Fifteen Nights by Zoe Lee
Publication Date: January 26th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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The deeper they look, the harder they fall.
Jamie Houston was supposed to just be Leda Riveau’s Thursday night (and maybe Friday morning) fun.
Leda has awesome brothers, friends who are as allergic to emotions as she is, and a great job. She’s back in her hometown, Maybelle County, after a romantic and professional disaster three years ago in Nashville. It might not be what she planned when she was a teenager, but it’s perfect.
Or, well, it’s almost perfect. Because Leda is still angry and bitter about Nashville, and everyone knows it. She hates romance and doesn’t do relationships, and her younger brother’s trying to get her to be nicer. But she’s not nice. She even has her own hashtag: #ledagoesnuclear.
Then she sees Jamie again, when he’s between serious girlfriends, and discovers that the chemistry she’s always suspected is right there, ready to explode if she lets it.
Jamie is a serial monogamist who’s always liked Leda, but the timing’s never been right. After he sees her while they’re both single for the first time since high school, he knows he wants to be with her. Everybody knows she doesn’t date and doesn’t get serious, but he’s always serious, especially because he has a three-year-old son and a three-hour commute to get from work to Leda.
What starts out as a casual Thursday night arrangement gets messy when Leda and Jamie also have interfering friends, sad brothers, a pushy mom, an amazing son, and chemistry so intense it’s scary.
How does a man who needs forever win a woman who hates romance?
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Fifteen Nights was a surprise. Generally in romance, authors tend to gravitate toward innocent women and manwhore men ( excuse my language), but that is how it tends to be. However, with Fifteen Nights we have the complete opposite. Leda was burned in her last relationship, by not only a cheating husband but the situation turned out to be a professional nightmare as well. Leda has returned to her home town, and while she might not do relationships anymore that certainly doesn’t mean she is a nun. She is all about the one night stand. Jaime is a single dad who ONLY does relationships. Jaime and Leda have known each other since they were teenagers, and while there has always been a draw between them, Jaime has never been available, until now. The chemistry between these two is off the charts hot.
Leda is a serious firecracker. Since coming back from Nashville, her anger blows up at anybody and everybody. She even has her own hashtag. She is going through a lot of emotional turmoil, and hasn’t let go of the past. I really LOVED Leda’s character! I don’t know that I have read a character quite like her ever. She is not afraid to speak her mind or about what people think about her. She is trying to piece herself back together with the help of her younger brother, but she is struggling. I think what drew me to Leda’s character the most is that she was super realistic. I mean if I was screwed over that bad you better believe that I would be angry and a little bitter. However, as the book goes on she is strong enough to realize that maybe the path she is on isn’t the one she wants for her life.
Jaime, is such a good guy! He is a great dad and he is doing everything he can to keep that up. Come on, who doesn’t love a good single dad romance? He is a serial monogamist, he doesn’t do one night stands, and he is very intense in the bedroom. His fear is that he is too intense, he is scared that women won’t be able to handle it. Again, I felt like Jaime’s character was so relatable. I really did fall a little bit in love with him.
This book really was an unexpected pleasure, and I really did enjoy it. The only downfall was that I felt it had was that at some points the storyline got slightly confusing. The writing style in Fifteen Nights was one where a situation would play out first and then be explained later. Which is fine if you have some sort of idea what is going on. However, at some point during this, the New Year’s Eve party for example, I seriously had no idea what was going on and I was so confused, Yes later on it was explained, but I think that this storyline could have benefited from a slightly clearer writing style. I also felt like at some points things were rushed. There was more detail on unimportant parts of the story then the plot driving parts. After I got passed these, it was a good story I just wished some minor changes had been made.
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars
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I stalk-strolled towards her, my patience stretched paper-thin by desire.
I crowded close, so tall and wide that she couldn’t see anything else but me, and my hand cupped her waist. She stumbled against the wall, her feet wide apart to keep her balanced.
“You’re so damn tall,”I murmured. Still a few inches shorter than I was in her heels, she angled her head back, her hair scraping the textured wallpaper, to meet my eyes again. My thumb stroked in arcs over her hips and I saw her try to suppress a shiver. “You must be six-three in those heels. Usually I can’t look a woman in the eye unless we’re lying down.
”Her eyes flashed fire and she asked belligerently, “Are you going to keep me here till midnight?”
I ran my fingertips down her earlobes and chandelier earrings, not bothering to confirm what was obvious. I knew she didn’t want to go anywhere either. If Leda Riveau didn’t want to be somewhere, she sure as hell would’ve told me so and moved.
When the crowd screamed and chorused “Happy New Year,”I half-smiled.
My face dipped until the tips of our noses grazed together, testing the boundaries, and when she only parted her red lips, I laid mine against them for the first time.
Light flickered behind my closed eyelids as her mouth softened a fraction.
But I didn’t want her soft, I wanted her fierce and dynamic, so I caught her around the waist. My voice dropped in volume and register while I demanded, “Kiss me harder, Leda.”
Her arms wound around me and her nails dug into my neck, scratching hard as she swooped in and bit at my bottom lip before her nimble tongue pushed into my mouth.
I couldn’t have stopped the heartfelt moan that escaped into the air between our open lips.
But at the noise, she pulled back sharply and looked at me, brows creasing. I didn’t know what had made Dunk say what he had, but I knew plenty of gossip about everyone in Maybelle, and I’d never heard so much as a word about her sleeping around.
I wanted to reassure her, but I knew that the usual platitudes about how she was beautiful and Dunk was a fucking idiot wouldn’t work because they’d make her feel too vulnerable. My best shot was probably self-deprecation, to shift the attention to my shit and away from her.
So I hooked her hair behind her ears, smoothing the disarray I’d caused.
“Do you know how many women run from this?”I pointed at my eyes. “I always have to hide it. I haven’t been able to do that with you tonight, and all you’ve done is stare right back.”
“I, uh, like it. It makes me feel special,”she practically stammered. “And that’s incredibly…”She swallowed, her eyes dipping down to my mouth again. “…tempting.”
My gaze sharpened with desire. “I would like to make love with you.”
She jabbed a finger in my chest. “You cannot call it that,”she ordered. “No bullshit about how you were moon-eyed over me half our lives ago when we didn’t know shit about shit.”
I grabbed her finger and reeled her in.
“You can stare at me all you want,”she half-babbled, “but this is just good chemistry.”
About the Author:
Zoe has been writing since she was a little girl, growing up north of Chicago. Since then, she’s lived in Ohio and San Francisco, and now lives near Boulder. She has a job that she loves, but it doesn’t sound exciting to anyone else. She does yoga and takes dance classes when she can. She has a husband, who reads her romances, and an amazing little girl, who is way too young to read what Zoe writes (yet). She’s inspired by her family and friends, books and art, and all of the places she’s traveled.
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