Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Book Review And Excerpt : A Fine Mess by Kelly Siskind



Title: A Fine Mess
Author: Kelly Siskind
Series: Over The Top, #2
On Sale: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Format: eBook

Blurb

Some guys should come with a warning label…

Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn't do relationships or promises or feelings. He's never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She's sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn't easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart…


BUY LINKS


THE OVER THE TOP SERIES


My Perfect Mistake, #1
A Fine Mess, #2


REVIEW

Ever since I read My Perfect Mistake, the first book in the Over The Top series, I've been waiting for Lily and Sawyer's story in A Fine Mess.And I'm glad to tell you it was definitely worth the wait.All books in this series can be read as standalones, but give them all a chance as each book is very good! :)

We had a glimpse of Lily and Sawyer's friendship in My Perfect Mistake.There is a connection and attraction between them.They get each other.But, Lily has a long-term boyfriend and Sawyer doesn't do relationships.In the beginning we see Lily finally break up with Kevin.She had tried to do so many times before, but could never fully do it.There wasn't really any passion left in the relationship and they hadn't been intimate for a long time.Lily also acknowledges the fact that she is attracted to Sawyer.And though she isn't breaking up with Kevin for him, it definitely would be great if they could give things between them a chance.

Sawyer has always been Mr.One Night Stand.Even though Lily makes him long for a relationship, he isn't confident that he will make her happy due to his personal issues.In the West family, everyone has cheated on their respective others and things always end in divorce.He doesn't want Lily to end up the way his mother did-heartbroken and depressed.So he avoids relationships.


When Lily lets him know that she has broken up with Kevin, he doesn't know how to respond and ends up behaving as an asshole.Lily doesn't know what to make of this as Sawyer has always shown interest in her.Lily also has her own set of anxiety issues.She is also a compulsive shopper and a hoarder.But, noone knows about this as she doesn't want to be seen as crazy.Even her BFF's Shay adn Raven are unaware.But, Sawyer always brings out the best in her.He sees through her lies and excuses and always accepts her as she is.


It was beautiful seeing the way the relationship developed between the two of them.So cute!

Each character had their issues, and the author has handled it in a delicate and wonderful manner.I loved Sawyer's POV a lot this time!It was laugh-out-loud funny.Masturbation Olympics *snorts*
The superhero and superpower references were awesome(my inner geek loved it)!
Lily's character was also amazing!The way she imagines stories behind objects was beautiful.She was such a sweet, loyal character with a hidden store of spunk.

It was great seeing Shay,Kolton,Raven and Nico again.They are such a great set of friends.The additional secondary characters like Sawyer's brother,sister-in-law and parents also added to the story.Though there was a little bit of drama, I enjoyed it a lot!The romance+steam was well done.The ending and the way things were resolved between them was very satisfying.:D

Now, I can't wait for Raven and Nico's story in the next book.They are both such intriguing characters, I'm pretty sure it'll be awesome!
So,what are you waiting for?Go and grab this book and if you haven't read Shay and Kolton's story yet, start with My Perfect Mistake!

EXCERPT

She holds up her new treasure. “Found a good one.” The blue stone in the center of the ring catches the light of a nearby lamp, the thick band decorated with filigree.
“Okay,” I say. “You first.”
She swallows and peeks at me from below her lashes. “There was this man.” Another swallow. “He was a soldier about to be shipped off to war.” She scrapes her teeth over her bottom lip. “He bought this ring but didn’t propose to his girl before he left. He was afraid. He didn’t think he’d do right by her. But he held on to it during every battle, and every horrible night. When he got home and realized he was being foolish”—she looks at me with glassy eyes—“the girl had fallen for someone else.”
Single Lily fights dirty.
My pulse kicks up a notch as I approach her. I stop a foot away and hold out my hand. “The ring, please.”
Trembling slightly, she places it in my palm, her fingers grazing my skin.
“A man,” I say, turning the band over, “proposed to the girl of his dreams with this ring.” I step closer. “He worshipped her. I mean, she was hot as fuck”—eye roll numero cinco—“but they were meant to be, like real soul mates. Then the unthinkable happened.” I shift my feet until there’s barely an inch between us.
Self-control at DEFCON 2.
“What happened?” she whispers.
I grin. “A car fell on her. Freak accident. Dropped from the second story of a parking garage. Nasty mess.” I grab her hand and place the ring on her finger as she mumbles something about my maturity. I knock her toe with mine. “Quiet. I’m not done.” Numero seis. I clear my throat. “Although the man loved his wife more than anything, he pawned the ring. He knew it was special. He hoped the next person to buy it could be as lucky in love as he was.”
That stops the eye rolls.
She looks at the ring, then at me, then back and forth again.
Her lips part. Her chest rises.
Sirens ring: DEFCON 1.
I’m a thrill seeker. Cliff jumping, fast cars, steep slopes—you name it, I love it. The adrenaline rush gives me Spidey-sense, and my pulse shoots from one hundred to 220 in ten seconds flat.
Leaning in to kiss Lily is like skydiving without a chute.
I don’t give her time to turn me down, not a moment for either of us to overthink. Heart in my throat, I taste her lips. Yep, strawberry. She’s soft and tentative, then eager, a whimper escaping when our tongues swipe. I grip her harder and walk until I have her pressed against a table. She tugs my hair. I grab her ass. The next whimper is louder, the sound shredding what’s left of my self-control. I need to hear what other sounds she makes, need to hear her fall apart. Will she chant my name or pray to her maker? Will she scream or groan? Our mouths move faster, hands greedier, my jeans barely containing me. If I don’t stop soon, we’ll be giving these antiques enough stories for another century.
By the time I pull away, she’s swallowed my heart.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she's not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings-Gummy Bears heal all. She's also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.


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