Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review: Love So Hot (The Lawson Brothers #1) by Marquita Valentine

Bank Teller and all around good girl, Sydney McKnight, is tired of being the girl all the guys want to have as a friend. Who better to help unleash her inner vixen than her best friend and secret crush, Brody Lawson? Only, Sydney has no idea how to ask him, without their friendship going up in flames, until that is, the town of Jessamine's annual Firemen's Auction gives her the perfect excuse to set her plan into motion.

Fire Captain Brody Lawson has been in love with his best friend, Sydney, for years, but he would never risk their friendship by confessing his feelings to her. So, when Sydney beats out the competition to buy his time at the annual Firemen's Auction, Brody can hardly believe his luck until she asks him to teach her how to seduce a fellow fireman.

Now, it’s up to Brody to show Sydney how perfect she already is and convince her that the only man for her is him, because if Sydney is going to seduce any man, it’s going to be him. And once he has her in his bed, he’s not letting her go.

My Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Disclaimer: The "friends to lovers" trope is like my own personal form of catnip, so knew I would like this book. I just didn't realize that I would LOVE it. 

Well you can add Marquita Valentine to my list of my favorite authors! This was my first book of hers and now I want to read ALL OF THEM. 

Brody and Sydney are best friends and they love each other. Of course neither of them has said that out loud, so they just assume that the other is perfectly fine with the way things are. Enter Cherry McCoy, Brody's kind of current girlfriend, then ex-girlfriend, and Sydney's new best friend. 

Sydney, with the help of Cherry, come up with a plan. Sydney will bid on Brody at the annual charity auction and hopefully win. Things don't go as they planned and Sydney blurts out that she bid (and won!) on Brody so he could teach her how to seduce a man. Brody assumes that man is his co-worker and much younger, Kyle. Sydney doesn't tell him he is wrong and while Brody is not happy about it, he agrees. Meanwhile Sydney is hoping that while he is teaching her how to seduce Kyle, he will realize that he wants Sydney all to himself. Sounds like a good plan right? What could go wrong?

Of course as these "lessons" progress, it is very clear that there is more between them than just friendship. There is the foundation for a great romantic relationship. They also have ridiculous chemistry. I loved them as a couple and I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to get the part where they say "I love you." I always find that part so satisfying...especially in this type of book.  

The book is full of awesome characters and I can't wait to encounter them/learn more about them in future books. And those McCoy sisters...they are like real life fairy freaking god mothers. I love them.  I can't wait to see what the author has in store for them!

Come back tomorrow for my review of the next book in the series, Love So True!

But for now let's all bask in the glow of what was Brody & Sydney's first kiss.... 
She pinned her beautiful eyes on him and said, “Hello, Brody.”
His gut clenched. For a long minute, he imagined that he was the man she wanted to seduce. Actually, he would have to pretend he was that man the entire time until she came to her senses. “That’s not how you greet the man you want to get sweaty with.”
“What would you do?”
With a slow smile, he stepped closer to her, taking the flowers and tossing them on the dining room table. He slid his hand around her neck, savoring the feel of her warm, silky skin.
She blinked up at him, slowly. “I’m not sure—” 
Dipping his head, he started at the corner of her mouth, effectively cutting her off while teasing the seam of it with little bites designed to make her gasp. But even when her plump lips parted, he didn’t take the invitation to come inside.
Instead, he spent time on her lower lip, worrying it. Sucking it inside of his mouth and nibbling. He used his other hand to cup the side of her face, stroking her cheek.
She pressed herself against him, and he groaned a little. Yeah, he liked the feel of her. No, not liked. He loved the feel of her.
Finally, their tongues met. Slowly, taking their time as they curled around each other, rubbing, and then thrusting. She made a sweet little noise in the back of her throat, and he let go of her face and neck to run his hands down the sides of her body to cup her ass.
He squeezed, enjoying the feel of every delicious curve. “Damn fine ass,” he said against her mouth.
Her hands, before so very passive and gently placed on his chest, stole up to his neck, her fingers going into his hair to massage his scalp.
Panting, she pulled away slightly and he almost spoke, almost ruined the moment, but he waited and he was rewarded for his patience. She gave him the sultriest look he’d ever seen and went back to kissing him, pressing herself more fully against him.
They stood there, for hours or minutes—days—while they made out. Hell, they could have stood there for the rest of time. He didn’t know, and he didn’t care. All he could taste was her. All he could feel was her. It was everything he ever wanted.
Everything he could ever need for the rest of his life was right here in his arms, but he wanted more. He was hard, aching to be inside of her. Aching to taste her.
With a groan, he made himself stop kissing her. Made himself take a deep breath and urge his racing heart to calm. Resting his forehead against hers, he said, “That’s how you greet a man."
Phew!  I need to go cool down. Go 1-click this book!!

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