TITLE: Lip Service
AUTHOR: Adele Downs
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
TAG LINE: “Some ghosts won’t take ‘yes’ as an answer.”
RATING: 4 Stars
SUMMARY: Getting Between Jack…
Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death. Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too.
…And His Legs
Patience is not one of Jack Harris’ virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots. Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment.
But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is… then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.
I really enjoyed Lip Service. I didn’t know what to expect when going into it. I figured it be a short, sweet read, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how much I did enjoy it. The story isn’t very long; an afternoon read that will leave you tingly and yearning for a taste of Jack’s lips. The plot is rather basic, but it provides enough that you feel satisfied.
Ms. Downs did a wonderful job of distinguishing the voices of her characters, and I had a clear image of both of them. It made the transition between POVs smooth, without causing any real confusion. The sex its self was steamy and ice-melting. She does a great job of building up to it. It starts off as a bit of back and forth between Legs and Jack, to painting a bedroom and some heavy decisions about their relationship. When we finally get to the goods, it’s a satisfying conclusion.
I loved the banter between Legs and Jack. They had great chemistry, and I grinned in the beginning when they both shot their mouths off. Ms. Downs has a knack for banter, and it’s very clear with these two.
My biggest issues with the story were at the beginning, we get a POV that’s completely separate from the story. This third person isn’t necessary for the story, and it easily could have been rewritten to go from either Jack’s or Legs’s POV. I understood it was to provide a bit of backdrop, but it really felt unnecessary. I also wasn’t a large fan of Legs’s nickname, but that’s a personal issue.
All together I think Lip Service was a great story and I think anyone looking for a sultry, quick read would enjoy the story.