Monday, June 9, 2014

Blog Tour & Review: 21 Days by Bethany Lopez


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Title: 21 Days
Series: Time for Love #2
Author: Bethany Lopez
Publication Date: June 2, 2014
Sasha and TJ are no strangers to enjoying sex with no strings attached, so when they decide to act on their mutual attraction, there should be no reason why they can’t apply that same philosophy to each other. Money has never been an issue for Sasha, which made proving herself as a real estate dynamo a personal challenge she was determined to conquer. Raised in a gilded world masking neglect and disappointment, she learned not to depend on anyone, especially when it comes to love and relationships. Men are great for companionship, but she isn’t looking for anything serious. Used to going without, TJ has worked hard to be able to support himself. When he loses his job and his home in one fell swoop, he faces relying on others for the first time in his adult life. Then Sasha steps in, offering him a place to stay until he’s back on his feet. He grudgingly agrees, but vows to be out of her guest room within 21 days. They'll discover that a lot can change in 21 days, especially when they decide to give the idea of "friends with benefits" a try. As each day passes, Sasha and TJ become closer than they’ve ever been. Will they be able to go back to being just friends when their days together are up, or will they allow their personal hang-ups to get in the way of what they really cherish most?

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When I signed on for the review tour of 21 Days I somehow completely missed it was book two in a series. When I opened up the ARC and saw that, I panicked because I had not read book one. I got on Amazon and 8 Weeks was on sale so I nabbed it and got started on it. I am NOT someone who believes in standalone series. I HAVE to read in order.

After reading 8 Weeks though, I was nervous going into 21 Days. I had issues with some of the story points and main female character. But I am pleasantly happy to say that I very much enjoyed TJ and Sasha's story. It was a sweet, fun, flirty and sexy read. I love the short quick chapters that Bethany writes. It keeps the story moving along without any slow or drawn out parts.

TJ and Sasha are best friends and when TJ loses his job and home in one fell swoop, Sasha invites him to stay in her spare room. At first TJ is hesitant. He doesn't want to be in her way or over stay his welcome. To make things easy they set a limit of 21 days for him to get himself situated - new job and new home.

These two have always flirted and fought. There is a natural chemistry and connection between them that only their close group of friends (Cal, Shelly, Scott and Gaby) seems to notice. Although the two don't really deny finding the other attractive, they never see how great they can be together...until they have those 21 days to find out.

Although TJ and Sasha had polar opposite upbringings they both suffered through parents that showed no love and affection for them. This caused them both to be fiercely independent and extremely loyal to those actually close to them.

Living together tests their boundaries as friends when they decide to try being FWBs.

I loved both these characters and I loved them together. I had cheesy grin going on at all the sweet and tender moments Bethany created between them. Whether they were arguing, flirting, chilling, bantering or hooking up these two fit perfectly together.

I can't wait to read book 3 - 42 Hours (Scott & Gaby). I want to see what's next for TJ and Sasha while finding out if Scott and Gaby can get their shit together.
I decided it was time to pay attention to my date.
“What are you in the mood for?” I asked in her ear, as my hand traveled under the table to her leg. Her breath hitched when my fingers made contact and I began to make my way under the hem of her dress. I watched her try to school her features as the waiter asked what she’d like to drink.
“A dirty martini, please,” she replied somewhat huskily, clearing her throat to try to mask it.
I leaned in a little closer and lowered my voice a couple notches. “You want it dirty?”
I pulled back before I drew attention to what I was doing, but not before I saw her smile naughtily and give a slight nod.
“So,” Victoria began, drawing my attention to her from across the table. “This is new, right? How long have you been seeing each other?”
I kept my face neutral as my hand crept farther up Sasha’s thigh. “Just about a week, I guess, right, Red?” I asked, turning innocently to her. Her cheeks were a little rosy, and her breathing was becoming shallower with every touch of my fingers.
“Ummm-hmmm,” was all she managed, causing me to chuckle as I turned to Victoria. “She’s so excited about being with me, she can barely form a coherent sentence.”
“Ow,” I said with a laugh as the heel of Sasha’s shoe came down on my foot.
“You okay?” Scott asked, looking from my face to Sasha’s, his eyes narrowed.
“Yeah, I’m fine, I just have this issue with my foot. Sasha, can you come with me for a moment?” I asked, moving my fingers from her lap and pulling her skirt down.
“Of course,” Sasha said with a smile for the group as we excused ourselves from the table.
We walked back inside, and I let my eyes rove the room as I searched for a private nook or cranny … any place that had a semblance of privacy. I reached behind me and pulled Sasha into a closet in the back corner by the bathrooms. I shut the door behind us and locked it, turning on the light to check out surroundings, and turning them back off when I found that we were in a supply closet.
“What are you doing?” Sasha asked, her voice full of excitement.
“Exactly what you expected me to do when you decided to come out without underwear on,” I muttered before I pushed her back up against the door and fused my mouth to hers.

About Bethany Lopez: Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. Since then she has published various YA and NA books. She is a lover of romance, family, and friends, and enjoys incorporating those things in what she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks very much for reading and reviewing 21 Days. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it! :)