It was five minutes. His hand on the small of her back. His eyes watching like there was no one else in the crowded club. His body a breath away from hers. A kiss full of heat and need and promise.
But then the stranger disappears. And Charlotte Emory can’t forget him. Worse, according to the dating Rules she and her four best friends swear by, all she can do is post an ad online. No names, no numbers. Just a missed connection – and the hope he’ll meet her, and see where another dance leads.
Except Mr. Mystery has his game, too, and he isn’t playing for only one night. He tempts Charley into a daring exploration of power, lust, and suspense, where even the most innocent requests sound indecent…and the indecent ones make her burn all night.
If she plays by the Rules, they’ll never get past teasing each other. But rules were made to be broken…
Source: ARC from author
My Rating: 4/5 stars
The Rules guide, instruct, and keep the girls from making poor choices. The Rules are in place for a reason and are not to be violated as violation of the Rules means consequences and one more bad decision to live with.
Charley Emory created the Rules to keep she and her best friends from making bad decisions where men are concerned. Oh, she has faced the consequences a time or two, but by and large, they have served her well. Of course, it’s easy to abide by the Rules when you generally view men as nothing more than a means to a sexual end; a tissue to be used once and then discarded. Charley never conceived of a time when her very own Rules would come back to bite her on the ass. To be fair, Charley is too arrogant to conceive of any man being worth her time and attention beyond a night or two.
Daniel Holt has adored Charley Emory from afar for months and months. He’s seen her perform on stage every chance he’s gotten and wanted, almost desperately to meet her. When the chance finally comes, Daniel plays it beyond cool and leaves Charley wanting more. In fact, Daniel doesn’t even leave Charley with his name or phone number, but he does leave her a message in Missed Connections, a way to meet him again, if she’s interested. For several weeks, Charley and Daniel rely on Missed Connections to meet one another and tease one another relentlessly, driving the considerable sexual tension between them higher and higher. While the games are fun, titillating even, Charley soon tires of them and wants to know more, something substantive about her missed connection. What she finds out rocks her world to its very core and alters every perception she has ever had about men and relationships. The only question is, will the new information help Charley or hurt her?
The Bottom Line: Truth time! I knew I would enjoy this book as I am a long-time fan of Jeffe Kennedy’s writing, and I did like most of it. Then, there’s Charley, whom I did not care for at all, not even a tiny little bit. So, how does that get me to a 4-star rating?? Here’s the skinny. I love the concept of this book, a group of women trying to help one another make better decisions and choices in their personal encounters, supporting one another rather than tearing one another down. I love the concept of the fictional Missed Connections encounters (not in real life, that shit’s just sketchy!), two people having to cleverly word ads in order to meet again. I loved Daniel Holt. Even though Daniel goes about meeting Charley in a somewhat devious way, his intentions are good and he wants nothing but the best for her. In this way, I was able to forgive Daniel his sins 😊 As always, with Jeffe Kennedy’s books, the naughty bits are delicious and the writing and plot are top notch. In all, Last Dance (with the exception of Charley!) is a fine start to a new series!
About the author and where to find her:
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook. Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.