Lips Close to Mine

Lips Close to Mine

by Robin Bielman

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ISBN-13: 9781640632578
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/20/2017
Series: Wherever You Go , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 44,429
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can't live without jump starts most of her story ideas.

She loves to frequent coffee shops, take hikes with her hubby, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty,dog Harry. She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. To keep in touch sign up for her newsletter on her website athttp://robinbielman.com

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CHAPTER 1

Harper

Swimming and sex.

My two favorite "S" words. In that order. Unless you count that time with ...

Nope. I'm not going to think about him.

Too late, you just did.

God, I wish I could wipe Levi Pierce from my memory.

We weren't supposed to see each other ever again, and then surprise! My best friend is dating his best friend, and he's in my airspace way more than I'm comfortable with. Pants Charming — that's what I call him because he could seriously charm the pants off me with only his stupid smile — is a problem I have to learn to deal with.

Ducking under the water, I push thoughts of Levi out of my head and swim another two laps across the swimming pool. I butterfly stroke this time. It's the most fun and most exhausting, and I'm good at it. It's not my fastest stroke, that would be freestyle, but I'm skilled at all of them. I trained in Olympic-size facilities. Raced against the best until my sixteenth birthday.

There's never a time I'm in the water that I don't think back on that night seven years ago when everything changed for me. I hide it, of course. I don't want anyone's pity or sympathy. It's private, something I keep buried deep but that, ironically, is never far from the surface.

I lift out of the water and once again check my phone because that will make it ring, right? I've tried for the past few days to tell myself this isn't a big deal. That if it doesn't work out, it's not the end of the world. I'll survive just fine and find another opportunity to raise awareness for swim safety. But the way my stomach is knotting tells me I'll be devastated if I don't get this.

I'm not used to caring so much about a job.

Unless you count camp counselor. Best first job ever, right there. No one rocks Crazy Hair Day like I do.

I palm the edge of the pool and push myself up into a sitting position, leaving my feet to dangle in the water. I've always worked, but giving swim lessons and lifeguarding isn't a "job" to me. It's my normal. My heart. My passion. And the morning hours I put in at the coffee shop are for fun and an extra way to fill my time. Although, ever since my best friend, Teague, quit serving lattes with me, it hasn't been as enjoyable.

The August sun is almost done drying the droplets of water on my shoulders and back when my phone finally rings. I take a deep breath, note the caller ID, and pick it up.

"Hi, Mr. Halloran." Shit. Do I sound like I've been sitting here waiting for his phone call?

"Hi, Harper. Please. Call me Brad."

"Right. Hi, Brad." It's a little weird calling one of my swim coaches from when I was a teenager by his first name, but I am an adult now, and he's not more than ten years older than me, so I need to make more of an effort.

"I've got some semi-good news," Brad says matter-of-factly.

"Okay," I reply, calm as a cactus, when I'm really anything but.

"The board agrees you're an excellent ambassador candidate for the foundation and our No Swimmer Left Behind campaign, but we're not quite ready to fully extend you the job offer. I know that's not what you were hoping to hear."

I swallow the bulging lump in my throat. It's not what I wanted, no, but it sounds like I haven't lost the job yet, either. "What are you offering?"

"As I mentioned when we met, we want to shoot a series of PSAs to kick off the campaign, and we'd like to use you, if you're up for it. Afterward, we'll talk about the future. Sound fair enough?"

"It does." I want this job. I need this job. If I kick ass with the public service announcements, hopefully the board will give me the full-time honor. Sometimes it takes baby steps to reach your destination.

"Can you come in next week to go over logistics and meet the team?"

"Absolutely."

"Great. I'll see you soon."

"Thank you so much. I'm excited." Excited to prove to everyone I should be the face of the Make A Splash Foundation.

"We are, too."

I disconnect the call, place my phone back on the towel, and jump to my feet to shake off the nerves pinching behind my knees and inside my elbows. When Brad started MASF, I immediately donated my time and money. The charity is still growing, but I'm passionate about teaching swimming so no one ever drowns again. If I can make my mission official through MASF, I know it will bring me the satisfaction that has been missing from my life and get my dad off my back.

My father is adamant I come work for him, but he's graciously given me time to "figure my life out" before I come to my senses and join him and my brothers in his bajillion-dollar media conglomerate. It's the very last thing I want to do. I'm a swimsuit, not a business suit, kind of girl. I need fresh air, sunshine, and chlorine to breathe. He thinks I need him, which is the complete opposite of true, yet he's losing patience with me. I love my dad, but if we were to have a professional relationship, I'd end up hating him.

