“There was no such thing as a soulmate. As for the intense connection…well, it must have been her imagination. There was no man who would instinctively understand her, no man who could read her mind. No man who could turn her on with just a look or a word, no man whose touch would override her reason and turn her into the embodiment of passion. And the sooner she let go of that fantasy completely, the sooner she could approach romantic relationships with a clear head and appreciate what she had instead of pining over everything she imagined she was missing.”
SERRAN WINTERS is determined to let the fantasy of Nick Enfield go. So why does she find herself asking him to dinner while on tour with her latest romance novel? Perhaps it's because she feels safe in disguise as her pseudonym, Jane Garfield. Besides, it's only a couple of hours...until a hurricane leaves her stranded at his house for three days.
Despite NICK ENFIELD’s deep hurt and growing bitterness since his divorce, something about the romance author entrances him from the first moment he sees her. But when he discovers she’s married, he’s determined to resist the intense attraction between them in spite of her mixed signals. If only his body’s reaction to her weren’t making it so hard to keep her marital status in mind.
At First Blush is a story about fantasy versus reality in love and romance, the nature of attraction and connection, and the reasons we choose to fight or follow our impulses.
I really liked this book. It was different than I thought it was going to be. I figured from the synopsis that they would run back into each other she would be swept off her feet and they would find that they had always felt this connection and fall in love. Happily ever after. However that is not what happened at all. It was more like what would happen in real life. You are always scared or worried that the other person doesn't feel the same way as you no matter how confident you are. When you put your heart out there, there is always that part that worries the other person won't feel the same way as you. Serran wears a wig and make up to make herself unrecognizable when she goes to signing and things like that. She is a teacher by day and the parents wouldn't like that she is a smut writer. She is doing a signing in a town she lived in when she was younger. She has a crush on her best friend's older brother. She is kinda hoping she will run into him and scared to at the same time. Then he walks into the signing and waits in line to have a book signed by her. She recognizes him right away but he doesn't realize it’s her at all because of her disguise. Then out of nowhere she invites him to have dinner with her. Serran doesn't know this but there is a hurricane do to arrive. When Nick comes to pick her up he takes her to his place and cooks for her because all the restaurants have closed early do to the impending hurricane. Then things get a little weird. Serran hasn't told him it, she just keeps acting like her alter writer ego. They have this intense attraction to each other, but both are fighting it for different reasons. Serran's alter ego is Jane and she is married. Nick read the book's jacket and thinks Jane is married and that is why he is fighting his attraction to her, Serran doesn't want to give into her feeling for Nick. She has made him out to be someone he isn't in her mind and she is fighting herself about how he really is and how she has built him up to be in her mind. This book has lots of little twists and turns and is great. I like how they don't automatically fall in love with each other. They fight, have misunderstanding, and finally tell each other the truth. Will they give each other a chance at a future together? Will they be able to make sense of everything that has happened? I would love to read more about these characters and what happens to them next.
Jeanie Grey writes sophisticated, steamy, unconventional romance and erotica for readers who like to think. A person of relatively simple pleasures, her list of favorite things in life includes dark chocolate, foreign films, Lady Grey tea, men wearing sweaters, and curling up in bed all day with a delicious romance novel. Jeanie is the author of the Lilly Frank trilogy and Crouch and Other Short Stories. She lives in Portland, Oregon.