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Sep 15

Show Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant Review

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5 SMOOCHES!

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SYNOPSIS:

The light of the future can only be found by stepping out of the darkness of the past…

After leaving her marriage, Juliette Walker wants to accomplish many new things, but meeting a new man certainly isn’t part of her plan.

Plagued with struggles over her past, she seeks the advice of a professional. But after unloading her most intimate thoughts to the handsome stranger with dark hair and glasses at a friend’s party, she discovers he isn’t the man she thinks he is.

Although Juliette comes into Mark Hine’s life like an unexpected tornado, he finds himself intrigued by the bundle of energy who spills her secrets in a drunken barrage.
Despite swearing off dating permanently since the tragic death of his fiancee, he keeps finding excuses to spend time with the single mom who makes him laugh and brings him out of his shell.

In the aftermath of Juliette’s most humiliating experience to date, she’s convinced Mark has permanently friend-zoned her, until the moment it becomes shockingly clear she couldn’t be more wrong.

But will demons of the past threaten to derail the opportunity for love? Or can two damaged hearts overcome their painful histories to find a future of happiness together?

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger.
Fifth book of the “Something Series”.
Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content.

REVIEW:

I adore Aubrey Bondurant’s writing, and the Something series has become a favorite of mine.  She may describe her writing style as adult contemporary erotic romantic comedy—think smutty chick-lit—but whatever way you dice it, this author is talented. Her writing is sharp, smart and witty, and she writes romances that are genuine and sexy within stories that are relationship rich between the romance and the supporting friendships in the background.

Handsome, hardworking attorney Mark Hine hides a great deal behind his crisp suits and hot-nerd glasses. Underneath those buttoned-down shirts lies the body of an Adonis, a kind heart that is filled with pain, a lonely soul and a mouth that offers sweet words of encouragement just as easily as it does huskily-spoken filthy ones. A devastating loss as a young man dramatically altered the life he had planned. Eleven years later, he is still very much mired in his past. Despite the gentle prodding of his friends, he has not moved on, he has not healed, and he is more than just simply reluctant to do so—he flat out refuses to pursue his own happiness. The little that does find him in his otherwise empty life comes from his small, tight circle of long-time friends. That was just fine with him—until a tiny tornado of a woman blows into his world upending everything.

Juliette Walker is in the midst of a personal reboot. The filter-less, sassy southern office manager was known for babbling inappropriately when nervous, and it was during their very first conversation that Juliette laid a humiliating amount of it on Mark. A single mom and the office manager of Mark’s best friend, Josh’s, Charlotte office, Juliette was hiding out in New Haven from her soon-to-be-ex-husband, a drug-dealing dirty cop, while the wheels of justice were in motion to both end her marriage and prosecute him.

What begins as a wonderful friendship builds into much more than that as the attraction between them sizzles. This couple was incredibly sexy together, and I positively adored them together. Juliette is carrying a heavy load of baggage from years of a verbally abusive marriage to a drug addict. But it was depth of Mark’s pain and just how deeply he was stuck in the past that broke my heart—and nearly Juliette’s as well. I ached for them both as Mark readily helped Juliette to overcome her insecurities but couldn’t summon that same strength to take on his own issues. Their love story was emotional, at times difficult, but it also the sweetest, most rewarding happily-ever-after of the series.

Technically all the books in this series can be read as standalones, but it is my opinion that your reading experience will be richer and fuller if you start with the first book and read them all in order. The journey is well worth the trip, each of these books was better than the last, and as I sit here having finished the final book and having had read them all, I’m melancholy. I feel as if I’m saying goodbye to a group of friends—I enjoyed my time with them, but I’m sorry to see them go. Five smooches from me for Aubrey Bondurant’s Show Me Something!

~ Danielle Palumbo

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