It's bad enough that whenever he gets the opportunity, he hovers over me like I don't have a mind of my own. Last week alone he came into the coffee shop and proceeded to walk me through making his latte, step by step. I've worked there for seven months! I damn well know how to make his drink.

His controlling interest in my life is driving me nuts, leaving me super motivated to land this job with MASF.

The water glistens in the afternoon light, calling to me, so I run over to the deep end and jump in, hugging my knees to my chest. "Cannonball!" I shout even though no one is around to hear me. Underwater somersaults, handstands, and floating on my back follow until my lesson shows up a couple of minutes before one o'clock.

"Hey, Spider-Man!" I say to Josh. He has a thing for the superhero; his swim trunks, T- shirt, sandals, and towel always decorated with the popular Avenger.

"Hi, Hawper," he says in the cutest four-year-old voice ever. I love this kid.

For the next five hours, I give back-to-back swim lessons. The time flies by. I'm toweling off when Teague comes bounding around the corner. "Tell me, tell me, tell me," she says, full of her sweet, bubbly enthusiasm.

"I didn't get the job. Yet." I tell her what Brad told me.

"Harp!" She wraps me in a hug, not caring that my bathing suit is still wet. "You will so kick some PSA butt, and they will hire you officially, and you'll help make a huge difference. Congratulations!"

"Thanks. Fingers and toes crossed, right?" Teague's delight and optimism are hard to ignore, and I smile.

"Right!" she says, grinning back. "And one day soon you're going to be the best ambassador ever. Come on. I'm making you dinner to celebrate."

I hang my towel over a lounge chair, and we walk toward the guesthouse we rent from my aunt and uncle. They live in the massive Beverly Hills house a few hundred feet away, and as far as landlords go, they're the coolest.

"Are your special grilled cheese sandwiches what's for dinner?" I ask. I make Teague my exceptional mac and cheese. She makes me her outstanding grilled cheese. We're total opposites, but our love of cheese formed the first bonds of best-friendship during our freshman year at the University of Oregon.

"Of course," she says cheerfully.

"Are you sure you have time? When is Mateo picking you up?"

Teague opens our front door and heads straight into the kitchen. Her shoulders do a little wiggle, one that tells me the mere mention of her hot-as-fuck boyfriend turns her on. They're ridiculously in love, and I couldn't be happier for her.

"He'll be here at eight," she says in a breathy tone that further confirms her love sickness.

That's right. Love is a sickness, and I have no intention of catching it.

I pick up the T-shirt I left draped over the back of the couch and slip it on. Our place has an open floor plan with a bright polka-dot–accented kitchen, an office nook, and a comfortable but stylish living room. A hallway leads to our bedrooms on the right and a guest bathroom on the left.

"And I always have time for you," she adds.

Lately, that hasn't been the case, but I don't mention it. It's stupid and selfish that I feel lonely. Teague's new career as a honeymoon planner is taking off. Mateo's new travel job for NPR is, too, and together they're planning trips all over the world. When they're home, they're inseparable. I know my best friend, and while she and Mateo have only been officially together for a few weeks, he's it for her, the guy she wants to marry. And knowing guys like I do, he's equally taken with her. A good thing, because if he wasn't, I'd kick his ass. She's the best.

Speaking of getting married ... "Guess who's pregnant?" I say as I take a seat at the kitchen table and push the sudden and unwanted thoughts of Mateo's roommate out of my head. Damn Levi Pierce and his connection to my best friend. Lately, keeping him at arm's length is proving harder than I'd like. Despite my animosity toward him, he smiles in response to my scowl, or he keeps a door open for me. I hate that he makes me feel things I don't want to. Things I've been able to keep at bay until now.

Teague doesn't miss a grilled cheese-making beat, plopping a square of butter onto the frying pan. "Who?"

"Colleen."

"Your cousin is pregnant?" Teague asks with surprise, turning away from the stove to look at me.

"Knocked up and due in March."

"Her wedding is in March."

"Not anymore. It's moved to next month. She wants to be married before she's a mom — and fit into the wedding dress she's already bought — so everything is going at warp speed now." I'd like to propel myself out of bridesmaid duty, not because I don't love my cousin but because with the new time frame, I'm worried about my commitment to MASF, too. I have to start off on the best foot with them, which means they get my time whenever they need it.

And then there's my mother.

She wants to know when I'm getting married. Or at the very least acquiring a boyfriend.

