Author: CM Foss
Release Date: Nov 22, 2014
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This is a love story.
This is a romantic story.
Except bananas. Bananas are never romantic.
Lissa was a twenty-year-old girl trying to make it in the equestrian world. She was sassy and smart, strong and a little weird. And she had no idea what she was doing.
Ethan was twenty-seven, tattooed, tall, dark, and hot. And lugging some baggage. He’d already made it in the business and brought Lissa on to help get her on her feet. And it turned out, he liked a little weird.
Ethan made it clear that he wasn’t in the market for a relationship. Lissa was happy to learn the ropes and push her attraction aside.
But how do you draw the line when every touch makes you…shiver?
My Rating: 5 Stars
“I loved that she could kick around in the dirt, sit on any horse, and then muck stalls without batting an eye- looking stunningly gorgeous, I might add- and then turn into pure elegance at a black tie event and charm all our clients. She still fascinated me. And it was a very good thing.”
Shiver delivers not only a unique, engaging, and beautifully hopeful romance, it gives readers a glimpse in to an intriguing world that few people get to see. I picked up this book with just a hint of trepidation. I’m a professional horseman myself, I was in love with cover, and was cautiously hoping for a book that accurately portrays the equestrian world and is still a romance that will appeal to all readers of the genre. I am delighted to say that I was not disappointed and loved this book!
Ethan and Lissa’s romance was joy to read. One minute I was laughing at their antics and the next minute I was breathless and teary from an intense scene. They have a genuine chemistry and their journey towards a relationship has the perfect balance of heat and humor. I fell in love with both characters along the way: down-to-earth and tenacious Lissa, with her quirky sense of humor and just enough vulnerability and the sexy, tattooed Ethan who is all man, but had me swooning when his romantic side peeked out. Together they must endure some serious challenges. I loved that the author throws some real-life shit at this couple and they handle it not perfectly, but together. Only part of the story is what we normally find in romance novels: couple starts to fall in love, they have some emotional struggles and turmoil and eventually figure it out, but here we get a surprising glimpse in to life after the “honeymoon period”.
I thoroughly enjoyed this sometimes heartbreaking, but still sweet and steamy romance, and I was thrilled to read a book that gives readers a true perspective in to the equestrian world. There’s not so much information that it overwhelms the reader, but just enough to provide an interesting back-drop for Lissa and Ethan’s story. It’s clearly written by someone who knows the industry from the inside, as it can only exist in a nowhere small town in the heart of Virginia’s horse country, where the very wealthy mingle with the hard working horse trainers, everyone meets up at the local pub, and most black tie events end up one way or another with me back at the barn in a ball gown. Shiver is a excellent debut novel: well-written with captivating characters, genuine dialogue, plenty of sexiness, a sense of humor, and a unique perspective. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
” ‘I think the world of you,’ he whispered. ‘You are my world,’ I whispered back.”
*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of honest review.
“Dance with me?” Lawrence’s voice behind me pulled me from my musings.
I turned with a smile. “Why thank you, sir.”
I followed him onto the dance floor, the orchestra playing a Frank Sinatra ballad. He swept me into his arms like, well, like the perfect gay best friend.
“Don’t you say it.”
“Say what?” I asked innocently.
“I am not your gay best friend. I have sisters. They took dance lessons. My mom made me partner them.”
I couldn’t help laughing loudly, drawing some disapproving glances. He quickly spun me and dipped me in playful retaliation. As he drew me back up, I stood staring straight into Ethan’s heated gaze.
“Can I cut in?” he asked without breaking our eye contact.
From the corner of my eye, I caught Lawrence nodding and stepping away before I was pulled flush to Ethan and we glided across the floor.
“You look absolutely stunning.” He breathed softly into my ear, his right hand settling low, really low, on my bare back, and I shivered.
“Cold?” I felt him smile.
“No, I’m not cold,” I stated quietly, enjoying the feel of being in his arms, the texture of him beneath his tuxedo, and the touch of our hands.
“Are you having fun tonight?”
“I am.” I nodded slowly. “I didn’t know you would be here.”
“I came as a trophy.”
I pulled back to look in his eyes. “Whose trophy? And why?” I was a little irrationally angry and felt stupid that I thought we were having a kind of moment, only to find out he was here with someone else.
“Why are you angry? You do realize you’re here with a date too, right?”
I waved him off. “Lawrence and I are just friends. He’s my arm candy for the night. And maybe a kiss at midnight if I get tipsy enough.”
He glared at me, jaw flexing back and forth. “You’re just friends who sleep together?”
“No. Just friends. As in… actual friends. Nothing more.”
“Why have you both been blatantly flaunting your relationship in front of me then?”
I shrugged. “It tickled me.”
“It tickled you,” he repeated slowly, dangerously.
“Yes. It did. It tickled me to see your mood swings every day, and I was making bets on when you were going to start your period.”
Despite his irritation, he laughed out loud. “God, you’re weird.” He pulled me closer, wrapping my arms up around his neck and sliding his hands down my bare arms and then down my back, settling them there. “I don’t know what I’m doing with you,” he muttered softly.
About the Author
I live in beautiful Northern Virginia with my incredible husband, two awesome kids, three dogs, and two budgies. My husband and I both grew up riding and competing horses and have our own equestrian operation that we run together. In my spare time, I read through the hundreds of stories awaiting me on my e-reader.
My love of books started early, and my mom used to ration my reading time so I didn’t go through them too quickly. I love all things romantic, whether it’s dark or light or silly or dirty, but I really love a happy ending!
In my small moments of quiet time, you’ll find me sipping on wine and reading while any movie where people randomly burst into song or dance plays in the background.
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