By CM Foss
Release Date: Nov 22, 2014
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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.
Shiver by C.M. Foss is a book I won’t soon forget. The antics of these characters, two and four legged, was so enjoyable. I spent a lot of time giggling out loud and trying to explain the book to my husband!
It was so easy to fall in love with Ethan as I watched him through Lissa’s eyes. He is a gentleman through and through but still manages to be tough as nails without coming off like a complete ass!
Lissa is an incredible young woman and she knows what, and who, she wants. And I love the way she goes after it, or rather him!
This is also the first time I’ve run into any one with an aversion to bananas, their texture and the sound they make when chewed, other than a young woman that I worked with a number of years ago. I found it very unusual then and even more so now that I know more about SPD and some of its symptoms from the mildest to the most severe.
Not only did Ms. Foss write an incredible debut novel but she wrote one very memorable for the love story, memorable for the anguish of substance abuse and its impact on family members, and the effects of Sensory Processing Disorder on those who endure it and the families it touches.
I highly recommend Shiver by C.M. Foss and give five scorching hot cups of Room With Books coffee!
~ Patricia, Room With Books ~ © Dec 3, 2014
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
(Erin note: Guess who’s on the Swoon playlist too 😉 lol Lee Brice IS amazing. I love that it’s all him.)
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.