Is there an equation for the perfect hookup? Turns out it’s a lot more complicated than one plus one. . . .
Sophie: Numbers are my comfort zone, which explains why my sex life is a big fat zero. Then again, if I’m smart enough to earn a PhD, why can’t I calculate a way to get a guy into bed, just to see what all the fuss is about? With my prima donna sister, Bella, getting married in Maine, I figure her wedding is the perfect opportunity for my little experiment. And Cain Jordan seems hot enough—he’s certainly drunk enough—to show me what I’ve been missing. Judging by the body of evidence, it’s a lot. . . .
Cain: Being stuck in the same town as my lying SOB twin brother, Christian—who may or may not be the father of the son I’m not allowed to see—is a hell of a reason to drink myself silly after the lobster boat docks each day. Any port in a storm . . . But Sophie’s different. She doesn’t play around. And she’s becoming a habit I don’t want to break. Because the smartest woman I’ve ever met is also the sexiest—and the only one who makes me want to change.
Don’t miss Bella and Christian’s story in The Breakup!
Romance |Adult Fiction | Contemporary
***I was provided an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review***
Well shit on a stick…. yet another author to gush over like a giddy little fangirl. Seriously, cheese and crackers comrades. This book was perfect. I really enjoyed reading this and when I say I read it one sitting, I definitely read it in two hours. It was amazing.
I loved the characters – FLIPPING LOVED THEM.
Sophie was a huge treat. In many romance novels, you get this nerdy girl figure type who has socially awkward skills, I love the nerdy types. I always think it adds something to the chemistry in the long run, or rather the development of the character dynamics to get to the HEA. Sophie was a different breed of nerd that was refreshing. She says what is on her mind, she doesn’t fiddle stick around the truth, she is extremely smart, hilarious and just generally the sweetest thing. I also adored that she is so misunderstood by her family, mostly by her sister and mother yet Cain sees past her awkward flaws, taking her at face value, she is just a huge ball of amazing. Everything from her personality, how she views the world, everything – she was just beautiful.
Of course Cain also took a treat for me, it was definitely a hate/love for his character. At first I am really reserved for him, he seems rather guarded personality, hostile, broody alpha male with some questionable lifestyles – definitely the drinking irked me. Going in, I didn’t understand what motivated this, but tickle my pickle I was curious, there had to be something and boy was it. It was a damn good backbone to the story. He was a hot mess that is for sure, but it was unjustified. I definitely sympathized for him, many moments of his perspective I just wanted to reach out and hold him, Cain was definitely broken.
I say love/hate for Cain for basic reasons. A lot of this had to do with the chemistry and their dynamics together. On the one hand, Cain treats Sophie with the respect she deserves, he honestly treats her like an adult, a human being. They explore her sexuality together. It is a beautiful thing, honestly I know it sounds weird, but what started their relationship was just something I found to be phenomenal, it was beautifully written. However what became adamant on my dislikes towards Cain is that they were both becoming this all consuming, obsessive couple, really depending on one another to get over their internal conflicts. It was Cain though that really had a lot of internal demons. One that really tortures the growth of the feelings towards one another. Both with his mistrust, family issues, plus his budding alcoholism that was drowning out his pain – this in turn reflected on their relationship. At many points he crossed the line of being too compulsive, too addicted on their passion which boiled into something of a rage filled impulse.
On the other hand though I liked it. I needed it to happen. I needed his rage to finally open his eyes, be the man he was meant to be. Cain was a complicated individual, Sophie really opened his eyes to another world, to him growing as an individual. I loved their chemistry. The connection between Cain and Sophie was just on another level.
Overall, I adored this book. It was the perfect blend of angst feels with believable drama and the sweetest, most swoon worthy moments. I enjoyed the chemistry so much, everything simply slayed me. I honestly could not say that enough – it was perfection.
I highly recommend reading this book, I am super excited to continue reading other works from McCarthy. Plus the announcement for the cover and synopsis for book two, THE BREAKUP is on Goodreads and holy snack crackle and pop I am ready! Do I need to offer up anything for a ARC? Because I am prepared to sale my husband…
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About Erin McCarthy
USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written over sixty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult romance, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Erin is a RITA finalist and an ALA Reluctant Young Reader award recipient, and is both traditionally and indie published.
When she’s not writing she can be found sipping martinis in high heels or eating ice cream in fleece pajamas depending on the day, and herding her animals, kids, and amazing renovation-addicted husband.
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