Just Like That by Erin Nicholas

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Just Like That by Erin Nicholas
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (338 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia

Some rules just beg to be broken.

The Bradfords, Book 2

Sam Bradford knows a lot about women and a lot about sex. Considering how much time he’s spent on both, it’s no wonder he’s regarded as something of an expert. So, when two women set him up with their sister for one purpose only-show her what great sex can really be like-he’s definitely willing and able.

Danika Steffen can take care of herself. With the right tools she can fix anything-even her needs in the bedroom. But her sisters know that if they want her to have a happily ever after, they need to show her that there are very good reasons to let a guy closer than arm’s length

This should all be a piece of cake for the notorious playboy. It won’t even violate his one-night-only rule. Until a date with Danika Steffen ends not in her bed, but with a trip to the ER.

Danika may have a broken wrist, but Sam’s the one suffering…an intense case of guilt. And instead of doing things to her, he only wants to do things for her. Which would drive her crazy if not for the sneaking suspicion that Sam needs a little TLC too. And damned if she doesn’t want to be the one to give it…

Danika makes it a point to know how to do things herself. Anything a man would normally do like home repair, Danika would prefer to do it herself. Just as well she is used to dating “safe guys”. Safe guys won’t take her off course with her goals and plans, but the lack of heat and chemistry in the few relationships she’s had might leave her in control, but very sexually frustrated. What she really wants she knows she shouldn’t have, but a couple of meddling sisters have decided she needs help whether she wants it or not. However, there is a method to Danika’s dating madness. Heat and chemistry come with complications and Danika would like to avoid them as much as possible, so she avoids dating the men she really wants in favor of those who are expendable. It’s a safer decision and less of a distraction until she meets her match in carefree, uncomplicated Sam Bradford. When he makes her an offer she can’t refuse, Danika soon finds the first flaw in her dating logic and finds the heat she hadn’t realized she was missing.

No romance. Just sex. Sam is more than up to the task of having a one-night stand, but he’s excited about the challenge that Danika presents. Orgasms are his specialty and if there is one to be found with Danika then he is determined to find it using any method necessary. First things first, time to find out what makes Danika tick sexually and then give her the confidence to ask for it. His cockiness in this particular area serves him and Danika well until mentoring her in the art of orgasm turns into something completely unexpected and completely not what Danika’s sisters wanted from him either. Sam doesn’t want to be needed by anyone and his reputation as a love ‘em and leave ‘em type is proof that when you get involved with Sam expect nothing. He’s enjoyed his bachelorhood thus far, but something about Danika makes him want to be a better man and that includes being wanted and needed. However, Sam’s own personal demons hold him back from truly accepting everything Danika has to offer, so he does the one thing he’s always been good at – put emotions aside and withdraw from the situation. But not wanting to be needed has a few drawbacks and Danika is prepared to push Sam to his limit.

Of course I should have known after reading the first story that not even a good ‘ole fashion seduction can go according to plan when a Bradford is involved. After a series of unfortunate and hilarious events, what starts out as a trip to the lingerie store ends unexpectedly in a trip to the ER. Sam and Danika don’t want to become familiar with each other and let it get more complicated than it needs to be and yet they don’t even realize that they are doing exactly that within minutes of agreeing to their mentor/student arrangement. Their verbal sparring was great to read and timed well. Both characters are witty and undeniably compatible even though their dating history and personalities suggest otherwise.

While this is the second story in The Bradfords series, it is not necessary to read the first in order to appreciate the second. However if you have read the first you can expect more of the same in this story: plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, sexy fun times, unexpected character depth, and a storyline that feels like somewhere in Small-town, USA this could really be happening. So if this sound like something you’d enjoy, be sure to check out this series.

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