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Dash and Willow are very similar in their outlook on life, both are high powered business proffessionals who believe is easy sex with no ties or details.
After a brief drunken encounter in a bar they reconnect in a retreat where he is teaching yoga and she’s on sabbatical. After at home fate seems to keep throwng them together but is the chemistry enough or is there more. Throw in a bunch of madcap friends on both sides and you have the perfect sweet, funny read.
This is the first time I have read a book by this author but I can guarantee it won’t be my last, just hope that there is a follow up featuring Thomasina.
Star Rating - 🌟🌟🌟
In this story we meet Willow Dane. A confident, corporate woman set on proving her father wrong and showing him women weren't just meant to be home makers and wives, they could be successful in business. Because of this Willow has never had time for a man.
We then meet Dash Oliver. Handsome, yoga instructor using meditation to escape from his busy work life. Due to his hectic schedules he has never settled for one woman and has a lot of casual flings.
Fate works in favour of our 2 characters throughout the story first bringing them together on a relaxation retreat, but fate doesn't stop there. Unable to forget each other they meet several more times until they realise they should maybe give into their hesitation and see what happens.
I enjoyed the story for the most part. The pace was good although it dragged slightly in places but this didn't put me off wanting to continue. Aside from our 2 main characters there were several supporting characters of which I found some to be relevant but others just felt a bit like fillers and I couldn't understand why they were involved. There were a lot of descriptive sections in the book but for me the scenes with Dash and Willow sharing intimate moments, lacked some of that description and I found myself wishing there was more!
Overall I did enjoy this story and give this a 3.5 stars.
Dash, on the other hand, has always been pretty laid back in his sexy, rockstar-yoga-guru lifestyle. He also has another side of himself that only a few know about. Dash has always been somewhat of a nomad in his adult life moving from yoga retreat to yoga retreat all around the country.
When one drunken night in a club, Willow unknowingly falls into Dash. She leaves quite the impression on him despite the brush departure. When they later reconnect, unknowingly to Willow, they agree to just have fun...no sharing of names or private infirmation. For each other they'd be just a number, nothing more, nothing less. When it all gets to be too real do they suck it up and play or run with their tails tucked? Let's just say that it all makes perfect sense when it all unfolds.
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Dash Oliver and Willow Dane have a strong connection they can’t fight. Even with their pull to each other they insist on following rules and boundaries they have set up for themselves. When does it become more than just a number?
This doesn’t have your normal happy ever after, but for Dash and Willow it works great.
Willow and Dash believe in the same thing, just sex no questions, no feelings. It’s all fun and games until….
We meet Willow in the beginning, she’s your everyday go getter. Daily routine’s nothing out of the usual. Work, work and more work. She’s strong, open minded and determined. Nothing can get in her way, that is until now. One too many drinks may be her undoing.
We then meet Dash, the “rockstar-yoga-guru”. He is also a go getter, always determined to go above and beyond for his clients. Unlike his friends he’s looking for nothing serious, just a quick “roll in bed”. Everything seems to be ok, that is until that one night at the bar. His “corporate girl with those icy blue eyes” she haunts him everywhere he goes, he thinks it’s just his imagination until……the waves spit her out of the sea!
Yes, that exactly! The waves spit her out. It is then that Dash “finds” his corporate girl, the one who has been haunting him for the past weeks. Coincidence? I think not, more like fate.
Can they overcome their rules and be together? What if it doesn’t work out? What if he wants more than just sex? Does she feel the same way? These are all questions both Willow and Dash think of constantly. They are too worried that they may not “mix” well but in reality they need each other more than they think. Will it be a good reason to break their rules?
Just a Number is a great story, we all deserve a shot at finding true love. Sometimes we may think we don’t want anything to do with the “L” word, when in reality deep down, we do want it.
This story was full of awesome quotes! My favorite being “Does anything remove that red lipstick from your mouth?” I smiled thinking of a few things that might. “It’s magical. Guaranteed not to smear or come off during kissing. It’s completely kissable.”“Is that so?” His blue eyes held my longing gaze. “Maybe you should test it.”
Whoa! Talk about steamy!!! I want to go buy red lipstick and hope someone asks me the same, preferably a “rockstar-yoga-guru”.
Willow Dane and Dash Oliver (I just love those names!) top the chemistry chart at dangerously combustible. Willow doesn’t remember propositioning Dash at a Los Angeles bar a few weeks ago. Imbibing in one too many “martoonies” will do that to you. In her defense, she’d just received some rather shocking news at work. In any case, good friend Tomasina, aka Thumbelina, put the kibosh on any embarrassing morning afters. It’s all merely a drunken haze. At least, until she runs into Dash leading a sunrise yoga session on the beach in Hawaii.
Dash is overjoyed that Fate, or whoever, has dropped the gorgeous brunette smack onto his yoga mat. He’s been dreaming about her ever since her bold but tipsy proposition in that LA bar. Surely this a sign. A sign they both jump on and take advantage of, spending the week in a bubble of bliss.
"We had chemistry in and out of naked intimacy. It felt as if I knew him always, yet we knew nothing personally about each other. Hokey or not, we had a Zen-like connection. And, no connection. We said our final goodbyes; no chance of seeing each other again. No exchange of contact information. We followed the rules… my rules. No details. Simply resort sex. We were just numbers to each other."
