Romancing the Clarksons #1
17th May 2016
The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn’t seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita’s pretty certain she’s gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .
Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he’s about to be sorely tempted. There’s something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn’t just for tonight—he’s forever.
essa Bailey is the queen of steamy hot romance’s! And Too Hot To Handle is no exception!
First, let’s get this out-of-the-way, this review is so not work friendly as there’s a couple of really naughty, steamy quote’s further down! Now that’s out-of-the-way let’s get on with the actual review.
If you’re reading this, stop. Unless something bad has happened, in which case, screw it. I’m obviously not there anymore to stop you.
I’ve already stated that Tessa Bailey is the queen of steamy hot romances and while Too Hot To Handle is exactly that it is also so much more too. To start with Rita and Jasper are character’s that really make you feel for them as Jasper is sick of his man-whore reputation and Rita constantly feels as though she’s in her mother’s shadow and after that reality TV cooking show that didn’t end well for her, Rita is looking for something different from her normal.
But she also wants to live out her mum’s dream and reconnect with her siblings, who aren’t particularly close to each other. I loved the set-up and relationship between Rita and her siblings! It was one of my favourite parts of Too Hot To Handle as while of course the main plot of the book is the romance between Rita and Jasper but at the core it was also about family and accepting who you are with quite a lot of steamy sex thrown in.
“This is what’s going to pass for conversation tonight. Small talk is going to be my tongue flicking against your clit until you cry out my name like a swear word. My headboard slapping the wall is going to be our heart-to-heart. And that gorgeous body riding my dick is going to be our nighttime prayers. You with me, Rita?”
Sometimes the sex felt over done, like why couldn’t they have an actual conversation that would end in conversation instead of getting jiggy with it? Which is why Too Hot To Handle is more of an erotic romance than a contemporary one in my opinion .
It was magnificent and filthy and she couldn’t match that kind of sensual mastery. Could she? The was Jasper ran his thumb over the head of his erection and licked his lips, the way he’d praised her for that afternoon, forced Rita to consider that she was more than just a match for Jasper’s lethal skill. Maybe she was even the perfect counterpoint for it.
Overall, Too Hot To Handle was a nice, sweet and steamy read with interesting characters, a decent storyline and a really good overall series arc. My only exception was being a few too many sex scenes. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Too Wild To Tame out 6th September 2016.
In that moment, he knew a lifetime of bad decisions was worth that new sparkle in Rita’s graze.
This review is based on the ARC of Too Hot To Handle provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing).