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A sexy new STANDALONE romance from the author who brought you Amazon bestseller Slip of the Tongue.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 unapologeticallyA sexy new STANDALONE romance from the author who brought you Amazon bestseller Slip of the Tongue.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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the first taste slip of the tongue 2 Reviews

  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
    2018-09-28 12:03

    ****FOUR STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Author}This was my first audio book and it proved what I always feared about trying one of these. The voices of the narrators can affect my enjoyment. I like to imagine in my head what the characters look and sound like, hearing the voices of the chosen narrators ended up hindering my enjoyment of the story.A friend suggested that I speed up the audio which actually did help a bit and I actually ended up turning off the audiobook and reading the last three chapters, which I found much more enjoyable. I guess I've just confirmed that I'd rather read than listen to a book.BUT, if David Gandy ever starts narrating romance novels, then I'd be on board with giving audiobooks another try! LOLOverall, the story was pretty good, maybe a tad bit too descriptive, but definitely panty melting good!

  • ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
    2018-10-07 11:06

    Full review thoughts posted 8th August-->Amazon US * Amazon UKTHE FIRST TASTE is the second novel in the SLIP OF THE TONGUE series and about a different couple so can most definitely be read and enjoyed as a STANDALONE. The first person narrative features Andrew (the brother of the heroine from the first book in the series) and Amelia (the feisty boss of the heroine from book one.) Told from the alternating perspective of the hero and heroine ensuring a front row seat for readers to access the emotion and action of the protagonists at the heart of this Contemporary Romance. Andrew is a 35-year-old single dad who has vowed to protect himself, and his daughter Bell, from heartbreak making her the sole motivation for his existence and ensuring her abandonment never happens again. The depiction of the father/daughter relationship and the fact that he puts his parenting role above everything else in his life makes confirmed bachelor Andrew an ultra-attractive swoony prospect for romance readers like myself. His devotion to Bell and the sacrifices he’s willing to make adds to his charismatic sex appeal exponentially. Thirty-two-year-old Amelia is sarcastic, witty, beautiful and sexy and appears at first glance to be the polar opposite of everything Andrew is. I very much enjoyed the nature of Amelia’s character in the first book of this series and I feel her character shows the same flair and panache with great character development in this second STANDALONE of the series. The tumultuous past of both the hero and heroine is depicted perfectly showing credible motivation for the characters being able to promise each other nothing more than a night of no strings attached passion. However once the sparks fly will either be able to resist more? Their chemistry is combustible, explosive which leaves them, and the reader, gasping for more of their togetherness. I very much enjoy the engaging style of this author and became easily immersed in the dynamic of the protagonist’s relationship, found myself rooting for them as a couple and wanting them to overcome all the obstacles and the inner turmoil they faced. As well as insanely sexy scenes full of passion and erotica, the author equally creates beautiful emotion from her character development and the illustration of their relationship. At times there’s perhaps a tendency to over explain the emotion of the piece which, for my personal reading taste, can damage the feelings evoked. It perhaps borders on over telling and I really didn’t need any signposts because the author is comprehensively adept at SHOWING emotion and feeling in her writing. THE FIRST TASTE is a super romantic, carry-you-away kind of story with a strong heroine and a delicious swoon worthy hero who will appeal to lovers of the romance genre in a big heart melting way. Advanced copy provided, via Social Butterfly PR, for my honest review thoughts ★ Graphics created by me with stock photos I purchased from deposit photos and free stock from Pexels ★

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    2018-10-14 08:06

    4 - 4.5 ★'sEvery since I read about Andrew in his sister's book, Slip of the Tongue, I was hoping he would get his own book and I was thrilled when I found out he was. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.Several years ago, Andrew and his girl friend, Shana, got pregnant. She was not happy about it but Andrew could not wait. So it's no surprise that a few years later, Shana takes off - basically in the middle of the night with no note, nothing. Slowly, Andrew adjusts to being a single parent with a lot of help from his family and friends. He's also adjusted his love life to a strictly (usually) one night stand sort of thing with no strings. And when he meets his sister's boss, Amelia, that doesn't change. In fact, she wants exactly the same thing. Amelia caught her husband cheating and is now in the middle of a divorce. She felt she relied too much on him so now she is fiercely independent...she takes what she wants, when she wants it and she wants Andrew. I was a little taken back by the...boldness? intensity? take-no-prisoners sexual scenes but I don't know why I'm surprised. I mean, Andrew certainly comes across as being quite Alpha but pheewwww! One of the things I enjoyed was because they thought they would only see each other once or twice, they decide to tell only the truth...no lies. But as things got more involved, it definitely became more difficult. I was happy that they stuck to it. There is the expected drama from Amelia's soon to be ex-husband, Reggie, and Andrew's ex, Shana. Reggie was a lot more scary than I gave him credit for. I'm just glad that things worked out the way they did. Some of my favorite parts were Sadie's relationship with Andrew, Amelia and of course, Nathan. But hands down, Bell stole the show in just about every way...in fact, I'm sure she would demand that she should be the star of the book! So, some hot scenes, a bit of drama, an opposites attract theme with a quite precocious young lady and there you have it...an immensely satisfying read that you won't want to miss! By the way, you don't need to read the first book to read this one. Andrew's part was that of the overprotective big brother and Sadie was the overly involved little sister...and that hasn't changed.

  • Katy Loves Romance ❤️
    2018-10-01 13:02

    5 ANDREW is MINEEEE StarsThis is one unputtadownable read, so many good feels and sexy exciting times ahead when reading this book. Jessica Hawkins is an author I only started to read when Slip of the Tongue came out a few months ago . Because come on these covers are beautiful and I'm a cover whore soooo I just signed up on the spot. Slip of the Tongue made me anxious, and nervous which I loved in a different way , but this one I have to say is her best work to date for me. I could not put it down, I didn't even post that many updates on here due to just wanting to dive back in, in every spare moment I had. And I'm not just saying this half heartedly for the sake of it, but this book spoke to my romance addict heart, and gave me butterflies in my stomach that kept me turning the pages throughout until the end.So what's it about?Opposites attract they say right? Well it did for Andrew & Amelia. Amelia is a business woman, she owns her own fashion PR company and so doesn't really have time for a relationship, plus she's a tad bitter from her soon to be ex-husband and in truth doesn't really trust men that much because of her past. Meanwhile Andrew is a single dad.. He is edgy, masculine and owns his own business too but obviously in a completely different way.. He builds cars and repairs them. He uses his hands but his daughter is his WHOLE WORLD. Doesn't have much else to give to others and in ways has closed himself up for more, except he's still a man with needs..So these two embark on a one night of passion and errrrm you might need your other half cause HOLYBATMAN can this girl write good sizzling chemistry.They both lead busy lifestyles and Andrew especially has concerns of Bell his 6 soon to be 7 year old daughter, so sometimes there's only so much you can give. . Yet they can't resist that taste, they can't resist each other.Andrew is Endearing, sweet, caring and SEXY AS HELL.. Holy hotness. And well Ameiia was the perfect fit for him even if at first glance they didn't seem the right match. Sometimes you just need someone who pushes you and someone who's different than anything you've had before.Overall this has everything for any romance reader, it is not an affair read so you need not worry about that. It flowed easily, it's sexy, romantic and a real page turner. And it was great being with these characters the past few days.Enjoy XoARC generously gifted in exchange for an honest reviewFor more reviews and blog posts

