Book: SIDE EFFECTS
Author: Lisa Suzanne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
She has been hurt. She has a past of lies, cheating, and pain. She has severe panic attacks when she’s in enclosed spaces, a side effect of a horrible accident caused by a man she thought she loved. Quinn Carpenter has a distinct type: bad boys with dark hair, dark eyes, and tattoos. Tyler, her friend with benefits, fits the bill perfectly. They have fun together and they both know that fun is where their relationship begins and ends.
Quinn’s life is exactly how she wants it until she meets Reed Porter, the typical pretty boy with blue eyes, blonde hair, and zero tattoos. He is the exact opposite of everything Quinn likes.
So why can’t she get the frustrating, preppy, blue-eyed Reed out of her head?
She isn’t interested in commitment. She doesn’t want a relationship. But Reed challenges her, he puts her in her place, and he makes her nervous. The confident Quinn is never nervous around men, so what is it about Reed that has her questioning everything? And what will be the side effects of attempting to juggle two men at the same time?
*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*
This is another one of those stories that I went in blind with. I’m a lover of surprises and I signed up for this blog tour a while back, so I couldn’t remember anything about the blurb when I started. And it made this story that much better for me. I quickly caught on to the fact that Quinn has some issues. 1. She is claustrophobic and 2. She has relationship issues.
“Claustrophobia. One of the fears that millions of people deal with on a daily basis, but one of those things that I feared was going to consume me for the rest of my life.”
But, this story is all about that changing for Quinn, who does not deal well with this change in her life. Thank goodness “Repulsive Reed” or “Preppy Porter”(she had many funny names for him) was a patient man. He amazed me. She was so cruel at times but yet he just shrugged it off and kept on trying.
“I deserve better, but I wasn’t ready to go on that mission to find better.”
Now, we probably should discuss “Talented Tyler.” I usually fall for the bad boy in every book I read but this one was the exception. Tyler made my skin crawl from the very beginning. Why she was even a little interested in him, I don’t know. No, wait, I do know…he was “talented.” And I am sure you can figure out what she was referring to.
“I’ll wait until you’re ready Quinn. I’ll wait until you can see that I’m worth the risk.”
So the dilemma begins, keep up the “friends with benefits” or try for a relationship, which scared the crap out of her?? I gotta say, when Reed first came into the picture, I did chuckle at all her names for him. He was always in polo shirts and drives a prius…”preppy” did fit. Quinn is a funny girl, but I think she used humor to cover up all the hurt inside her 🙁 She needed someone like Reed, who is patient and caring, to help her get over the things that she never had.
“I’ve never had to work this hard to get a woman to notice me, and the funny thing is, I’ve never wanted a woman to notice me as much as I want you to.”
Will she let Reed save her or is she that afraid of being hurt again?? Read it!! Find out!! This is a quick, smooth, funny, and sexy read. Once I picked it up, I had a hard time putting it down to get anything done 🙂
Lisa Suzanne started handwriting her books on yellow legal pads after she took a creative writing class in high school. She still has those legal pads full of stories, but now one of them is published under the title How He Really Feels. She currently works as a full time high school English teacher, and her favorite part of the year is summer. She has been blessed with the world’s best dog, a supportive family, and a husband who encouraged her to publish after reading one of her novels. She likes the advice of Ernest Hemingway’s famous quote, “Write drunk. Edit sober.”