Was he a hitman? A Navy Seal? Gigolo? I had
no idea what Bradley Emerson did for a living. I’d figure it out though, secrets
didn’t sit well with me and I loved a challenge. ~ Wiska
I wanted her. I didn’t want to want her, but
the brain in my head was no longer in control of this vessel. Wanting her went
against my rules, but apparently my male member was a rule breaker. ~
A comedy romance
By Kirsty Dallas
It brings funny…hard: I was expecting good comedy, but I had several snort laughs with this one. Ms. Dallas continues to give a good blend of romance, comedy and porn stars that I think works even better here than in Decker’s Wood. Casey, Wiska’s friend who was Andi’s neighbor in the first book, had some of the best lines and his explanation of love was the perfect setting for this romance:
“People fall in love one letter at a time, Bradley. L comes first and it ends at E, but it’s the journey in the middle that gives the word real meaning.”
Second in series but works as standalone: Now, I enjoyed Decker’s Wood and there are characters who appear in both books (most notably Casey and his partner Lionel) but I think this works as a standalone. You may be curious about certain events, but it would not impede your enjoyment of this book to not .
Bradley and Wiska have great chemistry: Bradley has a great mix of brash, broody, hot and sweet (and borderline geeky which I love). Wiska’s was sometimes flighty ( as she says “book smart with a little case of street idiot”) but spunky and I really enjoyed the fact that she was unapologetic for being in porn. She stood up for herself without ever letting others slut shame her. Both Bradley and Wiska worked so well together that it was easy to root for them to get it right.
Lovely little touches for romance: This is a romance that could have easily been dark but it’s funny and sweet and it’s all in the the details. I think Ms. Dallas really nailed it with the details on this one – the love locks, the post it notes, Fancy Dress Fridays, all these little things really added a sweetness to the romance that acts as a nice counterpoint to the fact that he’s a porn star and he works for the mob.
That final obstacle: I was absolutely loving Bradley and Wiska, things were rolling right along and I was in happy romance heaven. They were pretty accepting of their feelings and I thought, for the most part, that they were rational and open to love. It was great. Then the final obstacle happened….and I was kind of meh about it. I understood that it was necessary to bring the story “home” so to speak, and there’s always that final obstacle or else there’s no tension. It just felt a bit off, considering that they were cautious but still open for 80% of the book. I thought that Bradley was judged harshly and too quickly. He apologized when the misunderstanding wasn’t really his fault, but since I loved the way he wooed Wiska back, I didn’t mind it.
The Bottom Line [4 stars]
I really enjoyed my time with Wiska and Bradley, and I’d hang with Casey anytime for Fancy Dress Fridays. I’d recommend for those who love your romance mixed with funny and a dash of porn (as in stars). I’m looking forward to the next in this series, Leah’s Hoo-ha (the title alone is cracking me up).
*An ARC provided for an honest for review.
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Connect with Kirsty:
I grew up on the beaches of North Queensland, Australia
before migrating south to the iconic Gold Coast in 1995. I traded the surf and my
bikini for pajama’s and a computer when I embarked on writing professionally in 2012.
I write first and foremost for myself. I write characters and
ideas that come from my heart, then take shape and evolve into entire landscapes in my mind.
I am fascinated with most creative outlets — photography, art,
music, you name it, I love it. I don’t take life too seriously and I love to hear from
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