Series: Destiny Bay #2
Published by Forever on April 25th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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What's wrong with a little white lie?
There are a lot of things Ali Marshal doesn't do: pink anything, a day without chocolate, and Hawk, her sister's ex-husband. Sure, he's a sexy former NHL star who can make her pulse pound with just a wink. But he belonged to Bridget first. And no matter how long she's had a crush on him, how great he's always been to her dad, or that her sister is engaged to someone else now and Ali needs a date to their engagement party, she can't give in to temptation. Can she?
It's been years since his disastrous marriage crashed and burned, and Bradley Hawk has finally moved on. So when Bridget blows back into town with her new fiancé, throwing the engagement party of the year, he could care less . . . until Ali tells one little lie that lands him smack dab in a fake relationship. After one promise to be Ali's date and two of the hottest kisses he's ever had, Hawk can't deny how much he wants her. But what happens when this fauxmance starts to feel very, very real?
I fell in love with the characters of Destiny Bay in last Kiss of Summer. The return to Destiny Bay in Feels Like the First Time was every bit as explosive as I expected. I was so looking forward to Hawk and Ali coming to terms with what they feel for each other and Adair delivers on their story. She creates a story filled with family drama when Bridget, Ali’s pretentious and newly engaged sister returns to Destiny Bay. Their strained relationship and family dynamics drives Ali right into Hawks arms. The very Hawk that is Bridget’s the ex-husband. What starts as an impulsive move on Ali’s part, changes everything about who they are. The plot is well paced and I knew that there would be certain emotions that would permeate the story.
The story opens with Hawk and Ali experiencing a bit of a showdown. Their friendship is consumed by the way they get under each others skin, purposefully antagonizing each other. I’d liken it to kids on a playground – always the ones who like each other. But for all the bickering they have respect for each other and watch each others backs. Hawk and Ali have a long standing connection and as the premise promises, it’s messy and only gets messier. The tension builds slowly, the path forward is not going to be easy, and the family connection makes for some heartbreaking moments.
Adair creates complex characters that the reader can’t help but to find themselves absorbed in their lives. Ali is independent and strong and hides her vulnerabilities well. Being in her head we come to understand just how deep her feelings for Hawk go, and the extent of her mothers and sisters abandonment. What got to me most was how she sacrifices her own happiness for others and how some people expect it of her. But Ali’s feisty spirit wins out.
We get the same deeper understanding from Hawk, as he reflects on his marriage to Bridget, his relationship with the entire family, but most importantly, his friendship with Ali. His voice is strong and I din’t fight falling for him. He’s all around good guy who is finally seeing what’s in front of him. Adairs writing is poetic and there’s no doubt that what Hawk and Ali have is genuine and unique. Feels Like The First Time is yet another 5 stars read from Marina Adair!
~ Review by Cyndi
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THE DESTINY BAY SERIES
LAST KISS OF SUMMER, #1
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME, #2
Ali nodded because she needed him more than she needed her next breath.
The intensity of her feelings terrified her. They always had. Even at seventeen she knew what she felt went beyond the run-of-the-mill teenage crush. She’d been in love. Sure, it was a young, simple love, but it was love all the same.
Only he’d loved someone else.
So when he married her sister, she did her best to let him go. But no matter how painful it had been for her, and at times the ache was so acute it had been paralyzing, she was never able to set him completely free. Choosing the pain over the loss.
Now he was back, looking at her how she always looked at him, as if he’d never let go, and Ali gave in to the fantasy. Played out the what-ifs she carried with her for over a decade. He’d been hers for so long, she let herself believe that she was his, too.
He was asking for right here, right now—this she knew. Tomorrow, reality would creep in, and everything would go back to the way it was. But tonight, sitting on this beach, overlooking a world bigger than the two of them, Ali wanted to feel what it was like to be loved by the man who owned her heart.
“I want,” she said.
“What do you want, Aliana?” he whispered, the sound of her name on his lips doing crazy things to her. Crazy girly things that made her feel delicate and desirable.
“I want you.” She trailed her hands down his pecs to that flat stomach and lower, loving how his muscles rippled and curled under her touch. “I want you to pamper me so hard I won’t remember how to walk come morning.”
Hawk’s eyes darkened, and his mouth was on hers. Hard and demanding, and just how she’d imagined. There was no warm-up, no testing the waters. He was kissing her as if he knew what he wanted.
And he wanted Aliana.
Their mouths were fused together, her hands gripping his shoulders for purchase, but his fingers were gentle, languidly exploring her face, her neck, the curve of her shoulder, slowly moving down her arm and bringing the wide neckline of her shirt with him.
He never stopped kissing her, but she felt his lashes flutter open, realized that she’d never closed her own. Then his deep brown eyes locked on hers, watching her as they kissed, and it was erotic and unexpected. As she watched him back, she felt his lips curl into a smile. Could feel the dimples on both cheeks come alive under her touch.
“You like to watch,” Hawk growled, and she felt her cheeks flush.
Ali never considered herself a watcher. But Hawk was such a beautiful and commanding man, she’d never been able to look away. Not even now, when her body was begging for release. He was that good—a simple kiss and she was so turned on, she could feel her body shaking.
That smile turned cocky.
“It’s not like I stand there peering through your bedroom window at night,” she said, leaving out that night he was at the bar. His bedroom window during the morning, when he was walking around after a shower. She was more than guilty.
“I’ve peered through yours.”
And to prove he wasn’t the least bit ashamed, he lowered his head and placed an openmouthed kiss on her shoulder, those eyes of his never leaving hers. Not even when he moved lower toward her collarbone, his mouth working her with a softness that took her by surprise and a reverence that made her feel as if she was precious.
Ali wasn’t sure what to do. Hard, challenging, complicated—that was what she was used to. But this was light, simple—too easy to be real. It confused her as much as it terrified her.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marina Adair is a #1 National bestselling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Destiny Bay series, she is also the author of the Sugar, Georgia series, the St. Helena Vineyard series, and her new Heroes of St. Helena series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.
As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive.
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