Never.

The frying pan sizzles, drawing Teague's attention. She starts cooking our sandwiches. "Holy cow, how is your aunt planning to pull this off so fast?"

"The wedding is going to be here in the backyard. You should probably book a work trip during that week so you can avoid the insanity. Aunt Betsy walked me around this morning to share the details."

"I'm afraid to ask."

"She's covering my pool."

Teague shoots me a sympathetic, yet unapologetic frown.

"Okay, she's covering her pool. But I have to cancel two days' worth of lessons while everything is set up, on top of my Saturday ones. I hate doing that to my students."

"Change of subject," Teague says, sliding our sandwiches onto plates. She pulls each gooey, cheesy one apart and adds ranch dressing, sprouts, and already-cooked bacon inside before closing them up. Best. Sandwich. Ever. "Did I tell you my best friend is one step closer to being an ambassador, and I'm really proud of her?"

"Your best friend is a badass?" I misconstrue, because "ambassador" sounds so grown-up and weird and it's not official yet.

"She's that, too." Teague gives me a soft look as she puts our food on the table. "I'm sorry I'm leaving town tonight, but when you get the job, we're going out to celebrate properly."

"Make it not so proper, and it's a date."

Teague rolls her eyes. She's the good and proper one. Me? Not so much. I mean, I don't do anything illegal or hurtful, but I follow my own rules.

"Have anything fun planned this weekend?" she asks.

Ugh. This weekend. I have to go bridesmaid dress shopping. I'll definitely need some fun after that. I take a bite of my grilled cheese. "Just wedding stuff with Colleen. This is terrible by the way," I tease with my mouth full. "Thank you."

"You're welcome. I'm really happy and excited for you, Harp."

I'm really grateful for the girl sitting across from me enjoying her sandwich like it's the best one ever. She's been through thick and thin with me. She's my person, and we're more than best friends. We're sisters.

*
In my head, I recite word for word what my mother is going to say to me when I walk into the bridal store on Wilshire Boulevard ten minutes late.

"Harper, sweetie, how many times do I have to tell you to wash off the chlorine smell before you leave the house?"

Oops. I forgot the "sweetie." "Hi, Mom. How are you?" I kiss her cheek before turning to face my aunt, cousin, and three other bridesmaids. The five of them are standing in a line, eyes trained on me like I swam here from Hawaii, which makes no fucking sense, since then I'd smell like saltwater. "Sorry I'm late," I say.

So I didn't have time to shower before I rushed over here. What's the big deal? I'm clean. I'm dressed appropriately in a sundress that falls to the tops of my knees and covers my entire chest. My long, dark hair is mostly dry.

Colleen steps forward and gives me a hug. "Thanks for coming on such short notice." My cousin is two years older than me, and since we grew up the only girls in the family, we loved and hated each other, depending on the day. Mostly loved, though.

"Of course," I say. That's going to be my standard answer for the next month. If I plan on it, then I won't accidentally say something to disrupt the happy wedding vibe. Like the time I had to speak up when Colleen's college boyfriend came home with her for Thanksgiving weekend, and at brunch he asked my aunt to "please pass the milf" instead of "milk."

Aunt Betsy is hot for her age.

Colleen had glared at me the entire day, and the boyfriend didn't make it back for any more family gatherings.

"I've got the dress already picked out," Colleen says now. "Come see."

I follow her and the other bridesmaids to the dressing area with a silent prayer the dress is anything but green and ruffled.

My wish dies painfully when Colleen presents me with a strapless, full-length dress with a sweetheart neckline, shirred bust, empire waist, and front-and-center ruffle from rib cage to floor. In emerald green. The dress is pretty. It doesn't look anything like my sweet-sixteen dress, but the color and frill are enough to remind me.

"What do you think?" Colleen asks. "Isn't it gorgeous?" No one but me remembers what I wore the night of my party.

"It is," I say, forcing a smile. "I can't wait to try it on." Liar, liar, pants on fire.

I will not rain on Colleen's enthusiasm. This is her special time, and if I have to suck up my discomfort, then that's what I'll do. Better that than draw unwanted attention to my feelings. I know the dress is a small detail in the grand scheme of things, but sometimes it's the little things we remember most.

As I step behind the fancy champagne-colored curtain to change out of my sundress, I obliterate my runaway thoughts about that horrible night by thinking about puppies. English bulldog puppies. Their wrinkly, tubby cuteness is a shot of happy endorphins straight to my brain.

