Talia Lennick expected an uneventful week at the beach with her family. Reading, sunbathing, recharging her proverbial batteries—all typical beach vacation activities. Oh, and dealing with her family, who was too concerned with her almost-thirty-and-single status. What she didn’t expect was Briggs Townsend. Briggs was the handsome man living in the house next door, who looked too damned sexy all the time—whether he was surfing or wielding a tool belt while remodeling his beach house. It was hard to keep her eyes off him. But looking at him and admiring his incredible body was as far as she could take it, because a relationship was the last thing she needed.
Briggs Townsend was completely consumed with tearing down the house he’d shared with his cheating ex-wife and building new walls—for both the house and his heart. Women were the last thing on his mind when he spotted her on the beach. Then the firecracker in the sexy red bikini became the only thing he could think about. He didn’t need a relationship—but he needed her.
Two people who had both been burned in the past with undeniable chemistry and attraction, where was the harm in a little vacation romance? Sex with an expiration date sounded like a perfect solution, until emotions came into play. Will Talia be able to have casual sex with the irresistible stranger without getting lost in him? Will Briggs be willing to take a chance on her and tear down his walls to let her in? At the end of their week together, will either be able to walk away?
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Briggs and Talia aren't really in a place where a relationship is wanted. Needed? I say yes, but the definitely not wanted. Both are mending from heartache in their own way -- she with a relaxing vacation, he demolishing and renovating. It's a game of "look but don't look", and it was endearing to watch their attraction to and curiosity about one another grow from afar. They don't have a lot of time together. Vacations eventually come to an end. Real life doesn't stop just because you stepped away from it for a moment. It isn't a matter of indulging in one another now, scratching that itch, and living in the moment. It's a matter of how long do you play the game when your heart is pushing for more. What once was not needed is now a necessity. How does that happen? Time, honestly, and an openness with one another that was unexpected. Their one week together wasn't just spent in the sun and surf and bed. It was spent talking, getting to know one another. Strangers to friends to lovers. It might have started with "I Spy" but it ended with "I love". Ms. Michaels is a new author for me. Her writing is poignant and evocative. Her characters are real, their circumstance are too. This was a feel-good sensual romance with attraction that built over time and passion that consumed on time. It left me happy, from my head to my heart, because this is what I've been needing, what my reader soul has been craving: a well-written, suck-you-in, leave-you-smiling romance that speaks to all of me. Complimentary copy received from publisher