“Reid?” His mother’s voice sounded clearly through the door. “I’m making waffles. Should I save some for you?”
“Yes, please,” he called.
Tara started to giggle quietly.
“Tara would like some, too,” he added.
Her eyes went wide then, and she slapped his shoulder, doing her best to push him off her.
There was a telling silence. Then:
“I’ll open up another bottle of syrup. Morning, Tara.”
“Morning, Mrs. Dalton.”
“Judy is fine, dear.”
They heard the sound of his mother retreating down the staircase and Tara gave a mighty heave, successfully wriggling out from under him.
“That was a dirty stunt, Dalton.”
“I thought you liked waffles?”
“You are lucky you are so good in bed. That’s all I’ll say for now.”
What a perfect novella! I absolutely and completely loved this for the following reasons:
1. I have been waiting for a very long time to find a contemporary romance novel where both characters are cops and partners. Why aren’t there more books with this trope out there?! (Please feel free to recommend some to me!)
2. Whilst it may look like Tara moved on pretty quickly from her relationship with Simon, it didn’t seem rushed to me compared to some of the transitions I’ve encountered in other romance novels
3. Paddle-boarding. Made for some fun and cute moments.
4. Reid’s relationship with his parents and just general backstories for both characters
5. Hot sex scenes!
I only wish it were longer so we could see more of Reid/Tara’s interaction on the job.
‘Her arms held him tightly afterward, denying him when he would have rolled away to relieve her of his weight. He was only too happy to stay. In fact, if he had his way, the world would stop turning altogether so they could remain like this forever.
“What’s your best guess?” she asked, her voice husky and low.
“Whether I’m a morning person or not?”
He was still inside her, and he felt her muscles tighten around him. He smiled against her neck.
“I’m thinking yes.”
“I’m thinking I might be an afternoon and evening person, too, when it comes to you.”