I'm the smallest bridesmaid, and when the seamstress pins the ribbing at my back for sizing, the dress pushes up my boobs in a really nice way. Two of George's — that's Colleen's fiancé — groomsmen are single, so I'm happy to give them something to stare at. One, in particular, I may let do more than stare.

Who am I kidding? I absolutely will get naked with him.

My cousin's smile reflects back at me in the full-length mirror. "You look stunning."

"Thanks." I gather my hair and tie it in a knot on top of my head. "Up-do?"

"Definitely," Colleen says.

Maggie McKinney, mom of three, Serious McSnooper, and all-around good person even when annoyingly in my business, crosses a hand over her heart and says, "I'm going to cry. You look so beautiful."

I turn so I can speak to her and not her reflection in the mirror. "Please don't cry, Mom. If you cry, then Aunt Betsy will cry and then Colleen will cry and then I might cry, and I do not cry." Crying is contagious, like yawning, or something like that. And seriously? Isn't she only supposed to cry when looking at the bride?

"Fine." She straightens her back. "I'll stay composed."

"Thank you."

Once the fittings are done, we leave the tulle and chiffon behind and step into the California sunshine to walk to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for lunch.

"I almost forgot to tell you congratulations," my mom says, linking our arms as we follow the rest of the group. "Your dad told me about the offer from Make A Splash Foundation. I'm so happy you're a step closer to getting something you really want."

She says this with love and sincerity, but there's a hint of disappointment in her voice, too. This is because I've yet to give my mom what she really wants — me in a relationship. As her only daughter, I'm constantly being set up on dates with anyone who has a penis and a pulse, and she's always reminding me that all work and no love isn't the way to live. (Um, hello? I'm only twenty-three.) It's a bone of contention between her and my dad, who, despite setting me up with a trust fund, insists I focus on a career while in my twenties. (Thank you, Dad.)

This work mentality goes back years. My brothers and I busted our asses off around the house to get our allowance when we were young. I've earned everything I've gotten.

"Thanks, Mom."

(Continues…)



