Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: THE FIRST TASTE by Jessica Hawkins @jess_hawk

Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: THE FIRST TASTE by Jessica Hawkins @jess_hawk

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: THE FIRST TASTE by Jessica Hawkins @jess_hawkThe First Taste by Jessica Hawkins
Series: Slip of the Tongue #2
Published by: Self Published
on August 4, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.

my thoughts

Jessica Hawkins gives us another PHENOMENAL romance with THE FIRST TASTE! An outstanding and UNFORGETTABLE read! This book made me feel EVERYTHING! I immediately wanted to go back for seconds! This is only my second read from the amazing Ms. Hawkins and already, she’s become one of my favorite writers. She tells a story that will touch your heart and soul. She gives us characters that we embed in our hearts and are never forgotten. She gives us storylines that make us laugh, cry, and swoon hard. She gives her readers excitement and immense pleasure from her beautiful prose. She outdoes herself with every new release, and if you do not know her work yet, I’m begging you…this is one experience you DO NOT want to miss!

“It’s fine if you don’t need me,” I say, “but I need you.”

The realness of THE FIRST TASTE just blew me away. A single dad falls for an independent and driven woman? What could go wrong? From their first meeting, Andrew and Amelia were ELECTRIC…it might have been a bumpy start, but without that, there wouldn’t have been that drive from Andrew to take it a step further…there wouldn’t have been that first taste that led to SO MUCH MORE! The struggles that they faced, the push/pull of attraction it was intense and passionate and AMAZING! Every turn of the page brought me more joy! I knew I would LOVE this book! I knew I would FALL HARD for these characters! And I just knew that Ms. Hawkins would blow my mind once again! Andrew, Amelia, and beautiful Bell…from the very beginning you knew that these three were going to make a BEAUTIFUL family. The journey to get there was incredibly beautiful and moving, and I just want to experience it all over again.

THE FIRST TASTE teaser

 

excerpt

quote“What’re your plans tonight?”

She scoffs. “It’s Friday night. What aren’t my plans? I have drinks with friends in an hour, then a late dinner, and who knows after that.”

“Cancel them.”

She gapes at me. “Cancel my plans? Why would I?”

“Come out with me. Sadie says there’s a place around here with great pizza.”

She laughs, tilting her head and exposing the smooth column of her throat. “First, I don’t eat carbs, so there’s no way you’re getting me to do anything with the promise of pizza. Second, I just told you—I don’t date.”

“And neither do I.”

“Then why are you asking me out?” she asks.

“Because despite what you may think, I am a gentleman, and it’s only good manners to buy you dinner first.”

“First?” she asks, wrinkling her nose. “What’s second?”

We stare at each other. I let her figure it out on her own. It’s rare to meet a woman like me, someone who truly has no interest in finding a partner. I’ve heard that claim from enough girls to know when they’re bullshitting me, and unless Amelia is a Grade-A con artist, she definitely isn’t looking to get serious.

When she understands, the wrinkles on her forehead ease, and she parts her lips. I answer with a knowing smile. Suggesting sex within half an hour of meeting someone might normally get me slapped, but I get the feeling Amelia appreciates a more direct approach.

“I don’t date,” I say, “but I’m still a man with eyes.”

She makes no secret of looking me up and down. “You’re not my type either,” she warns. “I like men who carry a briefcase and see a barber regularly.”

I run my hand through my black hair, which I know is too long. “How’s that working out for you?”

She narrows her eyes. “Fine. Perfect.”

“I have some tattoos too,” I say. “And ride a motorcycle. Since that’s normally how I get most girls, I suppose those are turn-offs for you.”

“They are,” she says immediately, straightening her shoulders. “I’ve never understood the appeal of a bad boy.”

“Then tonight, we’re a match made in heaven, aren’t we? It shouldn’t be hard for either of us to say goodbye afterward.”

She bats her eyelashes a few times, not because she’s flirting but because she’s thinking. Considering. Which means it’s basically a done deal. I’ve never gotten this far with a girl only to have her walk away. “Why even bother with dinner?” she asks.

I take a moment to study her, her shoulder-length, perfectly coifed blonde hair. Her defined red lips that look like a heart when pursed, which is often. Yeah, based on the fact that I’m noticing details—something I try not to do anymore—I know I’m feeling her tonight. Most guys would jump at the opportunity to skip the small talk, but that doesn’t really appeal to me. I like women, always have. Just because Shana fucked me in the head doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them. Doesn’t mean I don’t want to spend time around them—just so long’s it’s surface stuff.

I don’t want to scare her off by suggesting I might want to have a conversation with her, so I just shrug. “Because I’m starving.”

“I’m not hungry.”

“Indulge me then. I need my energy.”

“For what?” she asks.

I arch an eyebrow at her. I’ll definitely need my energy for a night with her.

She reads my expression and her cheeks redden. “Oh.”

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About Jessica Hawkins

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.

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