Lips Close to Mine, an all-new sexy STANDALONE romance from Robin Bielman is available now!
Lips Close to Mine by Robin Bielman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 20th
I wasn’t supposed to see Levi Pierce ever again. A few months ago, he charmed the pants off me and we spent one incredible night together.
End of story.
Only it wasn’t. Pretty soon everywhere I turn, I see him. Our best friends are dating. My mother mistakenly—and happily—thinks he’s my plus-one to my cousin’s wedding. And he’s the guy I have to work with on the most important job opportunity of my life.
Here’s my problem: I like Levi. I like his killer smile and his dreamboat eyes and definitely the way he makes me feel in bed. But I’ve sworn off relationships. So when the sexual tension reaches epic proportions and we fall back into bed together, I tell myself it’s temporary. When I start to feel more, I tell myself it’s over.
Only Levi isn’t a forget-it kind of guy. When his lips are close to mine and he swears he’s always wanted me, my defenses disappear. But some things in life just aren’t meant to be.
Or are they?
“What do you say we open that champagne then skinny-dip in the fountain?” I ask, releasing my seat belt. That I’m dying to Harper her naked again might have something to do with my suggestion, too.
She searches my eyes for clues I’m serious. I help her out. “Unless you’re chicken.”
With a straight face, she unclicks her seat belt, picks up the bottle of champagne and proceeds to pop the cork like a champ. She takes a swig, her full lips wrapped around the bottle, her eyes never leaving mine. My dick twitches as I imagine her gorgeous mouth sucking me deep. Full disclosure: I’ve been picturing this every damn night for the past two months.
“Your turn.” She hands me the bottle as her tongue licks across her full bottom lip. If she’s trying to torture me, it’s working.
Our fingers brush when I accept the Dom Perignon, and once again, the small, effortless touch isn’t enough. I take a small gulp of the sparkling drink, mindful I’m driving. When finished, I pass it back. “So, your cousin said something interesting to me tonight.”
I laugh. The harder Harper tries to keep me at arm’s length, the more her family tries to draw me in. “Since you’re sitting at the head table during the wedding reception, she wanted me to know I’ll be sitting with your brothers.”
She chokes on the champagne. “What the hell? I never RSVP’d you were my plus-one.”
“Your mom did.”
Harper’s head falls back against the seat, chin up, eyes closed. “That woman is impossible. I’ll tell them you’re not coming to the wedding.”
“I don’t mind.”
“All right. Whatever you want.”
“That’s it? Just like that, you’re not coming now?” She shifts positions, drawing her legs up so she’s sitting on them and facing me. I hadn’t noticed that she’d slipped off her shoes.
“I don’t want to make you uncomfortable around your family.”
“You don’t do that.”
“You sure? I think I do.”
“No. You don’t. Not even a little. But…”
“I did tell my mom I had a date so she wouldn’t bug me about it. I was planning to find a random guy to go with me, so I guess since she thinks it’s you…” She takes a drink, extends me the bottle.
I put my palm over my heart. “How magnanimous of you.”
“I know,” she teases. “Don’t you forget it.”
“So I am going to the wedding?”
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I read Talk British to Me which was Mateo and Teagan’s story, who are the best friends of Levi and Harper. I loved that book, so I knew I would love this one. I was absolutely correct. I fell in love with the characters and the story. Levi and Harper were friends when they were children, but life took them in different directions. The two not only meet again but also share an incredible night of passion that neither one of them can forget even though they try. So, they brilliantly come up with a plan to just have sex and no feelings involved. Yeah…this plan is going to work!
I thought the way the book was written was brilliant. It was told from both of their POVs. But, some things stood out to me, such as Levi’s letters to Harper and Harper’s Positivity Journal. So much of who these characters were and their feelings and emotions were in those little golden nuggets. It made me feel like I was a good friend to both of them which truly pulled at my heartstrings. In addition, I loved the flashbacks each had of their childhood. They really liked one another even when they were in lust and falling in love.
Not only was this a romantic comedy, but some heavier emotions were involved as well. In the beginning, it appeared that these two were just into each other physically. Neither wanted to be emotionally involved. Both suffered losses that affected them, in different ways, but the hurt was still there.
“Liking someone engages more brain cells. It changes your beats per minute and leaves you vulnerable, and I never want to feel that open to heartache again.” ~Harper
I could see their tough exteriors eroding even if they couldn’t, and I thought they were perfect for one another. As with the first book, I loved the additional secondary characters, and I’m glad I got to catch up with Mateo and Teague. I’m also hoping we will get Elliot’s story soon!
I didn’t think Robin Beilman could top Talk British to Me, but she blew me away with Lips Close to Mine. I love a book about not only getting to know someone else, but I also like a book in which the characters also learn something about themselves when they are falling in love. Levi and Harper definitely learned important lessons and healed their broken hearts as they fell for one another. This is definitely one of my top reads of 2017! It’s the perfect combination of romance, steam, and emotion!
When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Finalist, Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.
She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.
She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch at all of her social media spots!
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