Book Review: Licked by Brooke Blaine

31 Jan 2016

Book Title: Licked
Author: Brooke Blaine
Series: L.A. Liasions #1 (Standalone)
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance Comedy
As the owner of Licked, an eclectic ice creamery and bar, Ryleigh Phillips doesn't have time for that love stuff. Serving up Nibble My Nuts sundaes and Drunken Sailor boozy shakes are as close to an orgasmic affair as she's had in months thanks to her expanding empire—until the night of her ten-year high school reunion.

When Ryleigh's crush, gorgeous ex-football god Cameron Mathis, comes streaking into her life (literally—streaking), she begins to wonder if she really can have it all.

Wouldn't it just figure that the moment you think life is perfect is when it falls spectacularly apart?

Enter Hunter Morgan, the contractor in charge of Licked's renovations. Devastatingly handsome, and a smartass to boot, he's got his eyes on Ryleigh from the moment he finds her passed out on his couch (yeah, that's a long story). There's just one tiny complication—he happens to be Cameron's best friend.

When the lines between relationships and friendships blur, and it's impossible to choose between two delicious flavors, what's a girl to do? Taste a sample of each? Or go out and get LICKED?

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What an endearingly cute and funny book! It's just what the doctor ordered for me- low on angst, comical yet romantic, and I great cast of secondary characters I can't wait to get to know in further books!

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Ryleigh Phillips is the retro-infused chic that owns Licked, a snarky ice creamery in LA. When the current construction company in charge of her expansion starts slacking off and deadlines are not being met, she finds the hot construction company owner, Hunter Morgan, there to help her out. Cool- work gets done while she gets to ogle the man-candy on the other side of the room! Their purely platonic business relationship starts getting more...steamy as time spent together stirs the chemistry between them.

I seriously need a LICKED in my neighborhood. All ice cream creations come with a snarky sexual innuendo name (Cookie Dil-dough, Ground-shaking Orgasm, Up-the-Butt-er Pecan) and I had to laugh every time! Just don't be a loser and order a Castrated Ball, go big and get a full set! Who can go with one scoop? Not what you were thinking? Mind=gutter

An all-around enjoyable read and I look forward to more from this other. Chick-lit with a dose of steam and romance. Perfect combination!

A quote that just makes sense:

(...)When you love someone, you love all of them, and not just the parts they want you to see. You have to embrace the ugly parts. The parts that are hard, that are scared. The ones that are awkward and don’t fit in.” 

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