WITHOUT PROMISES (Under the Pier Book 2)
by Delancey Stewart
Release Date: May 21st
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trent McNeil was a classic trust-fund kid until he watched a team of firefighters save his family home. From that moment on, he rebelled against the path his parents were determined to keep him on. Now a San Diego firefighter, he knows he’ll eventually be expected to take over the family empire. But until that day, his only plan is to have fun and enjoy life.
After a childhood of upset and uncertainty, Amy Hodge is going to make something out of herself. She has her future all planned out. She’s starting medical school and is going to be busy…far too busy for a relationship. But she does have time for a quick fling before she buckles down and concentrates on her studies.
Amy quickly realizes that playboy Trent is not all he seems to be. Never relinquishing control and sticking to her plans has done well for Amy, but no one has ever made her want to throw caution to the wind like this sexy firefighter.
Each book in the Under the Pier series is STANDALONE:
* Without Words
* Without Promises
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 review by Aisling
A sexy smile slid across his face as he looked at me, maybe picturing me with jet-black hair, and then his eyes dropped to my lips, causing a little jolt of energy to dance in my stomach. I didn’t do it on purpose, but I licked my bottom lip, and his eyes widened slightly.
What the hell was that? Now he thinks I’m trying to seduce him or something. God, I’m terrible at this. This. This is why I don’t date.
I stiffened, but Trent’s smile didn’t fade. He was still watching me, and his hand found mine where our thighs touched beneath the edge of the bar. His strong fingers wrapped around mine, and I felt my breath catch at the contact.
“Can I kiss you, Amy?” His voice was sandpaper.
Oh my God. Say yes.
I nodded, and he gently wrapped his other hand around the back of my neck and pulled me toward him, his mouth lingering just centimeters from mine. I closed the distance, curious to feel his mouth on mine, to taste those perfect laughing lips, to press myself into this easygoing playboy and absorb a bit of his light.
Trent’s lips met mine softly, and they stayed pressed gently there for a beat, and then he moved, slanting his mouth against mine, pressure building. We were facing each other fully now, and I let go of his hand and slid my palms up his arms, lingering on those swollen biceps. Trent rose to stand between my knees where I perched on the high stool, deepening the kiss. For what felt like long moments, I was lost in the push and pull. It was like being taken out by a wave, giving myself to the undertow and letting go, being sucked under into sweet, cool, dark water.
When he broke the kiss and pulled back to look at me, a wide smile spread across his face.
“Exactly what I expected,” he murmured. “Fucking perfect.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
“I’m not big on labels, but there are a few that fit me (not necessarily in this order. Or maybe in this order):
– wine drinker (and wine geek)
– mother of small boys
– military spouse
– chocolate eater
– ice cream addict
I write about emotional connection and intimacy, and love giving readers smart, sexy books to curl up with.”
Delancey Stewart is an award-winning author who writes romantic fiction with humor and heart.
Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a wineseller.
A wife and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.
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REVIEW by Kassa
I have never read a MM book with a slow burn. Seriously. They are always smack dab in the middle of everything and have sexy times. This one was different. It was one of the slowest slow burn books I have ever read and I immensely enjoyed the beginning. I rooted for Tony and Joey from the start, shook my head over yet another stupid rule in their group of friends and hoped that they could overcome everything and be together, because the tiny stolen moments they had together were fantastic!
Unfortunately the slow burn faded a bit in the end and the last parts seemed rushed and not as thought through as the rest of the book. For this kind of slow burn, I expected a big boom before the end. Something that would make me bite my nails and shed some tears, but there was nothing. No really big blow out, in fact, I found it rather tame for the way it was constructed. I found it not very believable, because all of the characters were characterized as impulsive, bullheaded and passionate about their group and their feelings which is what made me expect a stronger conflict that would take longer to heal, but it seemed as if the author wanted to just finish the book. I found it a bit disappointing.
The characters were cool. I connected with almost everyone of them and enjoyed reading about their antics and the strange relationships inside their group.
All in all I enjoyed reading this book, but as I said before, the conclusion came too fast and wasn’t fully believable for me
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“Are you my guardian?” she quipped, trying to keep things light as she tipped her head slightly, studying his tight, serious expression.
“I want to be.” His voice was serious as hell. His tone rubbed her in the most intimate way, her body swaying toward him.
“Jake.” He reached out a hand to cup her face, his calloused fingertips rough against her skin. So intense were his features, so erotic was his touch, his protectiveness cloaking her in heat. Her nipples even puckered into tight points of need.
“If I had my way, nobody would be able to take advantage of you, because they’d have to go through me in order to get to you.” Her face warmed at his words.
“That’s sweet of you to say.”
“I’m not feeling very sweet. In fact, I’m feeling pretty damned protective.” He was, and she liked it. A lot. His fingers skimmed her cheek as he spoke.
“I was lucky enough to find you again. I want a chance to see what could be between us,” he said, taking her off guard. But God, she wanted that, too.
Despite her brain telling her they needed to tread carefully, that they had a little boy to protect, her traitorous heart still wanted more. His blue gaze bored into hers, causing her heart to pound hard in her chest.
“I know things are complicated right now, but how many people get second chances?”
“Not many,” she agreed, knowing how lucky they were.
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