by Emma Nichols
TBR: June 25, 2013
When Alysin decided to surprise her boyfriend at work with dinner, the surprise was on her. Since he was going at it with his secretary on the conference table, she packed a bag and called her BFF. Jolie and Alysin had been traveling the country, working as digital nomads for ten years ever since graduation. Taking this as a sign it was time for a new move, they decided to take a cruise, regroup, and make a plan.
Then she meets Mr. Bedroom Eyes. Following her lead, they pretend to be married so that she can rid herself of the guy who started hitting on her before the boat left the dock. Though it was supposed to be a momentary arrangement, he asks her to take it one step farther. Then another and another. The cruise promises to be memorable in every way that matters.
Along the way, Alysin learns that she won’t have to fake an orgasm if she’s with someone who knows what to do, that not all men suck, but the best ones suck really well, and that sometimes what starts out as something pretend, can fast become something completely real. Will the woman who lives life with no regrets, regret that she made that stupid rule about not exchanging names and contact info?
We walked further without speaking, my anticipation building. Finally, he broke the silence. “See, I have given both your dilemma and your offer careful consideration. It’s clear to me that there is really only one solution.” He smiled broadly at his proclamation.
“Oh, really?” I asked with an eyebrow raised. “And just what is my dilemma?”
“Obviously, you need a great protector to fend off unwanted men on this cruise,” he announced, puffing out his chest for effect, further proof that he was the protector I needed.
I smiled because he was so damn cute. “Oh, but I have Jolie,” I remarked.
“Listen, if this Jolie exists, I have yet to see her. You keep claiming her, but both times we’ve met, she was nowhere to be found.” He shrugged and looked about. “So, I think you should consider my offer. It’s a pretty great offer.”
“Oh, really. And just what is that?” Looking about, I realized that we had stopped in the cruise ship jewelry shop. Then Mr. Bedroom Eyes dropped to one knee. I backed up a step. “What are you doing?” I asked, confused and concerned. This could go very badly. I may have misjudged him completely.
“Relax,” he urged. “I just have one very important question to ask you. And these things are better said with jewelry than I ever could with words.”
I started to take a second step back. I’m a runner. Only he grabbed my hand and halted my escape.
“Will you be my wife for the week?” He asked. Then he batted his eyelashes at me.
It really took all the pressure off. Throwing my head back, I let out a huge laugh…a combination of relief and pure joy. “Are you sure you don’t want to date me? I hear there’s a lot more sex in dating than there is in marriage?”
He stood slowly, contemplating the idea. “This is true, but since I’ve had no so sex with you thus far, any would be an improvement. Plus, since you already announced me as your husband, I thought this would keep the charade going.”
So I work the graveyard shift and decided to start this novella at work. I figured it would be a quick and easy read, right? Unexpectedly, I immediately had to put my reader down. This was one of those stories that makes you want to say “WTF , I so was not expecting that!” Needless to say, this isn’t the type of book you want to be reading in the presence of your professional coworkers unless you want to be a blushing idiot for the next three hours or however long it takes you to finish it.
I picked it back up when I got home and didn’t put it down until I was done. My inquisitive nature just couldn’t get enough. The dynamics between the first two, the second two and later on a third…( Oh, My! ) was quite compelling. I also loved both Alysin and Mr. Bedroom Eyes together, the chemistry between them was just phenomenal.
The only thing I hated about this book was it just ended too quickly. I seriously can not wait for the next book!
Bottom line – this is one short, hot and steamy story. I definitely would add this one to the top of my summer reading list. Perfect read for the beach or the pool (with a frozen margarita). Highly recommend this one.
What made her decide to be an erotica author?
How else was she going to parlay her two favorite past times into a career?
Emma is single and loving it. Like her first character, Alysin, Sin for short, she doesn’t believe in settling or in settling down. She loves to indulge in her passions whenever the mood strikes and enjoys keeping all of life’s cliche moments spicy.
Known for her sense of humor, Emma surrounds herself with friends whose antics often become the source of book fodder. Her ideal situation would be to explore the Caribbean while writing. She pursues that dream daily.