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Lips Close to Mine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
There aren’t many authors who I’ll literally drop everything for, but Robin Bielman is one of them. I always look forward to her releases hugely and Lips Close to Mine is her at her best, capturing all I love in a romance: strong chemistry, emotion, the perfect blend of humour, angst and sexy-time, unforgettable characters and a man who will steal your heart. ”Levi Pierce is impossible to forget. He’s also maddening, infuriating, irritating, and the reason my body hums even when he’s not near.” If you haven’t read Talk British to Me, fear not as Lips Close to Mine can easily be read as a stand-alone. Harper and Levi were fairly prominent though as secondary characters and I had an inkling their story wouldn’t be a bed of roses. I went into this already having a bit of a soft spot for Levi and when he and Harper find themselves working together, he really shows us what he’s made of: he wears his heart on his sleeve and is all for a repeat performance of their one night together...all he has to do is convince her that they could be more. ”Love is a sickness, and I have no intention of catching it.” Within a couple of chapters, Levi and Harper owned me. Robin has taken all I love from the childhood friends, friends-with-benefits and fauxmance tropes, and bundled them up together to create a sexy, engaging, heartfelt and emotional journey for two characters whose hearts have been left bruised, battered and guarded over recent years although not by each other. And that’s what made them so special, because their pain is real and relatable, as are their fears, and whilst it’s shaped them, they haven’t let it beat them. “I’d rather be scared with you than without you.” This could have so easily been a heavier read but, with the angst aspect pitched perfectly and counterbalanced with fun and humour, along with no shortage of hot and sexy shenanigans, it was instead an effortless read and one I stayed up into the wee hours to finish. I adored Levi and Harper—the dual POV really gives you the opportunity to get to know them both intimately—it was lovely to catch up with Teague and Mateo and is without a shadow of a doubt one of my favourites Robin has written. And, being 99.9% certain I know who the next book in the series will belong to, I can’t wait to see what treats their story will hold.
AmberHughes1 More than 1 year ago
**4-4.5 stars** Robin Bielman has quickly become a must read author for me. After reading and loving Talk British to Me (the first book in her Wherever You Go Series), I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of Lips Close to Mine and I’m so glad I did! Levi and Harper’s story had it all for me. Emotion, sweet, sexy (hot!), fun and two characters I was invested in and their HEA. It wasn’t an easy journey for these two. They both had painful pasts for different reasons, but Levi and Harper helped each other heal. A story of opening up your heart again to love when you didn’t think it was possible. I highly recommend Lips Close to Mine. While it’s the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. But don’t miss Book 1, Talk British to Me! It rocked too! **I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
LOVED this second book in the Whereever You Go series. This is easily read standalone but I think you'd really enjoy the first book, Talk British to Me as well. This is Levi's story and it's fabulous!! Levi and Harper are amazing together. Their relationship is complicated. Well, not really, but Harper has up so many walls it makes it complicated. Levi plans on tearing down every one of her walls and find out exactly what the problem is. It won't be easy but he's certain he's up for the challenge!! Put this one on the must read list! I highly recommend it.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
What happens when your best childhood friend, the one who your parents all thought would end up marrying, is also someone you had a one night stand with that you can’t forget? Not only that, but he’s also the best friend of your best friend’s boyfriend so you keep meeting? Hurt by tragic events on her sixteenth birthday, Harper is definitely anti-long term relationships but she really likes Levi . . . . and he says he has always wanted her. Can she overcome her fears? Can he keep on being resilient and ignoring her rejections to fight for their romance? I’ve read several books by Robin Bielman and enjoyed them all. She brings her characters to life in the pages of her books, sharing their flaws alongside their trials and tribulations. There are many laugh out loud moments in this fun read which is delightful to escape into and I have no hesitation in highly recommending. It is a great addition to the series but still works well as a standalone. I look forward to reading more from this author in future. I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
KDRBCK More than 1 year ago
Lips Close to Mine by Robin Bielman is the second book in the Wherever You Go Series. Book one, Talk British to Me, is Teague and Mateo´s story. Lips Close to Mine is Harper and Levi´s book. Every book can easily be ead as a standalone, there are only a few cross-over. Harper McKinney is a swim trainer and Teague´s best friend. She´s good people. She had a ONS with Levi Pierce, and now he shows up everywhere. Levi is a cameraman and travels the world. Somehow she like/loves him, he´s irresistible. And then she desperatedly needs a date for her cousin´s wedding. Levi agrees, because he can´t get her out of his head too. But Harper ´´s issues make a relationship very difficult. Favorite Quote: " Your heart is your friend, not your enemy, listen to it." Lips Close to Mine had me hooked from page one. I read the book in one sitting, I couldn´t put it down. The story is great and I loved the writing, the words and the charcters. I give 5 stars. Thank you, Robin Bielman !
