Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 11th, 2015
Series: L.A. Liaisons #1
As the owner of Licked, an eclectic ice creamery and bar, Ryleigh Phillips doesn't have time for that love stuff. Serving up Nibble My Nuts sundaes and Drunken Sailor boozy shakes are as close to an orgasmic affair as she's had in months thanks to her expanding empire—until the night of her ten-year high school reunion.
When Ryleigh's crush, gorgeous ex-football god Cameron Mathis, comes streaking into her life (literally—streaking), she begins to wonder if she really can have it all.
Wouldn't it just figure that the moment you think life is perfect is when it falls spectacularly apart?
Enter Hunter Morgan, the contractor in charge of Licked's renovations. Devastatingly handsome, and a smartass to boot, he's got his eyes on Ryleigh from the moment he finds her passed out on his couch (yeah, that's a long story). There's just one tiny complication—he happens to be Cameron's best friend.
When the lines between relationships and friendships blur, and it's impossible to choose between two delicious flavors, what's a girl to do? Taste a sample of each? Or go out and get LICKED?
That’s how long it took me to finish this book and all in one sitting.
I laughed (both the giggle type and snicker/snort type)
I swooned a bit.
And I even sniffled a time or two.
Licked was a fun, sweet and sexy romp with a great cast of characters that will definitely having you coming back for more and wanting to #GetLicked
First off, I adored Ryleigh. I loved her spunky nature, quick and creative mind and the fact that she was so comfortable in her own skin. She loves the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and rocks the whole vintage look daily and without apology and has since she was a young girl. It wasn’t easy for her to be “different” but despite it all she came out of it stronger for it. The reason why she opened an ice cream parlor was sweet and I really liked that she was a confident business woman, she had vision but knew her limitations. Then there are Cameron and Hunter. It’s really hard to not like both of these guys because they are such good guys. They are both sweet, have good hearts, are hard working and appreciate the life that they have. And they both have that ‘It’ factor about them without having to work for it.
As the description of the book states there is a bit of a love triangle situation in play and without giving away anything, no spoilers, I really liked how it all played out. From the way Ryleigh and Cameron come face to face for the first time in ten years to how she meets Hunter and then to picking just one of them and how it all plays out in the end was done really well. And I will admit that the one she does end up with is the perfect match for her and I hope the one she didn’t choose gets a book soon because he really deserves his own HEA.
This was my first book by Brooke Blaine and I obviously enjoyed it immensely from the concept for the ice cream parlor and the names of the different combinations (those were brilliant!) to how well written each character was. I want to know more about Paige, Quinn and Shayne and see if they get their own HEA’s. The humor was right up my alley, the smexy parts were done very well and there just the right amount of drama to keep things interesting.
The Bottom Line: This really was a quick and fun read and I am totally looking forward to the next book!
~ ARC provided by Rock Star PR in exchange for an honest review ~
You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.
She is the author of Flash Point, a romantic suspense standalone, as well as the co-author of the erotic series, A Desperate Man, with Ella Frank. The latter has scarred her conservative southern family for life, bless their hearts. Licked, a romantic comedy, will be released November 11th, 2015 and is the first in the L.A. Liaisons series.
If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.