Is this love or just a game?
Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she's ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he's around, she's determined not to be another meaningless hookup.
Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won't admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it's time for Jamie to raise the stakes.
Jamie promises that soon Tori won't just want him in her bed, she'll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he's found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what's happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?
As soon as I was given the opportunity to join this blog tour I jumped on it! I read Four Letter Word not long ago and absolutely LOVED IT (review for that can be found here). So needless to say, I was very excited to read Jamie and Tori's story. Now, it says it can be read as a standalone but I wouldn't recommend that. Not only would you miss out on Brian and Sydney's story, but you also miss out on crucial moments for Jamie and Tori's story.
But having said all of that, I was very happy with the book. There were definitely parts of the story that I didn't like, and I had a few issues with some of the plot which I will get into soon. But I will say that I loved Jamie and Tori so much. I loved their personalities and I loved the dynamics between the two. They have some really good banter and I feel like it was a very slow burn romance which was nice. Since discovering J. Daniels with Four Letter Word, I have since read her Sweet Addiction series as well, and I think it is safe to say that this woman knows how to write a good romance novel. From page one I was hooked.
As far as things I was disappointed with, I feel like from Four Letter Word when you meet Jamie and Tori it's like a game of cat and mouse (Jamie being the cat). But then in Hit the Spot Jamie kind of gives up and then 5 minutes later they are making some stupid bet about who van get the other to give in quicker. I don't know, I just feel like this bet just made the whole relationship 10 times tackier than it would have been. It was petty and childish and I just really hate romances that start out as bets or challenges. HOWEVER, I will say that once the story started to develop I liked where it went, but the way they got there did take away from my enjoyment of the story.
My one other complaint is the way the men speak in these books. I'm not talking about the actual words they say, it's the way they are written. I noticed it in the first book and thought it was a one time thing, but with it happening again in book 2 I couldn't ignore it. But they just sound extremely monotone. It's like they are listing off random points without linking them together so it's like reading a grocery list. For example they rarely use the words "I" in a sentence, so instead of saying "I would like that" they would just say "would like that". It's not a big issue but it PISSED ME OFF!! I know it's not J. Daniels' writing as I didn't notice this when reading from Tori's P.O.V, so this is just something about the character that I really, really do not like.
Oh one more thing. The whole reason Tori doesn't want to get with Jamie in the first place is because he pursued her even knowing she was in a relationship (this was in Four Letter Word). At the stat of Hit the Spot Tori still feels anger about this however the only time this is mentioned is at the start! I was hoping they would talk about it and he would explain why he still pursued her but he didn't. So I was very disappointed that this plot point was basically ignored in the story.
Now, while I have had quite a few negative things to say about the story, I did actually really enjoy it. By no means is it 5 stars, but it was sexy, funny and really addicting to read. While I didn't agree with some of the character choices, I still enjoyed reading the story and I was still just as eager to find out what would happen with them.
Overall, I would highly recommend this to those of you who enjoy reading new adult books. But if you haven't read Four Letter Word, I would suggest you read that first to get the back story. And also because it was amazing.
Published: December 6th 2016
Format: eARC, 400 pages
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Acquired from: The Publisher
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Hammerjacks was dimly lit and packed with bodies, some dancing together and others crowding the bar, waiting to get served. I started scanning the room as I came up beside Tori, who was doing the same even though she had no idea who she was looking for.
I saw Quinn almost instantly. She wasn’t hard to spot.
The bright pink spiked-out hair helped with that.
“There,” I said, pointing in the direction of the bar where my sister was sitting on a stool, head turned away from the group of shitheads swarming her.
She was alone. That pissed me off.
She was here, in town visiting, and she was looking for ass. That pissed me off, too.
Not much I could do about the second thing, I understood it, but she was gonna hear my feelings toward the other whether she wanted to hear them or not.
“What’s her name again?” Tori asked as we made our way over.
“Quinn,” I said.
She nodded, face serious. Then she tucked stray pieces of hair behind her ears and smoothed out the rest of her pony, pulled the one sleeve of her shirt down so it exposed her shoulder and bra strap, straightened her spine, tipped her chin up, and put on a smile before rushing ahead.
