Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Self Published on 8/7/18
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.
Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete was left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.
Seven years later, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back those old feelings.
Sometimes first loves are the truest.
THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK. Oh my swoon, we loved this sexy, fun, sassy romance! It’s forbidden and juicy and has the best banter. We laughed out loud, swooned for days, and savored the moments of angst that squeezed our hearts. It’s an amazing romance that Jess and I adored. Below you will find reviews and all the bookish info.
4.5 “OMG. LOVE” Stars!
OH. MY. GOSH! There was not a single thing I didn’t absolutely love about It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. It was a joy to read. A fun, steamy, feel good romance with whip-smart characters, amazing banter, laugh-out-loud moments, squeeze your heart angst, and a juicy, forbidden storyline that made my heart pitter-patter like mad. I just LOVED it!!! Totally devoured it. And boy, did I adore the age gap in this one. It worked sooooooo well, because it was so impeccably written. Sharp and fresh, smart and sassy, the quick hitting, dry humor had me rolling. Our characters, Pete and Adele, are the best. They steal your heart and keep it, their romance a wholly delicious treat from start to finish.
So what’s the story about? The gist of it is: Adele’s been in love with Pete, her father’s business partner, since she was sixteen years old. She let him know about her feelings on her eighteenth birthday. And to say it didn’t go well would be an understatement. It was an epic fail. She ends up back in Sydney brokenhearted. Seven years pass where Adele effectively avoids Pete and he avoids her as well. Unfortunately (or rather fortunately 😉 ) that comes to an end when Adele’s father decides to get re-married, which obviously summons her home. And of course, as fate would have it, Adele ends up having to shack up with Pete for that week because her Dad’s place isn’t available, and thus a second chance(ish) romance is born.
And it’s delicious, downright yummy. Pete is a total alpha-hole. He can’t even help his douchebaggery. The guy is an emotional mess. He drives you insane (in an amazing way) and you just want to love on him and smack him at the same time. Adele is total badass, a spitfire who’s perfectly perfect for Pete. You can’t help but love her. She weasels her way deep inside our hero, breaks down those walls, crawls under his skin, and drives him mad!! It’s brilliant. I ABSOLUTELY loved it. Reading Pete and Adele together was a breath of fresh air. It was fun. They’re so charming, so endearing. I honestly couldn’t get enough of their story. Wickedly addicting, Kylie Scott truly delivers a well rounded romance, brimming with feels and MAJOR sexy times. It’s so insanely good.
Overall, I couldn’t put this novel down. I devoured every page and felt on top of the world when I finished reading. Kylie’s an amazing writer, and you can’t go wrong with It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. It’s laugh out loud, swoony goodness with lots of heart tugging moments of angst that make it great. An amazing romance I adored, and most certainly recommend.
4 “Yes. This” Stars!!
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time might just be my new favorite Kylie Scott novel. This story felt fast paced but it might’ve just felt that way because I couldn’t read it fast enough. I was hooked right out of the gate. This is a feel good “older man” romance between a twenty something carefree young woman and her father’s best friend and business partner, a man she’s had a crush on since before it was legal or appropriate. Everything about this novel was stellar, from the flashbacks to the sweet friendship to the explosively steamy scenes to the dialogue. It’s SO UNBELIEVABLY REFRESHING. There’s nothing forced or sugary sweet or over the top about this story. There’s no contrived drama or unrealistic dialogue. It’s just an honest, complicated, often funny, genuine depiction of a romance between two people who don’t know how to get their shit together. This is an absolute MUST READ romance and I can’t recommend it enough.
Is this a rom com? I don’t know if it’s been officially marketed as one, but man, did I chuckle my way through it. Kylie Scott’s writing in this book is so sharp, so smart. The banter between characters is quick and witty, rife with dry humor and sharp barbs. And some of the antics these characters get up to together are just plain hilarious. So yes, I’d say it might be a bit of a romantic comedy, even if that’s unintended. Adele’s inner monologue alone had me smiling from ear to ear. It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time is perfectly peppered with humor and sarcasm despite the heaviness of the emotion and longing that is so evident between Pete and Adele. It’s all just so perfect.
