Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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The moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they're a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And they both agree their one night together is all about fun, not forever.
Now, years later, Seth remains a favorite memory. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because he's still sinfully attractive, and she likes the man he is. When he suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his newborn daughter, Vivian falls hard. Yet despite the responsibilities, he's not a good bet for commitment. And she needs to guard her heart before she gets into trouble!
One of these days I am going to read a book by an Australian author and I am going to hate it, thankfully the Aussie’s have a perfect track record with me, never read a book I didn’t like, and Sarah Mayberry follows this trend. I seriously liked this book a lot. I am notoriously bad about reading book-blurbs, I tend to just skim them and buy/borrow/request the book if anything in the blurb appealed to me, and truthfully I didn’t remember reading the blurb for this book at all. So going in I had no idea what to expect. The book starts with Vivian and Seth being young and well, let’s just say, sowing their wild oats and living like free-spirits. There first encounter is hot and steamy, and ends almost as quickly as it started. I was actually really happy when the book skipped 10 years after that time, while their first hook-up worked really well, I don’t think I would have enjoyed the characters as much as their younger selfs, so this was an awesome decision by Mayberry.
Vivian and Seth don’t have a fairytale romance in the tradition way most people think of. There is no wining and dining involved at all (well there is some drinking and everyone has to eat, but no really “date nights” that most people would think about). Seth finds himself in one of those terrible and tragic situations that no one ever wants to find themselves in, so much of the book has kind of a sad, wistful undertone to it. Even in the light of some very serious events, Mayberry is able to shine a bit of hope into what could have been a situation with lots of despair. Vivian ends up being Seth’s lighthouse in the storm of his life. And it works. It works so well.
Seth is such a good guy, he steps up and doesn’t ever think twice about it. His ex is on life-support and he has a newborn suddenly, but he finds a way to take care of his ex’s parents the best he can all while preparing to turn his life completely upside down and be a full time dad, he never even hesitates at throwing all the plans he had of co-parenting out the window. He knows he has to step up for his daughter and so he does, simple as that. He’s also a guy who is not afraid to say he messed up and that he’s sorry, and seriously a guy who admits he is wrong, now that’s my kind of sexy.
Vivian has a good head on her shoulders, she’s successful in her career, and more than that she is good to her family and her friends. When Seth’s life gets turned upside down she was at his house yelling at him, but the minute that phone rang and disaster struck, she never hesitated to drop her anger immediately and help Seth with anything he needed. She was there for him every step of the way. And she had this cool and easy feel about her, like she just fit into every situation, like she belonged there.
The chemistry between Vivian and Seth was awesome, the sex scenes were really well written and all kinds of hot and steamy. If you are looking for a good contemporary romance I would hands-down recommend this book. Without a doubt I am going to go look for more Sarah Mayberry books to read, and thankfully she has a pretty healthy amount of other book titles for me to read!