But, were they? Rules, schmules. Dash wants more. Unfortunately, he has no way of contacting Willow, nor does he know if she even lives in LA where he first saw her. Truth be told, Willow wouldn’t mind getting bendy with the hot yoga instructor again. It would be easy for her to track him down. Even though she’d resisted taking one of Dash’s brochures touting his yoga-guru-heartthrob status, she might, maybe, could contact the hotel for his info. After much deliberation, Willow decides their wonderfully hot time together would most likely end in broken hearts and hard feelings. Best to stick to her rules. No contact! So is Fate pointing out the obvious when they run into each other yet again, this time at a writer’s convention in Chicago? But does Willow finally cave and toss her rules? Uh, no. We, women, can be stubborn. Apparently, Fate has had it up to here with the nonsense. She steps up her game, big time. Oh, what fun it is!
I love how Ms. Flowers slowly reveals both characters, alternating chapters in Willow, then Dash’s voice. Together, they are perfect for each other. The romance is dreamy, the sex is hot, and best of all, they have a great friendship. The secondary characters that pop in and out and are often hilarious, always interesting, and serve to enlighten us about why these two have such disdain for commitment. I thoroughly enjoyed Just A Number! I’m hoping for another book, this time starring Willow’s BFF, Tomasina and Dash’s hunky friend Rex, who just happens to write romance novels!
**** Reviewed for Xtreme Delusions ****
The story starts off with Willow getting ready for work. She’s a manager at a PR company and is totally into her work. She’s smart sassy, incredibly beautiful and strong. She receives two surprising emails on that day, one from her mother, which a big shock since Willow had no idea her mother, Marian, had even knew how to operate a computer and the 2nd from her boss informing her of a merger that has been given the green light.
Then we meet Dash, oh my god, this man is totally swoony and to die for and I may have wanted to throw myself at him at every given moment because! He’s just that good. He’s smart, funny, is a rockstar-yoga-guru and he’s perfect. Initially it wasn’t clear what Dash did other than his yoga but we find out later on what his day job is. But for the moment he see him traipsing all across the country to give yoga lessons to holiday goers in various known hotels.
Both Willow and Dash have one thing in common, they don’t do commitment. They are opposed to it for various reasons, reasons which when I learned about made my heart stumble. Both of them had to walk away from a painful past. A past that has shaped them into who they were today.
As Fate would have it, Dash meets Willow accidentally when he’s over for a short visit and all his senses enhanced by yoga goes into overdrive. He cannot believe the instant attraction he feels for a young woman he just meet for a few minutes. Sadly he doesn’t have any way of finding her. Or does he? Well this thing called Fate is what bring Willow back into his life again when he finds her at a resort that he’s giving yoga lessons at. And sparks fly, souls mesh, and these two perfect for each other couple get to know each other on every level but personal. That’s the one rule Willow has not to ask personal questions and Dash never oversteps his bounds.
Dash tries hard to fight this connection that leaves him wanting more, more than he’s ever dreamed of wanting, more than he knows Willow wants. But they continue with their fun affair and slowly gives more of each other and falls deeper into each other’s spell.
While their souls are meshing on a different level, Willow continues to receive emails from her mother which gives her insight into her mother’s life and also into the dark and archaic thoughts of her father. She learns that he’s kept snippets of her professional success, and she learns things that makes her open up to a side to herself that she’s always kept switched off. She also learns more about her company merger and wonders what role she would have to play.
When Fate has decided on the outcome no matter how much you fight it, you can’t run from it. Willow and Dash finds themselves in each other company yet again and in this case it also involves their friends. But the final stumbling block comes when they both find out that they work for the same company. What happens next is something I didn't think would happen. To find out Willow and Dash's fate, 1-click this beauty as soon as possible.
Just a Number wasn’t just a story about two people fight against love. It was two beautiful souls who were right for each other maybe finding their way back to each other. Along the way we met their incredibly friends. There was Thumablina and Hazel and Mr. Simon, I gave a little bit of my heart to all three. And then there was Rex, Leo and Trey, these boy had me laughing, their comfortable camaraderie made me miss my own friends. Just a Number was exactly what I needed, a beautiful blend of fun and sexy with a heavy touch of swoon.
If you’re looking to fall in love with characters and leave feeling refreshed. If you want to laugh, giggle, smile, swoon, get hot and bothered, then I totally recommend Fifi Flowers Just a Number for you.
Unfortunately and surprisingly, I wasn't as impressed with the flow of this story line. At about 25% in, I was still wondering where the plot was going and when would it get there. Maybe I was just being impatient, right? Nope. At the oddest points, Ms. Flowers chose to slow down the wonderfully written relationship with long explanations of what the characters were thinking or to delve into details about the supporting cast -- many of whom were simply not relevant enough to the love story for them to deserve so much attention. Certain elements of the plot that seemed to be included to add mystery about Dash's identity only distracted me. I'm also still wondering the purpose for Willow's entire relationship with her mother because, at the end of the day, it added nothing to the story line.
I really hate to write negative reviews, and I promise that this book was much more good than it was bad. If you can get through the odd pacing and interruptions, you'll enjoy the basic story. You will fall in love with Willow and Dash and smile at the way their relationship comes together. I especially love the fact that their happy ending wasn't traditional; that was refreshing and consistent with the personalities Ms. Flowers had created from the beginning. I've always enjoyed her characters, and this book is no exception.