In His Arms by Lexie Davis

In His Arms by Lexie Davis
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short story (41 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Jessica Miller ran away from New York after a boyfriend humiliated her. Giving up her prestigious job, she finds herself in Paradise, Texas, her hometown. Taking a pay cut and learning to live a different life, she landed a job at the only diner. All seemed well enough until she spotted Alex Grey.

Alex is an advertising agent in LA and only came back to Paradise to help a friend develop his woodcarving business. He didn’t expect to see Jessica, nor did he expect to feel an attraction to his best friend from high school.

But they weren’t in high school anymore. Jessica knew that once they crossed the friendship line, there was no going back. Will Alex be worth risking her heart for? Or will she cower back and let him slip through her grasp again?

Returning home to Texas hadn’t been Jessica’s plan when she’d moved to New York but life has a way of turning everything around. And when Jessica’s old high school crush, Alex, comes to town for a visit she doesn’t expect him to suddenly see her with new eyes. Jessica finds more than she’d ever dreamed of in Alex’s arms – but what will happen when his quick visit is over and he returns to his normal life in LA?

I found this to be a steamy short story – full of delicious sex and sizzling lust. I thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry between Jessica and Alex and found the speed of their hooking up believable due to their long childhood friendship. Readers looking for a heavily plotted book might not find this story as satisfying as others – most of the storyline revolves around Jessica and Alex reconnecting and exploring their new, sexual relationship. There is a small amount of family-based plot/conflict but it’s fairly brief and I didn’t really feel like it added much to the story.

I did, however, really enjoy both Jessica and Alex’s characters. Each were different and interesting in their own ways – strong and capable and more than willing to hold their own ground. I found them both modern and believable and enjoyed watching them try to both renew their childhood friendship while simultaneously deepening it to add a very adult, sexual aspect to their relationship. I also had a bit of a chuckle about the small-town-ness of the secondary characters around them, which added another good element to the story and I felt this also gave it some depth.

For a fun and very sexy short story this was a good read.

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