  • NMmomof4
    2018-09-19 09:09

    3 StarsOverall Opinion:I'm bummed with this one. I had major issues with the h (see below), and I felt like it was slow in some parts to where I felt a little bored. I LOVE single parent stories, so this was right up my alley -- but sadly it ended up just being...meh.Brief Summary of the Storyline:This is Amelia and Andrew's story. They meet because Andrew's sister, Sadie, works for Amelia and he is in the city dropping off his daughter to spend the weekend with her. After some fun flirting, they share dinner and end up having a ONS. Neither of them can forget their time together, and when they bump into each other again they cannot resist the pull. Both of them have some heavy baggage to deal with, there are some steamy sexy times, and a few cute moments with the H's daughter...and they get a HFN ending.POV: This alternated between Amelia and Andrew's POV.Overall Pace of Story:Ok. I never skimmed, but there were times where it felt slow. I'm not sure I can pinpoint exactly what it was, but I just felt like I was ready for them to get their HEA.Instalove: No. They take a while to develop stronger feelings.H rating: 4.5 stars. Andrew. I liked him a lot. He was a great Dad, a patient sweetheart, and a sexy dirty talker.h rating: 2.5 stars. Amelia. She probably ruined the book for me. I liked her at first for her sassy attitude, but her constant pushing away bugged me a lot (it might also be because I liked the H).Sadness level: Low. No tissues needed.Push/Pull: Yes (view spoiler)[ The h pushes away from the H for most of the story because of her past relationship. The H pushes away at one point because the h pushes a little too far. The H is the main pursuer, but the h also pursues when she realizes she crossed the line. (hide spoiler)]Heat level: Moderate. They have some really hot chemistry and scenes.Descriptive sex: YesSafe sex: Yes. Condoms, std status, and birth control are all mentioned. There was mention that neither of them have gone without condoms since their exes (which to me, implies that they went without with them).OW/OM drama: Yes (view spoiler)[ Both of their exes cause some drama, and the H has a ex f-buddy that comes around a few times. (hide spoiler)]Sex scene with OW or OM: NoCheating:No (view spoiler)[ The h is technically still married when she meets the H. She has been going through a nasty divorce and is separated. (hide spoiler)]Separation: Yes (view spoiler)[They have a short separation, but there are no mention or suggestion of other partners during the separation.(hide spoiler)]Possible Triggers: Yes (view spoiler)[H has daughter with OW, h was married but separated in long divorce when meeting H, potential residual feelings for exes, H slept around before h, and domestic abuse/rape. (hide spoiler)]Closure:This had a cute jump ahead epilogue, but (as always) I wanted more! I'd call it a HFN, but I'm sure others might say it was a HEA (view spoiler)[ they are engaged (I think -- kinda vague mention of not being married "yet") and living together(hide spoiler)]. I also had some unanswered questions left behind.How I got it: It was part of my kindle unlimited subscription.Safety: I'd say that this should be Safe for most readers.(view spoiler)[- Does Not have cheating- Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM-Does have both the h and the H pushing away-Does have a short separation between the h and H (a couple weeks?)-Does Not have abuse-Does Not have OTT sad parts- Does Not have a HEA ending (see above spoiler) (hide spoiler)]

  • Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
    2018-09-19 12:53

    Anyone up for a hot hunka manmeat who slips seamlessly into the sweetest freaking single-dad mode ever?Yah, I was too! And ladies we got one here! We met Andrew Beckwithin A Slip of the Tongue. Brother to Sadie, single dad, PERFECT dad, I couldn't wait to see what kind of woman would make him take a break from bring everything his little girl needs 24/7- to take a chance at love when his biggest love walked out of their lives four years ago. Loving and losing, he's busy enough owning an auto shop and taking care of all things 6-year old but this woman is the first to make him question his self-issued singleton status. I almost dropped my freaking kindle down the toilet when I saw who Andrew's love interest would be in this book! I hate to use the word heroine because she was a Grade-A snooty beotch of a boss to Sadie in A Slip of the Tongue. I'm a tough nut to crack with "those types" but Jessica Hawkins managed to show us the other side of Amelia VanEcken. The side that too has been scorned at love and maybe her bite is more in self-protection than true bitchiness. What we do find out is that she's everything Andrew doesn't typically look for in a woman- she's a bit too polished and put together for his rougher grease-stained hands. But she gives him a run for his money in witty snark and he finds her challenge a breath of fresh air. And it's just for one night...I swear, if all single dads were like Andrew, there'd be no single dads. He was so perfect with Bell. His needs be damned, he made sure he was enough for both parents and not just a dad figure. There's nothing hotter than a masculine dad with his little girl and Jessica Hawkins nailed it here in The First Taste. She has a great capability to show and not tell with her characters, allowing the reader to attach wholeheartedly to their love story. I can't review this book without adding the steam factor to it. Wow. For all the sweet dad vibes Andrew has, he turns on the hot Alpha in the masculine virility that he is! Wowsa! Amelia didn't stand a chance even if he was polar opposite her type of guy. Just one night wasn't enough physically or emotionally. The flow of the book progressed well- no insta-love but also not dragged out to the point of boredom. There's a decent amount of real-life ex drama but it's not thrown in for drama sake. I guess what I loved most about this book is the realistic nature of it. It's very down to earth yet Andrew is every woman's true fantasy! When I name a book by its hero and not the title, you know he's the star of the show! I look forward to more fantastic reads by Jessica Hawkins!Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my honest review.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-29 11:57

    Not as good as Slip of the Tongue, but still an enjoyable read, even if the pace was a little slow.6.5 out of 10

  • Violina The Romance Lover
    2018-10-12 13:53

    4 "Real" stars "He’s a man’s man, macho as I’ve ever known, but every single night, he puts his princess-loving daughter to bed with a fairy-tale."This book took me by surprise! It's my first read by Jessica Hawkins and I loved every minute of it! The story was so REAL, with real life issues and questions, matured characters but also funny as hell! Absolutely everything was handled very well and the development of the whole story was amazing.On the outside Andrew looks like a bad boy with a body and face of a model and hardcore attitude but in reality he is the sweetest and the most devoted father who takes care of his 6 years old daughter 24/7. He is not looking for a relationship especially after suffer a major heartbreak when the mother of his child left them unexpectedly 4 years ago. But one day, while he is at his sister's office he meets a woman who is not his type at all but either way he likes what he sees. After that meeting and some witty banters a bond is formed and there is no going back. Amelia is not in a good place. In a middle of divorce and working non stop. She thinks that work is the most important thing but she doesn't realise that she is not happy with her life anymore. She is broken by her husband who cheated and also manipulated her for years, she lost her trust especially when it comes to men. Meeting Andrew is something that she doesn't expect to have an impact in a long term but she is wrong and sooner than later she realise that.Romance, adults, passion, steam, funny banters, deep thoughts, memories that changed them forever and a lot of more things are what this book was. The sexy scenes were on another level because the writing was perfect and the scenes felt real. The side characters were so entertaining, they got me laughing out loud a lot of times.Andrew was one of the best heroes and his sweet side melted me, his connection with his daughter was admirable and his dirty mouth but also tender touch made me hot and bothered.I admired Amelia for who she was. Trying to guard your heart is hard but when you meet the right person the walls you builded start to crack and eventually these walls are down and feel vulnerable again but this time is different. She was classy, smart, strong and beautiful - everything you will love about a heroine. Definitely a book that a lot of people will connect with, so that's why I recommend it to you - VERY HARD!

