First Date by Lynne Roberts
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (Scarlet Rose)
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
The real estate market is about to heat up.
When Bret Jacob walks into Jill's real estate office, she attempts to maintain a professional demeanor, but memories of accidental voyeurism in high school, years of what-if's, and Bret's drop-dead sexy grin only serve to ignite her fantasies.
Bret needs a farm for his growing landscape business. When he sees Jill Daniels' picture in a real estate ad, he can't believe his eyes: The shy girl from high school has blossomed into a desirable woman. Ten years ago, she didn't stir his blood and drive away all rational thought; now, he's fighting the urge to take her in his arms long enough to ask her on a first date.
What happens when you mix an old flame with a new set of circumstances? How about one moment of pleasure and one moment of emotional pain? Now add in one red-hot landscaper. What have you got? A First Date.
Lynne Roberts writes an intriguing novella. What would happen if the object of your desire, the one you never told that you liked, came back into your life? And what if they felt the same way about you? I like how the questions find answers in this book. From page one, I wanted to see Jill and Bret come together. I wasn’t disappointed.
I like a story with a strong heroine and an equally strong hero. I like the tension between them. Although at times, I wondered what kept Jill from just telling Bret how she felt, the tension worked. I also thought there were more than a few times when his desire for her was more than obvious, but she’s focused on doing the job and making the sale. I can’t blame her for not seeing every one of his inadvertent advances.
When they come together, it’s intense and it sizzles. Ms. Roberts writes scorching love scenes where you feel the passion as if it were your own. What could come across as tawdry, Ms. Roberts writes tenderly, drawing the reader into the scene and showing the love between Jill and Bret.
If you want a quick, but heated read, then you need to read First Date. You won’t want to miss it. I give this book 4.5 cherries.