Three Simple Wordsby AJ Pine Kingston Ale House #3 Publication Date: October 17, 2016 Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis: She’s holding out for a happy ever after.
I know where to find my happily ever after—between the pages of a romance novel. It’s why I sell books, why I blog about them, and why I’ll never get disappointed by love.
So what if my brother’s best friend from high school is now a bestselling author? Or that he just blew back into town on a Harley, filling out a pair of jeans like he never did before? Or that he’s agreed to do a signing at my bookstore on such short notice? Because despite all his adoring female fans, I kind of hated his book.
The last time I saw Annie Denning, she was a senior in high school, three years older than me and way out of my league. Now I’m her last-minute date to a wedding, and what started as a night of pure fun has turned into something more real than either of us anticipated.
Annie is my muse. When I’m with her, my writer’s block fades away, and the words finally flow. The only problem? She wants the fairy tale—her very own happily ever after—and anyone who’s read my book knows the truth. I just don’t believe they exist.
She took a step closer, and he inhaled the warm scent of vanilla and, maybe, a hint of cinnamon? He’d been too caught up in the moment to notice before. But now he began to feel drunk, wondering if one glass of wine could knock him on his ass. But he knew it couldn’t have. It was this woman.
He swallowed hard, his throat suddenly dry.
“Jesus you smell good, Annie.”
She leaned closer. Because apparently she was trying to kill him.
“What would the line be—if you wrote it in your book? How would you describe my scent?”
Uh, he could describe the agony of the erection straining against his pants, but somehow he thought she wouldn’t appreciate that.
Christ. Words. She wanted words, now? After he told her he was blocked? But he had to prove his plan would work, that they could use this evening—and each other—to their advantage and neither of them be worse for the wear.
Fine. Words. The girl wanted words, so he would deliver. “He grew drunk,” Wes said. “Drunk on the nearness of her, on the warm, sweet scent of home. Because that’s what she was to him. She was home. And until he kissed her, he hadn’t known what that meant. Home wasn’t a place. It was
a state of mind. It was her, the intoxicating scent of her skin, and his lips pressed against it.”
He hadn’t realized until he spoke the last of it that his eyes were closed. Maybe hers were, too, because she wasn’t saying anything. All he heard was her sharp, shallow breaths. All he felt was his forehead pressed to hers.
How the hell did they get here?
“I think your writer’s block might be cured,” she whispered. “That was way more romantic than an ice
Wes laughed softly. “I don’t write romance,” he said.
“Whatever,” she countered, but she was still smiling.
“How about your ex situation? That cured yet, or do we want to give them more of a show?”
She cleared her throat. “I think the jury’s still out.”
Okay. They were on the same page—so to speak. He wanted this night, whatever ended up happening, and Annie seemed on the verge of jumping off this cliff with him.
He straightened and took a step back so his eyes could find hers. She chewed her bottom lip.
“One night, Annie. Whatever you want out of this evening, I’m your guy. And when we go home tonight—”
“Tomorrow,” she said, and Wes’s brows drew together. “When we go home—tomorrow…”
One of my favorite things about AJ Pine's stories is that they are all fun and different. Though they might fit a trope or fall into specific type, they all have their own unique spin; Be it the characters or the setting or some other plot twist, each story breaks out of a mold and leaves me falling in love.
Three Simple Words is an amazing addition to the Kingston Ale series, Wes and Annie were fun to read. This book is just like the others in the series, full of humor, realism, and two amazing characters who when you break it down quite simply just work together. I've always been a lover of the brother's best friend theme, and the fact that this book took that theme and added into it an author hero with totally bookish heroine - SOLD!
The banter between these two was spot on amazing. I laughed, I sighed, I swooned. Their connection was clear to see and fun to watch develop further throughout the book.
I related to Annie in a lot of ways, and that made the story come more to life for me, she often found herself lost in the fantasy of a good book, and wanted that fantasy to be her reality, but she wanted the real deal.
Wes didn't believe in happily ever after, fairytales were just that in his mind, a story to be told to make readers happy, to make them swoon, but never to exist outside of storytime. Little does he know he's about to discover that Love does exist and it's about to turn him on his head.
Three Simple words is nothing short of wonderful. Watching as Wes and Annie's thoughts on relationships change as they forge a mutual arrangement was fun. I laughed with them, wanted to cry for them, and even a time or two wanted to yell at them in frustration, but ultimately I couldn't wait to see what came next. I loved the realistic touches to the story that sucked me in, but also made me feel as if I was a part of the story. Wes and Annie wormed their way into my heart and made me fall in love with them and I wouldn't have it any other way.
DON'T MISS THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE KINGSTON ALE HOUSE SERIES!
Synopsis: She created the game, but the rules are about to change.The second I met Will Evans in his three-piece suit with that hot as hell British accent, I wanted him. That is...until he insulted my shoes and stole my corner office. Now I have to work side-by-side with the surly British arsehole who just set my career back six months. It's fine. That accent won't get to me, no matter how sexy it sounds when he asks permission to do things professionals shouldn't do. On the couch. In the corner office I still wish was mine. Maybe we can't keep our hands off each other, but I'm sure as hell not falling for a guy who lives an ocean away. Because in six months, he's leaving for good. I don't do broken hearts, but you know what they say... There's a first time for everything. Each book in the Kingston Ale House series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
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Synopsis: How far will one man go for the woman he's loved since high school?Jamie Kingston has been Brynn Chandler's best friend since middle school. Only once was their friendship tested—when Brynn gave Jamie a single kiss. Since then, they've had an unspoken agreement never to cross that line again, and she’s ready to let go of the past and move on. But Jamie has loved Brynn for as long as he can remember, and now that he's ready to tell her, she has her sights set on someone else. Knowing this is his last chance, he asks Brynn to go on a two-week road trip. But their time alone brings old hurts to the surface, and Brynn has to decide if the one that got away lies at the end of the journey or if he's been by her side all along.