  • Francoise
    2018-10-06 07:46

    5 StarsJessica Hawkins is one of my favorite authors. She has a gift to capture emotions in her writing and suck the reader in her story. With this book, she has once again delivered a captivating, brilliant and true-to-life story of second chance at love.Amelia Van Ecken and Andrew Beckwith have apparently nothing in common, she is a classy, uptight and fiercely independent businesswoman who doesn’t like kids, he is a tattooed single dad whose life is centered around his six-year-old daughter Bell. Yet, they can’t seem to get away from each other. Their first encounter is anything but friendly. Amelia treats Andrew like a nuisance, he enjoys needling her. Their banter was so much fun! Andrew’s confident alpha personality pushes him to rise to the challenge that is Amelia. He always knows what he wants and is not ashamed to admit he wants her.Amelia has been going through a difficult time, she is divorcing her filthy rich husband and is still broken by the emotional abuse she suffered during her marriage. She is strong, but her husband took away her faith in herself and in others, she has huge trust issues. Andrew has been an only parent since his daughter’s mother left them. Fear of abandonment and the need to protect his daughter has kept him from letting anyone into their life, but with Amelia, things are different. It seems that because they are both damaged, they just fit together effortlessly.They have a nice clean arrangement, but they can’t keep their emotional distance. I loved that their communication was based on honesty, their emotional closeness was definitely not instant but the way they were able to connect was incredible. Their open minded pillow talks help them to understand one another. But bringing Amelia and his daughter Bell together is Andrew’s main challenge. He is faced with a dilemma and needs to convince his daughter that even if he spends time with Amelia, he will always be there for her. Andrew is the wonderful father of an adorable little girl. Their interactions were so true-to-life and heart melting!Amelia is at a crossroads in her life, she starts questioning her priorities. She has built her life around her company, but her activities as owner of a fashion and beauty PR firm feel shallow. Amelia is a fighter, though, she wants to get over her insecurities. What she has with Andrew has become much more than meaningless sex and they both deserve a second chance at love.Jessica Hawkins writes beautifully, her style is crisp, clever, witty and evokes so many emotions in me, her characters are vibrant and engaging. This story was compelling, with a perfect blend of swoon-worthy and heartbreaking moments, sexy times, angst and funny interactions. Frankly, I could not put it down! This book is a spin-off of her previous book “Slip of the Tongue”, Andrew being the brother of Sadie. It can be read as a standalone and is told in dual POV. This book is a definite top recommendation from me!An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author and Social Butterfly PR, in exchange for an honest review.

  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    2018-09-23 07:00

    Hot Damn! Andrew Beckwith checks all my boxes, honey! Smart, rugged, manly and loves something fierce! Oh, and those arms…. And let’s not forget he rides a motorcycle and knows his way around engines. I mean… mine was running on all cylinders as soon as I met him. *Wipes sweat off brow* Now, let’s talk about Amelia Van Ecken. She’s smart, powerful, a die-hard workaholic, and has some serious plans for her life. Or so we think. Her designer clothes and perfect hair make up the outside but what, pray tell, makes up the real Amelia? "There’s bravery in facing fear when it’s easier to bury it."When Andrew and Amelia come together, it’s like fireworks on New Years Eve in NYC. Hot, fierce and EXPLOSIVE! I mean, I’m pretty sure if I had been wearing panties, they would have been kicked off immediately. I love the depth of the characters, the evolution and the progression of them throughout the book. The journey is one of extreme highs and lows, self exploration and love. Jessica Hawkins weaves a story that makes it easy to identify with the characters in this book. I know for sure, I’m an Amelia. Who are you? ~ Heather, 4.5 Tasty stars

  • Louise Bay
    2018-10-01 09:10

    Drop whatever you're reading and start this right now. And once you do, you won't put it down. It's slick, glossy and oh-so-sexy. One of my favorite reads of this year or like ever.

  • Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
    2018-09-15 07:02

    Opposites attract and sparks ignite when City girl meets Jersey boy in this sensual, passionate, page turning romance in which ‘the first taste’ isn’t nearly enough!We first met Andrew Beckwith, brother of Sadie in Slip of the Tongue but it is in The First Taste that we truly explore the depth of the pain and betrayal Andrew has been experiencing following the desertion of his ex-girlfriend four years earlier, leaving Andrew to pick up the pieces, run a successful business and singlehandedly raise his daughter, Bell. Andrew owned our hearts. Well, what’s not to love? He exudes masculinity, he’s a seductive, commanding, tattooed, motorbike riding alpha who consistently puts his daughter’s needs before his own and whose heart melts at the mere sight of his six year old little girl. He’s a big softie when it comes to Bell, he’s truly besotted with her and she has him wrapped around her little finger! Honestly, the interaction between father and daughter is delightful! Our hearts melted!“You’re going to look so handsome, Daddy.”“Thanks, baby.”“All the girls will want to kiss you.”Andrew is jaded after his experience with his ex and has resigned himself to having his physical needs met yet denying his emotional needs in order to refrain from being hurt again. He not interested in a relationship, the scars from Shana still imprinted on him, instead focusing on the emotional well-being of his ‘old rock loving’, wise beyond her years, little girl.‘He’s a man’s man, macho as I’ve ever known, but every single night, he puts his princess-loving daughter to bed with a fairy-tale.’That is until the day Andrew comes face to face with Amelia, the owner of the hugely successful Beauty/PR Company Andrew’s sister works for. Andrew and Amelia are as different as chalk and cheese. She’s the high flying fashionista with her life firmly planted in New York. He’s the single Dad, blue collar worker with his life well and truly cemented in New Jersey, though they share a common bond of being betrayed terribly in their previous relationships.‘She wants nothing from me as badly as I want nothing from her. We’re a perfect match.’Amelia wasn’t easy to warm to initially. The uptight, snarky and bossy businesswoman seemed to revel in biting people’s heads off and had a hatred for men stemming from her cheating creep ex-husband. However, through Amelia’s pov’s we were able to better understand what made her tick and in return we shared her resentment and hurt.Can they keep it a ‘sex only’arrangement though when Andrew is drawn to Amelia in ways he hadn’t expected. This woman challenges him with her wit, honesty, her ambition and her willingness to allow Andrew to push her boundaries. In turn, Amelia is drawn to Andrew’s masculinity, protectiveness, his determination and his passion, not to mention his caring heart.“I’m a man, Amelia. I treat women like treasure. I treat my girlfriend like the love of my fucking life.”There is a lot of back and forth as Andrew and Amelia deal with their issues and begin to connect on another level and there were times when the constant pull and push overshadowed the emotion between the characters, however Jessica Hawkins soon brought it back and delivered a story of a second chance at love that was gripping, emotional and very, very steamy! Another fabulous read from an author who is quickly becoming a 1click for us!“Have I ever mentioned how it feels when I’m the reason for your smile? Like a million bucks.”Purchase The First Taste Amazon USPurchase The First Taste Amazon UKOur Review for Slip of the Tongue Come visit and follow us at:✲ TotallybookedBlog✲ TB on Facebook✲ TB on Twitter✲ TB on Pinterest