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Robin Bielman puts the fun in dysfunctional. Lips Close to Mine has a special kind of crazy that only Ms. Bielman can create. Harper is a touch neurotic. Between matchmaking mothers, a controlling father and a pesky attraction that refuses to go away, who can blame her. What happens when the man of of your nightmares becomes the guy of your dreams? Chaos! Levi and Harper are proof of why any Bielman novel is a class act. She never strives for perfection, only truth. Flaws and all. Her ability to allow us to laugh at ourselves is why she continues to be a constant on any bestseller list.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Levi and Harper's story was everything I'd hoped it would be when we got glimpses of it in Talk British to Me and more! (No worries, though--it does work as a standalone, but if you've read the other book and needed to know what was going on with those two, your wait is finally over!) I'll admit there were times I wanted to smack Harper upside the head for how she was letting fear run her life, but at the same time it was 100% believable that she did, and so I stuck with her--as did Levi, and I think it's safe to say we're both glad we did! Their journey to HEA had a whole lot of fun mixed in with the angst, and it was really easy to want these two to get to the ending they did. Bring on more of this series--I'm ready! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
The feeling of satisfaction after reading this book has overtaken me! This is book 2 in the Wherever You Go series and it features Harper and Levi. Harper has got some major issues to deal with. The tragic incident from her past is heartbreaking. It happened when she was a teenager and actually shaped her outlook on love. Levi has been hurt too, only in a different sort of tragic way. These two are so good together. Their chemistry is OFF-THE-CHARTS! If only they can learn to deal with their past. Robin Bielman has done it again! I love everything about this book. The whole Kayla situation came in and out at the perfect moments. Things were resolved before they became monotonous . The story line was so well written with excellent, entertaining characters. I can’t wait for Elliot’s story!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Lips Close to Mine is the second book in Robin Bielman’s New Adult Romance series, Wherever You Go. This standalone read is full of heart and will leave you swooning. Harper McKinney and Levi Pierce run in the same circles and know some of the same people. Their moms met at Mommy and Me swim classes. In fact, from the ages of three to seven, they were inseparable. They lost contact when they ended up going to different schools. Now years later, fate has brought them back together. Through the years, Harper and Levi have been through a lot and carry emotional scars. Harper has convinced herself that love and relationships aren’t for her. Levi isn’t looking for a relationship either, but he does believe in them and love. They’re both good people with great personalities and a lot to offer the world and a special someone. The two reconnect after meeting at a bar and have a one-night stand. To their surprise, they later discover that their best friends/roommates are dating. This means that they have to spend time together. To Harper’s dismay, she discovers that in order to get a job with a non-profit that’s near and dear to her heart, she has to work with Levi on several PSA’s. This forces them to spend more time together and slowly the wall Harper has hid behind starts to slowly crumble. There are several reasons to love Lips Close to Mine. At the top of the list is Levi. Robin continues to write sweet, dream worthy heroes. This man is funny and really good at writing his feelings on paper. Harper is a refreshing surprise. Her scars truly run deep and her emotional baggage is heartbreaking. I loved watching her move outside of her comfort zone. Harper and Levi’s journey towards love isn’t an easy one. At times it’s fun, rocky, passionate, and heart-wrenching. But in the end, you will believe in the power of love and friendship. **Received a copy from the author and reviewed voluntarily.**
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book of Harper and Levi. Both have trust issues and have built up walls, and now the layers need to be peeled away. Harper's first love died and Levi's first love keeps coming around when it is convenient for her. Loved the chemistry and banter with these two, had me laughing out many times. This is the second story in Wherever You Go, but can be read as a stand alone. Robin Bielman is a to go to author for me, you know you are always in for a treat.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
LIPS CLOSE TO MINE is the second instalment in Robin Bielman’s contemporary, adult WHEREVER YOU GO erotic, romance series. This is photographer and cameraman Levi Pierce, and twenty three year old Harper McKinney’s story line. LIPS CLOSE TO MINE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual first person perspectives (Levi and Harper) LIPS CLOSE TO MINE follows the building relationship between photographer and cameraman Levi Pierce, and Harper McKinney, a woman struggling with ghosts from the past. Harper and Levi were childhood friends but somewhere along the way, the grew up and went in opposite directions. Several months earlier Harper and Levi reconnected for a sexy one-night stand, a night neither one is willing to forget…but Harper doesn’t do relationships, and Levi’s heart was destroyed by a previous love. A chance to work together brings Levi and Harper back into one another’s radar, and the proverbial sparks continue to fly. What ensues is the rebuilding friendship and relationship between Levi and Harper, and the potential fall out when Levi’s past comes looking for a second chance, and Harper’s darkened memories continue to plague her days and nights. Harper McKinney struggles with a direction in life. An Olympic swimming career that was sidelined by an accident and loss finds our heroine aimlessly searching for that one thing to bring her back on line. Levi Pierce battles between his head and his heart-a heart that begins to beat for our story line heroine but a heart destroyed by a previous love. The relationship between Harper and Levi is one of second chances, of a sort between childhood friends who reconnect following a one-night stand; whose best roommates, best friends and siblings are all interconnected making for some uneasy moments in the palpable sexual attraction between our story line couple. The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Mateo and Teague (Talk British to Me #1), as well as a large number of acquaintances, friends and family-extended or otherwise, Harper’s old swim coach Brad Halloran, and Levi’s roommate Elliott. LIPS CLOSE TO MINE is a story of friendship and love; memories and loss; forgiveness and moving forward with moments of humor and fun, conflict and tears. The premise is sexy, edgy and impassioned; the characters are colorful and charismatic; the romance is heartwarming and emotional. LIPS CLOSE TO MINE reveals the tortured secrets of two people who have loved and loss but are willing to take a second chance on love-once again.