Valerie Barkin and Alec Rogers survived bullies, awful parents, and seriously shitty social standing the only way best friends can—together. But with the unexpected sexual tension suddenly flaring between them, surviving their ten-year high school reunion might be a different story…
Val hasn’t changed. She still feels like the stringy-haired band geek the popular kids teased, but Alec has definitely changed. He’s now the front man for the Grammy-winning rock band Chronic Disharmony, with the sexual reputation to match. And he’s more than willing to help Val rock the reunion.
And then it happens—a drunken game of Seven Minutes in Heaven—and their fourteen-years-long foreplay comes crashing to the forefront…changing everything.
Seven minutes turns into a weekend of mind-blowing, no-strings-attached sex. But these best friends won't be able to leave their hearts out of it forever, not when the most meaningful benefit could change their relationship for good....
He shouldn’t want this. She was his best friend. But he couldn’t stop.
Even in the dark, he could sense her curves. Ample breasts just begging for a skimpy tank top, her ass plump in that tight little skirt and insistent for a strong squeeze, or a smack if she was being naughty.
The way her gaze locked and her breath met the speed of his own as he erased the last bit of space between them, he was sure she was naughty. Very naughty. That she would welcome the palm of his hand.
And just like that, his best friend had made him hard.
“I don’t hear anything in there,” Randy Tines yelled from outside the door.
“I think we’re supposed to be kissing,” Alec said, his cock so rigid he thought she could feel it through his pants.
“You mean each other?”
“We could just make kissing noises,” he suggested, thinking of his lips teasing along the inside of her collar, biting off button after button of her shirt and spitting them out like watermelon seeds.
Hell yeah, he wanted to kiss her, her lips and her neck and the little spot behind her knee that she had been kneading as they drove here. He knew it was crazy, he knew it was wrong, but he wanted to be the guy to fuck Mr. Peanut out of her.
“Like this?” She pressed her hand to her lips and pretended to make out with it, her eyes on him as her tongue slicked over her skin.
His stomach rumbled in pure sexual hunger. One thing was for sure—all that flute practice had been good for a lot more than music.
“That sounds completely fake,” he scoffed. Though considering the way his cock fought against the fabric of his pants, that was not entirely true.
Her bottom lip lay open against the inside of her palm.
“You think you could do better?”
He yanked her hand to his lips before she could protest, before he could consider. He kissed it lightly at first, soft and drugging, slid the tip of his tongue up to her wrist, until he hit the buttoned cuff. “Maybe it should be me.” The words spilled out against the soft-as-sin fabric.
“Maybe I should be the one to fuck you like you deserve.”
Val didn’t reply, just breathed out more peppermint, hot peppermint against the skin of his face. Her eyes smoldered with want. It was clear she felt it, too, the heat between them, the confusing, beautiful, delicious heat.
He grabbed her forearm and drew her closer, slanting in to her chest. The shock of their bodies against each other caused them both to freeze. Not even a breath passed between them, but he knew exactly what he needed to do.
He clenched the back of her head, and his lips dipped to her neck, dripping down her skin like melting ice. Fuck, he had to taste her. He opened his mouth, and his tongue lapped at her tender skin.
“Alec,” she breathed.
“Follow my lead.” He couldn’t stop, though she certainly didn’t seem like she was asking him to. If anything, she was yielding to him. He trailed a finger down the center of her neck, playing with the top button of her shirt, pausing so he could think. Ten years. He could have gone to see her so many times. He hadn’t at first because of how they’d left things after graduation, and then because their careers got in the way and they had both gotten into the routine of being like pen pals, but maybe he had really been avoiding their attraction.
There was no avoiding it now. There was no thinking.
She needed this, and he was going to give it to her.
I didn’t immediately reach out and grab this one, but I kept coming back to it and finally decided to take the plunge. I don’t know if it was because I have my own high school reunion to go to this summer (the year isn’t necessary) and I needed to gear up for it or I was just in the mood for a friends to lovers story. In all honesty it was probably both. But what I do know is that once I started it I couldn’t stop. It was a fun, quick and extremely smexy read with likeable characters that had me wanting to hug them as well as smack some sense into them throughout the story.
I really liked Alec and Valerie. Alec, for all his rockstar fame, isn’t all about being famous. He loves the perks but here he is at his high school reunion because of Valerie and outside of using his fame to pull a few strings (the pinball room?) he doesn’t over do it. He’s sweet, a little dorky, smexy as hell and has a huge heart that he doesn’t really know what do with because of the demons he’s still battling from his past.
Valerie I found that I just got. I didn’t have the same experiences that she did when I was in high school, but I totally understood why she felt the way she did and her anxiety over having to see people she’d never intended to see ever again. What I enjoyed about her was that despite the insecurities raging inside of her, she still held her head high and exuded confidence as well she should considering what she has accomplished since leaving high school. She followed her dream and made it a reality.
Al and Val and the way they went from being friends to more was extremely smexy, sweet, a little heartbreaking as well as frustrating as hell (There were quite a few times I wanted to reach out and shake some sense into them both). The chemistry is there on all levels and it’s just about them taking the chance. The reason, well reasons, their progression from friends to lovers worked for me was number one: the setting. The ten year h.s. reunion setting will bring out so many memories, both good and bad, that I got to see not only how they saw each other, but how others had seen them and it really drove home the feeling that they were always meant to be more to each other. Number two: The fact that though they are besties, and have been for a long time, their friendship did take a hit at one point and what came out of it made it easier to understand why they were both so hesitant to reach out and grab what they both so obviously want. But never fear they do get their HEA and I really liked how it all turned out in the end.
The writing was engaging, I enjoyed the author’s style and voice and I was totally sucked into the story from the start. The pacing was well done and I liked how the secondary cast of characters made the story that much more lively and fun without taking away from Al and Val’s story.
The Bottom Line: Fun, quick, steamy read and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s coming next in the series!
~ARC received through Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review ~
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Candy Sloane is a pseudonym for a Young Adult & New Adult author who needed to write some naughty books her mother couldn't read. She lives in Portland, OR and loves Lifetime movies. She would tell you more, but this persona is a secret.