Tuesday, February 2, 2016

First - M.A. Grant

Amazon Goodreads
Rating: 4 Stars
Published: January 2015
Many thanks to Netgalley and Escape Publishing for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Maya believes in one night stands, even when one of those one night stands makes her feel emotions she didn't want to have. Love just leads to hurt, especially when it's her best friends brother that's stirring those emotions up. Maya now has to decide does she give firefighter Jake a try or does she hurt him, and her best friend, in the process when she runs away.
Cat has leaned on Dallas as a big brother ever since her parent's death, but when her virginity gets in the way of her plans she knows he's the perfect candidate to help out with her situation. Too bad she actually has feelings for him and he for her as well, because big brother Jake won't like it much when womanizer Dallas is the one to deflower his little sister. Both have to decide if going behind Jake's back is worth it in the end.

 First combines two novellas about best friends Cat and Maya and the similar situations they find themselves in when they date the men they shouldn't. I really enjoyed all four main characters, but I have to admit I prefer Maya and hot firefighter Jake the most. I could easily see both of these succeeding as full length novels, however I did enjoy them as novellas as well. The characters are funny, a bit jaded, and they're about as opposite as night and day. Maya doesn't believe in love and she's got an attitude that should easily scare anyone off, but lucky for us readers, Jake doesn't scare easily and when Maya hits him where it hurts it makes him open up his eyes. Their witty banter was hilarious and I like how both realized they were perfect fits for each other. Cat reminds me of a teenager, she just wants to get her virginity out of the way, even if it means using her brother's best friend and crush to do so. Her story with Dallas is laugh out loud funny, but a little harder to believe in. In the end, I like that it's best friends dating best friends and of course I like the older guy, college girl scenario. The dialogue between all characters is great, the sex isn't over the top, but just right, and the drama isn't overpowering. The entire novel is a quick fun read and if I could have my way I'd have two full length novels on the couples. This was my first novel from M.A. Grant, but I don't think it will be my last.

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