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Something to Talk About by Julie Harrington

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  • Born-to-be-bland meets born-to-be-wild...

    Annabelle Leahey is ready to be bad. Fed up with quilting bees and bridge clubs, Ann has to change or grow old alone. But going from bashful to bold won't be easy—especially since thong underwear is her idea of risqué. So Ann needs a guide, and rancher Mitchell Black is the perfect candidate.

    The last thing Mitchell needs is more trouble. He hasn't lived down his bad boy days yet and he has no intention of resurrecting them now. But when Ann asks for his help, he can't refuse. Especially since the preacher's daughter has suddenly become a fireball of temptation.

    Mitchell's determined to keep his role in Ann's research hands-off, but Ann has plans of her own. She intends to show Mitchell what's he's missing—and that being bad with the right person can be o-o-o-oh so good.

    Rating: Spicy
    Page Count: 224
    Word Count: 61445
    978-1-61217-113-5 Digital

    Excerpt:

    Mitchell glared at the people at the table next to them until they at least pretended to return to their meal. He turned back to Ann. “Shouldn’t you be at the shop?”

    “I’ve got time.” She leaned closer, fiddling with a tendril of hair at her nape.

    The hair he’d thought was scraped back in a bun was actually a loose twist that left delicate wisps at her nape and temples. It gave her a fresh, just-out-of-bed-after-amazing-sex look that he felt in his front pocket. Ah, hell. He reached for his wallet. “I’ll walk you.”

    She didn’t budge. “I realized you’re absolutely right.”

    Caution mixed with relief to form an uneasy frown. “I am?”

    “Absolutely. So I’ve decided exactly what I want to learn.” Ann sat tall and regal in her chair. “And I want you to teach me.”

    Full-fledged need buried itself in Mitchell’s stomach and corkscrewed straight through his spine, preventing him from standing.

    Educate Ann? His thoughts took a distinct, X-rated turn. Lots of hands-on work and one-on-one experimentation. Judging by her reaction last night, she had no concept of what sensuality encompassed. Had never experienced the erotic.

    Homework took on a whole new meaning. Erogenous zones. Seduction techniques. Touches and teases. And kisses. Lots of kisses. The syllabus was limitless, and extra credit never sounded so good.

    “Me,” Mitchell managed to choke out, the word strangled.

    Ann nodded, a quick jerk of her head that threatened to tumble that mane of hair. “I need you, Mitchell.” She covered his hand. “I need you to show me how to be Bad.”

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04/19/2012

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My Review:
This was a really fun and entertaining read. Ann is 24 years old. She's a virgin. She works at the local bookstore in this small town. She was the preacher's daughter and has always been a good girl. Most nights, that means she's home in her pj's at 7:00 at night. The owner of the bookstore knows that she's stuck in a rut and needs a push. So she makes a deal with Ann....Ann needs to get out and live a little and if she does that, then Ann can have the bookstore.

Mitchell was the town's bad-boy until his parents died suddenly leaving him to raise his two younger brothers and run the family ranch. Ann was always hanging around the ranch since she was friends with one of his younger brothers. So when he sees her saunter into the local watering hole looking dressed to kill, his protective instincts immediately flare up, especially when a cowboy refuses to take no for an answer. Now Ann is looking towards Mitch to help her find her wild side.

The story line in this was a little bit outlandish esp in regards to the small town attitudes, but I managed to overlook that and simply enjoy the story. I loved both of the characters of Ann and Mitch. Neither one was as they appeared at the beginning of the story. Ann, especially, was a strong character and I really liked her and her gumption. She knew what she wanted and went after it. Mitch is twelve years older than Ann and he sees that as too much of a difference between them. At this point in his life, he sees himself as an old man, even though he's been helping Ann find her wild side and LOVING their time together. Personally, I LOVED the fun and comic relief that Mitch's younger brothers added to the story. Like most siblings, they didn't think twice about giving Mitch a hard time and telling it like it is.

There were several scenes set within the bookstore setting and I always love that. Overall, this was simply a fun book to read. Nothing really deep or emotional...just fun and I liked it!

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