Before, I start this post, I have to thank my awesome aussie friend, Audrey, for introducing me to Shine Not Burn! This was a reading a enjoyed so much! Thank you vanilla sister 🙂
Rating: 4.5 sexy stars
IT HAPPENED IN VEGAS.
I can’t be held responsible. Things that happen there are supposed to stay there, right? Right? Yeeeah. Not so much.
Andie’s just days away from tying the knot, but there’s just ooooone little glitch. Apparently, she’s already married. Or someone with her name is married to a guy out in Oregon of all places, and the courthouse won’t issue her a marriage license until it’s all cleared up. Tripping her way through cow pies and country songs to meet up with a man who gets around places on horseback is her very last idea of how to have a good time, but if she’s going to get married, make partner at the firm, and have two point five kids before she’s thirty-five, she needs to get to the bottom of this snafu and fix it quick … before her fiance finds out and everything she’s been working toward goes up in flames.
Shine Not Burn is one of those books, that get you hooked from the first and you can’t stop laughing while reading it! It is funny and light and a super flirty reading!
Andie and Mack are two characters that fit in so completely, and they both realize it, even if they fight over it or over something else.
We first meet Mack and his charming ways in Vegas and let me tell ya, it made me want to fly directly from Brazil to Vegas just to meet a hot, cocky and handsome cowboy for myself! Hell yeah!
I dare you not to swoon over Mack or not to laugh over Mack and Andie’s antics, it’s just impossible! And you won’t regret being introduced to both of them, that’s sure.
Andie is a party girl who tries to hide her free side from the world and buries it with work, but when one of her bffs plan a trip to Vegas to celebrate her upcoming marriage, she just can’t say no. That party girl is in desperate need to parteeee! Specially because of her uptight jerk boyfriend. And party she does! Until she meets Mack and becomes his luck amulet and start gambling for him.
They have a steamy night and then it ends and we’ll only see them a few years later and something happened to both of them, they are changed and some changes are definitely not for the best, but will they be able to reach into the past and reconnect with who they once where? Will Andie fiancè win her over her husband? Husband that she didn’t even know she had?
And will Mack be able to forgive Andie for something she didn’t remember doing or will her neglect make her lose him forever, just after they finally find each other again?
Well, I can’t really say, just know this is a journey you won’t regret taking! You will laugh so hard with them, you’ll have tears in your eyes! And some of these tears will be from laughing but some from swooning too!
There’s also a crazy bitch, crazy-coolest mother, crazy family and friends, and lots of funny moments and love! And don’t forget the hot cowboys!! Shine Not Burn will definitely make you shine from all the fun and smiling!!
EXCERPT FROM SHINE NOT BURN:
I half stumbled, half ran over to fix things. Oh my god, oh my god, what have I done! The former contents of my drink were now dripping off the top of his hat and down his cheek and into his shirt. He’d stood up and was staring down at himself in shock.
“Holy shit, I am so sorry. Oh my god, what did I do?! Oh my god…” I grabbed a bunch of cocktail napkins off the table, nearly spilling other people’s drinks in my haste, using them to dab at his amazing, gorgeous, weather-lined face. He was even better-looking up close, which seconds ago I would have said would be impossible.
When he lifted his gaze to look at me, I nearly had a heart attack. I dropped the napkins with a plop onto his cowboy boots. It would have made Candice proud, the high register that I hit with my girly squeal. “Eeep!” Those eyes! They glowed out from under his hat a sky blue so bright they looked as if they were illuminated from inside his head.
“I’d say the drink is on me, but that would be way too corny and cliché,” he said, his voice almost lazy the way it came out. But I barely heard what he was saying because his glowing blue eyes were piercing my soul or something. I’d never seen anything like them in my life. I could look at him all day long and never get tired of it.
I cringed inwardly as soon as the syllable slid past my lips. The oratory skills that served me so well in the courtroom had abandoned me entirely. I doubted at this point whether I’d be able to string a coherent sentence together. His beauty combined with his slow-talking cowboy sexiness had completely robbed me of any intelligence. The drinks probably weren’t helping.
“Never mind.” He took his hat from his head and shook it a little off to the side, droplets of my former drink flying off to land on the carpet. His hair was longish, the ends curling up at his neck, which really surprised me. I’d been expecting a crew cut or a big bald spot under that hat to spoil the effect, to make him seem more human and not so supernaturally gorgeous … but no such luck. He wasthat beautiful, managing to make every other man in the place look like dog meat. Every single one of them instantly ceased to exist for me, just like the memories of that guy I’d been dating for three years who’d broken up with me by text on my way out here. What was his name again? Puke, I think?
I looked down and noticed a wet spot on the front of the cowboy’s jeans and all down the front of his shirt, and suddenly felt the desperate need to help. I’d caused this problem. I’d ruined his night. And if the stacks of chips in front of him were any clue, he’d been doing pretty well.
I grabbed the pile of cocktail napkins that the dealer had put down at his place and dabbed the whole wad of them first on his shirt and then on the front of his pants.
“I am so sorry. I have no idea what my problem is. Well, that’s not true, I do know what my problem is.” I snorted in disgust. “I’m wearing these ridiculous heels, which I knew were a mistake the first time I saw them, but against my better judgment, I put them on anyway.” I was busy pounding away on his crotch, trying to soak up the alcohol, not really thinking about what I was doing, so wrapped up in my nightmare of a life. “I knew this was a mistake, I knew Vegas was going to be a problem. I don’t know why I let people talk me into things like this all the time.”
He grabbed my wrist and halted my movements. I stopped in mid stream-of-consciousness brain vomit and looked up at him.
“I think you’d better stop now.”
“What?” I was totally confused.
He looked down at his crotch, still holding onto my wrist.
I followed his gaze and nearly had another heart attack. There was a distinct bulge going down the leg of his pants that hadn’t been there before.
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