The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins
Series: Slip of the Tongue #2
Release Date: August 4th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
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Panty Scorching 4.5
Overall Rating 4.5
Reviewed by Christina
One word, Swoon! Andrew for sure made me swoon, lustful and wish he was an actual man. Jessica Hawkins writes the best male leads that always leave me wanting more.
We first learn a little about Andrew Beckwith in Slip Of The Tongue. We know that he is a devoted father to is daughter. We know that Bell’s mother up and left without a note as to why. After that day Andrew never wanted his daughter to feel abandoned again.
With having a young child Andrew kept all women at arms length, never promising more than one night of passion. By doing this it also insured that his heart would be safe. Many women (single and married) try their hardest to get their talons into the irresistibly sexy single dad but none succeed.
Amelia Van Ecken is Andrew’s younger sisters boss. She comes off as a major bitch but beneath all those rough layers is a women not putting herself out there to get hurt again. After a unsuccessful marriage Amelia consumes herself with work and nothing else, it’s her life.
You know the old saying opposites attract? Well these two couldn’t be more opposite if they tried. Andrew the the loving father, the family man. Amelia, the work oriented women that doesn’t want a family or children. But when then these two decide that one night between the sheets can’t hurt either of them as long as it is just one night, no strings. They find out that they have amazing chemistry in and out of the bed. Can they stay away from one another? Will one night be all they need to satisfy one another?
After reading The First Taste you will not look at whiskey, bubble baths, red ties, or pizza the same way. I love how as they learn one another they can’t get enough. And lets not forget about Bell. Bell is a huge part of Andrew and he is such a great father, he does let her run the show a little to much but he slowly starts to realize changes need to be made. I love how Amelia start to realize that she wants more out of life than just an all consuming job, and how she starts to see maybe she could see herself wanting everything that Andrew has to offer.
It’s a great story about over coming your past and finally seeing that the future can be bright, all you need is the right person to come along and clear the storm clouds out for you. I gave this one 4.5 swoon worthy stars. I hope Jessica writes more about these characters in the future, I know I would read more.
About the Author
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.