By Jenna Sutton
Thirty-year-old Bebe Banerjee is desperate to get rid of two things: her fiancé and her virginity. Escaping her arranged marriage might be impossible, but she refuses to give her firsts to an entitled jerk who lives on another continent. Instead, she devises a plan that guarantees another man will get her momentous firsts. But she never imagined that man would be Cal O’Brien, the gorgeous heir to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire…
Although Cal has always been fascinated by Bebe’s brilliant mind and beautiful eyes, he’s never pursued her. She can’t stand the sight of him, and every time they’re in the same room, they end up trading insults. Yet when he finds out about Bebe’s bold plan, he makes his move, unaware of her upcoming nuptials. He promises to make her firsts unforgettable, but he doesn’t know how hard it will be to forget her when their arrangement ends.
This was a sweet read about two people who have been fighting their attraction to each other for years. Sparks flew the moment they first touched, but being unfamiliar with the feeling and emotion, Bebe recoiled and lashed out, putting Cal immediately offside and keeping him there for the next four years. When he overhears her talking about wanting to lose her virginity, Cal decides this is the perfect time to strike. Bebe doesn’t know it, but Cal’s feelings for her will ensure he’ll look after her and treat her right. What starts out as a sexual agreement quickly turns into something more and it’s not long before they’re both wondering if they have something really special.
HANGING BY A THREAD is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I can’t say exactly why, but this one didn’t grab me as much as the other books in the series have and I felt like this was missing…something. I would like to know why Bebe’s family loathed her, but that’s never explained and was left as a loose thread (no pun intended). I liked the conflict and resolution at the end, even though there wasn’t much of a conflict at all and it was resolved very quickly. I liked it because Cal had a legitimate reason to believe the worst, but he gave Bebe a chance to explain the situation and when he learned everything, he forgave her then and there. He didn’t drag it out because his feelings were hurt, as you see in so many other stories. Bebe was a nice character, but it was Cal I really liked. He was a lot of fun and I loved his juvenile, sexual humour.
“And your shoes spoke to me.”
“Oh, really? What did they say?”
“We look even better when she’s wearing us and nothing else.”
Hanging By A Thread (Riley O’Brien & Co. # 3)
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