  • Leonor
    2018-10-15 06:51

    Sorry I can't give it more than 3 stars There's OW/OM drama..I really didn't like the hero and heroine the only thing I liked about the hero was his love for his daughter although I thought he gave into her all the time that's why she was a spoiled brat now let's talk about the heroine I felt she was a snobby bitch the way she talked to the doorman in the lobby of her building I didn't like one bit she asked if they delivered her dress and when he came back with her dress and he tripped she told him "careful this dress cost more than what you are" or something like that I hated her right there and there.I didn't fell any chemistry between the two of them and the hero had a regular fling who he slept regularly this OW was his ex girlfriend's friend he had that relationship for almost 2 years and yes I think it was a relationship and he also said that he had casual sex.I felt like the heroine didn't have any bond the H's daughter at 90% into the book they still haven't connected like I would've wanted.IMO this was the worst pairing there was. The heroine didn't have any maternal instincts at all. The whole book the hero kept thinking of his ex there was one time where he said that he missed her and how she fit into him.The heroine didn't have a backbone and was weak against her husband. She might have started being sassy and strong but like I said she was weak with her husband.The hero's ex kissed him in the corner of his mouth and he does push her away but at this point I didn't even cared anymore.(view spoiler)[ There's a HFN ending they don't even get engaged (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

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    2018-10-08 11:56

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  • Kate's Corner
    2018-09-16 06:11

    Hard hearts break easy. It’s the soft ones that survive hit after hit. I took a chance and it most certainly paid off. One of the best things of being on holiday is that you can read all the books you’d thought you’d never have time for, eleven books later I realise that I can’t get around writing some reviews and The First Taste is one of those books. I got a tip that this was free, I just read single dad romance and I one clicked it. Colour me effing impressed by Ms. Hawkins writing. My feeds were blowing up with this author but for the book Slip of the Tongue. That book is territory I don’t quite want to wade into just yet. The writing truly is outstanding, yeah I know I sound surprised but let’s face it how many of us have taken a chance on a book and it hasn’t paid off? All of us. I had a run of emotions on this book and was convinced that it could not be what I wanted to read. I was wrong. The development of the relationship between the main characters was beautiful. They are both flawed and that is what attracted me the most. They have things they have to work on and they will do it together or not. Andrew is an amazing father but he is far too co-dependent with this daughter. He is being encouraged to start dating again but he is unsure however a one night stand is an option. He is one of the best book boyfriends that I have read in a while and I am very, very, very fond of him. Amelia is a New York City gal to the bone. Her priorities are somewhat skewered. I didn’t like Amelia to begin with and I didn’t see the outcome of the couple’s relationship ending well but the more I read the more I noticed the subtle changes that Amelia was going through. I ended up liking her a lot. Chemistry wise these two were off the frigging charts. I was all hot and bothered and had the tingles from head to toe. Even if under normal circumstances they weren’t another one’s type that is exactly why it worked. This book is about honesty and that honesty should never be left out. About open communication and trust on all levels and hope. There is no right or wrong. There is no black or white. The First Taste is a book that touched me on all levels and a truly outstanding book by this author. Thank you Ms. Hawkins for writing it and to Emerson for recommending it.

  • Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
    2018-10-01 10:49

    Opposites attract and sparks ignite when City girl meets Jersey boy in this sensual, passionate, page turning romance in which ‘the first taste’ isn’t nearly enough!We first met Andrew Beckwith, brother of Sadie in Slip of the Tongue but it is in The First Taste that we truly explore the depth of the pain and betrayal Andrew has been experiencing following the desertion of his ex-girlfriend four years earlier, leaving Andrew to pick up the pieces, run a successful business and singlehandedly raise his daughter, Bell. Andrew owned our hearts. Well, what’s not to love? He exudes masculinity, he’s a seductive, commanding, tattooed, motorbike riding alpha who consistently puts his daughter’s needs before his own and whose heart melts at the mere sight of his six year old little girl. He’s a big softie when it comes to Bell, he’s truly besotted with her and she has him wrapped around her little finger! Honestly, the interaction between father and daughter is delightful! Our hearts melted!“You’re going to look so handsome, Daddy.”“Thanks, baby.”“All the girls will want to kiss you.”Andrew is jaded after his experience with his ex and has resigned himself to having his physical needs met yet denying his emotional needs in order to refrain from being hurt again. He not interested in a relationship, the scars from Shana still imprinted on him, instead focusing on the emotional well-being of his ‘old rock loving’, wise beyond her years, little girl.‘He’s a man’s man, macho as I’ve ever known, but every single night, he puts his princess-loving daughter to bed with a fairy-tale.’That is until the day Andrew comes face to face with Amelia, the owner of the hugely successful Beauty/PR Company Andrew’s sister works for. Andrew and Amelia are as different as chalk and cheese. She’s the high flying fashionista with her life firmly planted in New York. He’s the single Dad, blue collar worker with his life well and truly cemented in New Jersey, though they share a common bond of being betrayed terribly in their previous relationships.‘She wants nothing from me as badly as I want nothing from her. We’re a perfect match.’Amelia wasn’t easy to warm to initially. The uptight, snarky and bossy businesswoman seemed to revel in biting people’s heads off and had a hatred for men stemming from her cheating creep ex-husband. However, through Amelia’s pov’s we were able to better understand what made her tick and in return we shared her resentment and hurt.Can they keep it a ‘sex only’arrangement though when Andrew is drawn to Amelia in ways he hadn’t expected. This woman challenges him with her wit, honesty, her ambition and her willingness to allow Andrew to push her boundaries. In turn, Amelia is drawn to Andrew’s masculinity, protectiveness, his determination and his passion, not to mention his caring heart.“I’m a man, Amelia. I treat women like treasure. I treat my girlfriend like the love of my fucking life.”There is a lot of back and forth as Andrew and Amelia deal with their issues and begin to connect on another level and there were times when the constant pull and push overshadowed the emotion between the characters, however Jessica Hawkins soon brought it back and delivered a story of a second chance at love that was gripping, emotional and very, very steamy! Another fabulous read from an author who is quickly becoming a 1click for us!“Have I ever mentioned how it feels when I’m the reason for your smile? Like a million bucks.”Purchase The First Taste Amazon USPurchase The First Taste Amazon UKOur Review for Slip of the Tongue Come visit and follow us at:✲ TotallybookedBlog✲ TB on Facebook✲ TB on Twitter✲ TB on Pinterest

