ARC Review & Giveaway – Trick by Laramie Briscoe

Trick is a sexy romance, but more than that it is a feel good story of life and love and it is one of Laramie Briscoe’s best work to date. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

Blurb

A forced sentence leads to a reckless passion…….Hadley When my husband walked out on me over a year ago, it devastated me. When the divorce papers came, it killed me. When we had to sell our house, it broke me.But then he moved in with his new flavor of the month and told our daughter his new woman wasn’t into children. That pissed me off.

Now Riley feels abandoned, and I can’t make it better; no matter how hard I try. I’m desperate to help her adjust to the loss of a male figure in her life. The companion program that matches adults up with children who have loneliness and abandonment issues is my last hope.

The counselors tell me he’s doing community service hours, and I ask to sit in on his meetings with Riley. The minute I see him astride the matte black Harley, I know neither my nor Riley’s life will ever be the same again.

Trick

Community Service. Two words I should be thankful for, but I’m not. I resent the hours it’s away from building my business. The two previous kids I’d been paired up with didn’t work out because their mothers were more interested in getting in my bed. This next match with a little girl is my last hope. Unless this kid works out, I’m destined to serve time.

When they push her into the room wearing pink converse with a black dress, her crazy curls barely held back by the barrette in her hair, and studious glasses on her face, I can tell she’s scared – of new people, of change, of being pushed aside. Something inside of me breaks, and I want this girl to feel wanted again.

What I’m unprepared for is meeting her mom. The second our hands touch, there are fireworks, bright lights, and a picture of the future I could one day have. The future I’ve never allowed myself to wish for.

Community service becomes more than a chore, more than time I resent for being taken away from me. In the months that follow, I realize they’re just like me: they’ve been abandoned, left behind by the world, forgotten by those who should love them.
Thanks to the one last hope in both our lives – we found the light in the darkness we’d been searching for.

Review copy provided with no expectations

Sometimes an author writes characters that just jump into your heart and that’s exactly what author Laramie Briscoe has done in her latest release, Trick. From the ex-con on parole hero, to the single mother wanting to give her young daughter a male figure in her life, to the little girl whose life has been completely torn apart, I fell for them hook, line and sinker. I loved that this book was about more than just the relationship between a man and a woman; it was about a mom and a daughter adjusting to a new life, it was about a man’s relationship with the new version of himself, and it was about a little girl learning that all relationships with men don’t end in disappointment. Trick is a sexy romance, but more than that it is a feel good story of life and love.

Hadley is a single mother to 6 year old, Riley, and because her ex is not involved in their lives in any way she wants her daughter to know that not all men leave and not all men treat the ones they love badly. Allowing an ex-felon to be a companion to her child is a hard decision, but on the advice of her counselor she agrees with the stipulation she can be present for their first couple of interactions. Patrick (Trick) doesn’t make the best first impression, but in order to stay out of prison for a parole violation Trick is determined to be the best companion and male role model he can be for Riley.

I really loved this story in that both Trick and Hadley were flawed, but they also were doing the very best they could do in their situation. The fact that they felt an immediate attraction to one another was troubling to them both, but they both were determined to put Riley first no matter what. There were so many heart melting moments in this book and while I did feel they moved a bit too quickly into a relationship given their circumstances, I overlooked it because I loved seeing the three of them together as their own little family so much.

Throughout this book the support and trust they gave to one another was huge, but even more important given everything that had gone down in their lives was the fact that they communicated so well and made sure there were no secrets between them. I appreciated that even though they were both fairly young that they knew it was important to lay everything out on the table and be upfront with one another from the beginning.

A well thought out, well written and beautiful love story Trick was a joy to read and it is absolutely one of Laramie Briscoe’s best books to date.

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Author Bio

Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin’ Country Series.Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She’s appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She’s been called “a very young Maya Banks” (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being “sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart”.

When she’s not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.

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