AUTHOR:  Marie Force

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

RELEASE DATE:  May 15, 2017


REVIEWED BY:  Pistol Annie

(ARC provided by author)

RATING:  5 Stars


I inherited a life I never intended to live.

I’ve upheld my responsibilities admirably.

And I’ve taken care of my own needs privately…

I’m biding my time until I can get the hell out of here.

But I didn’t count on having unfinished business

With one of my very best friends.

When a man has a certain “reputation” to uphold, there can be no unhappy customers left behind.  Lauren is a loose end that won’t be tied up no matter how hard I try.  And I try hard.  Really, really . . . hard.



Marie Force sets small town Marfa, Texas ablaze once again with a friends-to-lovers spin in this sexy standalone.  Hellfire!  The follow-up to Sex Machine is hotter than blue blazes!  And a dang terrific tale to read, too.  This is an author who never fails to come up with surprising new angles and roads to travel for her characters.  You’ll get a little update on Blake and Honey, and what’s going on in their lives.  Don’t tell Marie, but I really liked Garrett and Lauren’s story just a smidgeon better — but both were five-star reads for me.  All four characters deserve five stars tattooed across their foreheads.

Anyway, let’s get back to the present.  WHOA doggies — Garrett sure fit the part of “Sex God.”  Sex-on-a-stick, he’s such an all-around good guy even when he wasn’t being quite so honest.  Maybe he has a little bit of devil in him, too.  If you read Force’s books, you know her heroes aren’t always perfect, but they tend to be perfectly imperfect.  That’s what makes them all so much fun.

And Garrett is nothing, if not fun, along with being gorgeous and hot, sweet and gentle and kind and gorgeous — have I already mentioned that fact?  Well, it’s true and so worthy of repeating.  And before I forget, he’s also a dutiful son, a loyal friend and an outstanding businessman.  And we’ll top it off with hilariously funny, as well.

Lauren shared a personal problem with Garrett.  What’s a best friend to do — fix it for her, of course.  Too bad the Sex God’s “fix” fizzled, and the problem took a deeper nosedive.  Lauren thinks she’s bad at sex.  Garrett thinks there’s no way that is possible.  Will there be another chance for Garrett to prove to Lauren that she’s everything and more?

Geez, I feel as if I’m slacking where Lauren is concerned.  She’s also a very lovable character, who’s strong and hardworking.  She’s seen some hard times.  But her beauty shines through it all.  Trying to recover from a rocky divorce, she’s hoping for that second chance at sugar and “spicey” and all that’s oh-so-good and nice this time around.  Wouldn’t it be perfect if her best friend, and the guy that has always been “The One” in her heart, made all her dreams come true?

The long-term friendship aspect of this story and its influence on the romance that takes center stage is especially enjoyable.  As always, Ms. Force adds lots of humor, wit, a touch of angst, and meaningful dialogue for an extra layer of depth to the story.  Everything in good time.  No insta-lust or insta-sex here, my friends.  (Note:  I hate that wham/bam/thank you ma’am stuff!)  This has been a slow build from childhood friendship into an explosive love connection.  I don’t know how these two kept their longing for one another under wraps for so many years — especially when family and friends figured it out years ago.  No need to worry though, because you can expect plenty of scorching hot and sexy scenes between these two that go a long ways in making up for those lost years.

Big dreams and secrets that can no longer remain hidden play a major role in whether or not there’s a happy-ever-after for this couple.  There’s certainly some ‘splainin to do.  Will secrets and sex destroy a long-term friendship?  See for yourself and enjoy all the witty banter, friendships, and sizzling and steamy romance all wrapped up into a total package of fun.

And P.S. — a new guy named Jace, packin’ a whole lot of sexy heat, just arrived in town.  Sounds like he might have a tale of his own to tell.  Hmmm, wonder if this smooth talking stranger will be able to sweet talk our terrific author into visit to Marla soon for another sexy round?

If you’re a fan of steamy friends-to-lovers’ trope, search no more!  Hit the road to Marla, Texas.  Garrett and Lauren are just waiting to share their story with you.



  1. Whew, looks verrrry hot! Thanks Pistol Annie!


    1. Yes, it’s a hot story — but done tastefully and definitely no erotica involved. A really terrific friends to lovers trope between two mature adults.


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