A Kick in the Pants & Will Never Fade
Riley O’Brien & Co.
By: Jenna Sutton
A Kick in the Pants: Releasing November 15, 2016
Jake Lilliard has always been a gambling man. So far, all the risks he’s taken — like moving to San Francisco and joining Riley O’Brien & Co. — have paid off. Now he’s ready to take the biggest risk of all: acting on his feelings for Kyla Andrews. As a trainee in his department, she’s off limits. But as soon as Kyla moves on to another job, he is going to make her his. He’s waited long enough…
When tragedy struck Kyla’s family years ago, she started playing it safe. She doesn’t take risks with her job or her heart, and she refuses to be a cliché – the foolish woman who falls for her sexy boss. Yet Jake is everything she has ever wanted, and it’s impossible to resist him and his enticing kisses.
Just when it seems that the gamble they took will pay off, Jake’s past threatens his future with Kyla. He knows lady luck is fickle, but she’s always had a soft spot for him. He’s hoping she won’t turn her back on him when he needs her the most…
Oh my, when a story is as cute and sweet and adorable and sexy and sensual and steaming as A Kick in the Pants it's impossible not to inhale it at once and then just bask in the wondrous afterglow of a great story when finished.
I loved Jake from the first sight, his feelings for Kyla are a delight! He is so gone for her, it just made me smile because a guy completely silly with their feelings for a girl is just sexy.
And then he cuddles babies in the hospital. Babies born with addictions they got from their birth mothers. Yes. I know. The best ever. He is sexy, kind, considerate, a good guy with generous heart, he holds on to the principles, is honorable, and he cuddles babies. There's my first ever book boyfriend for sure.
And Kyla is the perfect match for him. Together they are some kind of magic, they melt the pages with the heat between them and they both are altruistic with their desire to serve the community and help with charities.
They have their differences, but it is not drawn-out angst-fest, but a matter that is solved with mature way, as I would have expected from them.
I loved the circle of friends and co-workers their surround themselves with. The secondary characters all had something to add to the story and were entertaining at the same time.
This series has been delightfully entertaining from the book one and keeps on making me smile, sigh, and swoon with every addition to it. The characters touched my heart and their destinies and stories always give me something to think about while making me giddy with the adoration they have for each other.
Definitely, a series I recommend to invest in, even though all the stories are easily read as standalone novels.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Will Never Fade: Releasing December 13, 2016
For Phoebe Werner, the management trainee program at Riley O’Brien & Co. represents a new beginning. She’s finally healthy, and she is trying to enjoy life while she can. She never expects to run into Garrett Gale at a New Year’s Eve party. The handsome hotelier is the only man she wants… and a reminder of what she can never have.
Years ago, Garrett enjoyed one memorable night with Phoebe after months of fantasizing about her. And then, she disappeared. She ignored his efforts to contact her, and he did his best to forget her. Now fate has brought her back into his life and his bed. But who knows how long she’ll stay there?
With Phoebe's fears threatening to ruin their chance at happiness, Garrett must convince her that they're meant to be. He can't let Phoebe walk away with his heart again.
Cancer sucks. It changes everything and everyone it touches and there's no coming back it because makes permanent damage. I admire how the author played the plot with the cancer aspect. It was the defining matter but not the main focus. The feelings Garrett and Phoebe have for each other, the past friendship and hurt that came, the current possibilities and burning desires are all the main focus that makes the plot twist and shake up the scenes.
Garrett and Phoebe win the sensuality award with the burning desire they have for each other. The years apart have just made those feelings grow, it seems, instead of dampening the flame. There were times I felt they were using sex to communicate instead of opening up and talking to each other. But the hurt of left behind had left some scars on Garrett, and the fear of what the future will bring was a constant shadow with Phoebe, so I understand their motives to it.
I personally don't like the third person 'drama' in the romance I read. Even though here it was more of an awkward moment quickly to be resolved, it still made an impact that I could have been without.
The struggle and resolve between Garrett and Phoebe are compelling and heartfelt. They and their story thought me a life lesson, gave me a new perspective to deal with a chronic illness/disability - to every day choose to stand and stay in the light, instead of letting the clouds always nearby darkening your daily skies.
The story is filled with emotions, it is raw and manages to go to a great depths in the novella length tale. There were laughter and tears, frustration and fears, great hope and deep despair, craving and ardor, but mostly there was love and devotion.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Garrett picked up his fork, but instead of eating off his own plate, he stabbed a piece of chicken off hers. As he brought it to his mouth, she kicked him under the table, not hard, just a tap.
“If you wanted chicken tagine,” she groused, “you should have ordered it.”
Although his mouth was busy chewing, she could tell he wanted to smile. This was their old routine—him eating off her plate, her chastising him, and him offering little tidbits of his meal to repay her.
Switching his fork for a spoon, he scooped some stew from the orange bowl in front of him and held it up to her mouth. She opened with no hesitation, the whole situation as comfortable and familiar as her favorite flannel nightgown.
He spooned the food into her mouth. As she chewed the flavorful combination of tender beef, kalamata olives, raisins, and garbanzo beans, she got hints of cinnamon and cumin and a little kick of lemon.
“Oh, that’s good,” she murmured, licking her lips. “Give me another bite.”
He didn’t give her what she wanted. Instead, his eyes dropped to her mouth and stayed there for several heartbeats. She watched as his pupils expanded and his irises darkened from bright turquoise to deep teal.
She had seen that look in his eyes before, but she hadn’t recognized it for what it was. She did now.
Suddenly the situation was no longer comfortable. And neither was the ache between her thighs. Feeling a syrupy trickle of arousal into her panties, she silently cursed herself and shifted on the banquette seat.
She’d known it would be impossible for them to go back to the way things used to be. They had opened Pandora’s Box that night. Or, to be more accurate, they had opened Phoebe’s box.
They’d released a powerful force into their friendship—desire. And that desire simmered beneath the surface like a dormant volcano just waiting to erupt.
Jenna Sutton is a former award-winning journalist who traded fact for fiction when she began writing novels. Surprisingly, the research she conducted for her articles provided a lot of inspiration for her books.
Jenna is the author of the Riley O’Brien & Co. romances. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.
Jenna and her husband live in Texas in a 105-year-old house affectionately known as “The Money Pit”. You can find out more about her and her books by visiting www.jennasutton.com
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