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The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins

The First Taste Book Cover The First Taste
Jessica Hawkins
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
August 4th 2016


Andrew Beckwith has already devoted his life to one girl—and as far as he’s concerned, she’s all he needs. The rough-around-the-edges bad boy left his reckless ways behind six years ago when his daughter Bell was born. To the female population’s dismay, he’s unapologetically single. When Bell’s mother walked out on them years ago, he vowed never to let another woman close enough to hurt them again.

Amelia Van Ecken isn’t just another woman. She’s an independent, smart, and savvy businesswoman who doesn’t have time for sex, much less love. In the midst of a drawn-out, bitter divorce, all she wants is to bury herself in work. But when sharp-tongued Amelia and stubborn Andrew cross paths, sparks fly—and burn. Two things are obvious in an instant: they want each other, and they’re from different worlds. It’s the perfect formula for an off-the-charts one-night stand. After all, it’s not as if opposites ever attract.

The First Taste is a standalone spin-off of the Slip of the Tongue. I didn’t read the first book because it just didn’t appeal to me. But I’m glad I took a chance on this one because it was oh-so-good!

This story is about Amelia Van Ecken and Andrew Beckwith. They’re complete opposites. She’s this classy businesswoman and he’s this tattooed, single dad with a daughter.

Andrew basically suggest sex within half an hour of meeting Amelia. Both have one thing in common—they aren’t looking for anything serious. One night together is what they agree to. Andrew and Amelia end up having a deeper connection than they anticipated. Now they have to figure out if what they have is worth letting go of their fears of getting hurt again.

Since the beginning they were nothing but honest and upfront with each other. About what they did and didn’t want. I absolutely loved the moments where they would open up about themselves and show their vulnerable side. Andrew is actually the first one to realize he wants something more with Amelia. Because she is so guarded, he is willing to fight for her.

“Somewhere along the way, she became worth it to me. The threat of pain that comes with keeping her in my life—it’s not enough to scare me away. In fact, it’s the threat of competition that stokes a fire in me. It makes me want to put up a fight.”

Andrew isn’t only a wonderful dad who would do anything for his daughter. He is also a sexy alpha male in bed!

“I want to undress you, stretch you out on my bed, fingers to toes. Your hair splayed on my pillow and I want to take you over and over until you can’t handle it another second.”

There’s a bunch of fun banter and steamy moments. The story flowed well for me and never dragged. I could not put this book down. It may or may not have something to do with the sexy, tattooed dad! *wink* Can you blame me, though!? Single dads are my weakness! But seriously, the way he is with his daughter.. *sigh* I recommend it to everyone!


About the Author:

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.


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