Thursday, August 9, 2018

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott Blog Tour

Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.

Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete was left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.

Seven years later, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back those old feelings.

Sometimes first loves are the truest.

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It was meant to be a soft kiss. A chaste one, even.

The minute my lips touched his, however, everything changed. Callused hands grabbed the sides of my face and my mouth opened on a gasp. His tongue swept inside, taking me over. Holy hell. Shoes and purse hit the floor, forgotten. Nothing about this kiss was slow or easy. The man devoured me. Every ounce of emotion poured into that kiss, all of the anger and frustration between us. His tongue was teasing and tasting, driving me wild. Then he drew back to suck and nip at my bottom lip. One hand slid around the back of my neck, the other over my hip to grab at my ass. His hold was firm, a little rough even. He treated my body like it belonged to him and I wasn’t gentle either.

Apparently experience mattered. Because all I could do was try and keep up.

I held on tight to his open shirt, straining against him, trying to get closer. I’d have crawled inside the man if I could. Turned out that under certain circumstances, the taste of scotch worked for me in a big way. Against my hip, his cock hardened, digging into me. And oh my God, I’d done that to him. Me. How amazing! Meanwhile, my body felt liquid, core aching and empty. I needed him inside of me and it seemed like I’d already been waiting forever.

“Pete. Please.”

“Fuck,” he muttered, breath hot against my ear.

I fumbled at the remaining buttons on his shirt. My damn fingers didn’t seem to be working. Easier to just push the whole thing upward. Luckily, the man decided to help, tearing the shirt off over his head. More skin was good. And he was so hot and smooth, a thrill to the touch. The solid flesh of his pecs and the flat plane of his stomach.

He tore at the zipper on the back of my dress, dragging fabric down over my shoulders. A growl came from the back of his throat, a noise of frustration, impatience. I’m reasonably certain I heard the silk rip. I didn’t care. His hands and mouth seemed to cover every bit of skin revealed, touching and tasting me everywhere. The dress got stuck on my hips. Out of the way enough for now.

He didn’t even bother undoing my bra, simply peeling down one of the lace cups to free my flesh. My breast filled his hot palm as it took the weight. Fingers plumped me, his thumb flicking over my hard nipple. The sting of pain followed by the heat of his kiss made my head spin and my body ache. There was no room for thought as he fed me deep, wet kisses. Slowly, he took us to the floor. No time for anything else. Just the urgent need to have him inside me.

The hardness of the polished wood was cool against my back. My legs were spread, his body between them. And with his broad chest above me, his weight taken on one arm, he was all I could see. I swear even the insides of my thighs were wet, I was so ready. It would have been embarrassing with anybody else. But this man, he had to know, he had to understand. It had always been him.

“Pete, I need—”

“I know,” he said, voice harsh and low.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Completely enjoyed this book! I read it quickly in two days, which isn't usual for me. The story was fast-paced and very easy to read. I adored Adele's character. I found her easy to relate to, vulnerable but not taking any garbage, and funny to boot! Pete was the perfect stoic, handsome jerk. The much older man who never really let anyone in. The two met while Adele is visiting her dad for summers. Pete is a construction worker at Adele's dad's firm. He takes Adele under his wing while her workaholic father isn't very available. Adele is in love with Pete, but he sees her as nothing more than a kid. Seven years later, Adele comes back for her father's wedding and she's all grown up now. Pete is now a partner in the construction business with her father and owes a lot to the man, being attracted to his now grown daughter isn't something he thinks he should act upon.

These two characters have history and lots of chemistry! I enjoyed Adele really giving it to Pete. She's a woman now and she can tell Pete can see that, whether he wants to acknowledge it or not. The two have fantastic banter that had me giggling often and smiling throughout. I also loved Adele's new stepmother playing matchmaker at every turn. Five star romantic fun!

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time was the perfect escape on a hot summer afternoon while trying my hardest to seek shade. I read the novel from cover to cover, ignoring my surroundings, while getting an injection of feel-good romance and heart-clenching angst.

Told primarily in the present, with a few scenes littered throughout to show the past perspective, our narrator weaves a tale of teenage infatuation that never abated now that she's in her mid-twenties. As the daughter of divorced parents, Adele lived with her mother but spent time with her workaholic father, spending a lot of time on work sites. This endeared me to Adele. As the daughter of a workaholic contractor myself, I spent a good deal of time sitting under trees with toys while watching the 'men' work, then as I got older, I was told to lend a helping hand.

The new guy took a teenage Adele under his wing so the dad could concentrate on working, and this is female catnip everywhere. An attentive, manly man with big strong hands, acting as a gentle mentor and best friend to a girl, showing her how a grown man should and shouldn't treat ladies.

I won't spoil what happened in the past to put a wedge between Pete and Adele, and caused her to come home to her dad's wedding with her tail tucked between her legs, but it was quintessentially teenage girl, for sure.

Pete is now in his forties, Adele is a grown woman, and the maturity gap has shrunk considerably, if you factor in emotional maturity. The sparks fly, with a bit of love-hate tossed in for good measure.

The novel was a perfect escape for me, filled with quirky characters, manly men, a gruff father, and the perfect stepmother any girl could dream to have. I highly recommend to Kylie Scott fans, warning this isn't as hard-hitting as other books she's written but just as fabulous nonetheless.

Once you realise what the seemingly good idea was, you sort of have to laugh, and yet cringe, and also feel sorry for Adele. We travel backwards and forward in time repeatedly, which works at explaining the level of friendship between her and Pete. And to be honest, the complete misunderstanding that arose due to them seeing each other in completely different ways. We see that fairly quickly, but when it finally dawns on Adele it is almost heartbreaking. Brilliantly written – and I am guessing that for many of us, a reminder of a similar moment of revelation and distress.

There are plenty of funny moments too, especially regarding Adele’s father and new wife, Shanti – she was a blast!

There were some clever twists, which I did not see coming, and some lovely changes of pace and intensity, which gave life to an unexpected love story.

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from her website.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott to read and review for this tour. Two copies were provided by the author; additional copies were purchased by the blog.

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