A Fine Mess (Kelly Siskind)

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Some guys should come with a warning label . . . 

Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn’t do relationships or promises or feelings. He’s never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She’s sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn’t easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart . . .

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I’M SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS BOOK! Eheh. This is my third Kelly Siskind’s book. I’ve read Chasing Crazy, which I loved, and then I read My Perfect Mistake, which is the first book if the Over the Top series, and I also loved it, so I was expecting great things for this one, and let me tell you: it did not disappoint.

Once again the writing was just perfection, the right mix of funny and emotional. I loved the dual POV and the clear difference between Sawyer and Lily’s voices – because they’re like night and day.

I already loved these two characters, but I was surprised by how much we didn’t really know them until this book, and by how much more depth they both had. Lily was definitly unique and I wasn’t expecting that little twist, and I thought it was genius. Kudos to Siskind for including such a frowned upon disorder and giving us a peek into the real issues behind it. I loved Lily all the more because of it. And Sawyer, oh boy… Sawyer was beyond amazing! I loved Kolton from book 1, but kid or no kid, I think Sawyer is now my favorite. He was just wonderful!

I feel like I’m repeating myself way too much, but I loved loved loved their romance – I had been waiting for it since Aspen. In a way it was crazy fast, but at the same time it really wasn’t, given that they had known each other, and had feelings for each other for months. Their chemistry was off the charts, and I really liked how they didn’t judge each other and were so supportive.

The fallout was heartbreaking, but I think it was needed, especially for Lily to realize how awesome she is all by herself, and doing what she needed to do (and for her to know that she could do it!). But Sawyer’s state… it broke my heart! But then the ending was perfect, just perfect! I loved how he put himself in her hands… PERFECT!!!!

The side characters were amazing as usual, and I loved to have a glimpse at Shay and Kolton – and to know that public places are very much still their thing, and Raven and Nico… I’m dying to know their story 😀 (especially after that last chapter!!!!).

Guys, if you haven’t yet read any book of this series, what are you waiting for? These books are perfect!!!! Go read them, NOW!

Excerpt Blitz: A Fine Mess by Kelly Siskind

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I’m so happy to be a part of the Excerpt Blitz for Kelly Siskind’s new book, A Fine Mess. I’m a huge fan of hers, and I’m in love with these characters – can’t wait to read all about Lily and Sawyer. You can check out my review of the first book of this series, My Perfect Mistake, here.


BOOK DETAILS:

Siskind_AFineMess_ebookTitle: A Fine Mess
Author: Kelly Siskind
Series: Over The Top, #2
On Sale: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Format: eBook
Price: $3.99 USD

Some guys should come with a warning label…

Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn’t do relationships or promises or feelings. He’s never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She’s sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn’t easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart…

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Excerpt:

Sawyer steps close and waits for me to make eye contact. Slowly, I lift my gaze to his gold-flecked brown eyes, but I can’t find my voice. It’s like I don’t know how to talk to him anymore.

He grins. “Hi.”

From my angle it’s easy to see the scar running down his neck, the remnant of a fall he took through a coffee table while wrestling with his brother. I’ve always wanted to touch it, feel the puckered skin under my fingers. I drop my gaze, but it doesn’t help. The cuffs of his gray button-down are rolled to his elbows, roped muscle exposed below. Something else I’d like to touch.

I blink hard. “Hi,” I say to my feet.

“Look at me, Lil.” I rock on my heels, then do as asked. He raises an eyebrow. “How fucking weird is this?”

My giggle surprises me, and I loosen my grip on my wineglass. “Totally weird.”

Thank God for Sawyer’s candid nature.

He sips his drink, probably Scotch, and a sheen of liquid clings to his bottom lip.

Touch that arm. Kiss that scar. Taste those lips. None of these urges are new, but they’re heightened. Magnified. He watches me watching him, his gaze as probing as mine. What is he thinking?

Then the music changes.

A remix of Madonna’s “Holiday” plays, and Sawyer does Sawyer. He tips his head to the right, his shoulders following, then he pushes out his hip and rolls his torso through. The guy does body waves, alternating from side to side, like he’s in an eighties music video.

People stop. People look. People laugh.

I snort, an unattractive sound I make when my laughter takes over. Sawyer says it sounds like a hyena with sleep apnea. When I snort a second time, he dances harder, and I crack up. My belly aches as he gets into it, the entire room watching now.

I suck in a breath, place my empty glass on the table behind me, then clasp his shoulders. “What are you doing?”

He stops dancing. “Making things less weird.”

“Less? What about you channeling Paula Abdul is less weird?”

“Did you laugh?”

I grin.

Then he says, “I’m sorry.”

The music vibrates in my chest, or maybe it’s his proximity. “Sorry about what?”

“Last week, when you called, I was a dick. You caught me by surprise, and I didn’t handle it well. So, I’m sorry.”

His admission pumps through my core like helium, my body nearly weightless. The confession shouldn’t be surprising, not with how he speaks his mind, but it’s been a week of silence. I was losing hope things could return to the way they were, or progress past it. I step closer, so he can hear me over the noise. “Apology accepted, but do I get an explanation?”

He drags his gaze down my body. It’s a thorough perusal—intimate, penetrating—flames sparking along my skin. His eyes linger on me, but he doesn’t speak. He rolls the pinky ring on his left hand the way he does when he’s puzzling something out. An ache travels up my thighs, heat expanding below my ribs. The longer he stays quiet, the more my skin tingles.

Finally, he releases his ring and slides his hand over my lower back. He leans forward and whispers, “I’ve wanted to do very dirty things to you and with you since Aspen, but I care about you too much to act on it. Hence my dickishness and the weirdness.”


THE OVER THE TOP SERIES

                       Siskind_MyPerfectMistake_ebook    Siskind_AFineMess_ebook

                                My Perfect Mistake, #1                                           A Fine Mess, #2

Series page on Goodreads


Kelly Siskind CREDIT Eirik DunlopABOUT THE AUTHOR

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings-Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The 2nd Half Of 2016

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year (since we did a topic about the releases we were excited about for the first half of 2016 back in the beginning of the year) Feel free to tweak it how you want to — like most anticipated fantasy for the second half of 2016 or debut authors. Whatever you want!

Here we go then, 10 of my anticipated releases for the second half of this year.


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