Author: M.R. Joseph
Series: THE SHORE SERIES #3
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Everyone in Sandy Cove knows that Willow Taylor and Max Vincent are like oil and
water. They live to torment one another and if they survive being in the same room together, it’s nothing short of a miracle. Sure, Willow is rich, blonde and beautiful and Max is an achingly hot and talented up and coming rock star—but that just makes it easier for them to hate one another!
Until one night. One drunken night. It was just supposed to be a night of celebration after each of their best friends’, Harlow and Cruz, were reunited. But a few hours of civility leads to one night of unbridled, earth-shattering, cataclysmic sex. It doesn’t help that the details are sketchy in their minds because the off-the-charts after effects still linger. One thing is clear…that night changed everything.
From that moment on, sabotaging each other’s hook-ups was their primary goal until a truce is made. A pact. No strings attached, no feelings, just more of what their bodies crave whenever they see one another. They both get what they want and no one gets hurt.
Until someone does. Until love and tragedy gets in the way. The heat between Willow and Max is undeniable but will that spark of desire be enough to sustain them through the pain and heartache that threatens them?
~ 4 – 4.5 STARS ~
STUMBLING IN by M.R. Joseph is Willow and Max’s story and while it can technically be read as a standalone, I’d recommend that you read the books in order since this series follows a very close group of friends which you’ll see book-to-book. Now…Max and Willow. Say what!? Yep. You read that right. What a surprising couple!
“Out of all the people in this crazy world I want the craziest one…you.”
You see, these two despised each other…and were quite vocal about it, too. Their comments towards each other were nothing short of sarcastic and at times, even mean. So Max and Willow falling in love?? No…way. No how. Nuh-uh.
But sure enough, it did happen….
And when it did…..
FIREWORKS. HAPPY DANCING. SQUIRMING. ;)
A drunken night changed them forever…despite them not remembering any of it. They fought and fought the secret, internal urges and desires they had for each other, but really, that fight could only last so long. And that’s when they gave in to the temptation. And again – FIREWORKS. Boy, this book sure got GOOOOOD. Holy cow, was it HOT too. MR Joseph sure knows how to STEAM UP a scene!!! When I say hot, I mean thigh-clenching and squirming kind of hot.
Max and Willow decided that they could “friends with benefits”…if you know what I mean. They could kiss and date other people, but the sex… No. The sex was reserved for them. But then, of course, MR Joseph threw in some angst which had me swiping the pages like a lunatic wanting to read more! Needing to read more. I had to find out what was about to happen… Needless to say, there was a huge chunk of the book I devoured in one sitting.
“Being in love with her – especially her – yeah, I’d call that surprising but I also call it a blessing because dammit, she loves me too.”
STUMBLING IN was a great addition to THE SHORE SERIES and if you’re a fan of this series already, you must pick this one up. If you haven’t started this series yet, then I’d suggest you do so. All in all it was a truly enjoyable read, one I surely recommend!
Excerpt From Max-
Stumbling In-The Shore Series Book 3
I go to her and place my hand on her shoulder, and she turns around and I’m faced with the most unexpected thing that I think has ever happened. Willow turns around and grabs handfuls of my shirt and pulls me to her soft, wanting lips. She kisses me, and it’s just not a kiss that breathes lust but it breathes the fire of passion, of meaning. It makes my hair stand on end and leaves the skin beneath electrified. The soft motion of her mouth with mine, the scent of her hair and the taste of her tongue dancing inside my mouth, spins me into oblivion. There’s more to this kiss. I feel it in my bones. I feel it in my soul. She kisses me like we are music. We are the rhythm joining together with the notes and the melody. I grasp the back of her head and thread my fingers in her hair softly. I deepen the kiss and I reach the point where I swim in this moment so deep that I don’t want to come to the surface… and that’s when she pulls away and I know I’m fucked.
I’m so fucking fucked.
She holds her lips with her long, slender fingers. Her eyes find mine and I’m still lost in whatever that was. I can’t even ask her because I can’t even speak. It wasn’t the normal wanton kiss that happens between us when we just use each other. No, oh no, this was something else.
“Willow…” She holds up her hand to stop me.
“Let’s just leave it at that, Max.”
I walk past her slowly as I hear the relentlessness of the bus’s horn and slide open the door to her room. I turn around and she’s already back to leaning on the rail. Her body turned to the calm waters. The sun shines down on her bare, bronzed shoulders and the wind picks up and blows her hair around again. It’s the last time I’ll see her in person for a while and after that kiss, my head and something else right at this very moment doesn’t want it to be the last time. It’s not the right time to analyze what that kiss was. Maybe it was a goodbye kiss. A proper send off. The end of whatever we were to each other. Was it a blessing for me to go and see where it goes with Cora? What was that? I’ll tell you what it was. The unexpected.
“I’ll miss you, Willow.” Not being so sure she can hear me, I say it as I walk out the door. I leave her with my brain consisting of mush and my lips already feeling some sort of loss.
Most of all… a lot to think about.
~ THE SHORE SERIES ~
I'm a book nerd turned writer who loves the 'Happily Ever After' mixed with a bit of suspense, drama, and the occasional cliffhanger! My love of books started me on my writing journey. I began writing my first book in July 2012 and since that time I have created 2 series. The first series 'The Reunion Series' debuted in November 2012 and two books followed. My new series 'The Shore Series" debuted in March 2014 and claimed Best Selling status shortly after the release of the first book. There will be 6 Shore Series books in all. I’m also the author of the Romantic Comedy, 39 & Holding. I live in Philadelphia with my adoringly handsome husband, and pretty cute kids if I may say so myself. You can always find me with the Kindle glued to my hands or in my car with the music turned up while embarrassing my children with my mad car dancing skills.
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