Ticket Home by Serena Bell & a Giveaway!
Welcome to my month-long Strangers on a Train extravaganza! Each Friday for the month of April (plus the first Friday in May), I’ll be reviewing one of the 5 novellas in the Srangers on a Train Collection from Samhain, which released this week. Up first is Serena Bell’s Ticket Home. Keep reading for my review and leave a comment to enter Serena’s giveaway! She’s giving away one ecopy of Ticket Home. You can either leave your email and Serena will contact you with your prize or you can check back here or subscribe to my mailing list (look in the right-hand column and enter your email address), and I’ll post the winner’s name on Sunday.
Besides having one of the sexiest male nipples I have ever been tempted to lick on the cover, Ticket Home has a great contemporary vibe that speaks to the professional woman buried deeply beneath the stay-home mom/writer that I am. It’s about a broken up couple with conflicting career goals at a complete loss as to why neither of them can seem to move on.
Amy sees Jeff as a workaholic who always put her second to his job. Jeff sees Amy as the woman who left rather than have a conversation to work out whatever drove her across the country. But Jeff still loves Amy. He misses her. She left him, but he leaves his business in Seattle to find her in NY. But can he convince her to give him a second chance when his iPhone keeps ringing off the hook, reminding her why she left in the first place?
Amy and Jeff have explosive chemistry. I almost felt bad for them because of how helpless they are once they’re in each other’s space, smelling each other, remembering how good it had always been between them. It was awesome watching Amy’s honest dilema as she fights to remember that she moved to NY to be her own woman, make her own career number one. But her lingering feelings for Jeff give her independence a run for its money.
They both made mistakes in the past, and they both experience epiphanies, Amy by way of a surprising stranger on the train, and Jeff, unsurprisingly, by way of his phone. Love has a chance to overcome an impossible dichotomy of goals, but only if Amy and Jeff can both make sacrifices. Watching them find their way back home to each other was a sweet, spicy good time filled with plenty of laughs and endearing honesty. And did I mention the very hot sex on the stairs? You’ll just have to pick up this novella to see what I’m talking about. You won’t be sorry.
In the mean time, enjoy these few lines from Ticket Home that rubbed me the right way:
His voice was a low, dark baritone that had always weakened her knees. She could scramble the words in her head, but that voice would crawl inside her and twine itself around her vulnerabilities and wear her down.–Kindle Location 83.
“I gotta take this.”
She shrugged like it meant nothing to her. Meant nothing that he always took the call, would always take the call.–Kindle Location 131
He had to maker her see, feel get that what was between them was not something you could set aside or replace. He wanted to overwhelm her, own her, ruin her for every other man.–Kindle Location 690.
When she turned around, she saw that his dress slacks and shorts were still around his ankles. Otherwise, they were both fully dressed. That had seemed insanely sexy a few minutes ago. Now it seemed sordid.–Kindle Location 736.
Looks like a fun ride, huh?
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