Author: CM Foss
Release Date: November 19th
This is a romantic story.
Except bananas. Bananas are never romantic.
Lissa was a twenty-year-old girl trying to make it in the equestrian world. She was sassy and smart, strong and a little weird. And she had no idea what she was doing.
Ethan was twenty-seven, tattooed, tall, dark, and hot. And lugging some baggage. He’d already made it in the business and brought Lissa on to help get her on her feet. And it turned out, he liked a little weird.
Ethan made it clear that he wasn’t in the market for a relationship. Lissa was happy to learn the ropes and push her attraction aside.
But how do you draw the line when every touch makes you…shiver?
“Dance with me?” Lawrence’s voice behind me pulled me from my musings.
I turned with a smile. “Why thank you, sir.”
I followed him onto the dance floor, the orchestra playing a Frank Sinatra ballad. He swept me into his arms like, well, like the perfect gay best friend.
“Don’t you say it.”
“Say what?” I asked innocently.
“I am not your gay best friend. I have sisters. They took dance lessons. My mom made me partner them.”
I couldn’t help laughing loudly, drawing some disapproving glances. He quickly spun me and dipped me in playful retaliation. As he drew me back up, I stood staring straight into Ethan’s heated gaze.
“Can I cut in?” he asked without breaking our eye contact.
From the corner of my eye, I caught Lawrence nodding and stepping away before I was pulled flush to Ethan and we glided across the floor.
“You look absolutely stunning.” He breathed softly into my ear, his right hand settling low, really low, on my bare back, and I shivered.
“Cold?” I felt him smile.
“No, I’m not cold,” I stated quietly, enjoying the feel of being in his arms, the texture of him beneath his tuxedo, and the touch of our hands.
“Are you having fun tonight?”
“I am.” I nodded slowly. “I didn’t know you would be here.”
“I came as a trophy.”
I pulled back to look in his eyes. “Whose trophy? And why?” I was a little irrationally angry and felt stupid that I thought we were having a kind of moment, only to find out he was here with someone else.
“Why are you angry? You do realize you’re here with a date too, right?”
I waved him off. “Lawrence and I are just friends. He’s my arm candy for the night. And maybe a kiss at midnight if I get tipsy enough.”
He glared at me, jaw flexing back and forth. “You’re just friends who sleep together?”
“No. Just friends. As in… actual friends. Nothing more.”
“Why have you both been blatantly flaunting your relationship in front of me then?”
I shrugged. “It tickled me.”
“It tickled you,” he repeated slowly, dangerously.
“Yes. It did. It tickled me to see your mood swings every day, and I was making bets on when you were going to start your period.”
Despite his irritation, he laughed out loud. “God, you’re weird.” He pulled me closer, wrapping my arms up around his neck and sliding his hands down my bare arms and then down my back, settling them there. “I don’t know what I’m doing with you,” he muttered softly.
I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice
Hard to Love – Lee Brice
A Woman Like You – Lee Brice
Power Of A Woman – Lee Brice
Beautiful Every Time – Lee Brice
She Ain’t Right – Lee Brice
Falling Apart Together – Lee Brice
No Better Than This – Lee Brice
Shiver is a sweet story of friends turned lovers with a side of complicated that added an interesting twist to the story. The characters were likeable, the banter was humorous and the angst was minimal. I was drawn to the equestrian theme spelled out in synopsis and I was delighted to have a fresh setting and storyline. Ethan was quite swoon worthy with his possessive ways, boyish charm and compassion. Lissa and I would be fast friends, as her carefree ways and wit would work well to counteract my sometimes too serious nature.
This was a good debut novel but there were a couple of things that did not work for me. While there was plenty of sex, the chemistry between Lissa & Ethan was missing. There were times it was just on the cusp but it never really happened for me. The transition to a dual POV in the last 26% of the book interrupted the flow for me. I understand the alternative POV provided insight into that part of the book, but it presented as two very separate stories meshed into one book. Perhaps that was the intent, but the way it divided the story did not work for me.
I simply wanted more from the first 74% and I wanted more from the last 26%, as I think both parts of the story had more to give. I enjoyed this book and I look forward to what CM Foss has in the works.
Overall Rating 3.5 Stars
I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I live in beautiful Northern Virginia with my incredible husband, two awesome kids, three dogs, and two budgies. My husband and I both grew up riding and competing horses and have our own equestrian operation that we run together. In my spare time, I read through the hundreds of stories awaiting me on my e-reader.
My love of books started early, and my mom used to ration my reading time so I didn’t go through them too quickly. I love all things romantic, whether it’s dark or light or silly or dirty, but I really love a happy ending!
In my small moments of quiet time, you’ll find me sipping on wine and reading while any movie where people randomly burst into song or dance plays in the background.