“Hey, sweetie. Sorry I’m late,” Tori chirped, squeezing in between my sister and the shitheads as if they weren’t standing there. She grabbed Quinn’s face, bent down, and kissed her cheek. “I missed you. Did you miss me?” she asked, bringing both hands to Quinn’s neck and holding there while standing between her bent knees.
Tori was smiling and playing the part, leaning close and making it seem like they were really together, or at least really feeling each other. My sister was blinking up at Tori, looking baffled but also looking like she was wanting to buy everything Legs was selling.
I wasn’t surprised. Quinn shared my taste in women. And I definitely had a taste for Legs.
“Whoa, are you two…damn. Is this your girl?” one of the shitheads asked from behind Tori, pointing at the back of her.
“Jesus,” another one chimed in, looking his fill. “What are the chances of me watchin’ you two go at it? This is fuckin’ hot.”
I stepped up then, not liking the tone of this guy and the shit coming out of his mouth, and wanting to make my presence known.
He saw me approach and shot me a hard look, asking, “You gotta problem?”
Teeth clenched and fists forming, I looked to Quinn, not taking the bait he was throwing out.
She was watching me, eyes serious and mouth tight, subtly shaking her head in warning ’cause she knew I couldn’t be fighting or doing anything that could draw negative attention. Then she turned her attention onto Tori when she twisted and slid into Quinn’s lap.
“Fishing in the wrong pond, boys,” Tori informed them, sweeping her gaze over the three while putting her arm around Quinn’s shoulders and pressing close. “Get lost. We’re not interested.” Then she turned all of her attention onto my sister and amped up her game, giggling as she kept her face close to hers and running her fingers through her hair, smiling, whispering, really flirting and looking into it, all while blocking the view of the shitheads so they couldn’t watch.
And everything Legs was doing, my sister was eating up.
Wrapping her arms around Tori and holding on to her, smiling back, laughing, looking like she was falling in love and thinking this was real and something sustainable.
I was starting to regret incorporating Tori into this plan. She was a little too good at her game. Straight up. Maybe the best at it.
I was also starting to get mildly jealous watching my sister getting attention from the one woman who was hell-bent on ignoring my ass.
“Man, whatever,” the one guy said, grabbing his beer and looking to his friends. “Come on. I’m not wastin’ my time on lesbian pussy.”
His friends murmured their agreement, mentioned something about hitting up Roy’s, a bar down the street, then grabbed their beers and stepped away.
When they were out of earshot, I shifted my eyes to Legs, telling her, “Think you sold it. You can get off my sister now.”
Tori smiled proudly, lifting her shoulders with a little dance. Then she looked to Quinn, keeping the smile, and said, “Hey, I’m Tori. Your brother dragged me here, so I figured I’d offer my assistance instead of letting him handle it, since he can’t fight and all.”
“Can fight, just shouldn’t,” I corrected her. I jerked my chin. “Hop off.”
Quinn moved her hands up Tori’s back and licked her lips. “Wicked plan,” my sister told her. “I was totally into that.”
“I think it got the point across,” Tori replied. “I really like your hair, by the way.” She ran her fingers through it again. “The color looks great on you.”
“Absolutely. It really makes your eyes pop.”
“I was thinking about going purple…”
“Have you tried bleaching the roots and just painting the color on the ends? I think that would look amazing with purple.”
“Legs,” I barked.
Both of their heads whipped around and faced my direction.
“You feelin’ like gettin’ up so we can get the fuck outta here?” I asked, thinking only about the food back at her place I was wanting to eat and not about how comfortable my sister’s hands looked gripping on to Tori’s body.
“She’s fine,” Quinn offered, keeping her hands locked around Legs. “Really. She doesn’t have to move.”
I shot a glare at Quinn, communicating how I felt about that suggestion, then shifted that glare to Tori.
“I was getting up. Relax. We were just talking,” she huffed, moving off Quinn’s lap and coming to stand beside me. “You’re welcome, by the way,” she murmured.
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