You can never be "just friends"...haven't we learned that by now?
I saw a teaser line for this book that says "Scout will steal your panties and your heart..." There was never a line more true than that. I fell hard for Scout when we first met him in This Much is True, the first in the Taking Chances series by Tia Louise. I was never so excited for a character to have his own book than with him, when I saw the blurb for Twist of Fate. Oh, and when I saw the cover....
Yup, those Dunne brothers, getting it Done, as Scout likes to say. They are not only superstars on the football field. But part of what makes Scout so interesting is that he so clearly wants more out of life. Both Scout and Daisy, his "friend" since high school, and maybe who he thinks of as the girl who got away, have plans beyond small town life. So when they have a quick fling, that's all it is - a fling. Fun, fantastic dynamite chemistry - but after they'll go their separate ways, won't they? And they'll never think about each other again. Yeah right. So after an explosive week, Scout goes off to LA to pursue his acting career (and if you have read book 1, you know how well that went), and Daisy is left behind to try to figure out her own life. Of course, nothing tends to go to plan - in romance books as well as in real life. And the whole plan to never think about each other again...yeah that doesn't work for several reasons.
Jump to a few years later, and the two are reunited. Both of them are in very different places in life - heck the world is very different. And now comes the time when they have to decide - is a future worth pursuing together - should they get reacquainted as just friends, or this time will it be something more?
I really liked Scout and Daisy's romance and this book lived up to my high expectations. Daisy is sweet and sassy and sometimes grumpy - my kind of person. She's a good, well-written character. And well, Scout is...just a dream. He has made mistakes and he owns them and he has grown up because of them. But he is also just a genuine and good person. We saw that in book one on several occasions. There is a bit of angst in this book - well of course there is bound to be - don't act surprised. But there were also parts where I just had to smile. It's always nice when love gets a second chance and when fate plays a role, even if it's with a twist. I can't wait to see what else Tia Louise has in store for us.
Thank you to the author and to GiveMeBooksPR for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Keep scrolling for purchase links, and an excerpt!
Title: Twist of Fate
Author: Tia Louise
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2021
A sexy, friends-to-lovers, second-chance romance with a twist by USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise.
To be “just friends” with a guy, you’ve got to follow The Rules:
Don’t touch him unnecessarily.
Don’t share your intimate dreams with him (even if he asks).
Don’t kiss him, and definitely don’t sleep with him.
Scout Dunne and I have been “just friends” since childhood.
He’s everything you could want—sexy, charming, confident—every girl’s wet dream.
Until we broke The Rules.
We broke them in the ocean, in my aunt’s bathroom, in my bed…
It was the hottest week of my life.
I’m one of the few people who knows the first-draft NFL star wants more than a life of sports.
Because we’re friends, right?
Now he’s gone, and I’m trying to get my career back on track.
Mamma said a guy would never put your dreams ahead of his.
But the twist of fate?
It’s something you never see coming.
(TWIST OF FATE is a STAND-ALONE friends-to-lovers, single-parent romance. No cheating. No cliffhanger.)
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“It’s been a long time since we danced together.”
She doesn’t look up, but her smile grows. “It was homecoming, first dance of the year.”
“And the last. I still can’t believe you didn’t go to prom with me. All high school romances end at the prom.”
Her nose curls. “We were not a high school romance.”
“We might’ve been. The high school quarterback, all around hot guy who falls for the quiet, bookish future librarian. It’s the perfect setup for a movie.”
“All-around hot guy…” Her brown eyes roll adorably, and I’m glad the tension seems to have melted. “I’m not a future librarian.”
“I know.” I think about that night. “You did promise to have my back, though.”
“Until you broke the rules and kissed me.”
“It was a really good kiss. We should try it again to see if we’ve still got it.”
She steps out of my arms. “I’ve got a job to finish. Then I’m leaving Fireside.”
“Okay.” I shrug. “I’m not going to be here for long. Maybe we could pass the time together. Hang out.” I lean down to catch her eye. “What do you say, Tink?”
“Tinkerbell. You remind me of her.”
“Does that make you Peter Pan, the eternal man-child?”
“I’m no child.” It comes out a bit hungrier than I intended, and her cheeks turn red so fast.
Should I say oops? I’m sure as hell not taking it back.
“I’ve got to go.”
She does it, too. She walks off, leaving me alone on the dance floor...
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Tia Louise is the USA TODAY best-selling, award-winning author of super-hot and sexy romances. All her heroes are alphas with hearts of gold, and all her heroines are the smart, sassy ladies who love them.
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