Blocked by Lisa N. Paul
Adult Contemporary standalone
Sweet, sexy, and funny, Blocked by Lisa N. Paul was just a pleasure to read. Lisa approached me a while back, asking be to read an early copy. Because of Wicked Book Weekend, I wasn’t able to give it a read back then, but I’m so glad I got to it by now. She had mentioned she was worried because it wasn’t erotic. I don’t know, I thought it was pretty damn hot, and had she not mentioned anything to me beforehand, I never would have realized that there weren’t in-depth sex scenes, because the chemistry and teasing and descriptions of what would or did happen throughout the book was hot as hell.
April is a single mom. At 8 months pregnant, the man she thought she was happy with, up and left her for another woman, never to be in touch again. For 5 years, April’s entire focus, outside of teaching middle school, was raising her adorable son as a single mom. She would never take the chance of bringing in anyone into her son’s life that might hurt him by leaving, and therefore rarely opened herself up to new people.
Decker is a single dad, and co-owner of a construction company with his brother. His wife and he had some major problems in their marriage before she passed away in a car accident. He has dated, but hasn’t found anyone he was interested in enough to take him away from his daughter more than once.
When April’s meddling ‘means-well-but-is-really-a-bitch’ mom gets her a gym membership (because no man wants flab, of course), she sees the hot Decker, and the two check each other out for weeks before Decker finally makes his move. Even then, April (“Dimples”) and Decker (“Super hot gym guy”) take it super slow, becoming friends first. But the tension is there…building. Boy it is there!
“I’m a pretty creative man, dimples,” he murmured as he pulled her tighter, lifting her chin so her eyes met his. “And it just so happens thoughts of getting you dirty turns me on.”
April has so much insecurity from both her mom (scary how much she is like mine!) and her ex, that is causes a lot of hesitancy on her part. A few times I wanted to jump in and yell “Do you see that guy??? If you don’t take him, I will, because he is sexy, likes to get dirty, sweet, and is a great father!”
Being single parents, it’s not easy to have any alone time without it getting blocked by the kids, so their relationship progresses slowly, making this one of the more realistic books I’ve read (though Decker is a bit too swoony to be real!). But there was some HEAT!
“When we get up to my place, April, every hot kiss, every touch, every look we’ve shared up ’til this point will be like a spark compared to the inferno I intend to unleash the moment I get my hands on you. Do you understand what I’m saying, beautiful? We are going to burn together, and I can’t fucking wait.”
The side characters in this story, especially each of their brothers were awesome, and I’d love another story about each of them! But my favorite characters were the adorable kids.
“No whites and no dents, Mommy. I miss seeing them.”
- Amazing character development.
- A slow and steady relationship development.
- Normal people (no rock stars, bikers, billionaires, step siblings, Doms)
- Parents dealing with all of the things that we have to worry about as parents.
- The side characters were awesome.
- Just sexy enough.
- For readers of her Charistown series: You will have visits from those characters, but it is completely not necessary to read first, it’s just a bonus.
- Many funny moments.
- Cute kids that make you smile.
- Decker is hot as hell!
- A nice, easy, sweet, mostly angst free read.
- The point of view that Lisa writes in is a very close 3rd person. I was halfway through the book when I even realized that I wasn’t even reading a first person book, especially because there is still a POV change from hers to his even though it is 3rd person. So I was making notes, and one of them was the easy to follow POV switches, when I realized it was because both POV’s were told from a 3rd person.
- The sneak peek chapter at the beginning. I couldn’t get into it, and was worried at first, but ended up skipping it just to start at the beginning.
- I waited a while to review it, and the story didn’t stick in my head that much, I needed to re-read a bunch to write the review.
Rating: 4.5 stars, 3.75 Heat
The Down and Dirty:
“Cock-blocked by the kids again.” August chuckled. “Remind me not to have children, like ever.”
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