Thursday, May 20, 2010

Review: Sweet Caroline by Lissa Matthews

The second time around is even sweeter…with cherries on top.

Blue Jeans and Hard Hats, Book 1

Buck doesn’t do personal projects. Until he runs into a woman wandering the aisles of the local home-improvement store, looking lost and confused. Just the way this fantasy looks at him nearly buckles his knees. In a hot second, the successful owner of a contracting company becomes a simple handyman, ready and willing to get as personal as the lady will allow.

Since her less-than-golden marriage to the local golden boy ended, Caroline’s declaration of independence includes her own business, road trips…and nipple piercings. Now it’s time to cut the last tie to her old life, but the house needs some work before she can unload it and move to her dream cabin in the mountains. Hard as it is to admit, she needs a little help.

Over the next few months, he shows her his toys, like hammers and drills, and she shows him hers—like floggers and paddles. And their attraction is the tinder that could send Caroline’s plans for an independent life up in flames…

Warning: In this book, there are sightings of glass dildos, leather belt bindings, nipple rings, wicked clamps, cherry cheesecake and a hot, yummy handyman-type guy who’s really good with his hands…

I obtained the above information Ms. Lissa's web site.

I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.... here is my review...

Okay first, I want to say that I want Buck! Wooweee!!!! The man is pure sex on a stick. He is all sorts of wicked, absolutely delicious yumminess.

This is one rockin' story. Spicy, hard, fast, hot and heavy, are a few words I would use to describe just a part of this book. Yeah, you read right... this does not even touch the whole story ~ just part of the story.

Living in the house Caroline shared with her ex, it was decided to be in the best interest of all to put it up for sale. But first, some home repairs are needed. This is where Buck comes in the picture. Oh man.. and he sure can fix'er up... Oh I meant the house ~ yeah right! =)

Caroline is in need of home repairs. She finds herself wondering around the local home improvement store. Looking a bit confused, Buck offers her his help. Little did Ms. Caroline know that Buck is not just a simple handy man... He owns his own contracting business. But in order to get a little closer to Caroline, he will play along with anything she wants.

Oh one note I forgot to mention... Buck is younger than Caroline!! Can you say C-O-U-G-A-R!!! Oh yeah! Holla!

I immediately fell in love with Caroline. She is as real as real can get. Once married, now divorced and seeking to be her own person. She is discovering things and exploring things that she learned with her ex husband. Another thing I love about her is that even though her ex is an ass (a complete ass - even comes with his own jerk stick) and her marriage was not all that great, she took what she liked about that relationship and carried it forward. That shows me a real woman. And that she was comfortable with herself to explore the things she does, really shows me a woman who is comfortable in her own skin.

Buck is a walking wet dream. Hot, hard and easy to please. He loves to dish out just as much as he likes to receive. But there is something about him: strong, dominating but not in an asshole kinda way. His love is not easily given out like candy... although you wanna talk about candy, his dish is cheesecake and oh what that man can do with that! He has a side of him that is soft, warm and tender. He wants out of life - the wife, the house, the you and me but is a little scare to admit it. But the one thing that he is ready to admit is that Sweet Caroline makes him hot and he wants her ~ more than anyone else in the world.

There attraction is a like a firecracker - instant, hot and sparks fly everywhere! Now when you read the story, you may see that the "groove" factor is kinda quick... but you have to keep in mind that they knew each other already... way before you (the reader) entered the picture, so give some credit... and this book is roughly a little over 80 pages long. So... make sure you cut that some slack when you read it.

Now back to them... and their story... oh man oh man oh sweet hail mary man. Ms. Lissa rocked this story out.

This story touched me in more ways that I think I really care to admit. Caroline is a 40 yr old woman who is finding herself after a failed marriage. Been there, done that.. yea - have the tee shirt to prove it. She is not a small woman; no size 0 for her (can I get an AMEN). She has a career, she has plans, dreams, goals and what I love most - self worth. Ms. Lissa pens her character with so much "real" factor that I can see Caroline being one of my girl friends. (Yea, I am secretly wanting my handy man to be BUCK) Caroline is a woman who is just trying to discover herself after being told who and what she would be for so many years by an ass who just wanted to f*ck. Buck enters the picture and yes, he is a dominate... but he pulls at my heart strings.. why because he allows Caroline the room to grow, he relishes in watching her grow into herself. What I love most about this story is Caroline's backbone!!! YOU GO GIRL!! You will see why... A hint.. have you ever seen the heroine leave the hero... and not go back to him...?? There are choices to be made, love to be shares... and a whole slue of toys to be played with. This is an awesome story of one woman finding herself... all of herself. There is no stone left unturned in this story.

