the brothers! )
Warnings – none
DETAILS: Genre: Contemporary erotic romance Published: August 2012
Price: $3.79 (Kindle)
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books