Sam's been in loveand lustwith Lily since the summer they met. When he finally shows her how much he wants her, Lily can't resist his seduction. But Sam's a forever kind of guy and she's only interested in short, painless relationships.
Lily thinks she can protect both their hearts with a short affair to let their passion run its course, something where they both know the rules and can explore the sparks between them without getting burned. But their best-laid plans are put to the test by their undeniable attractionand by a secret Sam's been keeping from Lily that could ruin everything.
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About the Author
An enthusiastic and voracious reader from a young age of everything from obscure 18th-century novels to misplaced cereal boxes, Elyse has published two previous books with Carina Press: The Debutante's Dilemma in 2010 and Learning Curves in 2011. She also works as a freelance writer and her articles have appeared in many of the leading sewing and craft magazines in North America.
In addition to her writing commitments, Elyse also teaches film and literature at a local college. In her free time she enjoys (well, enjoys might be too strong a wordperhaps pursues with dogged determination would be better) never-ending renovations on the century home she shares with her intrepid husband and two boys in Hamilton, Ontario.
With her excellent writerly imagination, she one day dreams of topping the New York Times bestseller list and reclaiming her pre-kid body without the bother of either sit-ups or the denunciation of ice cream.
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Sam Denning's hard-on was making his life hell.
Plumbing was never his favorite job. He was happiest working with wood, building something fresh and new and smooth. At the best of times, plumbing repairs were rarely fresh or beautiful. They were cold and smelly and involved mysterious substances whose exact makeup was generally best left unexamined. But while he'd rather be building a new deck or custom home, hammering and sawing and problem solving, he'd done enough plumbing in his more than ten years as a general contractor to acquit himself creditably enough with a pipe wrench and flux.
No, it wasn't the job that had him shifting his worn jeans and swearing wordlessly under his breath.
It was his job-mate that had his temperature soaring about ten degrees, slowly and inexorably melting his better judgment.
His job-mate, whose firm rounded ass swayed under the vanity in cabin twelve's three-piece bathroom, the line of her simple lace panties peeping over her jeans. She struggled to loosen the flex line and her T-shirt rode up, revealing the smooth, tanned crescent of her lower back, the dip of her spine a tempting valley, silently taunting him to press his lips there.
Of course, Sam didn't have to stay. When she'd called him earlier in the day asking to borrow a couple of tools, he could have dropped off his toolbox, invented an urgent appointment and got the hell out of Dodge. Lily was more than capable of repairing it without his dubious help. Hell, she was one of the most able and hands-on women he'd ever met.
But he hadn't left. Instead, for the last twenty minutes, she'd been effortlessly torturing him, as images of sinking to his knees behind her and grasping the ample flesh on display played over and over in his mind. He wanted to run his tongue between the smooth globes and fix his mouth between her legs and suck her until she trembled and rode his mouth to a screaming orgasm. He could almost feel the sensation of thrusting into her wet, welcoming body. His imagination surged. It was madness but his cock still raged in anticipation, tightening to the point of painful rigidity.
Breathing hard, dizzy with lust, he gripped the edge of the toilet tank and hung on. Because if he let go, he didn't think he could be held responsible for his actions. Not when he'd been entertaining variations on this particular fantasy with this particular partner since he was fourteen or so years old. The body parts changed, depending on the day, and he'd definitely filled in some important details his teenage self had been woefully ignorant of, but the focus of his attention never wavered.
Owner and operator of the Three Pines Lodge and Resort, an exclusive and wildly successful holiday camp on the shores of Lake Mississing, one of Muskoka's most sought after holiday destinations. His best friend. One of his most reliable clients. The object of his unrequited lust.
A small, dirty hand groped the air. "Pipe wrench?" When the tool wasn't forthcoming, there was a scrabble of activity underneath the sink as Lily reappeared and stood before him, wiping her hands on a nearby rag.
"Sam?" she asked, folding the cloth and setting it aside. "Have you got the long-handled pipe wrench?"
