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This is a really lovely story, which successfully captured my emotions, making me laugh, tear up and sigh. Good mix of characters too, and good cameo for the son, and best buddy. I loved that it was partly explaining the process that Indie writers go through, giving us some insight into the other side of the world that we so happily immerse ourselves into every day. The growing romance was well planned out, and the passion fun as well as hot. In fact, now that I have thought back, I've upped my rating to 5*s as it really was very satisfying read. I am looking forward to the next one.
~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
I absolutely couldn't put it down, the story is gripping, the characters are fabulous, there is a great story. The sex scenes in the book are just enough to keep me hooked, but not so crass that it's off putting.
I have to say this series is one of the best I've read in a long long long long time, and I can't wait for the final in this trilogy.
The romance between the characters is very believable and we find ourselves on a roller coaster ride of emotions with spicy sex scene descriptions that made me read through the book in a very short time.
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2. The heroine, Eva. She’s a single mom who has to get back into the workforce after her husband does some bad things and dies.
3. Eva’s son, Ben. He’s eight, and hats off to the author for doing a nice job writing a very believable 8-year-old character.
4. The setting. I love southern California, and the way Ms. Blake describes Santa Monica, I felt like I was there! A few spot-on details to paint the scene, and you can almost feel the ocean breeze and see the palm trees.
5. The writing. Easy to read, flows well.
6. The plot. Even though this takes place in what Jill Blake at some point calls the “Land of the uber-rich and famous”, the problems the characters face are real, and the way they handle things also rings true to life.
7. The sex. Mm-mm.
8. The side characters. Especially Eva’s younger sister, who’s funny in an in-your-face kind of way.
9. These people work for a living, and you get some great insight into what their jobs are really like (ER doctor, graphic artist, writer, lawyer, etc)
10. This is a full, complete, as in NO CLIFFHANGER ENDINGS, novel. Yay! I hate being left hanging, so thank you, Jill Blake, for giving Eva and Max their happily ever after!
Bonus thing I liked: There’s more to come! The author drops hints about Eva’s siblings starring in their own future stories (see the family tree at the end).
Full disclosure: I received this book free from the author for an honest review.
After eight years of marriage and losing her husband to cancer, Eva is a single mom, struggling with the revelation that her late husband cheated on her. In addition, she is strangled in debt because he made some very bad investments with both their money, and the money of his clients. Luckily Eva's graphic design and marketing skills are still cutting edge, so she can begin charging for services she used to just donate. She was recently hired to do some promotional work for a new author's book.
Max is an emergency room physician that loves to live life on the edge. He is in great shape, enjoys the outdoors and always seeks out the most dangerous ways to entertain himself. He is only happy when he is pushing his limits to the extreme. Max finally begins to realize that he needs to calm his life down when he brutally breaks his leg in a skiing accident. Since he cannot work in the hospital for a few months, he puts all his energy into book writing. Spending time with Eva, his new book promoter and his sister's best friend, only exemplifies his need to find someone to love and settle down with.
Ms. Blake does a nice job of evolving the relationship between Eva and Max. Their chemistry is hot. Both have some baggage that they need to work through in order to forge a future together. Overall, a good read.
Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Eva thought she had a good life. She had a husband who worked hard, a wonderful son, and the enjoyment of being a good mom and wife. It wasn’t until a deathbed confession did her world turn upside down. It changed the way she looked at her husband, her life, and her entire look on life and relationships.
“It wasn’t every day that a man offered his heart to the woman of his dreams.”
Trying to get on her feet without anyone knowing she had fallen off them was a small challenge for Eva, but she had the help of her sister and best friend.
Max had been intrigued by Eva ever since the first time he laid eyes on her. It didn’t matter to him that she had been married at the time and for some crazy reason it didn’t matter that now she had a seven year old son. For the playboy he’d always been his desire to be more with Eva was a first, but he was up for the challenge.
“He wanted to be part of her charmed inner circle. Wanted to wake up with her every morning. Wanted to kiss her whenever he felt like it, regardless of who might be looking.”
I loved the humorous banter between Eva and Max. It weaved throughout the pages…right down to the very last page. Mix in some steamy sex and a kid who speaks his mind and you’ve got a really good story. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by Jill Blake.
My Favorite Moment: The ending. Everything from the moment she goes home until the last sentence. I loved the humor, the trickery, and the ‘need you now’ vertical sex.
BOTTOM LINE: The author should have just written a how to book on marketing and publishing! It would have been a lot less depressing!
Enter Max, a successful physician and self-professed playboy who is determined to love `em and leave `em before they get too close. That is until he meets Eva. While recuperating from a skiing accident, Max decides to write and self-publish a book. Since Eva is desperately attempting to revive her graphic design career, Max hires Eva to help him with his book design and marketing. That's when the sparks fly. Max realizes it's time to settle down and he hopes it can be with Eva. Eva tries to convince herself it's simply a physical relationship that couldn't possibly become anything more, while she struggles to overcome her insecurities and trust issues.
I enjoyed Jill Blake's style of writing. It's easy and flows naturally like "real" conversation between friends and family. And, she sure knows how to write some steamy sex scenes! A couple of times I thought, "Now why don't these people just simply say what's on their minds? Have an honest conversation about what they want?" But of course that wouldn't make for compelling reading. We were made to wait for a resolution to both Max's and Eva's relationship baggage, while we rooted for a happy ending. I liked that Eva was the hold-out - I found this to be refreshing since it's usually the male character that is having relationship issues.
I loved, loved, loved the fact that Jill Blake was able to interject some fantastic marketing advice for indie authors - a subject near and dear to my heart. It's very apparent that she knows what she's talking about!
I would definitely recommend Without a Net to readers. I'm looking forward to reading her follow-up books!
eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.