This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Amanda Siegrist, Author. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.One Taste of Love by Amanda Siegrist
Series: A One Taste Novel #2
Also in this series:One Taste of You
Also by this author: Escaping Memories, Merry Me, Protecting You, One Taste of You, The Danger With Love
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Amanda Siegrist, Author
Purchase at: Amazon
Detective Ben Stoyer finally asked out Rina, the woman he pined over for way too long. She turns him down in her delicate, sweet way that he shouldn't love. When the victim in his latest murder case looks just like her, there's nothing that can keep him away, not even Rina herself.
Rina Chastain wants to give in to Ben, but she can't. And she means can't every time she tells him so. Her father would ruin it. He always does. Yet, Ben's so charming she can't help but give in. One thing's for sure. The relationship is doomed to fail—by a serial killer, or her meddling father.
♥ Warning: This novel contains a sexy detective. There is insta-love. If you don't want to read that kind of book, turn back now! But you know you wanna. ♥
One Taste of Love is the second book in the A One Taste Novel series. The characters of Ben and Rina were introduced in the first novel of this series. With that said you could read this as a stand-alone book but I feel that you would get more from the story if you read the books in order.
Ben is a sweet character and has been in love with Rina since the first moment he saw her. He was a bit shy and intimidated by Rina in the beginning but his heart yearned for her. Rina’s character very much gave off the impression that Ben was strictly in the friend zone and that there would be no compromise on that aspect.
It was lovely to see Ben finally just wave his hands in the air (figuratively) at Rina and say enough! He just had enough and his heart couldn’t take anymore rejection. It was this final act of frustration that cracked Rina’s composure just enough and allowed him a glimpse of what lay beneath her cool exterior. Oh yeah, Rina had the hots for Ben and he was all in after that.
He grabbed her hands, weaving his fingers through hers, and pulled her closer.
“I would love to help you change.”
Her heart started to pound in tune with his as a light blush tinged her cheeks. Good to know she was just as nervous as him.
“I think I should change by myself.”
He lightly touched her lips, gaining a soft moan from her.
“You sound so unsure. You keep saying you think. Trust me, I know. I’m very good at changing clothes. I’ve mastered it very well.”
Zing! Things escalated between these two characters and hello sexy times! I love the writing style of Amanda Siegrist because she can make the dialogue very sensual but it still has that comedic element that just makes it a fun read. This excerpt had me laughing because I could just see the character of Ben saying this to Rina. Love it!
Things are not smooth sailing though. While Ben is trying to woo Rina to keep her in his life despite the costs, and there are costs, things are spiraling at his job. There is a serial killer on the prowl who appears to have his sights set on Rina. Ben is caught between trying to develop a relationship and keep his woman safe at the same time. It makes for a roller-coaster of a story but will have you all warm in the heart by the end!
There is tension, suspense, and heat sprinkled throughout this story. It is a fast read that will keep the pages turning! In addition, you are not truly sure until the end who the killer is so you definitely have the “ah ha” moment! Truly a wonderful read and I recommend this book and the series!
*Thank you to Amanda Siegrist for this complimentary copy of One Taste of Love*