Series: Hazards #2
Publisher: Self Published on February 27, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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One small town boy, one girl who wants more, one roll in the hay...
Hooking up with your high school crush is a bad idea, a really bad idea. It was only supposed to be one night, one brief departure from my real life, but nothing ever works out exactly the way you plan.
Colton Waters was everything from my past that didn't fit into my present, so why did he have to show up at my college and pledge the one frat I couldn't avoid?
Because nothing is ever meant to happen just once. At least not the life changing things that mean the difference between falling apart and falling in love.
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Colt wrapped an arm around my waist and pulled me closer. “No. I’d rather bother you.”
There was something kind of sexy about the motion, something more confident than his usual goofy flirting. His hand felt nice resting on my hip, so I let it stay. Was this really the same Colt? Since when did his touch have that kind of effect on me? “When did you get back to town?”
“About two hours ago.”
“You didn’t wait long to come out.” I took a big sip of the drink. It was starting to taste a lot better.
“I took time for a shower.”
“That was thoughtful of you.”
“Planning on getting close to me tonight?” He watched me intently.
“Maybe.” The flirtatious word flew out of my mouth without me realizing it. The alcohol and that smile of his was making me forget where I was. “Sorry.”
“Why are you sorry?” He moved his hand, turning me and wrapping his other arm around me so my body was pressed against his.
I laughed. “What are you doing?”
“What am I doing? You’re the one telling me you might be getting close to me tonight.” His hand slid down slightly, settling below my hip. His touch felt so good.
“Your birthday passed, right? You’re nineteen now?”
He laughed that deep, throaty laugh of his. “I’m going to take it as a good sign that you’re checking to make sure I’m old enough.”
“I’m not supposed to be into younger guys.”
“I’m three months younger than you. I can’t help that my parents held me back a grade.” He leaned back against an old oak tree, pulling me along with him. The motion had me leaning into his chest.
“You’ve gotten hotter.” I couldn’t believe I’d said the words out loud. I also couldn’t believe I was thinking about Colton that way again.
He laughed once more. “So have you, although I wouldn’t have thought it was possible.”
I took another sip of my drink. “When did you get this cute?”
“Are you implying you haven’t been ready to jump me for the last five years?”
“I’ve never thought about it before tonight.” The words weren’t exactly true, but I hadn’t thought about it in a while.
“But you are thinking about it now?” He grinned, moving his hands even lower so they cradled my ass.
“Maybe.” His hands sent a thrill through me, reminding me of just how long it had been since a guy had touched me that way.
“That’s the second maybe you’ve given me. How am I supposed to make that into a yes?” He took the bottle from my hand and dropped it down on the ground next to his empty cup. The remaining liquid seeped out onto the dirt.
“I don’t know. It’s your job to figure that out.” I ran my now free hand down his chest. It was firmer and more muscular than I expected.
“My job, huh? I like the sound of that.” His lips tickled my ear. “I like the sound of anything involving you.” He took my hand and led me further into the grouping of trees. It wasn’t a dense forest or anything, but I knew he was looking for privacy. I didn’t object when he gently leaned me back into another tree.
I closed my eyes, ready to feel his lips and hands on my body. I was horrible at knowing what to do in those situations. I needed the guy to take control.
His lips brushed against mine as he rested his hand on my stomach. He slipped a few fingers underneath my shirt. “Am I earning a yes, or do I have more work to do?” he whispered with his lips right next to mine.
“You have more work.” I kept my eyes closed, taking in a breath as his hand moved further up my shirt.
Check out my review of The Hazards of Skinny Dipping (Hazards #1)
“‘Only you can decide your worth. Trust me, you can’t let what a guy, even your dad, thinks of you change your self-image.'”
“‘What’s his name?’ I figured it couldn’t hurt to share the details. ‘Colton.’ she laughed. ‘Seriously? That’s such a country boy name. Does he let you call him Colt when you ride him?’ ‘So uncalled for. And it was only one time, remember?’ ‘I couldn’t resist.'”
I loved the companion novel, The Hazards of Skinny Dipping, and couldn’t wait to hear the story of another couple set in this world.
This novel follows small town girl Mallory as she comes back to college after summer break to find that the boy she had a one night stand with back in her small, hick town, is pledging to her sorority’s brother frat. This novel follows Mallory as she comes to terms with what she feels for Colton. It was definitely a humorous novel. It kept me laughing. It was fast paced and kept interesting, although at times that plot was a bit predictable. Regardless, it held my interest throughout its entirety.
Mallory was the female protagonist. For the first half or so of the novel, I didn’t quite like her. She seemed superficial and fake, with shunning Colton just because he came from her old town. She denied her obvious feelings for a bit too long for me. However, once she came to realize the error of her ways, I enjoyed her character a bit more. She wasn’t the most relatable character that I’ve read, but she certainly wasn’t the worst. She had her good qualities and bad ones.
Colton was the love interest. I liked him much more than I like Mallory. He wasn’t about to hide his feelings, no matter what the consequences were, and I found that admirable. He was sweet and funny, and quite the adorable character. He obviously cared for Mallory, and in some cases reminded me of a slightly abused puppy. But he put his foot down when needed, and didn’t let Mallory hide forever.
We see quite a bit of Juliet and Reed in this novel, as Mallory is roomies with Juliet and Colt is pledging to Reed’s frat. I really enjoyed seeing them in this novel, and i realized just how much I missed them. Unfortunately, I enjoyed them more and they kind of took away the limelight from Mallory and Colton.
“‘I want to be with you, Colt. Is that what you needed to hear?’ This was ridiculous. Did I really want him badly enough that I was willing to put up worth his antics? Yes. The answer was yes. When I was with him,’ all my worries about my future, Dad, Gasden and everything else disappeared. I just needed him close.”
This romance starts with a one night stand. Then the classic, ‘oh it was a mistake’ and trying to ignore that it happened on the girl’s side, and the boy taking it to heart and trying to pursue the girl. Unfortunately, I’ve seen it before, so it didn’t have the element of individuality. Regardless, Ivy is capable of taking even a slightly cliche romance and turning it into something more, which is exactly what she did with this novel. It was steamy when needed, serious when needed, and just an overall enjoyable romance to read.
A fantastic mix of romance and drama, The Hazards of a One Night Stand was one of those lighter romances that you can’t help but enjoy.