The look on her face told Sam she was waiting for his response. Unfortunately, his ability to verbalize seemed to have gone the same way as his blood, leaving him with a vocabulary that consisted mainly of inarticulate grunts and very short words.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lily has been successfully rebuilding her life back in the place of her childhood. She moved back after a disastrous relationship and owning the resort has brought her life peace. She is familiar with Sam Denning her general contractor from childhood and he brings her everything but peace, what Sam provides is conflict and allot of untapped passion. Sam and Lily are the best of friends but Sam is tired of that status and wants to take things up a notch but Lily is not so sure. Lily is not about looking back but moving forward and feels that Sam is her friend and a relationship will ruin that and she has had enough relationship tragedy to last a lifetime. Sam is a man with objectives, goals and a one-track mind when it comes to Lily and they all involve a long-term relationship with the woman he loves. Lacking self-esteem it is difficult for Lily to see herself through Sam's eyes but once he holds a mirror up to her face and helps her explore all the facets of her beauty there is no turning back. Lily may fight him every step of the way but Sam is not going to give up, as he knows that together they are going to make magic and all he needs Lily to have is a little faith in them and especially herself. This book is great and hits on all the areas I enjoy. Romance, conflict, characters with baggage and well more romance. The only downside for me might me that I wanted more details on what is going on with Juliette's character but perhaps that is a follow up to this book, one can only hope.
My Review: Overall, I enjoyed this book. This is absolutely my favorite trope- friends to lovers, but I had some issues with understanding the characters and their reactions especially at the end of the book. Up until the last 15-20% of the book, I probably would have rated this one more along the lines of a "B". Angst....there is a TON of it in this book. Lily was in a 2 year relationship 5 years ago that left her really emotionally scarred. That relationship was abusive and domineering and Lily doesn't trust herself anymore. She is afraid that if she ever gives herself to someone emotionally like that again that she won't be strong enough to stay her own person. Sam has his own scars. He was raised on the wrong side of the tracks by a single mother who never had enough to get by. Growing up, he worked at several jobs, but was continually put down for his place in society. Now he has his own very successful contracting company, but those feelings about worth still linger at times. Sam & Lily have been best friends since they were 14. He has been in love with her pretty much that entire time, but has never acted upon it. She's drawn to him too, but he's a forever kind of guy and she never plans to commit to forever with ANY guy. My issues with this book: *Sam & Lilly are best friends...they have always done everything together. She was in the relationship with Brent for 2 years, and Sam never saw or even guessed what was happening? In the book, Sam is presented as totally in touch with her and her feelings, so I just can't buy that he didn't see that she was being both mentally and physically abused. *Lilly is all over the place. She's in. She's out. She wants him. She loves him. She doesn't want a relationship. She doesn't want sex. Honestly, I am not so sure that 2 years in therapy have been enough... *Sam doesn't fight for her. When she tells him no, he flings insults or simply walks away. I realize that he's frustrated, but if he truly loves her, he would fight for her. *I didn't understand or see what changed at the very end to suddenly make everything okay. There was nothing earth-shattering that happened to change the situation that hadn't already been said just a few days before. The resolution just didn't work for me. There were times when this book was just gorgeous. It's sexy and starts out with all the right things. The descriptive language and writing was amazing. Elyse did a fantastic job in this area, but somewhere along the way, the book simply lost its way and I was as frustrated as Sam. I still plan to continue to read Elyse's work because she has an amazing sense of prose. This one just didn't quite do it for me...
This ebook was courtesy of NetGalley and Carina Press. After having her heart broken, Lily Carver ran north to manage an upscale resort-and back to her longtime friend Sam Denning. Though she's well aware of how hot Sam's become, she refuses to risk her heart again. No matter how incredible his kisses make her feel. Sam's been in love-and lust-with Lily since the summer they met. When he finally shows her how much he wants her, Lily can't resist his seduction. But Sam's a forever kind of guy and she's only interested in short, painless relationships. Lily thinks she can protect both their hearts with a short affair to let their passion run its course, something where they both know the rules and can explore the sparks between them without getting burned. But their best-laid plans are put to the test by their undeniable attraction-and by a secret Sam's been keeping from Lily that could ruin everything. Overall I really enjoyed this book, the concept of best friends to lovers is a great one. The only issue I had was in the fact that if Sam and Lily are such close friends and have been for so long why didn't he know about her previous relationship? And with Lily I kind of wanted to say it's been 5 years get over it! lol Ms. Mady did a great job with the characters and I did love them and was glad they got their HEA.
Lily and Sam were always best friends, but Sam's been in love with her forever. Lily doesn't want to disrupt their longtime friendship with any romantic feelings so she strives to keep things platonic, not knowing that Sam's already in love with her. Something So Right is one of the most sweetly romantic romances I've read in a very long time and I adored it! It gave me the warm-and-fuzzies the whole way through and made me feel like Lily and Sam were my personal friends. They want to keep their friendship intact, but can't help falling in love. It's very well written and the interaction between Lily and Sam is emotional and heartfelt. Something So Right is absolutely a MUST READ and a keeper too!