Temporary Bliss by BJ Harvey
Narrated by Lucy Rivers. Also with Christian Fox.
Contemporary Romance. Can stand alone.
Published back in 2013, and on my kindle since then, I finally decided to get the audiobook of Temporary Bliss because BJ Harvey is coming to Wicked Book Weekend 2018. I’m so mad I waited 5 years! It was funny, dirty, angsty and different!
Mac was in a really bad relationship, and when she finally got out, she vowed never to get back in. With anyone.
“Walking away from this life, I make a vow to myself; never again will my life be dictated by a man, and never again will I let love lead me astray.”
Flash forward a couple of years, and Mackenna is a strong, independent woman with not one, not two, but THREE sexy fuck buddies. (No, sadly not together, but that may have been fun). I really liked this for a change. She wasn’t really slutty. They all satisfied a different need for her. They were all casual, and they all knew the deal.
Then she met Daniel.
“Shit! I need to tell him about the other penises in my life.”
Sigh…I loved ‘Delicious Daniel’.
But Mac just kept pushing this great guy away. I wanted to climb into the book and smack her upside the head. But Daniel stood pretty firm, or at least he says he did. I wouldn’t have minded seeing him work for it a little more, I’m not a big fan of waiting it out.
“I’m in so deep, I’ll take you however I can have you. I’ll wait, however long it takes. If these last few months with you have shown me anything, it’s that you’re meant to be mine. I know that already, F***, I’ve known if for awhile now. I’ve just been waiting for you to catch up.”
I think one of my favorite parts of Temporary Bliss was actually the friendship between Mac & Kate, and I really want to read Kate’s story.
“That is the beauty of having a best friend. They’ll walk over hot coals with you; they’ll tell you when you’re being dumb, and they bail you out of trouble, unless they’re sitting right beside you in the cell.”
- It’s a nice change to have a woman who has multiple partners (before hooking up with the hero).
- The friendship between Mac and her roommate.
- Made me laugh out loud.
- Holy hot! I wasn’t expecting it to be so sexy! BJ is a dirty girl.
- Loved all the side characters.
- I loved the first half, but then she fought it too long, and she started to piss me off.
- I wasn’t thrilled with the flashbacks once she was with Daniel.
- I felt like I didn’t get to know Daniel enough to be super invested.
Lucy Rivers is an amazing narrator. Though Christian Fox is credited, he is just a small guest.
The Down & Dirty:
But I love BJ’s writing style. I loved the humor and friendship. This book is 5 years old, I can’t imagine how much better BJ has gotten since then, and I look forward to reading more.
Rating: 4.25 Stars, 4.5 Heat, 4.5 Narration
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