Series: Twin Estates #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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1. Awesome food
2. Great Music
3. Fun games
4. A secret spot to hook up with your even-more-secret girlfriend.
Liam Edenhoff is a simple creature. He likes women, tacos, and sex. As long as he has those in his life, everything is good. He's finally realizing maybe he's just not cut out for relationships - surely there's got to be a woman out there who'd be okay with roof top margaritas, casual sex, and no attachments.
Enter a new neighbor - one who is allergic to commitment and prefers her sex casual but frequent. She's seen him at his worst and is still willing to play his games, on three conditions - discretion is a must, casual is key, and absolutely no drama. Sounds like the perfect arrangement. What could go wrong?
Famous last words when dealing with neighbors.
This story contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature, multiple uses of coarse language, and more tacos than is healthy or sane to read about. Reader discretion is advised.
This is the third installment in the Twin Estates series
There are books by authors I look forward to reading and, as soon as they’re announced, I add them to my Want to Read list without reading the blurb, knowing ahead of time these master storytellers have yet to let me down. This is especially true with all of Ms.Fantome’s books; each and every one of them a well-written tale, usually filled with intrigue, love, humor, and tears. Luckily for us, Block Party combines all these elements, and so much more. I had my laugh out loud moments, in between the ugly cry ones, and sometimes there was even that weird combination of both, at once. This story combines the perfect amount of sweet and sour, some angst and then humor, to lighten the story, so it’s not bogged down in too much heaviness.
It’s the third book in the Twin Estates Series and, while it’s technically a Standalone, I recommend everyone reading the first two books as there are crossover characters and some back story you won’t be privy to otherwise. This book features the amazing and wonderful Mr. Edenhoff, who I admit I’m in love with, and I’m happy he didn’t get his girl, Katya, in the previous books. Oops! See, that’s a spoiler from books one and two, which is why you should’ve read them by now, but we wouldn’t have this story if he had, so…
Liam Edenhoff’s a mess. Well, his personal life is, he’s thirty-two and hasn’t been very successful with relationships and he’s wondering what he can do to fix it. Everyone thinks he doesn’t take anything seriously and just likes to have fun. Liam’s a people pleaser and everyone, women especially, all gravitate towards him. But not everything is as it seems and he decides he needs to grow up. After Katya chose Wulf, his ex-business partner and former friend, he’s been trying to sort his life. He wants his twin brother, Landon, to get off his couch and either find someplace else to live or go back to practicing medicine out of the country. He’s been avoiding Wulf’s twenty-year old sister, Brighton “Brie” Stone, who’s been stalking him like a mad woman, after he decided to end their casual sex arrangement. If he had a bunny she would have boiled it by now. And now he’s afraid she’ll spill the beans and tell Katya and Wulf about their dirty little secret. His bookkeeping at the club is atrocious, but at least he convinced Wulf’s executive assistant, Ayumi Nakada, who’s a CPA, to stay on as his bookkeeper. A very no-nonsense, nose to the grindstone, bookkeeper that makes poor Liam do math. Something no one should be forced to do!
“Being an adult is nowhere near as awesome as everyone makes it seem.”
Ayumi Nakada, at twenty-seven, has no life outside of being Wulf Stone’s executive assistant for the last five years. Wulf’s her emergency contact, should anything ever happen to her, as she’s informed him. Ayumi is closer to him than anyone, unfortunately that’s sad, since she doesn’t really know anyone. She works up to fourteen hours a day, sometimes seven days a week and has no social life, no friends to call and meet somewhere for a drink. She adopted a cat recently, so she doesn’t live alone. She had an arrangement with someone she’d meet occasionally, when she had an itch to scratch, but he moved away and while she wasn’t actively looking to replace him, it would be nice to find someone who could keep things casual. She’s tried to please her mother her entire life and feels she’ll never live up to her impossibly high expectations, and as a result, their relationship is almost non-existent. Mrs. Nakada always said Ayumi was a “ruiner of things” and felt that was something she did excel at. Since her own mother never had a loving relationship with her father, Ayumi didn’t have an example she could follow, so she had no idea what to do or not do. It’s no wonder Liam calls her the Ice Queen.
“Ayumi had really gotten to Liam, it seemed. A girl carved out of ice had somehow managed to touch him in ways no one else had. He was scared. It was bad enough feeling like he wasn’t good enough for his family and friends—but to not be good enough for Ayumi, that was simply too much, it seemed.”
When these two broken people finally notice each other they embark on a strange journey of discovery. Both have secrets they slowly begin to share with each other. They both have so much complex, and heavy baggage they’ve been dragging around their entire lives, it’s both painful, and amazing to see how they slowly let some pieces go. Sometimes it seems that for every step forward one of them takes the other takes two backwards. I loved this couple so much and wept more than once to see how much they suffered, both physically, and emotionally. Oh and there’s an epilogue and it’s freaking amazing!
Playlist for the Twin Estates Novel #3 – Block Party