Welcome to my stop for book 1 in the new series, These Three Words, from Carlene Love Flores. Please read on for the review and don’t forget to check out the excerpt. You can also visit the other tour stops to see what other readers thought about the book and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25 Amazon GIft Card.
Stay for Me
The first in a new series, this novella was set with some promising options. Long term friends Emma and Sam shared an uncomfortable night of passion, leaving them both a little embarrassed for trying.
Now, Emma manages a male strip review at Club Mantasy and Sam is one of the dancers. These two have remained friends, and while Emma wants to reengage the more personal sexual relationship, Sam’s endowments and the issues of the failed attempt hold her back.
One last night before Sam leaves the club, Emma asks him to strip for her alone.
I thought the friends to lovers concept was a tiny bit thin: their interactions were solid and well written, but in a novella it is difficult to build that real emotional connection that adds that oomph to the story. While the author did work to build an intensity, and I loved the premise of the story as there aren’t many out there with male strippers that are as honest and caring in their feelings for the women they encounter, I just wanted more. More pages to develop the oomph, more explanation about the failed liaison and a bit more ability to connect with the characters.
Not a bad novella by any means, it was quick reading, flowed reasonably well and was entertaining with good storytelling and enough about the character’s personalities to intrigue and amuse.
Title: Stay For Me
Author: Carlene Love Flores
Series: These Three Words #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Evernight Publishing
Published on: 14 February, 2015
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One night to finally make it right before it all gets torn apart…
Two years ago, best friends Emma Chester and Sam Jason tried being intimate.
Due to Sam’s massive size, it didn’t work. Embarrassed, they did their best to move on. Now the day has come where Emma must suspend Sam as a dancer at the club they work at, awakening the buried pain of that one night.
Sam has seen this day coming but is shocked when Emma asks him to strip for her just once before he leaves the club. Allowing himself to feel for her again is too dangerous but she’s clearly not in her right mind and needs him.
Can he maintain his restraint and help her? When she hands him his uniform to strip out of, is she handing him her heart? Or is it too tattered to ever belong to him again?
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A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.