My only little disappointment is that there apparently was a meeting of Caroline and Buck earlier that was never mentioned. I would have love to known how they truly met and what first impressions were. Other than that... this book freaking rocked apples (Leontine ~ just for you hon)!!!

So with all of this... I urge you to go now... and get your own copy... If not.. that just means that Buck is all mine, hee heeeeeeeee **insert evil laughter**

To read an excerpt of Sweet Caorline, please go --->>> here.
To check out an interview I did with Ms. Lissa, please go --->>> here.
To check out Ms. Lissa's web site, please go --->>> here.
She loves to hear from her readers!!!!

To see what else Ms. Lissa has in store for us, check out her bookshelf page -->> here.

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  1. This sounds like a book you may want to read when no one else is in the room so they don't wonder why you are fanning yourself or blushing :-)

    Stephanie G

  2. Now Neil Diamond won't stop playing in my head!

  3. OUCH! Glass Dildos...
    hummmm, I think I'll pass on that...too cold! I like the heat of a real one!
    But as far as the book goes...sound creative and interesting!

    Hugs Darlin'

  4. I like Lissa Matthews and can't wait to read this one. I have it on my reader but haven't had a chance to get to it yet!


  5. Based on your author letter the other day I went out and bought this one :) After your review now I really can't wait to read it....sadly it'll have to wait, but it's going to the top of my can't wait to read books!

    Have a good one!

  6. Why does the room seem a bit hotter now? Excellent review. I"m off to check out this author!

  7. Thanks fro opening my eyes to Lissa Matthews! Shes one hot author! ;)

  8. Apparently I'm a prude - I don't like May-December stories. Not m/m, not m/f when the guy is lots older, not m/f when the guy is lots younger.

  9. Awesome review Cecile. This was my first Lissa Matthews book and it did not disappoint.
    I agree, I wish we got a chance to read their initial meeting but other than that great story. I love Buck too and Caroline is such a strong womwan who knew what she wanted and went for it.

    But Cecile, you have to share Buck ;)

  10. AWWW!!!!!! I wanna this book!!!!!!!!!

  11. Warning: In this book, there are sightings of glass dildos, leather belt bindings, nipple rings, wicked clamps, cherry cheesecake and a hot, yummy handyman-type guy who’s really good with his hands…

    I adore these "warnings" - they always sell the book to me! LOL

    Great review Cecile!



  12. Paranormal Haven! Hey Step!! Thanks for coming over! Oh believe me, this is one hot fast read... It just depends on who you want seeing you while you read **Evil wink** Yeah, it is that good!

    Eyre! Sorry honey. *giggles* No really, I am sorry... **more giggles**... You gotta love it though.

    Houston! Oh no honey... do not let the glass dildos scare you off. They are quiet an item *waggles eyebrows*
    This book is all sorts of creativity in it honey!! Makes you want to find the hubs ~ if you know what I mean! I hope you have a great day honey! Hugs to you as well!

    Book Junkie! Oh I cannot wait to see what you have to say about her book!!! She is awesome!

    Booklover1335!! Hey there! Thanks for coming over! Ohhhhhh **squeals with delight that you bought her book** Well... I can bid my time to see what you think! But you must come back and let me know what you thought of it!!! Promise!

    A Buckeye Girl Reads!! Hey honey! How are you!? Hope all is well! OHhhh believe me, once you have a taste of Buck has to offer... it will get a lot hotter, lol!!!

    Monroe Dawson!! Hey honeypie!! You are sooo welcome. You know I love sharing (and no I am not sharing Buck... elaine... no). She is a hot author!!!

    Chris! Hey honey! Ohhh I do not think you are a prude! You are just picky in what you read, lol. Now you sound like Dr. Susess' Green Eggs and Ham book! LMBO!

    elaing8!! Hey honey! Thanks for coming over! I knew Buck would suck you in!!!! Oh gosh.. That man can be my handy man any day of the week... I am glad that it did not disappoint you!!
    Yea... I wish we could have heard about the first meeting, but I started thinking it might have been when she was married... and maybe she did not want to go there with the story since it started with her already divorced. But... a flashback would have been nice. Okay who am I kidding... I just want to hear more about Buck!!! Yeah, it is no secret ~ he is my boyfriend... Damnit! And I am not sharing.. I provide enough men in the Lair to play with.. why do I have to share (lol)!

