Excerpt & Slick’s Review – Totally His (Opposites Attract #3) by Erin Nicholas

These were not perfect characters, not by a long shot and they had some fundamental differences about family, like, and love, but watching them fall even when they didn’t want to was sweet, funny, and oh so sexy. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures

Erin Nicholas

Totally His

Opposites Attract

Release Date Oct. 31, 2017



Blurb:

Actress Sophie Birch is used to having to look out for herself. So, when her theater catches fire and a big guy scoops her up into his arms to save her, she’s going to fight every step of the way. Even if he’s a cop. And really sexy. And his arms feel oh-so-good.

Finn Kelly can’t help but appreciate how good the woman in his arms looks in her sexy pink lingerie. Even if she’s currently resisting arrest.

But as the two get to know each other, they’re both surprised by the things Finn is willing to do to get closer to her. And when Sophie’s estranged father arrives in town and starts causing trouble, the stage is set for disaster…unless Finn can convince her that, for once in her life, she has someone to lean on.


I have LOVED the Opposites Attract series from Erin Nicholas from the start and Totally His was flat out fabulous as we are introduced to a policeman whose wild, crazy Irish family is bound and determined to help out a local playhouse owner after a fire destroys part of her theater. As a lover of this author’s work, I’m already envisioning a whole series about the Kelly family or perhaps the police officers and firefighters we meet in this book. (No pressure there Erin…LOL.) I loved Totally His because it had many layers; it was about all kinds of relationships, both healthy and unhealthy, it was about two people really having to work at meeting each other’s needs, learning to compromise and accepting your flaws. These were not perfect characters, not by a long shot and they had some fundamental differences about family, like, and love, but watching them fall even when they didn’t want to was sweet, funny, and oh so sexy.

Sophia “Sophie” Birch loves the playhouse her grandmother left her more than anything in the world. For her it is the stability she hasn’t had since she was a young girl and when it catches on fire, she is concerned her life might never be the same. One thing she feels compelled to do is to go back in the building to save the screenplay written by one of her friends and volunteers, what she doesn’t expect is to have to fight off a police officer who seems determined to save her or how much she likes it.

Finn Kelly can’t believe it when he has to go after a woman who returns to the burning Birch Playhouse or how she fights him when he tries to remove her. He won’t deny he is attracted to her or the fact he likes her feistiness, but duty and safety come first. When he finds out the playhouse means more to his mom he ever expected, Finn calls on friends and family to help, he just has no idea that woman he pulled out of the building is his Mom’s friend and knows he’s in trouble.

Sophie and Finn come from two very different upbringings which has shaped the way they look at the world and relationships. It was interesting watching Sophie who has shied away from families and especially men with families fall head over heels in love with Finn’s family and eventually Finn. Finn realized early on that Sophie needed his mom and so he tried to just be Sophie’s friend, but with each passing day as he uncovered every little thing about it he lost his heart to her.

For the most part the struggles these two had came from outside sources and while it did affect them, they learned to adapt, learned to compromise, and worked to understand what each other needed from their relationship better.

Between Sophie’s friends, Finn’s friends and family there were a lot of people in this story and it was busy, but the friendship and eventual relationship between Sophie and Finn was front and center the whole time with everyone and everything else revolving around them.

Fun, sexy, with moments of seriousness, Totally His was a completely entertaining story that I loved from start to finish.

4.5 stars


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Excerpt

Finn would have noticed her even if she hadn’t been wearing hot-pink lingerie. And nothing else.

He really would have. She was totally his type—brunette and curvy and, apparently, a little crazy. As evidenced by the fact that she was trying to sneak into a burning building. He did seem to be attracted to crazy. No matter how hard he tried not to be.

But maybe she wasn’t actually trying to get back into the building. All he knew for sure was that the building was definitely burning and she was definitely acting sneaky. As she pulled away from the crowd, she moved slowly, looking over her shoulder and from side to side, as if checking to see if anyone was watching. She obviously didn’t notice Finn. Because he was absolutely watching as she made her way across the street, now acting as if she were just casually strolling along. Toward a burning building. In nothing but a bra and panties.

It made sense that he hadn’t seen her before now. For one, he’d been a little busy evacuating a hundred people, give or take, from the buildings on the block. For another, if she’d been huddled with the crowd, she could have easily been blocked by some of the other spectators. No one seemed inclined to leave, all choosing instead to stand around and watch the real-life drama unfold. She was short, and there were two women in enormous skirts that stood out several inches on each side, a woman dressed in a full-length fur coat and hat—in spite of it being a pleasantly warm September night—and a man dressed as a cow. He was on two legs, but otherwise he was clearly a cow. So there were plenty of big, distracting people to hide behind.

Which might all have seemed peculiar at any other scene, but considering that the burning building was the Birch Community Playhouse and that the onlookers had been in the middle of a production when the alarms went off, it wasn’t so strange. Finn had no idea what the play was called or what it was about, but it explained the cow. He hoped.

He watched the woman stop at the east corner of the building, the one farthest from where the firefighters were working. Then he frowned as she slipped into the shadows along the side of the building and out of sight.

Dammit.

He started after her.

About the Author:

Erin Nicholas


I’ve been reading romance since my mom first let me into her book cupboard when I was about fourteen. LaVyrle Spencer, Julie Garwood, Debbie Macomber… they took my ‘happily ever after’ ideas from animated princesses to real people in the real world.

I’ve been writing romance almost as long. Many a family car trip was spent with my head bent over a spiral notebook in the back seat. I’ll confess that my very first attempts at fiction were fantasy and paranormals, influenced by my father’s love of the Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the original Alice in Wonderland. If Harry Potter had been around, I’m sure he would have been on the bedtime story shelf as well.

But it wasn’t long until I started writing about true love and that’s where I’ve been ever since.

I’m so thrilled to be able to share these stories with you! I hope that they make you smile, sigh, maybe even choke up a little. Most of all, I hope that they help you believe in magical things like first kisses, the spark of passion, and the power of true love.


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