  • Alexis
    2018-09-21 06:44

    I fell in love with Jessica’s writing in Slip of the Tongue. I loved reading about her brother Andrew and was beyond ecstatic that we were getting his story!The main theme throughout the book was how different Amelia and Andrew were. Andrew was this blue-collar auto body shop owner. Amelia own’s her own PR company where Andrew’s sister, Sadie works. I’m not going to lie, I sort of envisioned Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl a bit. Anywho…after a disastrous first meeting where there was a serious case of mistaken identity they meet again on accident and the SPARKS FLY. No kidding…they were explosive. They decide to have a one-night, no-strings attached fling. But in book world speak, that’s a recipe for a blossoming relationship and mega angst.The thing is, there are so many differences between Andrew and Amelia. Both are bringing some serious cargo-sized baggage into their arrangement. Andrew also has an adorable young daughter, Bell, and they both seem to run in different worlds.But their chemistry and past romantic issues actually brings them closer. Andrew helps loosen up Amelia a bit and Amelia brings Andrew out of his shell.Like I said above, these two had some insane chemistry. This story almost set my Kindle on fire. I think it was the whole opposites attract that had these two heating up this story.What I liked most about this book was that there was a natural push and pull with fabulous angst that didn’t bog down or distract from the story. It made the story more un-put-downable!Andrew is total book boyfriend material with a filthy albeit yummy mouth. I really do have a thing for a guy with a sexy vocabulary. Plus his interactions with his daughter were heart-melting and will make you fall in love with him even more. Amelia was a tough-as-nails, independent woman who was just awesome. On the outside she had it all but deep down she’s got her own set of issues.I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves a hot, sexy, alpha-male with a heart of gold. Also, anyone who loves their romance with a nice helping of angst! This is the perfect for romance readers alike!

  • Jen
    2018-09-15 08:01

    After reading Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins I knew I had to read more by this author. After looking around, I found out that we were going to get Andrew’s story in The First Taste and I couldn’t wait. I have a soft spot for single dads and Andrew was one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Andrew is a single dad, raising his daughter, Bell, on his own after his girlfriend, Shana, ran out on them when Bell was only three. Andrew was broken hearted. She left in the middle of the night and didn't leave a note. With the help of his sister and brother-in-law, Sadie and Nathan (from Slip of the Tongue), and his friends, Andrew was able to push through his pain and focus on his work and raising his daughter. Bell is daddy’s little girl. He is wrapped around her little finger and he doesn’t care. He always puts her first and will do whatever he needs to make sure she’s happy. Andrew and Bell are very co-dependent on one another. Andrew has women who “satisfy his needs” when he needs them to, but he never brings women around Bell, although women have tried to get to him through Bell. Andrew is a looker and all of the other kids’ moms want a piece of him, but he hasn't found anyone yet who makes him give a second thought to having a real relationship. When Andrew takes Bell to see Aunt Sadie at work, he runs into Amelia, Sadie’s boss. She is going through a bitter divorce, so she is very anti-men. Amelia is the total opposite of Andrew, but you know what they say…opposites attract. Andrew runs his own garage fixing cars and motorcycles in New Jersey. He has a daughter and tattoos. He’s everything Amelia isn’t usually attracted to. She’s a successful business woman running her own fashion marketing company. She wears high end clothes and is always put together. Andrew is attracted to Amelia. He’s not looking for anything more than a one-night stand and after some smooth talking on Andrew’s part, he convinces Amelia that they should have just one night. Then they walk away, no strings or feelings attached. Just sex. Besides, he's in New Jersey and she's in New York City. It's not like they would run into each other again. But after one night of sex and a chance encounter to have a second night, they can’t get enough of each other. As they spend more and more time together, they open up and really expose themselves to each other, ultimately falling in love."I’m a man, Amelia. I treat women like treasure. I treat my girlfriend like the love of my fucking life."I loved this story. Reading this book was almost like watching a movie to me. The writing just flowed effortlessly. I just loved watching these two fall in love. Amelia struggled when what she thought she did and didn't want switched roles. It was a beautiful thing. I’m a new fan to Jessica Hawkins and I can’t wait to read more by her.

  • Carlene Inspired
    2018-10-02 11:44

    SWOON SWOON SWOONARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.Writing a review for a novel where I really just want to use single word adjectives, like gorgeous, romantic, wonderful is so hard, because all those words should really be convincing enough when you hear Jessica Hawkins has a new novel out. Andrew Beckwith doesn't want the weekend off, he never wants to be away from his princess Bell, but he knows that at some point she needs to learn to be away from him. Without plans for his time away he certainly doesn't put finding a one night stand in a city he despises at the top of his list, but that changes when he sees Amelia Van Ecken. Amelia is everything Andrew is not, she's put together, a savvy business woman, and a city girl through and through. What could a one night stand with her hot body hurt? They aren't ever going to get along in any other way or so they think. When Andrew and Amelia start pushing the limits of just how long a one night stand can go they find themselves tangled in emotions. I want to undo her, mess up her perfect hair, chase away in the tension in her muscles, smear her makeup.The First Taste made me fall in lust, fall in love, and fall into a pile of emotions. Like Slip of the Tongue, The First Taste is a beautifully written story about two individuals trying to find their way through the muddled up world of love. In this case, opposites attract is a perfect description of main characters Andrew Beckwith and Amelia Van Ecken. Told in dual POV, we get to know the slightly broody, handsome father Andrew and the snooty, gorgeous businesswoman Amelia. They are an unlikely pair, in fact no one even considered pairing them together, but they bring out the best in each other. "Sexier." I sigh and look into his eyes. My resolve melts. "It makes you sexier."I am so incredibly impressed with how well Jessica wrote Andrew as a single father. There was a possibility of him being too fatherly, or possible not a good enough father, but he was perfect. The love for his daughter, Bell, was very apparent from start to finish and played a huge role in Amelia and Andrew figuring out their feelings. Amelia had so much baggage to work though, I hated her at first, and I really did only expect a one night stand, but what sort of book would that be? She grows on you, just like their one night stand becomes something more, she becomes more than her role as just Sadie's boss. We get past the superficial meetings we had with both characters from Slip of the Tongue and get to know their backgrounds, their hurts, and their dreams and desires. The way they challenged one another made them a perfect fit. "She loves Beauty and the Beast. So how about we go back to your place and I'll play the beast, you be the beauty, some inanimate objects sing, and then we fuck. That's how the fairy tale goes, right?"It goes without saying that this book is off the charts hot. The chemistry between these two is palpable and while they don't make sense to anyone else, when it comes to their private time they fit like puzzle pieces. Not just sexually either, though the smut scenes are definitely some of my favorite. Their dialogue is emotional and very expressive of who they are; as they open up and let go of their masks we find that without words they share more as well. When it comes to the bedroom, Andrew is all alpha and though she doesn't like to admit it, Amelia really is his perfect match. They work through their emotional baggage with personal bath tub talks and incredibly hot dirty love.He knows about me. We're damaged, our edges ragged, but is that why they seem to fit together?When it comes to one night stands and no strings attached, Andrew and Amelia break every rule in the hook up book. Thank goodness too, because I could not get enough of them. The First Taste is the perfect combination of serious, humorous, and smutty paired with an excellent ensemble of characters. You do not have to read Slip of the Tongue first, but as a die-hard Jessica Hawkins fan and a very biased Andrew Beckwith fangirl, I think you should.I want it. But with someone like her, it's a long-term game. It always was, I just didn't know I wanted to play.

