Friday, December 16, 2016

A Kick in the Pants by Jenna Sutton Blog Tour

Jake Lilliard has always been a gambling man. So far, all the risks he’s taken — like moving to San Francisco and joining Riley O’Brien & Co. — have paid off. Now he’s ready to take the biggest risk of all: acting on his feelings for Kyla Andrews. As a trainee in his department, she’s off limits. But as soon as Kyla moves on to another job, he is going to make her his. He’s waited long enough…

When tragedy struck Kyla’s family years ago, she started playing it safe. She doesn’t take risks with her job or her heart, and she refuses to be a cliché – the foolish woman who falls for her sexy boss. Yet Jake is everything she has ever wanted, and it’s impossible to resist him and his enticing kisses.

Just when it seems that the gamble they took will pay off, Jake’s past threatens his future with Kyla. He knows lady luck is fickle, but she’s always had a soft spot for him. He’s hoping she won’t turn her back on him when he needs her the most…

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Book 4.5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I just love the Riley O'Brien & Co. series and this installment is not a disappointment.

Both Kyla and Jake work at Rileys and each are harboring a secret crush on the other. Jake is Kyla's boss, at least for the next few weeks, so Kyla is off-limits to him. While he's physically able to keep his hands to himself, his heart and mind don't have the same rigid protocol.

Kyla is really intrigued by Jake. He's a good guy and wouldn't be averse to dating him, if he wasn't her boss; however, he hadn't even given her any hint that he's even remotely interested in her. If only.

This is a solid read and I devoured it in one afternoon. I honestly can't wait for the next installment in this series.

This is my first venture into the world of Riley O'Brien & Co., but I am now keen to go back and catch up on previous stories. I am sure that there were references which would have then made more sense, but I really enjoyed it as a standalone.

The premise of the book is really fun – boss and intern both hot for each other, and waiting for the day that work relationship ends and possibly another one can begin. We get the benefit of knowing both their points of view, which had me both engaged and worried, as events unfolded and past issues were revealed. The side characters were key in the story, and ensured that the plot moved along at a good pace. I was happy with the outcome and was pleased to know that future installments might give us updates on their progress together.

For a sweet, fun, and enjoyable romance, this hits the mark.

I’m a big fan of the Riley O'Brien & Co. series and Sutton’s writing. As the fifth installment in the series, and the second novella, the author has proven to be a guaranteed source of romances that are both steamy and heartwarming, at least for me she has. What I’ve enjoyed about this series is that while the various O’Brien siblings make appearances in each of the books, both the full-length novels and the novellas are written in such a way that you don’t have to read them in order. This is particularly helpful for someone like myself who averages a book a day, as it means that I don’t have to backtrack and re-read the previous books before enjoying the latest release.

A Kick in the Pants was a lot of fun for me. I have to admire the professionalism and restraint that Jake and Kyla exercised in regards to their attraction to one another. So often in romances, the couple ignores company policy, embarking upon a romantic and/or sexual relationship that is completely prohibited, either thumbing their noses at the rules or hoping that it will all work out in the end – which it usually does. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy that theme, but rather that I appreciated that the author approached Jake and Kyla’s situation from a different angle. Kyla’s current rotation in the management trainee program has her working in the finance department and, at least part of the time, answering to Jake, and she has hidden her attraction to him as much as possible. Jake has done the same – hidden his attraction for Kyla. In fact, they’ve both done such a good job at maintaining their professional facade, that neither realizes their attraction is mutual and that they’re both counting down the days until the program is over. It’s actually quite cute how enamored they are with one another, yet completely oblivious to the other’s feelings toward them. Not surprisingly, when the program is over, they gravitate toward one another and, in a rather amusing scene, they embark on a personal relationship, sealing it with a kiss.

Because A Kick in the Pants is a novella of just around a hundred pages, the author has to accomplish a lot of relationship development in a limited number of pages. Sutton avoids the insta-love feel by the very thing that has kept both Jake and Kyla from dating – a close working relationship. Through the course of their employment, the two have gotten to know one another and have a good feel for each other’s character. So when they finally were able to start something, it felt realistic and was believable that things progressed as quickly as they did, especially in light of the competition (lol). Of course, there are the requisite minor obstacles and major roadblock that the couple must overcome, and while the limited page count means that an appropriate detour is found around the roadblock almost too quickly, it also kept the drama from being drug out over dozens of pages, so I’m more than happy with that compromise. I was very pleased with the inclusion of the epilogue and its events, and can only hope that future installments provide an occasional peek into Kyla and Jake’s lives so I can catch up with them. Now I’m off to read the next novella in the series, Will Never Fade.

Also Available in the Riley O'Brien & Co. Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the All the Right Places Blog Tour.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Coming Apart at the Seams Blog Tour.

Book 2.5
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on The Perfect Fit Blog Tour.

Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on Hanging by a Thread Blog Tour.

Jenna Sutton is a former award-winning journalist who traded fact for fiction when she began writing novels. Surprisingly, the research she conducted for her articles provided a lot of inspiration for her books.

Jenna is the author of the Riley O’Brien & Co. romances. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

Jenna and her husband live in a 105-year-old house in Texas affectionately known as “The Money Pit”. You can find out more about her and her books by visiting

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