Release Tour (Book Review): The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins

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Title: The First Taste

Author: Jessica Hawkins @jess_hawk

Series: Slip of the Tongue #2

Reviewer: Grace

Release Date: August 4th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Andrew Beckwith has already devoted his life to one girl—and as far as he’s concerned, she’s all he needs. The rough-around-the-edges bad boy left his reckless ways behind six years ago when his daughter Bell was born. To the female population’s dismay, he’s unapologetically single. When Bell’s mother walked out on them years ago, he vowed never to let another woman close enough to hurt them again.

Amelia Van Ecken isn’t just another woman. She’s an independent, smart, and savvy businesswoman who doesn’t have time for sex, much less love. In the midst of a drawn-out, bitter divorce, all she wants is to bury herself in work. But when sharp-tongued Amelia and stubborn Andrew cross paths, sparks fly—and burn. Two things are obvious in an instant: they want each other, and they’re from different worlds. It’s the perfect formula for an off-the-charts one-night stand. After all, it’s not as if opposites ever attract.

The First Taste, a standalone spin-off of the Slip of the Tongue.

Grace Review

Is one night, one taste ever enough, when that first taste is so good?

This story centers on Andrew Beckwith, a single dad/mechanic, and Amelia Van Ecken, a rich city girl running her own PR firm.  (Side note: Andrew is Sadie’s brother, the heroine for book one.  She plays a big role in this book, but you don’t need to have read that book, to follow along with this story). Andrew and Amelia are as opposite as you can get.  One focused on family, one focused on work.  But they find themselves in the right place and the right time.  The promise of one night of abandon is too much to resist.

You would think this was a story with insta-lust, but it’s really not.  Yes, Andrew was appreciative of Amelia’s appearance, but his idea to take advantage of a free night, seemed guided by need than lust.  I loved how the author laid out the story, where you could see how one night is really all it could be between them.  I also loved Amelia’s honesty about how Andrew spending the night may make things harder for her.  Stupid female emotions.

It’s unfair that the more I want him to stay, the surer I am he can’t.

One thing is clear after that night.  This author can draw out a sex scene.  Holy cow!  There is no fade to black in this book.  Instead, the author gives you ever touch, every feeling, every moment of bliss.  It may not be your cup of tea to have scene last page after page, but in this case, it showed the level of connection the two made, even if that time was brief.

What’s great about the story is where the story leads after that one night.  Both try to move on, but it seems that one night, for them, is not enough.  This leads them to constantly reevaluate where the relationship should head.  It was a bit frustrating as both play some games and make rash decisions to protect their hearts.  But thankfully, Andrew isn’t one to give up.

“When you get done up with your hair and makeup and dress – I like it if it’s for me.  I like when you’re messy, like now, if it’s because of me.”

So, let me tell you about Andrew.
*Already mentioned that he’s a single dad, but it is worth repeating.  Bell is his WHOLE world.  Their scenes together will warm your ovaries.
*Runs his own business.  Sure, he is blue collar but his skills and dedication to growing his business, to help Bell long term, is something that’s easy to appreciate.
*Sexy as fuck!  That Glenlivet scene!  OMG!
*The protector. This man lays everything on the line when it’s needed and knows how to call someone’s bluff.

With two sentences he’s painted me a picture of what he has – a full life – but also what he doesn’t – someone to remind him to take care of himself.

I was torn on Amelie.  Her obsession with weight and appearance was an initial turnoff, but she does change A LOT, for Andrew, which I loved.

All of the previous books I’ve read from this author have had cheating.  SPOILER ALERT – this one does not.  Phew!  But there is plenty of angst, in the form of some ex lovers.  I hated these two so much, steam was nearly pouring out of my ears.  However, have no fear, this all plays out in a good way.

Overall, I truly loved this whole book.  It was the right mix of sexy and sweet, with a drama to keep you glued to the pages.  The journey Andrew and Amelie wasn’t the norm and had a bit of fantasy in the mix, but it’s one that not any less special.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.


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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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  1. Lovely review! Thanks for reading, Grace!

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