Series: Wherever You Go #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I wasn’t supposed to see Levi Pierce ever again. A few months ago, he charmed the pants off me and we spent one incredible night together.
End of story.
Only it wasn’t. Pretty soon everywhere I turn, I see him. Our best friends are dating. My mother mistakenly—and happily—thinks he’s my plus-one to my cousin’s wedding. And he’s the guy I have to work with on the most important job opportunity of my life.
Here’s my problem: I like Levi. I like his killer smile and his dreamboat eyes and definitely the way he makes me feel in bed. But I’ve sworn off relationships. So when the sexual tension reaches epic proportions and we fall back into bed together, I tell myself it’s temporary. When I start to feel more, I tell myself it’s over.
Lips Close to Mine is the second book in the Wherever You Go series and the main characters in this story, Harper and Levi, appeared in the first book. I loved it! Both characters had painful past relationships, that had caused them so much damage, they had closed themselves off to the possibility of ever finding, or needing, someone. While there are some very angsty moments in the story they’re balanced out nicely with a lot of humor and sexy romps in the sack!
Harper McKinney had a one night stand a few months ago with Levi, nothing unusual for her, she’s a “one and done” kind of girl. She hasn’t had a boyfriend since losing her first love and she’s purposely closed herself off since then. She never would’ve seen him again except it turns out that his roommate is her roommate’s boyfriend. And now she’s running into him all the time. And worse, Levi’s filming a PSA she’s been hired for, something to do with a job she really wants. Oh, and her mother seems to think he’s her date to her cousin’s wedding. Harper really doesn’t want to have anything to do with Levi but it seems fate has something to say about that.
“I don’t believe that love happens instantly, but all those other words that have to do with love? I felt every one of the, the night we spent together. Which was why I pushed him away the next morning. I could fall for this boy, and it’s the very last thing I want.”
Levi Pierce hasn’t been able to forget Harper since their one night stand a few months ago. He’d like a repeat of it, or a lot of repeats, and the PSA job might be just the thing to help him convince her. Levi had to remind her they knew each other years ago, they learned to swim together at Mommy and Me classes and from the age of three to seven they were inseparable, until he started attending a different school. After his psycho ex-girlfriend did a number on him, he hasn’t been looking for a relationship either, but he likes Harper and wants to spend more time with her. And now that her mom thinks he’s Harper’s date to the wedding, well, who’s he to say otherwise,,,
Both of them have been through too much, at such young ages, and carried a ton of emotional baggage. I loved Levi’s enduring patience with Harper; he basically let things slide off his back and kept chipping away at the wall that she had built around her heart. Harper was slowly realizing that keeping everything bottled tight wasn’t the answer; it wasn’t working for her anymore. Harper’s Positivity Journal was so funny and telling, her lists of things that kept her grounded would usually include a mention of Levi, despite denying her attraction to him. And Levi wrote handwritten letters to Harper he had no intentions of ever sending, that were filled with thoughts and feelings for her, and later his dreams and hopes of what could be. Truth be told there are a few moments I felt despair in which direction the story was heading and worried these two wouldn’t get a HEA. But, not to worry, it’s a true romance; the end will make up for any tears shed along the way!
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“What do you say we open that champagne then skinny-dip in the fountain?” I ask, releasing my seat belt. That I’m dying to Harper her naked again might have something to do with my suggestion, too.
She searches my eyes for clues I’m serious. I help her out. “Unless you’re chicken.”
With a straight face, she unclicks her seat belt, picks up the bottle of champagne and proceeds to pop the cork like a champ. She takes a swig, her full lips wrapped around the bottle, her eyes never leaving mine. My dick twitches as I imagine her gorgeous mouth sucking me deep. Full disclosure: I’ve been picturing this every damn night for the past two months.
“Your turn.” She hands me the bottle as her tongue licks across her full bottom lip. If she’s trying to torture me, it’s working.
Our fingers brush when I accept the Dom Perignon, and once again, the small, effortless touch isn’t enough. I take a small gulp of the sparkling drink, mindful I’m driving. When finished, I pass it back. “So, your cousin said something interesting to me tonight.”
I laugh. The harder Harper tries to keep me at arm’s length, the more her family tries to draw me in. “Since you’re sitting at the head table during the wedding reception, she wanted me to know I’ll be sitting with your brothers.”
She chokes on the champagne. “What the hell? I never RSVP’d you were my plus-one.”
“Your mom did.”
Harper’s head falls back against the seat, chin up, eyes closed. “That woman is impossible. I’ll tell them you’re not coming to the wedding.”
“I don’t mind.”
“All right. Whatever you want.”
“That’s it? Just like that, you’re not coming now?” She shifts positions, drawing her legs up so she’s sitting on them and facing me. I hadn’t noticed that she’d slipped off her shoes.
“I don’t want to make you uncomfortable around your family.”
“You don’t do that.”
“You sure? I think I do.”
“No. You don’t. Not even a little. But…”
“I did tell my mom I had a date so she wouldn’t bug me about it. I was planning to find a random guy to go with me, so I guess since she thinks it’s you…” She takes a drink, extends me the bottle.
I put my palm over my heart. “How magnanimous of you.”
“I know,” she teases. “Don’t you forget it.”
“So I am going to the wedding?”
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