I truly adored every second of this book. I loved the refreshing quality of Adele’s character. Her no nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is personality is a stark contrast to her brooding, emotionally stunted counterpart and it truly sets her apart from virtually every other female leading lady I’ve read. Adele owns her thoughts and feelings. Even though she’s so much younger than Pete, she’s unapologetically honest and forthcoming about her emotions, unlike Pete who’s remote and closed off. She’s not at all like most female lead characters who mask their feelings behind their own insecurities, leading to catastrophic misunderstandings and heartbreak courtesy of things left unsaid. She knows who she is and how she feels about this unattainable older man, both in the past and presently, and she won’t let anyone diminish her truth. I FREAKING LOVED HER. Pete is the quintessential alpha male I love to find in a good romance. He’s a gentleman, a guy who’s always tried to do the right thing even if that made him come across as a huge jerk at times, but he never just says what he feels. That, of course, allows for the juicy drama and heartache I live for when I read. But there’s nothing cliche about this couple or their story. It doesn’t fit into a box with a predictable label and neither do they. Adele and Pete’s complicated story is an unputdownable, completely addictive romance that I couldn’t get enough of.
It was meant to be a soft kiss. A chaste one, even.
The minute my lips touched his, however, everything changed. Callused hands grabbed the sides of my face and my mouth opened on a gasp. His tongue swept inside, taking me over. Holy hell. Shoes and purse hit the floor, forgotten. Nothing about this kiss was slow or easy. The man devoured me. Every ounce of emotion poured into that kiss, all of the anger and frustration between us. His tongue was teasing and tasting, driving me wild. Then he drew back to suck and nip at my bottom lip. One hand slid around the back of my neck, the other over my hip to grab at my ass. His hold was firm, a little rough even. He treated my body like it belonged to him and I wasn’t gentle either.
Apparently experience mattered. Because all I could do was try and keep up.
I held on tight to his open shirt, straining against him, trying to get closer. I’d have crawled inside the man if I could. Turned out that under certain circumstances, the taste of scotch worked for me in a big way. Against my hip, his cock hardened, digging into me. And oh my God, I’d done that to him. Me. How amazing! Meanwhile, my body felt liquid, core aching and empty. I needed him inside of me and it seemed like I’d already been waiting forever.
“Fuck,” he muttered, breath hot against my ear.
I fumbled at the remaining buttons on his shirt. My damn fingers didn’t seem to be working. Easier to just push the whole thing upward. Luckily, the man decided to help, tearing the shirt off over his head. More skin was good. And he was so hot and smooth, a thrill to the touch. The solid flesh of his pecs and the flat plane of his stomach.
He tore at the zipper on the back of my dress, dragging fabric down over my shoulders. A growl came from the back of his throat, a noise of frustration, impatience. I’m reasonably certain I heard the silk rip. I didn’t care. His hands and mouth seemed to cover every bit of skin revealed, touching and tasting me everywhere. The dress got stuck on my hips. Out of the way enough for now.
He didn’t even bother undoing my bra, simply peeling down one of the lace cups to free my flesh. My breast filled his hot palm as it took the weight. Fingers plumped me, his thumb flicking over my hard nipple. The sting of pain followed by the heat of his kiss made my head spin and my body ache. There was no room for thought as he fed me deep, wet kisses. Slowly, he took us to the floor. No time for anything else. Just the urgent need to have him inside me.
The hardness of the polished wood was cool against my back. My legs were spread, his body between them. And with his broad chest above me, his weight taken on one arm, he was all I could see. I swear even the insides of my thighs were wet, I was so ready. It would have been embarrassing with anybody else. But this man, he had to know, he had to understand. It had always been him.
“Pete, I need—”
“I know,” he said, voice harsh and low.
About the Author
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/