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Series: Romancing The Clarksons #1
Published by: Forever
on May 17, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .
The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up---six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle---Rita's pretty certain she's gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .
Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he's about to be sorely tempted. There's something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn't just for tonight---he's forever.
You know when you find out that one of your favorite authors is coming out with a new series, and then you read the first book in that series and you get SO FREAKING EXCITED because you know that the series will become of favorite of yours? Long question, I know! But TOO HOT TO HANDLE, book one in Tessa’s ROMANCING THE CLARKSONS series, took my heart by storm! This book featured Rita Clarkson and Jasper Ellis, but the secondary characters were just as important in this first book. We got to know the Clarkson family – Rita, Belmont, Aaron, and Peggy – each with a story of their own. A tragedy that tore them apart, will eventually bring them back together in way that’s beautiful, breathtaking, and chock-full of life’s ups and downs. TOO HOT TO HANDLE had serious moments, moments full of laughter and sarcasm, and TONS of intense and sexy times. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun reading a contemporary romance! Not only did I fall in love with Rita and Jasper, I fell in LOVE with the entire Clarkson clan. I’m so intrigued about each and every one of their stories and I know Tessa will deliver on each one.
Life isn’t about the destination. It’s about the journey. And through this journey we will experience loss, love, and laughter. Rita’s journey to get out from under the pressure of being like her famous mother is a tough one. But with the help of the gorgeous reformed bad boy in town, Rita discovers what she truly wants in life. Her family might drive her crazy, but it’s the only family she has, and through this journey, she will discover that no matter what happens, they all be there to ride the journey together.
Fantastic writing…hilarious and sexy banter…tons of family drama…and a HOTNESS FACTOR that only Tessa Bailey can bring to the table, TOO HOT TO HANDLE comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me. Every romance reader should pick this one and just HAVE A BLAST!
He dipped down until they were nose to nose, saw the rush of thought going on behind her eyes. It was pretty damn breathtaking up close. “Mind cluing me in as to what’s going on in there?”
“If—if—we need to stay overnight—”
“—then I might see you at the bar.” She wedged a hand between them and separated their bodies. “I’d rather see someone’s worst than their best. Saves time.”
Jasper heard the tow truck pulling into the garage parking lot and cursed. Not even remotely confident that his first attempt at polite conversation with an available woman had been successful, Jasper walked her backward until they were hidden behind a rusted pay phone. She’d broken away from his touch, so he was careful to respect that. He dropped his mouth to an inch above hers and said, low, “I didn’t get near enough time with you, Rita. If you don’t show up tonight, don’t be surprised if I come looking.” He laid his palms against the warm building, above her head, watched her gaze dip to his stomach. His lap. “And if I have to come looking, I’ll be twice as determined to get that kiss.”
Her head came up. “W-what kiss?”
Jasper lowered his mouth until their lips brushed. He listened to her breath accelerate, watched her wet her lips. “The one I want to give you right now.” He allowed himself to linger another few seconds, then, with the effort of ten oxen, Jasper stepped back. “Tonight, beautiful.”
On his way to his bike, Jasper tipped his hat at Rita’s gaping siblings.