Title: Dirty at 30
Series: Love Without Batteries #1
Author: Cassandra Lawson
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 16
I hadn’t realized I was stuck in a rut until the day I lost Raphael. There I was, just about to reach my big O when he died. I tried replacing his batteries, but nothing worked. It was that frustrating moment when I decided I wanted a real man in my life.
Ty seems like the perfect guy. He’s sexy, sweet, and he can satisfy me in ways Raphael never could. Unfortunately, he’s also my stepson’s best friend. While only five years younger, Ty seems like forbidden fruit, but I still find myself unable to resist him. Now, I just need to figure out if this is the beginning of a forbidden romance that will end in tragedy, or if Ty could be my happily ever after.
Following their disastrous marriages, Brook, Chelsea, and Delaney swore off men. After years of being on their own, these ladies have decided they want more. At the age of thirty, the three friends make a pact to re-enter the dating world. Little do they know they are all destined to find love in the arms of younger men.
So this was my first Cassandra Lawson book and I absolutely enjoyed this story! The friendship between Brook, Chelsea and Delaney is pretty awesome, and I really liked that Brook's stepson Luke is so supportive of Brook being ready to move on and pretty much gives his blessing for his best friend Ty to date Brook. There's another surprise in regards to Ty that Brook is unaware of, so she's doubly hesitant to pursue anything with him at first, until she gets the blessing of the two people whose opinions she highly values.
Brook had an extremely craptastic childhood, followed by an extremely craptastic marriage, so it's no wonder she's unsure about a relationship with Ty. I was actually really impressed that Ty wasn't going to give up on the chance of a future together with Brook; he was patient and gentle and loving, but man, when it was sexy time, he took it to a whole new level of hot.
Now, what I didn't like about this story is the fact that Brook still lets her parents, or more specifically her mother, have such a negative effect on her. My goodness, her parents stooped to an extreme low trying to coerce Brook to stay in her marriage. Another issue I had with the story is the whole spouse situation: his reason for fighting against Brook's wishes, and we never got a clear resolution to that particular situation. But overall I enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
“Do you want to stay?” I asked shyly.
Meeting my gaze, his lips parted slightly, and he just stared at me for a moment, his inner struggle clear. “Yes. I want to stay more than you can possibly know.”
“Then stay,” I suggested, placing one hand on his bicep and allowing it to trail down his arm.
Ty watched my hand as it made its descent.
“Would you have asked me to stay before I kissed you?” he asked, meeting my gaze again. “Think carefully, sweetheart, because I need to know this isn’t just lust talking. I need to know you won’t regret this.”
I opened my mouth to tell him I definitely wouldn’t regret it, but I hesitated. “I don’t know,” I replied honestly.
He closed his eyes and took several breaths before opening them. “Then we’ll wait. I need more than one night with you.”
Cassandra Lawson is an author and homeschooling mother of three from the San Francisco Bay area. She has always had a very active imagination and loves making up stories. When she is not writing, she enjoys baking, spending time with her family, listening to music, or curling up with a good book.