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Touch & Go: Dare to Love # 2 by Mira Lyn Kelly

Welcome to my stop for Touch & Go by Mira Lyn Kelly. Please be sure to read the review and excerpt, check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win  a $25 eGift Card of Winner’s Choice Bookseller and Loveswept Mug.

Touch & Go

A friends to lovers story with a clueless (almost) hero who almost waits until it’s too late before he actually takes a close look at his feelings.  Ava and Sam have been friends for years: although Ava has been in love with Sam for most of that time.  And, like most of the stories that use this trope there is an initial set up, a game, wedding, or roommate situation to start the story.

Ava cajoles Sam into being a date  – mostly to fend off some ardent admirers: and when a kiss that is times to make a statement becomes so much more, the story is off and running.  These two have all of the chemistry that one would expect in a romance: and the interplay carries the familiarity of being friends for a long time.  But they both have their own issues: Ava doesn’t always make the best choices, a bit too quick to protect her heart but she is sassy, solid and loyal to Sam. For his part, Sam has managed to hide away the worst of his past traumas: he’s dedicated to the friendship he has with Ava, but he has little to no awareness of the depth of his feelings.

But when he finally realizes that he can’t, well doesn’t want to live without Ava, his dedication that never wavered, from when they were children is wholly palpable to readers. From a very broken childhood, to a solidly giving and loving man, Sam has come full circle.  His finding joy in everything that he didn’t think he wanted and now can’t live without with the one woman he never believed he deserved is a wonderful conclusion.

Heartfelt confessions, laughingly inappropriate pet names, humor, heart, heat and a journey as their relationship redefines itself: this is a wonderful story.

Touch & Go: Dare to Love # 2 by Mira Lyn Kelly

Title: Touch & Go
Author: Mira Lyn Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Loveswept
ISBN: B00KPBCETO
Published on: 17 February, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 265
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly cranks up the heat for two lifelong friends whose most secret longings come true in every delectable way.

Vivacious and successful, Ava Meyers is living her dream life, except for one thing: Ever since childhood, she’s been in love with her best friend . . . and she’s never admitted it. Back then, Sam Farrow was a damaged young man with a tough past. Now he’s supremely confident, super-sexy, and totally untouchable—until the night when Sam pretends to be Ava’s boyfriend to save her from some unwanted attention. In a moment of weakness, Ava finds out that a long friendship is no match for blistering sexual chemistry.

After years of denying his own feelings, Sam finds that one amazing night with Ava isn’t enough to chase away all the pent-up fantasies. So he proposes they spend a few weeks driving each other wild, exhausting their every desire, and then return to their perfect platonic relationship like nothing ever happened. But Sam’s plan has one fatal flaw: the part where they give each other up. Because the more they let go of their inhibitions, the more they’re tempted to never go back.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

“We can stop now,” he murmured against her lips. “Let the guy believe what he will. Or . . .”

The ache in Ava’s chest ceased with all other activity there. Her heart stalled, her breath caught on that single dangling word. Two letters she knew deep down to her core were trouble, but tempted her too much to ignore.

“Or,” she prompted, her whisper hardly reaching her own ears.

The corner of his mouth hitched hard on one side. “Or you let me kiss you for real . . . and you kiss me back.”

The obvious answer here was to leave it at the single kiss and let Steven draw his own conclusions. That would be the smart thing. The safe thing.

“But Ave, if you can’t handle it, just say the word and we’ll end it here. Cut out and go back to your place to watch The Hangover.”

If she couldn’t handle it?

Ava blinked up at her best friend of more than twenty years, her hardest crush and best-kept secret, about 98 percent certain the guy had just thrown down the gauntlet. Intentionally.

Giving in to her own laugh, she looped her arms around Sam’s neck and flashed him a merciless grin. “Do you want to kiss me?”

Sam met her stare with that same easy confidence he brought to everything else. This guy wasn’t ruffled. He wasn’t concerned. He was just . . . Sam. Taking whatever opportunities life granted him and having fun with them. Not taking things too seriously, and reminding her not to either.

“Come on, you can’t tell me you’ve never wondered what it would be like? To try it. Just once.”

Tonight, in this context, it was a truth she could afford to share, even if the flippant, casual tone she wrapped it in was a lie. “Sure, I’ve wondered . . . you know, what all the fuss is about, because girls talk and with you there are a lot of girls and, well, a lot of talk. And heck, I mean we’ve been friends a long time. So yeah, I’ve wondered. From time to time. A little.”

A lot. For years. But it was a curiosity she’d kept under control.

He was nodding, keeping his tone low. “And here we are with the perfect excuse. We won’t even have to worry about it being weird after. What do you say, Ava?”

“One real kiss and then we’re done?” God, this was what she wanted, but the way her heart was slamming against her ribs made her think it might be a mistake with catastrophic potential.

“Yeah. One kiss and then we’re done. But it’s got to be the real deal. No chintzing out on me.”

He was right. This was the perfect justification. Her one chance at living out a fantasy with zero risk of the repercussions that had kept her in check for more than two decades.

“Okay,” she whispered, half breathless at the idea alone. Because she was in. “Show me what all the fuss is about.”

 

 

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About Mira Lyn Kelly

USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University. She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in rural Minnesota, where their four beautiful children and naughty dog provide an excess of action and entertainment. When she isn’t reading, writing, or running to keep up with the family, she loves watching movies, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her husband and friends.

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