Her New Year’s resolution was seduction.
Doctor Ashley Hanes has one mission and one mission only—end her annoyingly long dry streak and ring in the New Year with a bang. Literally. When her long lost and oh-so-sexy ex-best friend, Ethan Pierce, shows up as if he hadn’t broken her heart all those years ago, suddenly she doesn’t want to bring home just any man. She wants Ethan.
What should have been one night of blow-your-mind make-up sex quickly turns into another. And another. Before long, Ashley thinks maybe she and Ethan should reunite for good. If only the elusive bachelor will stop running from his tortured past and trust a future in Ashley’s arms.
3 stars - Quickie, heavy on the sexy.
I'm really in the mood for these seasonal reads. It's fun to have the holiday's be part of the story. This time, it's New Year's Eve that's part of the action. Ashley was in love with her best friend in high school, the total computer geek Ethan. But one day, he quite talking to her and once they graduated he was gone. Now, they run into each other nine years later on New Year's Eve. The sparks are evidence that Ethan may have felt the same way. But he's not sticking around, just one night together for closer.
So, I love this premise. I love second chances at love. I love best friends turned to lovers. I love the hot sparks that are flying between these two.
Ashley hasn't had time for relationships over the last nine years. She was too busy becoming a doctor. But her heart has never gotten over Ethan. It was cute to watch her go from "this is a one night stand" to "I need cuddle time". I had to laugh at her for even thinking it was possible to find closer with the guy she loved in high school as a one night stand. Her best friend was right there with me. What bugged me about Ashley as how inflexible she was. Her life was what it was. She wasn't going to change it for anyone. I don't see that as possible. Change is the one constant in life. That part of her rubbed me wrong.
Ethan is interesting. He was bullied growing up and hates this town. He's here to visit his family for the holiday's and then make his way back to his California life. Having out-grown the boy that was shoved in lockers, he's a hot commodity now. I loved it that the jock that tormented him was the bartender while Ethan had a high end computer job. Nothing against bartender. It was sad, though, how much the bullying had affected Ethan. He didn't want to give anyone in that town a second chance. I get that but there is a point where his point of view chances pretty fast and I wasn't buying that.
Overall, I enjoyed this quick read. I actually would have loved a little more. By far, the book was mostly about the sexy relationship that Ashley and Ethan developed but I really would have liked more. Maybe some of their past, or more of the present besides the sex. They obviously have a great friendship that picks right back up but not having seen much of it, it was hard for me to accept.
If you love those quickies, heavy on the sexy, then this one is for you.
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Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. ON ONE CONDITION hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list, and TRY ME hit #76 on Amazon. CAPTIVATED BY YOU hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.