by Tricia Lynne
When life gives you curves, you gotta learn how to rock them.
Successful businesswoman Avery Barrows likes her dips and curves, but she’s sick of the haters telling her that she should be ashamed of her body instead of embracing it. Determined to send them a big f*** you, Avery resolves to cut loose during a girls’ trip, hightailing her quick-mouthed, plus-sized self to New Orleans. So, what’s a smart woman with a little extra gotta do to get laid in this town?
Not much if you ask Declan McGinn, the lead singer of BlackSmith. Tall, dark, and tattooed, with a body made for sin, Declan prefers his women as curvy as his guitars. Avery’s sharp tongue and keen mind makes him want her even more.
As they burn up the sheets, Avery and Declan realize this is no one-night (or even one-week) stand. But for all of her bluster, Avery isn’t sure she can handle any more rejection. Besides, Declan has demons of his own. Now Avery has a choice to make: play it safe, or place her trust in the hands of a man who’s as tempting as the devil himself.
Avery is taking a trip with her friend Kat to New Orleans - intent on having fun and maybe having a fling. Avery is tired of being the woman men leave, and the side piece to some guy's life. Upon arriving to their hotel, however, she is bumped into by a handsome Declan. And what proceeds from that chance meeting is definitely an adventure neither of them was expecting.
The reason why this almost insta-love story left me wanting to read without stopping was because of the chemistry between both of the characters. This was a definitely a "show not tell" story about emotions between two people who have been deeply hurt in their pasts. Neither expects to find love in the other. There is definitely a lot going on between Avery and Declan. The questioning of whether fated love exists, Avery's fears about her body and constantly being considered someone's side-piece, and Declan's venture into unknown territory - love and relationships.
It's truly a lovely book with a steamy romance and a surprisingly heaping amount of real life obstacles and fears. I recommend going into this story with an open mind if, like me, you get annoyed by the possible insta-love in romance novels. This one is definitely worth reading.