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Ever read a book where you truly like the male character no matter what, flaws and all? This was Levi for me. He was sweet, sexy as all get out, dynamite in bed, funny and supportive, yet vulnerable, a little too quick to make a bet without thinking it through. But I loved and enjoyed his character all the way through. Especially the nickname he called Harper. Harper was a great female character, but she took a little bit longer for me to connect with. At first she seems a little immature and not so nice. As I kept reading, it was the revealing of her past and her sorrow that my opinion of her changed. She seemed to face her fears and finally go for what she wanted. The final scene in the book is just swoonworthy and a little heart melting. I loved seeing Teague and Mateo as well as Elliot in this story too. They provided several laugh out loud moments as well as having their best friend's back. Now I just need Elliot's story.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #2, in the Wherever You Go series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order. Harper and Levi have both sweet and hot history. All she knows now, is she cannot stop thinking about him. How he sets her on fire. The chemistry between them is unreal. Levi wants another chance with Harper and she seems wary of that. He is consumed with thoughts about her and their time together. Thanks to mutual friends, they see one another often. This is such a fun series! These characters have remarkable heat. The banter is fun, the pace solid and consistent. Was an easy and delightful read. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #2, in the Wherever You Go series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order. Harper and Levi have both sweet and hot history. All she knows now, is she cannot stop thinking about him. How he sets her on fire. The chemistry between them is unreal. Levi wants another chance with Harper and she seems wary of that. He is consumed with thoughts about her and their time together. Thanks to mutual friends, they see one another often. This is such a fun series! These characters have remarkable heat. The banter is fun, the pace solid and consistent. Was an easy and delightful read. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #2, in the Wherever You Go series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order. Harper and Levi have both sweet and hot history. All she knows now, is she cannot stop thinking about him. How he sets her on fire. The chemistry between them is unreal. Levi wants another chance with Harper and she seems wary of that. He is consumed with thoughts about her and their time together. Thanks to mutual friends, they see one another often. This is such a fun series! These characters have remarkable heat. The banter is fun, the pace solid and consistent. Was an easy and delightful read. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #2, in the Wherever You Go series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order. Harper and Levi have both sweet and hot history. All she knows now, is she cannot stop thinking about him. How he sets her on fire. The chemistry between them is unreal. Levi wants another chance with Harper and she seems wary of that. He is consumed with thoughts about her and their time together. Thanks to mutual friends, they see one another often. This is such a fun series! These characters have remarkable heat. The banter is fun, the pace solid and consistent. Was an easy and delightful read. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #2, in the Wherever You Go series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order. Harper and Levi have both sweet and hot history. All she knows now, is she cannot stop thinking about him. How he sets her on fire. The chemistry between them is unreal. Levi wants another chance with Harper and she seems wary of that. He is consumed with thoughts about her and their time together. Thanks to mutual friends, they see one another often. This is such a fun series! These characters have remarkable heat. The banter is fun, the pace solid and consistent. Was an easy and delightful read. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #2, in the Wherever You Go series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order. Harper and Levi have both sweet and hot history. All she knows now, is she cannot stop thinking about him. How he sets her on fire. The chemistry between them is unreal. Levi wants another chance with Harper and she seems wary of that. He is consumed with thoughts about her and their time together. Thanks to mutual friends, they see one another often. This is such a fun series! These characters have remarkable heat. The banter is fun, the pace solid and consistent. Was an easy and delightful read. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.
SamantheTucker More than 1 year ago
One Night Just Isn’t Enough! Robin Bielman is one of my favorite authors and this story simply cements her spot at the top of my must-buy list! Lips Close to Mine is Levi and Harper’s story, for those of you keeping up with the Wherever You Go series, but it can easily be read as a standalone so don’t hesitate to dive into the series here. Neither Harper nor Levi is looking for long-term. They’re two commitment-phobes, (they’ve both got their reasons), who hook up for a one-night stand that rocks their worlds, and then discover a whole bunch of crossing orbits prevent them from moving on with a high-five and a ‘See you around.’ Her best friend is dating his roommate. Their families know each other. They’re both hired for different aspects of the same professional project. Their fate is sealed almost from the start, but it is pure fun—and just the right amount of heartbreaking—watching them fight against the inevitable! And the way the story plays out doesn’t feel inevitable at all. It feels like pure magic the likes of which only Ms. Bielman can weave! Just like in book one of this series, Talk British to Me, fun secondary characters abound. I will follow the series wherever it leads, but I’m anxiously awaiting Madison and Elliot’s story next!