  • Cassandra Curiel
    2018-10-13 06:08

    *ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*I've been dying to read this book ever since I saw that Slip of the Tongue was getting a sequel. Then I found out that it was going to be about a single dad and I practically fainted. This book has been one of my most anticipated reads since then and I am proud to say that Jessica did not disappoint!We follow Andrew, a man who owns his own car shop while also juggling the single dad life. From the very first glance, I already knew that Andrew wasn't like other guys. He's actually in love with his single dad status and I couldn't stop smiling at how adorable he was about it. He deeply cared for his daughter and there was no doubt he would always put her needs before his, which he did. When Andrew loved someone, he loved hard, and it was impossible not to admire that; His heart was a beautiful thing to explore. He always did the right thing no matter how hard it was and there were many, many, times I just wanted to reach in and give him a massive hug. I would never let go if I had the chance though, of course.Speaking about single dad, his daughter, Bell, is just adorable! She was wise beyond her years and she went through things no child should ever go through. The dynamic between her and Andrew was beautiful but it came with its own set of problems. All I can say is that I loved witnessing the relationship between them change for the best from how it started out. Bell was absolutely hilarious and I wished more than anything for the chance to meet her in person as well. Andrew then meets a woman, Amelia, who is so far out of his league (in his opinion) but yet an unexpected relationships starts between them. Amelia is an independent woman through and through. She has succeeded in life because of her hard work and is immensely proud of it. But, she's also human, and we get to witness that first hand. Well, Andrew gets to witness that.The chemistry between the two of them was palpable and they had me rooting for them from the start. They were polar opposites in many ways but their similarities overshadowed all of that. They were so different but yet so perfect for each other. There were some toxic people in their lives and I loved seeing them get what they deserved. Jessica's characters always feel so real that I get easily attached to them. Their struggles are easy to relate to since they seem so genuine. Her writing seems so effortless and I will follow her words until the end of time. It's no surprise that I proudly devour every thing she comes out with in a heartbeat. Her stories make me smile like a lunatic and yearn for what she so easily creates. A love so true and outstanding that you can't help but feel like it's yours to keep.The character developments were amazing. Amelia came so far from who she used to be and that made me unbelievably proud. She knew when to help herself and when to ask for help, which is more than I would've said at the beginning of the story. This book was nothing short of steamy and chaotic, in the best way. I couldn't put it down at all so it flew by too fast for me. Even though it's quite a thick novel, it wasn't enough for me, and that might just be my only negative comment. The ending was absolutely incredible and exactly what I was hoping for these characters. They deserved nothing but the best and I'm so outrageously happy for them, it's hard to contain. I can't wait to read more from this series and maybe get more glimpses of them!4.5/5 stars!

  • Ellen at Book Bellas
    2018-09-23 13:08

    Single hot dad alert!! The First Taste features Andrew, a single dad from Slip of the Tongue, one of my favorite books. His story is a standalone, and does NOT feature any forbidden romance. Andrew is the complete opposite of Amelia, the boss of his sister, and a total Type-A workaholic. She has been burned by a painful split from her husband, and is going through a very difficult divorce. Amelia and Andrew make is clear from the start they are both only looking for a one-night stand, with no strings attached. Andrew does not suffer from lack of women, that's for sure - he's totally hot, has his own business and has an adorable daughter named Bell, who is raising on his own.They are both completely honest with each other from the start but begin to develop a deeper connection. Their emotional relationship develops slowly, even though they both are wary of getting close. Amelia is stunning, smart and self-sufficient, Never in a million years does she think she could ever fall for a man like Andrew! And Andrew's daughter comes first, even while it becomes obvious his daughter would love for him to fall in love. I loved that Andrew was the one who actually starts to realize that he is falling in love with Amelia and wants more from her.Somewhere along the way, she became worth it to me. The threat of pain that comes with keeping her in my life—it's not enough to scare me away. In fact, it's the threat of competition that stokes a fire in me. It makes me want to put up a fight.The First Taste is a classic opposites-attract story, filled with real emotion and characters that have depth and honesty. Jessica Hawkins is great at writing uber-sexy men and Andrew is not only gorgeous and tatted, he is a VERY giving lover. The sexy times in The First Taste are without a doubt some of the steamiest around.“I want to undress you, stretch you out on my bed, fingers to toes. Your hair splayed on my pillow and I want to take you over and over until you can't handle it another second.”I love stories with single dads and while this story did not pack as much of an emotional punch as Slip of the Tongue, I still loved the story and the way Amelia and Andrew's relationship grew and developed. This is a fast and sexy read from an incredibly talented writer and I can't wait to read what's next!!“Have I ever mentioned how it feels when I’m the reason for your smile? Like a million bucks.”(ARC provided by the author in return for an honest review.)

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    2018-09-22 08:03

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  • Laura
    2018-09-15 07:50

