The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins
Series: Slip of the Tongue #2
Release Date: August 4th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
The First Taste, a standalone spin-off of the Slip of the Tongue.
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About the Author
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.
Rating : 5+ out of 5 Stars!
Jessica Hawkins is one of my favorite authors. She has a gift to capture emotions in her writing and suck the reader in her story. With this book, she has once again delivered a captivating, brilliant and true-to-life story of second chance at love.
Amelia Van Ecken and Andrew Beckwith have apparently nothing in common, she is a classy, uptight and fiercely independent businesswoman who doesn’t like kids, he is a tattooed single dad whose life is centered around his six-year-old daughter Bell. Yet, they can’t seem to get away from each other. Their first encounter is anything but friendly. Amelia treats Andrew like a nuisance, he enjoys needling her. Their banter was so much fun! Andrew’s confident alpha personality pushes him to rise to the challenge that is Amelia. He always knows what he wants and is not ashamed to admit he wants her.
Amelia has been going through a difficult time, she is divorcing her filthy rich husband and is still broken by the emotional abuse she suffered during her marriage. She is strong, but her husband took away her faith in herself and in others, she has huge trust issues. Andrew has been an only parent since his daughter’s mother left them. Fear of abandonment and the need to protect his daughter has kept him from letting anyone into their life, but with Amelia, things are different. It seems that because they are both damaged, they just fit together effortlessly.
They have a nice clean arrangement, but they can’t keep their emotional distance. I loved that their communication was based on honesty, their emotional closeness was definitely not instant but the way they were able to connect was incredible. Their open minded pillow talks help them to understand one another. But bringing Amelia and his daughter Bell together is Andrew’s main challenge. He is faced with a dilemma and needs to convince his daughter that even if he spends time with Amelia, he will always be there for her. Andrew is the wonderful father of an adorable little girl. Their interactions were so true-to-life and heart melting!
Amelia is at a crossroads in her life, she starts questioning her priorities. She has built her life around her company, but her activities as owner of a fashion and beauty PR firm feel shallow. Amelia is a fighter, though, she wants to get over her insecurities. What she has with Andrew has become much more than meaningless sex and they both deserve a second chance at love.
Jessica Hawkins writes beautifully, her style is crisp, clever, witty and evokes so many emotions in me, her characters are vibrant and engaging. This story was compelling, with a perfect blend of swoon-worthy and heartbreaking moments, sexy times, angst and funny interactions. Frankly, I could not put it down! This book is a spin-off of her previous book “Slip of the Tongue”, Andrew being the brother of Sadie. It can be read as a standalone and is told in dual POV. This book is a definite top recommendation from me!
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An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author and Social Butterfly PR, in exchange for an honest review.