Title: Whatever You Do (Try Again, #2)
Author: Stephanie Smith
Release Date: January 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
How do you trust someone who is everything you’re trying to avoid?
Harper Lindell is having a bad day. You know, if a bad day consists of getting fired from your cushy job and then catching your boyfriend red handed playing hide the salami.
Sick of meeting the same guys over and over, Harper decides to try her luck at Internet dating. How bad could it be? Right?
Tate Washington wasn’t looking to meet anyone. Still dealing with the consequences of his one serious relationship, all he’s interested in is revamping his family’s behind-the-times café.
He didn’t plan on seeing the beautiful receptionist from Argo again, walking into his life to use his café as a dating hub, and using him as a BFF.
Can Harper really trust Tate, who is everything she thinks she needs to steer clear of?
Can Tate wait while Harper works through her insecurities and fears?
Tate chuckles as he picks up a tomato and throws it to me. Thanking my quick reflexes, I catch it mid-air.
“Here, cut those,” he says, gesturing to the pile of tomatoes already stacked on the bench next to where he is preparing bacon.
I pop the tomato down and head to wash my hands. Once I return to the counter, Tate approaches me with an apron and wraps his arms around me as he ties the strings in front. We get stuck into it and work in companionable silence for the next few minutes.
“I’m sorry about the other day,” he says, not pausing for a second from the bacon he is cutting.
“I know,” I respond.
“I’m glad we’re okay.”
Silence descends once more, and we continue our tasks before Tate speaks again. “The other day, you said how you’ve never felt an instant connection with someone before.”
“Yeah?” I ask warily, wondering if I freaked him out.
“I didn’t get to tell you that I feel the same. When we’re together, it feels right.”
“Yeah … it does.”
Even though we don’t mention another thing about it, the silence doesn’t come again as the shots keep flowing and the music on the old radio gets louder and louder. We are laughing and carrying on and there is more ‘accidental’ touching on both sides.
‘Black Widow’ by Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora flows through the speakers and I sigh in happiness. “I love this song.” I leave my tomatoes behind to shake my hips all over the kitchen to the beat, singing along with the lyrics.
Warmth covers my back as two strong hands land on my hips. Tate pushes into me from behind and moves his hips along with my own or forces my hips to move along with his—I’m not sure.
“You’re so fucking sexy, Harper,” he whispers into my ear. “I won’t be able to keep this friendship platonic if you keep shaking your ass like that in my kitchen.” His warm breath flows over my collarbone as he nuzzles my neck and goosebumps break out across my skin. Tate must notice as he lifts his head and slowly peppers small, light kisses along the crease of my shoulder.
My head rolls back onto his shoulder, and my body liquefies at the intimate and sensual touch. He’s breaking down my walls. My common sense. He’s slowly softening me, melting me so he can mould me as he pleases, and it’s working.
As the realisation hits me, I jump out of Tate’s arms, grab hold of his hand, and pull him to the middle of the kitchen. I smile seductively at him and wink. “I’ll just have to keep you in line and focused then.”
He throws his head back and laughs, allowing me to ignore the moment and lead him around the centre workbench as we shake, shimmy, and wiggle to ‘Shake it Off’ by Taylor Swift, which is now playing on the stereo.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 Daisy Stars ~
Whatever You Do is the second book in Stephanie Smith’s Try Again Series. This book can be read as a standalone and I think Stephanie does a wonderful job filling in the blanks from the past characters in book 1. If you want to full feel of the previous characters then I would say read book 1 before going into this book. Saxon and Brooke are in this book quite a bit.
I have to say I enjoyed this book so much more than the first. A lot of it had to do with the AMAZING Hero Tate. He was a sweet, loyal, loving, tattooed dirty talker 😉 Can’t go wrong there. I loved that we got a lot more of Tate’s POV in this book then we did of Saxon’s in book 1. It was great to know what Tate was thinking while watching Harper on her dates. This was a fun, sweet and sexy love story between two people who have a hard time trusting others because they have been wronged in the past.
What I really enjoyed was that this story wasn’t loaded down with a lot of outside drama. The drama that is created was really created by Harper and her insecurities. I didn’t blame Harper for her trust issues, but I thought Tate proved himself many times over that he wasn’t like the past guys she dated. Tate proved that he was the one who was going to fight for her and be the one who stuck around. I honestly could go on and on about Tate. He has to be one of my favorite book boyfriends.
Harper on the other hand kind of aggravated me after a while…not enough to dampen my enjoyment of the story, but I did want to smack her a couple times. Harper is a person who struggles with trust and with good reason. Her parents, especially her dad, don’t approve of her choices and plus every boyfriend she has had has ended up cheating on her. So after finding her most current boyfriend Aiden in the middle of passion, she decides she wants more control over the guys she meets and tries online dating. Wow what a mess this is!!! The best thing that came out of that was she met and got to know Tate because she would meets these men at his cafe. I think the one thing I would’ve liked to see more of, was Harper’s growth throughout the story. I truly felt that by the end she was still struggling with the trust issue and was willing to run away before talking things out. Even with that said I really liked her and Tate together and was happy with the way their story ended.
I also liked seeing Saxon and Brooke in this book. It was great seeing them so happy after the struggles they faced in their own book. I am now looking forward to Lana’s story!!!
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun, easy and sexy read without all the added drama and will leave you with a smile on your face.
Wherever You Will Go (Try Again, #1)
Whatever You Do (Try Again, #2)
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