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4 ‘What happens in Vegas…’ stars
Natasha Madison has become an auto-buy author for me, and I loved this fun, quick and sexy read. It’s a brother’s best friend / childhood crush romance, and I’m always a sucker for this storyline, and in such a short book, Madison has managed to create a chemistry-filled, realistic love story that had me laughing out loud and fanning myself at the hotness. It’s a great read.
This novella ties into Kendall Ryan’s Imperfect Love series (Bradley is best friend of Sterling from The Fix Up, and Lexi is his sister). I haven’t read that series, and I was completely ok with reading this as a standalone. But if you have read that series, then I guess that will make this book even more fun.
Lexi Quinn and Bradley Fitch have known each other since childhood. He was the best friend of her older brother, Sterling, and she has been in love with him since she was 8 years old. He was 16 at the time and broke her heart with his lack of interest, and she’s held it against him ever since. Now they both find themselves on the way to Vegas for a week, and they’ve both been stood up by the friends they were planning on travelling with. When Lexi’s vacation plans completely fall apart, Bradley gallantly offers to step up, and offers to share his room with her for the week.
This book is written in dual POV so we get to see exactly what is going on with both Lexi and Bradley, and I loved it! The spark is there from the moment they lay eyes on each other, and the banter and flirting is so much fun. They haven’t seen each other for a while, but all of Lexi’s young fantasies come thundering back, and Bradley gets to see just how much Lexi has grown up.
First and foremost, I have to say how much I loved these characters. They both confident and funny, and their capacity to get silly and have fun together was a delight to read.
“You tried to do ninja moves in the elevator. Thank God, there wasn’t enough room for you to get a good running start. You were convinced you could run up the wall and do one of those flips.” I shake my head and chuckle at the memory of her running face first into the wall. I think it’s best if I leave that little detail out, though.
And the dynamic between them is fantastic! Blending in perfectly with their friendship and the fun they have together, they are both completely open and honest with each other about their attraction. They want each other, badly, and it’s only a matter of time before the sexual tension becomes all too much.
I walk over to her, cupping her face in my hands, and whisper, “I wanted to do a lot more than kiss you. I would have given my last breath to taste you just once.” I smile while my thumbs move on her cheeks. “Granted, I had no blood left in my brain to aid in the decision-making process since it was all in my cock.”
So they agree to one week, no strings and no limits – the chance to act on the chemistry that simmers between them, and to get a little bit freaky while doing so.
“Well, I don’t want you to go all Christian Grey, red-room-of-pain on me where I’d need a safe word or anything. But a spank here and there and some hair pulling while you’re fucking me hard and fast could be hot.” I nod my head as I continue, “Oh, yeah, I’m thinking I would really get off on that.” I grab a bottle of water from the bucket sitting on the table. “Have you ever done anal?”
So freaking funny, and at the same time this book is SO freaking hot! The sex is explicit with a heap of dirty talk and a little bit of kink, and it shows the connection between Lexi and Bradley right from the start. Their passion for each other is all-consuming, and combined with the sweet moments and the genuine fun they have with each other, they unexpectedly begin to build something special that neither of them expected.
But what will happen when their week comes to an end?
This was a really fun read. It’s sweet, sexy, laugh-out-loud funny and low on angst and drama. And for such a short book it’s really well paced. The storyline isn’t an original one, and yes, we all know how it’s going to end up, but the journey to get there was a wildly entertaining ride (the brother’s-best-friend aspect is all kinds of awkward, but so freaking funny, and I loved the interactions with Lexi’s best friend) and I loved watching it play out.
“I love her … With everything I have. She weaved her way into my heart and she’s staying there.”
There’s an epilogue which finishes everything off beautifully, and I finished this one with a bit smile on my face.