Book: Sweet Reflection
Author: Grace Henderson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
James Dawson, self-proclaimed ladies’ man and all round womaniser has the best one night stand he’s ever had and does he get the chance to repeat it? No, because she can’t even remember it! With his ego pushing him to remedy that immediately he sets about pursuing the woman who could easily be his downfall.
When someone from James’ past settles herself in town and threatens the reprise he was hoping for, will he be able to overcome the temptation and prove himself to be the man Laurel can’t live without? Or will they both let underlying fears, past mistakes and uncertain futures lead them down a different path?
Book Two in the Truth Series - can be read standalone.
**ARC Received for honest review**
Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 Stars
“Girls like her don’t come around very often, but when they do, you gotta be smart enough to grab hold of them and never let go.”
I have not read the first book in this series, but after reading this one I now want to. This could be read as a standalone but the characters from the first book are present in the second book so it would probably be best to read them in order.
Laurel owns a bridal boutique and spends all her time helping women choose the dress for the best day of their lives. She takes her job seriously and invests her time and emotions in giving the best service to make their dreams come true. Unlucky in love herself Laurel has gone off men, having had a failed relationship and being the wounded party, she just can’t put herself out there again, her heart couldn’t take it. However, she did have a one night stand once after a drinking binge…shame she couldn’t remember it.
“Well if you’re going to give a girl the best sex of her life, then I think you should make sure she is sober enough to remember it in the morning, don’t you?”
James, eternally the womaniser and the king of one night stands, never had sex with the same girl twice, never even wanted to, not until… He had the best sex of his life one night, random hook-up as usual, but this one was different, he wanted a repeat performance, he liked this girl, shame she didn’t hang around in the morning so they could swap details…no while he was asleep, she had upped and left. Having never been on the receiving end it hurt, especially as this one had affected him so badly, he wanted more and he couldn’t stop thinking about her.
As in all good romances their paths do cross again, their best friends are engaged, with the nuptials impending will the best man and the bridesmaid be able to look at each other again?
“And since then I have come to realise that once a man-whore, always a man-whore.”
I absolutely loved this story, the underlying sexual tension and chemistry was there in spades and came across within the story perfectly. Laurel knows all about James’s history and this is a bitter pill to swallow. They have that love/hate relationship, the bickering, the insults, the banter all with sexual undertones will have you laughing your head off, but the mutual attraction is obvious and to me it was a case of when and not if they would finally bite the bullet and take that chance on each other.
“Pick your battles wisely. If what she wants isn’t life or death; if it doesn’t affect your morals or values; if it will make her happy; if in five minutes, five days, five weeks you aren’t going to remember the argument, just give her what she wants. Chances are, you will both be happier for it!”
This book does have underlying plot lines that will make you squirm and get a bit angry; it is sad in places and hilarious in others, a great blend that balances out the love, hate, drama and angst. It isn’t all plain sailing but it makes for a great, fab, interesting and enjoyable read and as I said above I am now going to go back and read the first. Great job Grace Henderson!
About the Author:
When Grace isn't working her day job, she is huddled in the corner writing or reading romance novels. Having always loved both, it was only after changing jobs and having to put up with a long commute that they took over as an obsession. Now there isn't a day goes by that she lets her Ipad out of sight. She lives in the UK with her husband and two cats, and is a compulsive tea drinker.