Good things come in forty-something firefighter packages
At thirty-eight years old, Dahlia is sure the hackneyed platitude is true: All the good men are either married or gay. Her best friend and her sisters dare her to put her fate where her mouth is. The terms of the challenge? During the month of October, she has to end her five-year-long 'man fast' and go on dates with men of their choosing. Oh, and she also has to go out with anyone else who asks. The blind dates end in disaster, but all isn't lost. Dahli's handsome new neighbor, a firefighter named Jackson Carmichael, might just throw a wrench into her plan to die lonely and single...that is if she doesn't scare him away first.
They made their way around amusements--the bumper cars, the carousel, and one called Stormy Seas that was shaped like a giant pirate ship and rocked back and forth, going higher each time until it was almost inverted. Jackson won her a bag of cotton candy at the ring toss and a giant stuffed panda. "What in the world am I going to do with this?" she teased.
"You could name him Mr. Snuggles and spoon him every night while you think of me."
"Not that you've given it much thought."
"Right?" He dipped his head to one side.
He carried Mr. Snuggles around the park for a while, but since the stuffed animal was an impediment to embarking on further rides, they decided to take him out to the truck.
Jackson trotted through the parking lot, the toy slung over one shoulder, chanting, "Mayday, mayday. Firefighter down, firefighter down." Dahlia didn't mind the stares from passersby. The man's sense of humor tickled her. There was something to be said for a man who didn't mind making a fool of himself in public.
He flopped Mr. Snuggles into the cab of his Ford and proceeded to perform CPR on him.
"You're certifiable, you know that?" She giggled.
"I do. I've been told it's part of my charm."
He feigned hurt and pouted as he pushed closed the truck door.
Giant panda secured, Jackson took her hands and asked, "You hungry? We can grab a corn dog or pizza here. Or we can go to a real restaurant. Choice is yours."
Looking up at him, Dahli couldn't focus on the thought of food. She saw only his face lit with the yellowish cast of the sodium lamps high above. The drama of his patrician nose against the cut-outs of high cheekbones, his angular mouth like that of a comic book superhero. In some ways, he was her superhero, saving her from yet another lonely night. It'd been too long since she'd had this much fun.
As if he sensed the discussion about dinner was over before it'd begun, he slipped a hand beneath her hair, cradling her face, and brushed his thumb along the edges of her eyelashes. She turned her cheek into the caress and pressed her lips against his palm. Drawing her closer, he closed his eyes and grazed her mouth with his. The din of the boardwalk faded away and Dahlia lost herself in the kiss. She parted her lips and he ran his tongue along hers. He tasted of cotton candy.
His free arm wrapped around her waist and pulled her against him. She ran her hands over his arms and shoulders, noting every firm ripple along the way as she worked her way up to his neck. Her fingers stroked along his collar and ran through his hair. It was just long enough to grasp a handful of.
When the kiss ended, he rested his forehead against hers.
"We shouldn’t be doing this," she said under her breath.
"Doing what?" Jackson kissed along her jaw.
"Making out in the parking lot like a couple of teenagers."
"You smell good," he whispered against her skin.
She closed her eyes again and relaxed into the heat building between her legs. His lips captured hers again, tongue still playful and sweet, but the kiss continued to deepen. Warm exhalations blew across her cheek from his nostrils pressed against it and she lost track of where her mouth stopped and his began.
Coffee Time Romance
ALL THE GOOD MEN
Contemporary Romance; Romantic Comedy
Rating: 4 Cups
Dahlia is scared of turning forty. She pictures herself as that cat lady that all everyone talks about.
Jackson Carmichael has just moved into the neighborhood. He moved from Boston to the quiet and picturesque town to get away from his many mistakes.
During a game of Truth or Dare, her sisters and friend give her a dating dare that she knows she should not take. Determined to prove to them that she can handle anything they dish out, she goes on one horrendous date after another. Jackson seems to be the perfect fit for her but before anything can get to serious life interrupts her hopeful happily ever after. Can Dahlia get passed all of her hang-ups about her complicated life for a chance at love or is she destined to be alone?
All the Good Men is a roll with the punches and laugh out loud romantic comedy about surviving the dating world while peeking at forty years old. Cindy Jacks uses wit, sarcasm, emotional breakthroughs, and realistic lifestyles to implement a fantastic story. The struggles Dahlia has with her father’s uncontrollable drinking and then about face was quite heartbreaking to see yet makes the reader understand why she has the fears she does. Jackson’s almost perfect personality seems like a great contrast to Dahlia’s chaotic life until you get to see what secret past he had and how much he fought to become who he is today. This novel will grab you from the get-go, keep you entertained throughout the tale, and leave you remembering this story for years to come.
Caution: This tale contains scenes that will make you laugh until you wet yourself, hideous dates, egotistical jerks, and a man so steamily hot it will leave you panting.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
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