Hard Cover by Jamie K. Schmidt Release Date: November 21, 2017 Publisher: Loveswept Stand Alone Number of pages: 226 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 11/11/17 to 11/12/17
This book starts with a bang. And to be honest, Dawn is so blunt and harsh I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a good bang or a bad bang. She won me over pretty quickly with her handling of a disgruntled customer, yet I still wasn’t 100% sure I was going to love her. The same can be said for Rory. He definitely seemed like the type who would need to check his white male privilege at the door.
With both Dawn and Rory, I’m happy to say I quickly saw their true spirits and ended up head over heals for them. Their chemistry was combustible and, although they seem like opposites, they truly rounded each other out perfectly. Dawn owns her sexuality and wants all women to have the same sense of self she has. No shame, no holding back. Rory is not threatened by this and, in fact, embraces Dawn’s strong personality. Let me take this opportunity to let you know that this story is not for the faint of heart. It is beyond steamy and uber-sexy!
I couldn’t help but note this story is super timely. With all that is going on in the United States with inappropriate actions coming to light and debates on what is or is not appropriate, well Dawn has some things to say about that. A woman can be sexual and embrace her sexuality without it being a bad thing or a threatening thing. And no matter how she wants to dress or carry herself it gives nobody a right to say or do anything to her about her choices. Super relevant right now, but since it’s a story of fiction you get the fun and the HEA that the real news stories don’t have for many of these women.
One of the things I do wish we would have gotten a bit more information on was the drug use in the town. It was such a huge reason for everything the selectmen were pushing the old businesses out of town, but it was almost in passing that Dawn gave Rory a glimpse of the reality. Then it wasn’t followed up on. At least on the deeper level I thought it would be when it came to Cammy and her issues.
Don’t let anything I said above make you think this is a super serious book. It had plenty of serious issues, but I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud. I mean real belly laughs. I love a book that can bring that out of me, even when I’m sitting in a quiet place and get funny looks.
This book has really reinforced my belief that not many authors can come close to really getting the sassy, snarky, sexy heroine down on paper so perfectly. I can’t wait to read more by this author. She reels me in every single time.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**