Book Title: Emergency Attraction
Author: Samanthe Beck
Release Date: April 17, 2017
About the Emergency Attraction
Ten years ago when Shane Maguire chose the Marines as his escape from some trouble of his own making, he only regretted one thing—leaving Sinclair Smith behind. Despite his best intentions, she ended up as the one that got away. Now he’s back, determined to reclaim everything he gave up, including Sinclair.
Sinclair is immune to Shane’s charms. She’s immune to stolen kisses behind the gym. And she’s definitely immune to that maneuver he did in the back seat of his car… Okay, maybe her hormones are susceptible, but she has absolutely no desire to risk anything on the bad boy who broke all his promises.
When a little emergency lands her at his mercy, he offers her a deal she can’t refuse. And this time, she’ll show Shane what it means to be left wanting…
“Not a mark on the car.”
Shane turned and walked back to where Sinclair stood with her skirt caught in the car door. “Or you?”
Her chin came up as he drew near. “That goes without saying.”
“Does it?” He dropped his gaze, and took a slow tour of some territory he’d once been intimately familiar with, starting at her bare shoulders and continuing to where satiny skin disappeared beneath blue silk. “I remember finding some extremely creative places to leave marks.” He ran his finger along the neckline of her dress. “So you wouldn’t get in trouble. You didn’t need to be as cautious with me.”
“I”—she broke off and swallowed—“I don’t remember…”
Oh, yeah. She remembered. He took the gift bag out of her hand and set it on the roof of the Mercedes. “I’ll let you in on a little secret, Sinclair.”
“What?” The word barely qualified as a whisper.
“I’m still extremely creative.” With that, he dropped to his knee, and peered behind her.
Her hand smacked his shoulder. “What are you doing?”
“Seeing if I can find a creative solution to your little predicament.” The position gave him an up-close look at the tangle of her skirt in the car door, the torn seam that rendered the dress un-wearable—he turned his head slightly—aaand the tiny, lacy, black panties that left mouthwatering portions of her ass bare to his view. Without doing any sort of motive check, he let his cheek brush the smooth flesh.
Muscles quivered in response. The hand on his shoulder switched to the top of his head, but she didn’t push him away. He trailed his lips across her thigh, automatically following the line of her panties where it hugged her hip and arrowed around front.
Her shuddery exhale triggered his inhale. Her scent stormed his senses, achingly familiar, and dangerously arousing. The molecules infiltrated his brain, coated the back of his throat, and left him dizzy from need. Balancing before her on both knees, taking a hip in each hand, he slowly closed in on the sheer triangle covering the prize.
He took another hungry inhale. The tip of his nose skimmed the lace. “Yes?”
Those slim fingers slid down until her palm cupped the back of his head. Her thighs parted.
A car alarm shattered the silence and broke the spell lust and memories had woven around them. She jerked away, shoved her skirt down, and glared at him. “That’s not part of our deal.”
He stood, intentionally taking up the space she’d tried to carve out for herself. “Don’t kid yourself, Sinclair. That’s always been part of our deal.”
Review by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
~ 3.5 Stars ~
Ten years ago Shane and Sinclair were head over heels in love with each other. She was 16 and he was 18. Then one fateful day they were torn apart when he enlisted into the Marines to escape a troublesome event he himself created. Now Shane has returned to Magnolia Grove for work and to prove to Sinclair she can, again, trust him with her body and her heart. Sinclair, however, had other ideas.
“She knew firsthand a dangerous heart beat beneath his respectable facade. She’d outgrown her bad boy phase a long time ago. Been there. Done that. Got the scars to prove it.”
Emergency Attraction was, to me, a strange duck. I loved certain parts and found other parts dragged. As these kinds of books often do; there is a secret one person is keeping from the other. Disappointingly though, the secret is very easy to guess.
Sinclair and Shane were both very complex, well-padded out characters. To me they seemed pretty real.
“Slow your roll, baby girl. Last time I checked, there was a lot of road between all and nothing.”
There was so many times that left me frustrated. The to-ing and fro-ing back and forth constantly sent me through a tail spin. Emergency Attraction was jam packed with emotional content; you couldn’t but get pulled into the maelstrom of Shane and Sinclair’s relationship.
“Hit at me all you want. I’m not going anywhere.”
“We’ve both grown up. You were brave enough to take on the boy. Are you brave enough to taken on the man?”
“You’re mine. My past, present, and future. You’re my everything.”
I adored the interaction between Sinclair and her father. It left me laughing until I cried
“After you talk, if you need me to get my shotgun…”
“Dad, you don’t even own a shotgun.”
“Beau didn’t know that. Shane doesn’t have to know, either.”
Emergency Attraction is the third book in a series and to me was a perfect example of a book that can be read with the series or as a standalone. I didn’t lose anything by not reading the other two before Emergency Attraction.
This copy was an un-proofed ARC, and there were more than a few errors. These kept pulling me out of the story of Shane and Sinclair. I know this will be corrected before publishing, but to me it stole something from what could have been a beautiful second chance novel.
Now here’s the real issue I have with this book. The ending. I loved how it ended up and I adored the Epilogue. But there were several loose ends that weren’t addressed and Sinclair and Shane’s happily ever after was just plain rushed. It was as if I skipped the main meal and went straight to dessert.
Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy Emergency Attraction. I just feel that certain aspects of this novel did it a total disservice.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering husband, their turbo-son, and a furry ninja named Kitty.
When not dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-after, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.