Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday's Safe Word Shelf: Between the Studs by Brigham Vaughn


Summary:
After a busy and successful year at her bakery, divorcΓ©e Aimee Lucas decides to splurge on a bathroom renovation. The owner of Lucas’s Fine Cakes and Pastries is tired of lackluster Valentine’s Days, so she’s looking forward to a solo celebration this year. Why bother with a mediocre date when she can relax in a tub with a glass of wine?

Joshua Ward and Matt Mitchell co-own a construction company, but there’s a bit more to their partnership than they let on. Although both men have caught the eye of many a homeowner, they never mix business with pleasure.

When Aimee hires J&M Construction to remodel her bathroom, she never expects to find a date. Much less two.

As the project continues, Aimee, Matt, and Josh find themselves drawn to one another. Matt and Josh are happy together, but they’re looking for a woman to be their third, and it quickly becomes clear Aimee might just be whom they’ve been searching for.

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, they all have decisions to make. Can Matt and Josh broach the subject without losing their customer? And will Aimee decide she just wants a fling with the hunky contractors, or is it time for her to take a leap of faith on something more?


When Aimee Lucas decides to turn her bathroom into a mini-at-home spa getaway for herself she never imagined the renovators would change her life.  Joshua Ward and Matt Mitchell have welcomed a third into their relationship before but it never quite met their expectations so when they met Aimee they never expected bathroom fittings, coffee, and baked goods taste testing could lead to more.  Will Aimee open her heart to the new possibilities that Josh and Matt are offering or will the one night of passion be just another one of life's lessons?

Followers of my blog/reviews probably remember how big a fan of Brigham Vaughn's writing I am so when I learned she had a new Valentine's Day novella coming out and had the opportunity to read it, it was a no brainer that my answer was "Yes, please!"  Having said that, no matter how much I love an author's previous work I always go into a new story with a completely open mind.  Do I have expectations based on previous work? Sure but I never let it influence my love-or-hate-meter with the new words before me.  So is Between the Studs worth it?  Short answer: Most definitely!

I could easily see myself in Aimee when it comes to the war in her own heart between intriguing possibilities vs. fearing outside prejudices, after all it isn't only her heart she's thinking of but she has a business in a relatively small-ish community that could be effected.  As for Josh and Matt, well what's not to love?  They are both so free and comfortable with themselves but I love how the author shows it isn't just Aimee's heart at risk.  The passion between all parties is pretty obvious and absolutely lovely so if you are looking for a story with heat, this is definitely for you but if you want more than just sex well you are certainly in luck because, yes the heat is just WOWWING off the page but its really a minor part in the overall storytelling.

Would I like to see more of Aimee, Josh, and Matt? Duh, of course but if this is the only time the author visits this trio she certainly left this reader more than satisfiedπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ I personally don't know if I have the mentality for a poly relationship but like Aimee, I feel you never really know what you are capable of or open to until you find that person or persons before you.  Between the Studs is a fun and sexy novella for Valentine's Day but it also has plenty of friendship, passion, and heart.  

RATING: 


Paula nodded knowingly when Aimee finished. “They’re totally into you! I definitely didn’t get any cozy chats with them over coffee or flirtatious banter.”

“Yeah, but both of them? I mean, are they just hedging their bets? Figuring I’ll choose one or the other?”

“Maybe. Maybe not though. They could just be into that.”

“Into what?” Aimee’s eyes got big as she realized what Paula meant. “Oh. You mean …?”

“Mmhmm. Maybe they like gettin’ it on together with a gorgeous woman.”

Threesomes. Well that wasn’t something Aimee had ever considered. Well, there had been the one time in college where she’d sort of ended up in bed with a couple, but she hadn’t been into the girl enough to go down on her and it had involved a lot of drunken fumbling. It had been sort of hot though, she mused.

But two guys? That was something altogether different. And this was no college experimentation. She was a grown adult for goodness sake. She owned a house and a business. She couldn’t really be thinking about it. Could she?

“You’re thinking about it, aren’t you?” Paula teased.

“No!” Aimee protested. But Paula’s arched eyebrow and the disbelief etched on her face prompted her to clarify. “I mean, yes, I’m thinking about what you suggested but not because I’m considering doing it.”

“Why not?”

Aimee sputtered. “Because that’s crazy! And so not me.”

“When was the last time you got laid?”

“Way too long ago,” Aimee admitted. “But come on, I can’t just answer the door tomorrow in lingerie and fuck me heels and say ‘hey boys, wanna fuck me?”

Author Bio:
Brigham Vaughn is starting the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time writer. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga.  She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.


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