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I loved Lips Close to Mine by Robin Bielman. This is a story of two lost souls who have both had a huge loss in their in their lives which greatly affected them. Harper loss her first love, her high school boyfriend, when he drowned at her sweet-sixteen party. Levi’s high school girlfriend pulled on his heartstrings while playing with him, keeping him off-kilter, loving, lying, and repeat, especially using him as she saw fit. Neither Harper nor Levi trusted loving another person, without fearing losing them. This story is about learning to trust oneself and finding love without fear of loss. I really enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. Ms. Bielman is a wonderful story teller drawing me into her books, making me forget the world around me and not let me go until I turned the last page. I highly recommend this book to other readers I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
CherylS62 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Levi and Harper’s story. I cheered them both on in their separate journeys; Levi with moving on from an on-again, off-again romance that damaged his self-esteem and Harper with moving on from doubts and self-recriminations over an accident in her past. In learning to deal with the past and learning to love themselves, they found the courage to love each other. Such a wonderful story. Once again, Ms. Bielman wrote a compelling and satisfying story.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
I like this book. I'll skip the blurb and get right down to it. Levi and Harper have been friends for a while. Friends covers the one night stand they had a couple years ago. Harper doesn't want to see Levi and now since her best friend is dating Levi's best friend and roommate it leaves Harper with few options. Add to that the job she wants very badly, working for a water safety program is run by his brother in law and Harper is set to shoot some PSA's for the fledgling program. Stuck in a pinch Brad calls his brother in law to fill in... yep it's Levi. Harper has a very personal reason for wanting this job so badly and it isn't because she absolutely doesn't want to work for her father who continues to pressure her to join the family business. They're a wealthy clan these folks. She and roomie live in the guest house behind her aunts mansion. So, coupled with Levi filming the PSA's with her, her cousins wedding gets moved up by months, yes you know the whole pregnancy thing and Harper is in the wedding. Sigh. It's one thing after the other. Only Brad, who was then her swim coach when she was 16 and headed for Nationals and possibly the Olympics when she suddenly stopped swimming, her family and her best friend know why Harper doesn't date, she refuses to discuss her past even though it's quite obvious to Levi there's some issues there. He's got his own. An ex that yanked his young chain every which way and makes a grand appearance in this book. No one likes her and even Levi's roommate threaten to take out a restraining order on her if she shows back up at their house. I loved that part!! Throw in some steam and presto! Levi shares his past hoping to get a glimpse into Harpers. No such luck. But then one night... But these two have two very different views on their relationship. That was interesting to watch that unfold, and when the two of them verbalized how they saw things... well... let me tell you. NOT! I'm not telling you. This was a great story, it ran a little long but that's my own personal opinion. It was the ongoing dialogue that made it so. I have to hand it to Levi, he never gave up! You have to love a guy who is persistent in the best way! Great story and a must read. **arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review**
LilleyLoohLah More than 1 year ago
After reading Talk British to Me (book 1 in the Wherever You Go series), I knew I needed more Robin Bielman in my life. However I was not expecting to fall in love with Levi and Harper quite as much as I did (if possible I think this book is better than book 1). The story, although a complete standalone, does carry on from Talk British to Me with Mateo’s flatmate being Levi and Teague’s flatmate being Harper. After hooking up with Levi in a bar and having a one night stand with him, Harper has no intention of ever seeing him again, she’s had her heart broken once, and she isn’t willing to let it happen ever again. What she doesn’t plan on is the fact that they seem to have so many mutual contacts that it is practically impossible for her to avoid him, one thing she does know though.....there is not going to be a repeat performance of that night, ever again. I loved the story, so emotional in places, yet with so much humour. Told in dual POV we get to see both characters flaws, of which there are a few, both have their demons, along with some well founded trust issues. With wonderful writing, lots of sexy moments and a whole host of interesting characters I was hooked from the first page, a firm five star read for me. I received an advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
KaraS More than 1 year ago
This series is SOOOOOO GOOD!!! OMG - if you loved Teague and Mateo - you are going to love Harper and Levi even more. Levi is to die for over all his swooniness. He runs rings around Mateo, IMO as a book boyfriend. Pants Charming - that is a perfect nickname even if he doesn't know it. Harper is understandably relationship shy - but she will make you want to scream over her reluctance to let Levi in. And their shared history is so sweet...and the letters - oh my swoon central!! "He's cookies, tequila, and Netflix binges, only better. I mean worse." So as you can guess - it's not a smooth road for these two. There's Harper's reluctance; the tragic past; Levi's ex; an incident that makes Harper run scared. But you'll still enjoy the ride and appreciate the Teague and Mateo cameos. Can't wait for the next installment, but pretty sure - no one will compare to Levi. I submitted a request to the publisher to read and voluntarily review an advance copy of this book via Net Galley.
ADonovan More than 1 year ago
There were so many sweet moments in this book. Harper is trying really hard to resist Levi's charms, and she just can't. She thinks she needs to punish herself over something that happened in her past and has been purposely avoiding relationships for quite a while. When Harper and Levi get paired up for a work project that is important to both their careers, sparks between them continue to fly. It was fun to watch Harper grow stronger and more confident and to see how being vulnerable with Levi ultimately brought out the best in her. And it was really sweet to see Levi try to demonstrate how he felt without scaring her off. This review is of an ARC provided by Entangled Publishing.