Author: Karen Stivali
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Source: ARC provided by The Novel Tease for the author in exchange for an honest review
Summary: "When love throws you a curve, swing for the fences. "
Parker Wood's dreams of becoming a professional baseball player are shattered when he's injured in a devastating car crash. After two years in hospitals and physical rehab facilities, he's ready to move back to his childhood home and take over the family landscaping company. The house and business are his, now that his father has passed.
Sophie Vaughn has suffered through a hellishly public divorce from a husband who couldn't manage to stay faithful for two months of marriage. Determined not to let her personal drama impact her successful wedding and party planning business, she buys her parents' old house, hoping the comfort of familiar surroundings will help her heal.
When Parker and Sophie discover they're neighbors once again, it's as if time has stood still. Their friendship is quickly rekindled, along with the decade-long crush neither of them ever admitted having. Then the heat between them exposes a long-held secret that threatens to tear them apart...unless they can detach from their painful pasts and move forward-together.
Warning: Contains sultry summer nights, steamy pool-side encounters, and you'll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again.
Flirty Review: Four Lip Bites
Both protagonists are flawed as well as they should be. Parker is fresh out of rehab after a career destroying accident stole his baseball dreams. Sophie is back into town after a painful divorce that leaves her with a lower self-esteem for reasons beyond her control.
I really liked seeing how these two come back together as first friend and then developing as much more. Much more sexier, at that. Let me tell you, the explosive sex scenes between these two are hotter than the sun. Such strong chemistry. Stivali knows how to write romance. She created a very solid and swoon-worthy man in Parker that any girl would crush over, even years after the fact. Sophie is a strong woman, a career woman, who knows what she wanted and goes for it. I liked that about her. The ending was cute and I really enjoyed reading this book.
Why I gave it four lip bites and not five? Well, even though Leave The Lights On was a nicely written story with a nice romance and hot sex, it didn't feel like it would stick with me for time to come. Their issues worked out so quickly and Parker and Sophie communicated better than you usually see in these kinds of romance books. Which is not a bad thing, but you want to see a little more fight for the good in the end. I wanted to see more about Joey, Chrissy, and Sophie's parents. I think if they were developed more or expanded on, the plotlines would have been stronger.
Saying that, this is still a good book. I would recommend it to anyone. If you are in the mood for a nice, sexy romance then Leave The Lights On by Karen Stivali is the one for you. It's a fast read and something I think you would enjoy.
About The Author
Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes in three genres (erotic romance, contemporary romance and women's fiction) all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.
Karen has published several erotic romance novels with Ellora's Cave including two award winning stories: Always You (published September 2011, First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award - 2012)and Marry Me (published June 2012, First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader's Choice Award - 2013).
To learn more about Karen you can visit her website where she blogs original recipes, sassy commentary on The Bachelor, and tidbits about her journey in the writing world. Karen can also be found attempting witty banter on Twitter .Website || Goodreads