Brooke Blaine

As the owner of Licked, an eclectic ice creamery and bar, Ryleigh Phillips doesn’t have time for that love stuff. Serving up Nibble My Nuts sundaes and Drunken Sailor boozy shakes are as close to an orgasmic affair as she’s had in months thanks to her expanding empire—until the night of her ten-year high school reunion.

When Ryleigh’s crush, gorgeous ex-football god Cameron Mathis, comes streaking into her life (literally—streaking), she begins to wonder if she really can have it all.

Wouldn’t it just figure that the moment you think life is perfect is when it falls spectacularly apart?

Enter Hunter Morgan, the contractor in charge of Licked’s renovations. Devastatingly handsome, and a smartass to boot, he’s got his eyes on Ryleigh from the moment he finds her passed out on his couch (yeah, that’s a long story). There’s just one tiny complication—he happens to be Cameron’s best friend.

When the lines between relationships and friendships blur, and it’s impossible to choose between two delicious flavors, what’s a girl to do? Taste a sample of each? Or go out and get LICKED?

Review

★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★

My first read from Brooke Blaine was a fun and entertaining read, it’s not often I read romantic comedy but this was just what I needed after coming off an emotional few days in the life of books.

Ryleigh a successful business woman, owner of an ice cream shop catered towards adults, she sells sexy sundaes with names often a little inappropriate for young children. With a penchant for the vintage, she is a quirky and sassy and a heroine that you can’t help but find likeable.

On the night of her ten year high school reunion, she finds herself under the attention of the man who she once crushed on as a girl, and is delighted when he asks her out.

However it’s not long before she realises that Cameron’s best mate and room mate is the man who she can’t stop thinking about, especially when he takes over the construction of her new after dark creamery, so things get a bit awkward considering she is going on a second date with him.

Hunter is the one who really gives her the butterflies and he was obviously the perfect match.

I suppose you would consider this a ‘love triangle’ but in no way was it angsty or uncomfortable to read, just a whole lot of fun.

Licked is a standalone romantic comedy, told in Ryleigh’s POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

Flash Point is Brooke’s debut solo novel, and she is the co-author of the erotic serial, A Desperate Man, with Ella Frank. The latter has scarred her conservative southern family for life, bless their hearts. Licked, a romantic comedy, will be released on November 11th, 2015.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.

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16th November 2015

Licked by Brooke Blaine REVIEW