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?
“Your heart is your friend, not your enemy. Listen to it.”
Sage words that Harper McKinney and Levi Pierce in Robin Bielman’s newest release, Lips Close to Mine, are hesitant to heed due to their respective pasts, but nowhere in that advice does it say a little ‘naked fun’ can’t be had because as much as Harper attempts to counteract her attraction to ‘Pants Charming’ with glacial glares and the cold shoulder, their chemistry is too much to deny, leading them to turn their brains off while they get lost in the pleasure of each other’s bodies.
But a physical only relationship when deeper feelings are evident is just not doable, which means that no matter how hard Harper tries to not fall for Levi, there’s no stopping the heart when it wants someone, which brings Harper to a bit of a crossroads, deciding if she’ll continue to runaway and hold herself back from any romantic emotional ties or if she’ll finally be able to let go of what she lost and move forward with a sexy man who makes Harper feel more alive than she’s felt since she was a teenager.
I wasn’t too sure how I would feel about Harper when I began Lips Close to Mine; she seemed too standoffish and guarded and I didn’t know if her personality would frustrate me too much. But, Robin Bielman develops Harper’s character beautifully, illustrating the true woman beneath her hardened exterior when it comes to her no-relationship policy. A tragic event can categorically change everything someone once held dear, leaving all feelings of love, happiness, and hope behind, and those scars are evident with Harper’s hesitant actions and the amount of overthinking she does when it has anything to do with one Pants Charming. Harper’s head and heart can’t seem to get on the same page and that constant battle will either make her stronger for putting her heart on the line again or it will prevent her from acting on her feelings and leave her stuck in the past and alone.
It’s easy to see why Harper finds it difficult to keep Levi and his charming ways at a distance. He seems to be the complete package, and even after he’s had his heart ripped out by his ex, he’s still willing to try again and give everything to the woman who was only supposed to be a one-night stand…the same woman who takes up way too much of his head space and makes him want to things he never thought he would want again, especially with someone so adamant to keep him out of her heart.
I really enjoyed Harper and Levi’s story. It has the perfect blend of angst and humor and the steamy scenes between the hero and heroine illustrate just how good they are together. Harper’s issues with relationships is definitely realistic given what she went through as a teen, and while her fears and her loneliness leave her drowning at times, Levi’s the perfect man to pull her out of her darkness and show her that sometimes playing it safe is the worst option to take. Harper and Levi have many shared childhood memories and they now have the opportunity to make new ones as adults – ones that provide them both with a chance to share their life and their hearts with someone who will most definitely handle it with care.
4 Poison Apples
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“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?”
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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