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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

ARC Review! Lip Service by Simone Sowood

My new neighbor is an online sex advice vlogger — but she doesn’t know that I know

Out of curiosity, I checked out her videos. Who wouldn’t?
I didn’t count on being tempted by her sexy voice or her full lips.
Too bad she’s off limits.
Being a single dad isn’t easy, and I have rules — no relationships and no f*cking anyone my daughter knows.
But when I become the subject of her posts, I can’t keep my hands off her any longer.
I have to teach her everything she got wrong in her video
The characters were mostly believable. And I liked most of them, although I was not all that fond of her friend. But that said, I had some issues totally believing all about them. Avery has a vlog, one that she doesn't try to hide her identity on, at all. But she is convinced no one will recognize her, even though the vlog has 2+ million subscribers. This seemed off to me. And, Knox hasn't had even an inkling of a relationship in 13 years, since he was 22. While this is possible, as he is motivated by his daughter, I thought he slid too easily into the idea that he was in a relationship (once they got there) and while there were issues, none of them seemed to be related to him adjusting to the idea that he was in a relationship. Yes, this is dealt with, and in his motivation, it is because he has never met anyone he wanted to be involved with, so I was mostly able to enjoy this. I also appreciated that they were older. While books about people in their 20s are fine, it is nice to read about people in their 30s who are a little more settled into who they are and what they want.

The plot is what drew me to this book. I loved the idea that she started using Know as the motivation/inspiration for the vlog. I loved that this continued even after they got together. I loved that he knew, and didn't really try to keep it a secret, that he knew what she did for a living. That said, I thought Piper, at 13, was too old for Knox's obsessive need to protect her from even the idea that he may date someone. So, for me, this was a bit of an issue. But, I was mostly able to ignore it, as he was overprotective of his daughter in all areas, not just this one.

The pacing was off to me, and it never seemed to decide if it was an erotic romance or a romance. We meet Knox when he is f*****g a nameless woman on the hood of his car at a car show. The hero with another woman, yes prior to meeting the heroine, is usually an erotic romance. And then it takes a while for Knox and Avery to get together. There are some solo scenes, and some attraction to one another that they are fighting, but the build up is longer than for an erotic romance. And then they get together, and it is hot, and it is gritty, and it is definitely on the dirty side...have I mentioned it is hot? Because it is...but definitely more on the erotic side. the book, for me, never seemed to totally decide if it wanted to be an erotic romance (I think ultimately it is) or a more traditional one with the build into the relationship. For me, this caused the pacing to feel a bit off.

The writing was strong and the dialog was also believable. I did believe the characters were who they were portrayed to be and their actions were consistent with those characterizations, which was a major plus to the story.

That said, I enjoyed this overall. And, the issues I had with the book definitely didn't keep me from being able to enjoy it. I am definitely looking forward to the next book by this author, and she is being added to my list of authors I read their next one, just because I really liked the last one.

The blurb for Lip Service really caught my attention. Single dad stories are definitely something I gravitate towards and the idea of a female vlogger sounded fun. The book had some flaws but overall I enjoyed it.

The book starts with a bang-literally-as Knox is having sex with a random woman. We find out very early on that he has no interest in a relationship since he’s concerned with how his daughter would handle him being in a relationship. He’s willing to sacrifice for her, which is admirable, but what he doesn’t seem to realize is that Piper wants him to have that companionship. Seeing him navigate how to have a relationship while being a parent was frustrating at times but also fun.

Avery was interesting to me. I liked her career, I liked that she was so independent. I was bothered by the fact that she didn’t seem to think-even amongst her millions of youtube subscribers-that anyone would recognize her in her new hometown. Not that we saw Knox introduce her to anyone other than Piper, but if he had surely her cover story would have been blown. But I liked her overall.

The two of them together? I loved. Their chemistry was off the charts; even when Knox was trying to ignore her. When they did come together it was a fast paced roller coaster ride and I loved it. The heat was intense and the sex was well written.

Overall the writing was good and though I had some issues with the story I did enjoy the book. It’s a quick read with plenty of steam and I am intrigued to see what this author will come up with next.

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