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A Good Time
by Shannyn Schroeder
A passionate free spirit and a sweet-talking playboy sound like a match made in heaven—until life gets in the way of all the fun and games…
Indy Adams values her freedom above all else. She works hard to support herself, moonlighting as a waitress while she fights for her first big sale in the Chicago real estate market. The last thing she needs is to be tied down, so she doesn’t think twice about declining her philandering boyfriend’s marriage proposal. Besides, she just landed a new client, a wealthy lothario—exactly the kind of guy who would understand her no-strings approach…
Handsome, rich, and charitable, most women jump at the chance to even talk to video game developer Griffin Walker, let alone date him. So he can’t understand why Indy wants nothing more than a few steamy nights together. Despite his romantic track record, Griffin longs for real love—complete with a home and family—and he wants it with Indy. But a blessing in disguise may lead them both to a life they never expected, and give Griffin a chance to show Indy that it’s okay to want more than a good time…
Excerpt Three: Griffin and Indy have slept together, but Indy snuck out of his house. Now, he’s shown up at her apartment to confront her. (373 words)
“Why are you here?” she asked again.
“I rolled over in bed, expecting to find a warm naked body and found nothing. When you didn’t pop out of the bathroom, I went to look for you and found this.” He tossed her crumpled note on the kitchen table.
She shook her head to clear it. “You’re pissed because I borrowed a sweatshirt?” How petty was this guy? She stripped it off and threw it at him. He dropped it on the chair.
Indy moved to push past him, but he caught her arm.
“I’m pissed because you snuck out of my house. You just left.”
She yanked her arm back. “I didn’t see the point in waking you. What do you want, a big, fat thank you?”
He deserved at least that much. It had been some of the best damn sex she’d ever had. Not that she would admit it right now.
“I want to know why you left.”
She didn’t know how to answer. I don’t belong in your world? He wouldn’t buy it, even though it rang true. She took a deep breath, stared at the floor, and lied. “I can’t sleep in a strange place.”
She’d felt too comfortable in his bed and knew it was a bad thing. Sex was sex, but sleeping together changed things.
His voice softened. “You fell asleep before I did.”
She shrugged, hoping he wouldn’t try to bust her on her lie. He moved closer and ran a hand over her hair. She wanted nothing more than to snuggle her face into his hand, but held back.
“Fine. I thought you might want these back.” From his pocket he produced her panties.
She looked at her panties dangling from his finger. The tense moment passed and she smiled. “No bra?”
His eyes wandered to her chest and her hard nipples. “I didn’t know you left it.”
“I couldn’t find my panties or bra.”
“I’ll look for it.” He took a step closer and she backed into the wall. “Next time, I won’t let you off so easy.”
She tilted her chin up, her heart already racing. “Who says there will be a next time?”
“You,” he whispered against her lips and kissed her.
Have you ever read a book and when you closed it, you are still smiling? Even days later? Yep, this is that book. It has everything I’m want in a contemporary romance. The leads are relatable, likeable and you get into their heads quickly. Some would call this a friends to lover story but its much more than that. It’s about family and what family means to each of them in their individual lives and to each other. Also, I appreciated that the sex scenes between Griffin and Indy are not graphic in nature but they do get your motor running. 😉
Indy is one strong woman. Fiercely independent, smart, funny but vulnerable all at the same time. She couldn’t wait to get out of her small town and move to Chicago and eventually get her sister Quinn out, too. Their family dynamic is strong and when secrets are finally revealed by their father later in the book…I about fell out of my chair. From Indy’s indecision about her life, Griffin, I did find that her self-depreciating thoughts about herself were a bit much. She always felt like a failure and was always itching to run away from her problems and start over. I thought that she was a success in everything that she did but it took some time before she felt that too. Of course, Griffin helped in that area, too.
Indy meets Griffin in the first book, Quinn and Ryan’s story but you do not have to read their story first. This book stands alone. There are scenes revolving around Quinn’s chocolate cake and thank goodness, the recipe is included in the book. 🙂 Those scenes were hilarious and sensual. Read the book and you’ll understand.
Griffin is the ultimate hero. Yes, he has a dad that is beyond anyone that you would want for a dad but he serves a purpose in the book, so be patient. Also, Griffin’s relationship with Ryan and his family is unbreakable. There are a lot of layers to Griffin and thanks to Indy, he is ready to shed them. Unfortunately, Indy doesn’t think she is worthy. Silly girl! Why I like the Foundation aspect of the book, I wish it had been a bit stronger for me. Griffin wasn’t the uber rich, douche in the book. He was nice, sexy, thoughtful and only wanted Indy in his life.
Griffin and Indy has secrets to tell and when they tell them to each other, it only makes them stronger has a couple. I’m not going to tell you the BIGGEST one and the one that serves as the major stumbling block in the relationship. You must read the book to find out. Sorry no spoilers on Harlie’s Books.
The final climax in the book is great. I did see it coming but the way the author wrapped it up…whew! I was still left with a few open-ended questions in the book but I feel like Kate or Lily’s book is next. Lily and Liam, perhaps? Just a suggestion, don’t stone me.
I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a strong contemporary romance with characters that you can relate to, fall in love with and genuinely care what happens to them. I cheered for Griffin and Indy, cried with them and at times wanted to slap them upside their heads. But isn’t that what a good book will do to you?
Shannyn Schroeder is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to professional author. She came to reading romance later than many, but lives for the happy ending because real life can be depressing. She writes contemporary romance because she enjoys the adventure of new love.
In her spare time, she loves to bake cookies and watches far too much TV, especially cop shows. She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
Web site: http://www.ShannynSchroeder.com