Genre: contemporary romance / romantic comedy
Tropes: Afraid to commit
From Tawna Fenske:
The Two-Date Rule is all about finding the sweet spot between planning for the future and living in the moment.
She clutched the back of his head with an urgency he could read like subtitles on a skin flick. She wanted this as badly as he did.
“Grady,” she said, and his name was a hungry growl. He peeled the straps of her tank top down both shoulders, baring her to him. What perfect breasts. Round and full and exactly the right size to cup in his hands. Her nipples pebbled with his breath, then tightened as he swirled his tongue around one and then the other. He moved between them, growing dizzy with sensation and heat and the haze of his own need. Fuck, she tasted sweet.
“More,” he growled, gripping her hips.
She gave a soft squeak as he lifted her off his lap and eased her back onto the couch. Her hair fell over one eye, and she peered at him through the golden-brown curtain, looking rumpled and hungry and thoroughly debauched.
“I like where this is going.” She grinned at him, tossing her hair.
“So do I.” Boy, did he.
He gripped the waistband of her leggings, drawing them slowly down her thighs. Her panties came along for the ride, baring her inch by glorious inch. Jesus, her skin was flawless.
He paused with the fabric bunched at her ankles, giving her a chance to halt things, to tell him he was moving too fast. He could slow it down if he had to. Hell, he could take all night.
All fucking night.
Willa tossed her hair again, letting her thighs fall apart. “I want you.”
When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA Award finalist, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”
Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com.
Author Twitter: @tawnafenske
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The Two-Date Rule by Tawna Fenske centers around Willa Frank, a driven woman who mistakes smokejumper Grady Billman for a stripper. Willa’s stipulation that she only allows herself to date a man twice prompts Grady to be very creative in planning “outings” that aren’t dates. Unfortunately, he may not be able to get Willa to join him in his casual approach to life, so the second date may never become a major concern.
This adult contemporary romance is the first book in the ‘Smokejumper’ series and is a perfect pick-me-up for a gloomy day. The chemistry and cute repartee between the main characters is fun and heartwarming, and the gradual revelations about their respective backgrounds keep one invested in the story. I love Willa’s collection of handicapped pets and what that says about her, and I enjoyed Grady’s ability to adjust to whatever is being thrown at him, including a desperate request for the use of a bathroom. There are delightful comedic elements that are counterbalanced by the serious issues that keep Willa off-kilter, and even though I thought the demands that result in the major conflict were ridiculous, I could see how they would threaten everything Willa has worked for.
I was in kind of a blah mood when I started this story, but it immediately caught my attention and brightened my day. I love that Grady looked at the relationship in this fashion: “This was how it was, getting to know her, like a treasure hunt of sorts.” This is a fun and touching romantic comedy and I look forward to reading other stories in the series by this talented author.
A copy of this title was provided for review