    ***ARC Provided by the Author and Social Butterfly PR***Some books are just good. They are well written, you like or at least understand and believe the characters, the situations seem real. And then there are books that you silence your phone because the alert keeps bothering you, books where when your significant other says they may have to work late you tell them it is totally fine (which you NEVER do) because you want to read. And then there is this book...and I don't have words. Go to the moon, alone. If this is not an option, find a quiet room. Read this in one sitting. Your heart will be in your throat, you are not going to want to put it down. And, there are places where you will NOT be willing to even discuss putting it down.I also loved the scene that is referenced by the title…and the idea that the first taste is what got them where they are now. I loved the couple of times it is referenced in the story, that it is always clear that they know…whether they admit it or not, that it was a first and not an only.This book had it all. Stories about single fathers, at least in my opinion, can be really good or they can get bogged down in the parenting story so completely that they lose the romance and the adult relationship. The adult relationship appeared in this and wow was it HOT. At one point, I thought my Kindle was going to go up in flames. It and I survived, but just barely.In this case, Jessica Hawkins makes this not a story about a single father, but about a man who is a father. Let me explain what I mean. Yes, Andrew has a daughter. But this is not all he is, it is not what defines him, but rather a part of who he is, to his core, and while Bell matters in the story, she is allowed to be a part of his life, a part of who he is. Does that make sense? I guess what I am trying to say is one of the things that drew me to Andrew, and to Bell, is that they were whole people, they were a part of a unit but also people alone. Amelia was great. I loved her independence and her imperfections. I loved that she was nuanced. Yes, she was being petty about the divorce, I love her strength, her willingness to not let Reggie take everything from her, even if she had to hold on with the tips of her fingers. I love that she let Andrew show her that there were other things she could love, other things that she could value. And, I love that ultimately it was her choice to move forward in a new direction. I was occasionally a little frustrated with her, well with both of them, but I could see why they were afraid. I loved that they became more afraid the more they started to realize how much they each cared. I also loved the scene where the author puts Andrew in a position of having to trust himself, to trust Amelia, to trust what he believes in his heart and to behave accordingly even though his actions and what she tells him to do are different. It is not possible to tell more without spoiling, but I loved this scene. It is probably one of my favorites in the whole book.There was a lot of angst, a lot of push and pull, a lot of togetherness and doubt both from Andrew and Amelia. Andrew figured out first that he wanted more with her, but ironically he is the last one to really open up, to let her in.I loved the last part of the book, as you get to see the "next" in the story. There is also an epilogue, which I enjoyed, but I loved seeing them in the next part of their journey, it was worth the angst. It is a credit to the author that the pacing was strong even during the push and pull. Hawkins never lets you get too annoyed with Andrew or Amelia, yes there are points of frustration, but she never lets you get to the point where you are so frustrated you are done. And this is quite a talent.This one goes on my list of books I will read again.

  • ☮ mary
    2018-10-16 09:09

    I could have loved this but apparences are deceiving. The so called independent & feisty heroine, is in fact managing a company owned by her estranged husband and living in his apartment. She happens to screw a selfish & pathetic single father who is hung up on his ex and obsessed with playing daddy. Both main characters were jaded after relationships gone bad, honestly they had nothing good or pure to offer each other, the author seems to think having created protagonist in their 30s meant them being more interesting. SHE WAS DAMN WRONG, if anything it meant they had too much baggage and made LOVE into an afterthought.What really bored and annoyed me was " The whole caring to the point of being oblivious to everything and everyone except your child" part. This was meant to pull at the strings of some mommy readers, and of course those same readers see Amelia more often than not as a b*tchy female character. They sure prefer a doormat / uterus for a brain heroine than a strong & smart one. So kuddos to the author for actually depicting a female who is not crazy in love for her boyfriend's child and become the ultimate maternal figure. That is the only feature I could enjoy actually !!In the end though all I thought was "What a stupid little book parading as a smart & interesting romance"... There was nothing worth a damn in this story and I wish people had something real and beautiful to write about before publishing ! Cheers

  • Jeannine Allison
    2018-09-17 08:55

    4.75 stars!

  • Ellen at Book Bellas
    2018-10-05 14:03

    The First Taste features Andrew, a single dad from Slip of the Tongue, one of my favorite books. His story is a standalone, and does NOT feature any forbidden romance. Andrew is the complete opposite of Amelia, the boss of his sister and a total Type-A workaholic. She has been burned by a painful split from her husband and is going through a very difficult divorce. Amelia and Andrew make is clear from the start they are both only looking for a one-night stand, with no strings attached. Andrew does not suffer from lack of women, that’s for sure – he’s totally hot, has his own business and has an adorable daughter named Bell, who is raising on his own.They are both completely honest with each other from the start but begin to develop a deeper connection. Their emotional relationship develops slowly, even though they both are wary of getting close. Amelia is stunning, smart and self-sufficient, Never in a million years does she think she could ever fall for a man like Andrew! And Andrew’s daughter comes first, even while it becomes obvious his daughter would love for him to fall in love. I loved that Andrew was the one who actually starts to realize that he is falling in love with Amelia and wants more from her.Somewhere along the way, she became worth it to me. The threat of pain that comes with keeping her in my life—it’s not enough to scare me away. In fact, it’s the threat of competition that stokes a fire in me. It makes me want to put up a fight.The First Taste is a classic opposites-attract story, filled with real emotion and characters that have depth and honesty. Jessica Hawkins is great at writing uber-sexy men and Andrew is not only gorgeous and tatted, he is a VERY giving lover. The sexy times in The First Taste are without a doubt some of the steamiest around.“I want to undress you, stretch you out on my bed, fingers to toes. Your hair splayed on my pillow and I want to take you over and over until you can’t handle it another second.”I love stories with single dads and while this story did not pack as much of an emotional punch as Slip of the Tongue, I still loved the story and the way Amelia and Andrew’s relationship grew and developed. This is a fast and sexy read from an incredibly talented writer and I can’t wait to read what’s next!!“Have I ever mentioned how it feels when I’m the reason for your smile? Like a million bucks.”ARC provided by the author in return for an honest review.

  • The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
    2018-10-12 11:05

    Review: Surj Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHopelessR...TSU: http://www.tsu.co/HopelessRomanticsBlog: http://thehopelessromanticsbookblog.b...I loved Jessica Hawkins "Slip of the Tongue." It was brilliant and really pulled me out of my comfort zone. Knowing that we would be getting Andrew's book (Sadie's single dad brother) in "The First Taste" had me giddy with excitement. Primarily because I was intrigued by his story but also because my ovaries went gaga at the thought of a story about a single, sexy as sin dad who was so hopelessly devoted to his little girl (queue heart strings!!!). Yup, those two factors together and I had to read this book!!! Good moods lift you up- and leave a longer way to fall. "The First Taste" was quite different to Sadie's book in a few ways. Firstly, the tone was very different. It wasn't as angsty that's for sure but that's not a bad thing because the story didn't need it. To be honest, I was so hooked on Andrew and Amelia, their individual stories and their story together that that I didn't miss it. The other feelings this book brought out in me were absolutely enough to have me captivated and addicted to what I was reading. Couple that with this author's brilliant writing and there were some scenes that I got so absorbed in, that I actually lost track of time. I mean that first scene, the scene where Andrew and Amelia first met...holy mother in heaven. The anticipation drove me crazy!!! ... my heart skips. Fuck- I'm in trouble. I don't want a skipping heart. Amelia and Andrew were chalk and cheese. They couldn't have been more different if they had tried. Amelia was the owner of a high flying PR company in New York and Andrew was grease monkey car mechanic from New Jersey. They really shouldn't have connected. I mean they had nothing in common.. right??? So one night of pure, unadulterated, filthy, meaningless sex and they could both walk away satisfied, having scratched an itch for want of a better word. Of course they could... lol. After all, having been burnt by previous relationships, neither was looking to go down that road again... like EVER!!! Yup, all of this just made their story all the more appealing. I love it when characters fight their feelings. I love it when they pretend it's just no strings monkey sex and I love watching those feelings grow and the connection build to something more. Amelia's an alien in our world of coveralls, cars and car parts. Right from the outset, Andrew's character had me swooning like a love sick puppy. No word of a lie, this man had the ability to bring me to my knees just by opening that sexy as sin mouth of his!!! His hotness was off the charts and I think what made my attraction to him all the more stronger was the fact that he did not want a relationship of any kind. Nope, once bitten, second time around, he was running a mile. Plus he had other priorities. He was a dad and his number one priority was his daughter Bell. If there was a daddy of the year award going, Andrew would get it hands down. He would not even have to try. Those interactions with his daughter made my heart sing like a gospel choir going full pelt. I felt his love for his daughter and I felt his inner conflict over certain situations and predicaments. Jessica Hawkins got parenthood down to a T. It was so realistic and believable and seriously had me going crazy for this hot to trot daddy. Can you tell I was seriously crushing on Andrew? God I could talk about him, his alpha male, controlling in the bedroom, protective hotness all day and not get bored!!! 'I like you put together," I say gruffly. "So I can undo you." As for Amelia, I have to say, at first glance, she came across as a woman who was so stuck up and snobbish and so rude too. I got that she had been seriously burnt by her past and was struggling to get past that but some of her comments riled me, especially when they were aimed at Andrew. However, it wasn't long before I saw the ice queen start to thaw and what I saw I absolutely loved. This was a woman who had been hurt and hurt really badly so trusting again was difficult. Control was what she needed in all aspects of her life to help her get by but peel back the layers only a little and what I saw was a vulnerability, a fragility, a fear even and I knew that her behaviour was her protecting herself and was only a result of all that she had been through. It was fantastic catching up with Sadie and Nathan and seeing where their lives had taken them but my favourite character of all has got to be Bell. God that little girl really did steal my heart. She was just so adorable and her character so realistic for her age. Yes there were tantrums, the cause of which usually made my heart hurt (as they would any parent) but I'm so pleased Jessica made her character realistic and made there depiction of parenthood as realistic as possible. ... I'm horny and she's hot, so I'm up for a little game of cat and mouse. "The First Taste" really was one hell of a fun and flirty, sexy and sensual, kink filled ride with a light dusting of angst to give your heart a little work out. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book but what I do know is that it over delivered on absolutely everything!!! I rated "The First Taste" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    2018-10-08 13:00

