Body Shot is my first book by Kelly Jamieson as well as the first in a new series and I found it to be a fun, sweet and sexy read with interesting characters and has me wanting to see where the rest of the series takes us.
I loved Beck. He’s charming, sweet, sexy, honorable and has a pretty damn realistic outlook on life that I can get fully behind. He grew up with a silver spoon and yet knew it wasn’t the life he wanted to live, especially with the expectations he could never meet. So he looked at his options, joined the Navy and through hard work and perseverance he became a SEAL. After living through hell and getting out, he realized that life should be lived to the fullest and that hard work should be tempered with a good dose of fun and play and he’s found his own slice of heaven with Conquistadors, the bar he co-owns with his two best friends Marco and Cade. And though most people only see him as a bartender, there is a lot more to him than meets the eye.
My feelings towards Hayden are a bit more mixed. I liked her and I admired the hell out of her, but she also ended up frustrating the hell out of me. She has a lot of issues that stem from her childhood and losses that have broken her heart. That combination has made her into a person who is highly driven to succeed, but also one who keeps her life extremely regimented as well as keeps people at a minimum of a country mile arms length away, with a few exceptions, and causes her to question people’s motives which tend to fall on the negative end of the spectrum. Her focus on attaining her goals and her need to take care of those she cares for was admirable, but it also gave her an excuse to not live her life and become her own worst enemy.
I really enjoyed how Beck and Hayden first met and the way that their relationship began and I loved how Beck drew Hayden out of her shell because she had a dry sort of humor that I appreciated. And I liked how they ended up getting to know each other despite the fact that they were “only having fun and not in a relationship”. But after awhile I actually started to get frustrated with Hayden because she kept making everything about her. Yes, she had responsibilities, though some of those responsibilities were bigger than they should have been, but it was always about making sure that her life wasn’t interrupted and it got old. The big shoe dropping bomb that happens between them was one that I actually figured out early on, so I wasn’t surprised, but I did roll my eyes in disgust over the fallout from it. Thankfully, the grand gesture that smoothed things out was a pretty damn good one and I was satisfied with how it all worked out.
For my first read by Kelly Jamieson, it was an enjoyable one. The writing was engaging and though there were times when I wished things would move faster between the characters, I thought the pacing was a steady one and the 3rd person dual POV was done well. And as I’m always a fan of well written and interesting secondary characters I enjoyed meeting Marco, Cade and Carrie and watching as they all interacted and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.
~ ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Former Navy SEAL Beck Whitcomb left a world of privilege to prove he could make his own way. Money, mansions, expensive cars—none of it could heal the loss of his older brother, or buy his parents’ love. Now, after using his trust fund to open the Conquistadors tequila bar with his brothers-in-arms, Beck has it all: good friends, fine liquor, and hot hookups. When it comes to women, commitment’s not his thing—until he gets a taste of the pretty professor who walks into his bar . . . and winds up in his bed.
Hayden Miles knows all too well that emotional decisions can lead to heartbreak, and nothing screams “bad decision” like a playboy bartender with inked biceps and a wicked smile. Still, their chemistry is off-the-charts explosive—and Hayden knows her chemistry. For once, this good girl longs to let loose. But is she willing to risk the pain to quench her thirst? With the promise of more on the table, Hayden’s eager to believe . . . before she misses her shot.
Kelly Jamieson writes romances with heat that's sweet. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. If she can stop herself from reading or writing, she loves to cook. She has shelves of cookbooks that she reads at length. She also enjoys gardening in the summer, and in the winter she likes to read gardening magazines and seed catalogues (there might be a theme here...) She also loves shopping, especially for clothes and shoes. But her family takes precedence over everything else (yes, even writing). She has two teenage children who are the best kids in the world, not that she’s biased, and a wonderful husband who does loads of laundry while she plays on the computer writing stories.