Tuesday, June 18, 2013

That First Kiss (Night Calls #2) by J.C. Valentine Review:



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Goodreads Book Blurb:
Mercurial and charming, Tate Larson is a rising author and playboy who has a different woman on his arm every night of the week. Focused on his work, Tate has no plans to settle down any time soon. That is until he meets his pretty new assistant, Piper Donovan.

Desperate to escape the promise of backwater living, Piper ditched her Alabama hometown and never looked back. That was almost two years ago. Now that she is out of a job and her bank account is running on fumes, she’s desperate to find a job, fast. She finds the break she is searching for when she lands a position at Bookish Temptations. A little dancing and a lot of drinks with the girls seem the perfect way to celebrate. After a brief but explosive encounter with a man she was never supposed to see again turns out to be the same man she will be bending over backwards to please, her every instinct tells her to run. But when running means leaving the life she has struggled so hard to create, Piper decides her only option is to continue working for the devastatingly sexy Tate Larson...even if it kills her.

Unable to deny their growing attraction, they struggle to keep their distance in a relationship that requires anything but.

*This book is intended for mature audiences.


I was kindly provided this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Genre - Adult/Contemporary Romance



4.5 Sexy, Steamy, Salacious Stars!
Hold Onto Your Panties Ladies, Tate Is On The Prowl!


The Rundown:
Tate is a capricious writer with a trust issues, whose past has taught him those who believe in love, commitment and monogamy are destined to fail. Those things are myths people tell themselves to trap them in a doomed relationship. He’s a total alpha male who wants what he wants and makes no excuses for his temperamental and turbulent moods.

When we meet Tate for the first time, he is out clubbing, on the prowl, like most nights, looking for a quick hook up without complications. Seeing Piper across the dance floor, he’s instantly attracted to the dark haired, curvy beauty with the big brown eyes. She’s not his usual type but there’s just something about her that pulls at something deep inside him. Taking his chances and approaching her on the pulsating dance floor, Tate can’t get enough of her taste, her smell, her feel so without much preamble, he whisks her away to the ladies bathroom where they both have one of the most erotic encounters of their lives. Tate never kisses the girls he hooks up with because its too personal, but when the deed is done, Tate can’t resist kissing Piper’s soft, plump lips just once before leaving her. That one kiss is his undoing.

Quote Spotlight... 
What he was feeling for Piper wasn’t something he could stop. It wasn’t something he could take back or cut out or burn to ashes. It was a poison that had entered his blood stream and ripped its way through his body and he knew the exact moment it happened: that first kiss.

Out on the town with her girlfriends before she starts her new job, Piper can’t believe she just lead herself on a mission of debauchery in the women's bathroom with a guy who’s name she didn't even get. But rebounding from a bad breakup, hooking up is about all she can handle at the moment so she enjoyed the adventure for what it was. When Monday morning arrives and her new job starts, she’s warned that she will be personal assistant to a moody writer who’s run off all his other PA’s. Determined to keep her job and a steady paycheck and not be forced to move back to her childhood home in Alabama, she sets out to find her new charge only to come face to face with her one night stand.

The first thing he does? Fire’s her!

Quote Spotlight... 
Piper glared at him. Was this guy for real? This was exactly why she preferred one-night stands. When she banged someone in the back room she never has to see their assholian faces again!

The Review:
That First Kiss (Night Calls #2) is a steamy Adult Contemporary Romance written by J.C.Valentine and though this is the second book in the series, its a stand alone, full length novel.

I read the first book in this series, Stranded which was a short/story novella and though I enjoyed it, this book, Completely. Blew. Me. Away! That First Kiss had me laughing, fretting and nervous for our would-be couple. And it had me completely seduced throughout the entire time I was immersed in this incredible read. In short, it was simply amazing!

Tate was sexy, steamy, charming, over confidant, completely hilarious at times and a right royal ass at others but his moody temper and his impenetrable walled heart was no match for the irresistible Piper.

Piper was strong willed, confident and beautiful. She worked hard, had morals and though she’d been trampled on, she still had hope. I loved her character!

Their chemistry was off-the-charts hot and watching these two come together was sinful and fun.

Quote Spotlight... 
Tate smirked. “Honestly, you make me sound like some sort of caveman. Had that been the case, you would be unconscious and completely at my mercy right now. And trust me,” he said, his voice growing husky as they fell off his tongue and he stepped forward, closing the distance between them. “I can think of so many things to do to you, and you wouldn’t be complaining about any of them.”

This book has it all. Steam, fun, angst, fabulous characters and heartfelt emotions. And best of all, there’s no cliffy and there’s a HEA!

Quote Spotlight... 
“I know I’m an asshole, and I’m sure as hell not worthy of you, but if you give me a chance, I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to be.”

And as an added bonus, we also get to see glimpses of the continuing, developing relationship of Felix and Poppy from the first book, Stranded as Piper and Tate interact with them.

The Wrap Up:
I love how J.C. Valentine writes the best confrontational scenes with entertaining dialogue and hilarious character interactions. I absolutely LOVED, and I do mean LOVED, Tate and Pipers first official meet. Sparks were flying, I was laughing and cringing at the same time, and their laughable and awkward encounter only cemented how much I would adore this crazy ride. And trust me, I wasn’t disappointed. This author has a way with romance, crazy off the wall characters and intense and fun scenes that will captivate your heart and leave you wanting more each time! I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

More Favorite Quotes and Passages... 

Tate probably couldn’t see it, but he was this close to being found stuffed in a roadside drainage ditch. - (Piper’s POV)


He stayed two steps behind her all the way up to the house, afraid to get too close. It was like he was starring in his own horror movie and had just figured out who the killer was. He had to put on a mask of ignorance and remain calm. As with any psychopath, she could probably smell fear. - (Tate’s POV)


His heart was pounding in his chest, a light sheen of sweat had his skin feeling clammy, and if the granny in the Gremlin didn’t get the hell out of his way pronto, he was tempted to roll right over the top of her. - (Tate's POV)


“I need to be inside you,” he growled. “I need to feel your naked curves beneath me.” - Tate

(Yowza! I need me a Tate ASAP please!)


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About the Author...

J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of erotic tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

Brandi Salazar lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream to become an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.


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