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  • Donna ~ The Romance Cover
    2018-10-02 10:50

    The First Taste (Slip of the Tongue #2) by Jessica Hawkins4.5 stars!!!!“There’s bravery in facing fear when it’s easier to bury it.”There is something about a single dad that puts his daughter first before life itself that has every woman’s heart melting into a mushy puddle of goo and Jessica Hawkins delivered one such man in the form of Andrew Beckwith. There was nothing I disliked about this man AT ALL. He was perfection. He was the epitome of what every father should strive to be, he made the best out of a bad situation, he didn’t give up, he fought, he changed, he was selfless, his daughter was his life and he was hers, it was stunningly beautiful.For those that have read A Slip of the Tongue, Andrew is Sadie’s brother and this is his story. Sadie and Nathan do appear throughout so you get to catch up with them too. While this can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend you read A Slip of the Tongue, because it was another great book and we all love a great book!“My sister says you’re disturbingly hot, but I’m just disturbing.”Andrew had been burned badly, he and his girlfriend became parents at a young age, it was unplanned. He threw himself into being the breadwinner, to provide a home for his family which meant that his girlfriend was left to bring up the baby alone a lot of the time, she couldn’t cope, she walked. Andrew stepped up to the plate and hasn’t looked back since. Andrew had a great support network, friends, colleagues and of course Sadie and Nathan had all played their part and it was stunning to see everyone pull together to make a life for Andrew and his Bell. Bell was his world, his reason for everything and she knew it. She was a daddy’s girl through and through and had him wrapped around her little finger. She dictated his life, had done for years, he hadn’t been celibate, he had his moments but no-one had made him want to change, but he hadn’t met his game changer…yet.“Doesn’t anyone ever say no to you?”“And get away with it? Just Bell.”Andrew was Sadie’s brother, Amelia was Sadie’s boss, Andrew visits his sister at work, his path crosses with Sadie, it wasn’t the best of introductions, but alas, their paths would cross again and so the love story begins.“It actually does mean something. Maybe it means a lot.”Amelia was a business woman first and foremost but underneath that no nonsense, frosty attitude was a woman that had been burned badly. Currently going through an acrimonious divorce she was at her wits end with her ex and all his dirty handed shenanigans. She was tied to him and she wanted it severed but he wasn’t going to give her up without a fight despite the fact he deserved nothing, not even an ounce of respect.“You can’t be bought, Amelia. Teach him a lesson.”Andrew and Amelia were definitely opposites, but opposites do attract. Amelia, rich business woman, thousand dollar clothes…Andrew, owner of a garage, tattoos, greasy, motorbike and the father to a beautiful child. But these two sought a night of solace in each other but gradually realised that one night would never be enough. These two were each other’s confidantes, opening up to each other which neither deemed possible. They stabilised one and other and gave each other something they never knew they wanted. Yes, it has its ups and downs, yes it has its teething troubles, but underneath were two people that slowly fell in love, no matter whether they wanted to or not. The heart wants who the heart wants, we just left waiting for the brain to catch up.“I’m a man, Amelia. I treat women like treasure. I treat my girlfriend like the love of my fucking life. And I treat an asshole like an asshole.”This was such a beautiful story on so many levels. From Andrew’s love for Bell and then for Amelia and from Amelia’s love for Andrew and then for Bell. This ticked so many boxes, was so emotional and totally unputdownable. I just loved every single bit.“It’s fine if you don’t need me…but I need you.”www.theromancecover.com

  • Shayna
    2018-09-17 08:58

    Jessica Hawkins gives us another PHENOMENAL romance with THE FIRST TASTE! An outstanding and UNFORGETTABLE read! This book made me feel EVERYTHING! I immediately wanted to go back for seconds! This is only my second read from the amazing Ms. Hawkins and already, she's become one of my favorite writers. She tells a story that will touch your heart and soul. She gives us characters that we embed in our hearts and are never forgotten. She gives us storylines that make us laugh, cry, and swoon hard. She gives her readers excitement and immense pleasure from her beautiful prose. She outdoes herself with every new release, and if you do not know her work yet, I'm begging you...this is one experience you DO NOT want to miss!"It's fine if you don't need me," I say, "but I need you."The realness of THE FIRST TASTE just blew me away. A single dad falls for an independent and driven woman? What could go wrong? From their first meeting, Andrew and Amelia were ELECTRIC...it might have been a bumpy start, but without that, there wouldn't have been that drive from Andrew to take it a step further...there wouldn't have been that first taste that led to SO MUCH MORE! The struggles that they faced, the push/pull of attraction it was intense and passionate and AMAZING! Every turn of the page brought me more joy! I knew I would LOVE this book! I knew I would FALL HARD for these characters! And I just knew that Ms. Hawkins would blow my mind once again! Andrew, Amelia, and beautiful Bell...from the very beginning you knew that these three were going to make a BEAUTIFUL family. The journey to get there was incredibly beautiful and moving, and I just want to experience it all over again.