    Glory! Hi there! Welcome to the Lair. I hope you enjoyed yourself. Yes, you have to get this book!!!

    MsM!! Hey honey! Oh gosh and the warning on this book is dead on!!! And hot and spicy and hard and fast and loved every minute of it!!!! Well I hope this one sold you to this book!!! Thanks for coming over!

  13. Sounds like a great story. But the guy on the cover creeps me out a little - too many veins.

  14. Well... do not let that stop you from reading this story! It is awesome. Maybe I can ask him to put a shirt on for you while you read?? LOL!
    Have a great day hon! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Ok so i'm not the only one thinking that so it's ok to admit that the guy on the cover is just..ick for me!
    I know I know..shallow lol But this so great reviews I think I can overpass my disgust ;) (really it's just the bulging veins that creep me out)

    But with a title like that (yay vive Caroline!) it's a sign I have to read it lol

    ps: the word verification is Catin...which means WHORE in French...nice now blogger recognized me

  16. Caroline!! LOL!! I fussed blogger a while back for branding my hussy visitors, lol!!!! That is funny though... How come I never get such cool words, lol!!
    Okay.. I know I know.. the veins bother people... but really.. I promise to make him put a shirt on! You have to read his story.. and oh yes.. the things he does to CAROLINE... **waggles eyebrows** is pretty... ummm.. yeah you might want to read!!!!
    Thanks for coming over honey!

  17. lol ok if he puts his shirt on I'm all for him doing stuff to CAROLINE!!!!!!(OMG that's the first time I want a man to put clothes ON, what's happening to me????) LOL It seems interesting enough that I should ignore the cover ;)

    The Catin.

  18. Hey Sweetie! I read this one right after you posted about it last month (I think). Great Review!! And now the song is stuck in my head again!!

  19. Great review Cecile! I can truly see that you loved this one.

    And she sounds like one cool woman, and good for her getting a younger man ;)

  20. Excellent review - I'm adding to my TBR!

    See you soon :)

  21. Man the cover really sells the book - who wouldn't want him as a handy man..and the warnings have got me intrigued.. sounds like I need to put this on my smutty tbr list :D

  22. Caroline!! LMBO!!! Okay okay.. I made him put a shirt on when you buy him. He promised me. But after you start reading, you may want the shirt to come off... I'm just saying, lol!!
    **Cecile checks for fever, lol**

    Heather D! Hey honey!!! OH I cannot wait to see what you think of this book! You going to review it??? And yea, the song does tend to get stuck in your head... just ask Eyre!! LOL!!!

    Blodeuedd! Hey honey! Thanks for coming by today! I did really love this book! Buck just makes me well... you get the picture! LMBO!!

    Patti! Hey honey! Oh thank you! I am glad to hear that you are adding it to your TBR!!! Yayayay!!! And Yyayaya on seeing you soon!!!! OH yea... it is coming!

    Heather (DarklyReading)! Hey honey! Thanks for peeking in! Oh Some do not care for the cover too much... but that just means more for me!!! **Rubbing hands greedily** And the warning.. omg... Girl it is allll in there!!! Enjoy!

  23. I soooo want this book Cecile and your review only feeds the want LOL I checked fictionwise out yesterday but they don't have it *cries* Will have to look at other e-book stores now. I wants me a Lissa Matthews NOW!!

  24. Hey Leontine!!! OH honey... this book is just that awesome. I try to feed you guys the best or the hottest... or whatever feeds the needs, lol!!!! Ohhh check at my bookstore and more.. it is there for sure. And I will find out where else for you and be back!
    And just to let you know... this will be a series!!!!!! I am not sure what is next.. but I know I want it already!!!!!

  25. oooohhh,thanks for such a great review. I have wanted this book and it's definitely on the "top" of my must read list. :)Thanks again.
    Carol L.

  26. Carol L., hey there! You are very much welcome. I can say that it was my pleasure to give this review. I love Buck! LOL!!! And this book should go at the top of the list. And it is a short book, so you can have it read in no time at all!!!!
    Thanks for coming over!!!

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