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At Lumpy’s little yip of excitement, I looked down and covered my mouth with a finger. “Shh!” I whispered. “Do you want us to get caught?”
I could have sworn he understood me, because he turned and looked at the kitchen’s doorway, raising his ears slightly like he was listening closely to make sure no one was coming.
“Good boy,” I crooned quietly when he looked back up at me with those big, round chocolaty eyes. “You keep quiet and I’ll give you all the treats.” Just to show him I was a woman of my word, I pulled another piece of thinly sliced chicken from the deli bag I’d found in one of the fridge’s drawers. That was the fifth slice I’d given sweet Lumpy since I spotted Clay’s name written on one side of the bag in black permanent marker.
As far as I was concerned, he totally deserved it. “Is that good chicken?” I cooed, smiling wide when Lumpy’s tail began swishing back and forth across the floor like a hyper little bunny. “Yeah. I bet it is. I bet your daddy spent a pretty penny, getting that from the butcher instead of the sandwich meat section like a regular person.” I pulled out another slice and tossed it up so Lumpy could chomp it midair. Next I was going to teach him how to balance a treat on his nose before catching it.
“Serves him right for making me clean out the stupid fridge.”
I’d been with Morrison Construction for three days, and as I suspected, Clay was going out of his way to make my job miserable. There hadn’t been another blowup like the insanely tense scene in Callum’s empty office, however that didn’t mean he was taking it easy on me. Because he absolutely wasn’t.
But I wasn’t going to let him see how much he was getting to me. The more I swallowed down my snide comments or bit my cheek until it bled to keep from calling him every vile curse in the history of the human word, the angrier he seemed to get. For some reason, it felt like he wanted me to fight back. So I wouldn’t give him that luxury. It was childish, pushing his buttons like that, but I was giving myself that little rebellion.
MY BOOK REVIEW
My Rating: 4 stars
Genre Enemies to Lovers | Second Chance | Small Town Romance
I love getting lost in a Jessica Prince story. Her books are like coming home after a long vacation away- soothing, comforting, and they make you feel content. While none of this applied to Guilty Pleasure (I’ll explain below) I still devoured this angsty read. I guess it doesn’t matter whether she writes sweet alpha heroes, or heroes that are downright mean! I still end up falling for them one way or another. Oh boy, it took me SO LONG to even remotely like Clay in this book, but eventually I did. I recommend readers continue on even if they can’t stand some of the characters in the beginning.
I’ll start off explaining that this is an 𝗘𝗡𝗘𝗠𝗜𝗘𝗦-𝗧𝗢-𝗟𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗦, 𝗦𝗘𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗗 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘 𝗥𝗢𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘 with a TON OF ANGST. When I say enemies, I mean MORTAL enemies and it comes from miscommunication and disbelief. Lark and Clay had a past when they were kids and had an epic kind of long no one thought could ever break. Ha, well it did and down came their relationship and everything in Larks life. So, she leaves town for 7 years until she has to come back to care for her aunt who is ill. Now Lark KNOWS its going to be hard because of the way she left, and all the crap left behind, but she needs to do it because her aunt is her only family. But the move back isn’t an easy one and she has to continue facing the demons she left behind (or really, what she was chased away from). One of those demons being her former lover, Clay.
OMG Clay is such a JERK. I hated him so much though this story and I honestly couldn’t understand WHY Lark held a torch for him for so many years. I’m telling you, this book nearly turned into a bully romance because of HIS actions and those of the people within the town. I get that small towns are filled with gossip but how these people could have held so much hatred for so many years BECAUSE of something they were WRONG about in the end really blows my mind. All of this (including the back and forth with Clay) is what made the angst bubble and burst in this one. It honestly took me so long to even try and want to understand him and their relationship, but I read on and did end up finding a little bit of “like” for him. Sorry, I never fully loved him at all.
The big secret that led to all the harassment and mistreatment was quite silly if you ask me, and I feel like the way people reacted to Lark was out of line regardless of whether it was true or not (which it wasn’t) and it’s this that made me rate Guilty Pleasure Lower than I normally would a Jessica Prince story. I liked this book. Don’t get me wrong, I did. But I never could fall in love with it because of how horrible people were.
If you enjoy a ton of angst in your novels give this one a try. Jessica Prince is an insanely talented author and I always recommend her novels.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.
Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.
In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.
Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.
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