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#Review: STIRRING ATTRACTION (Second Shot #2) by Sara Jane Stone #Giveaway

“You painted your toenails pink.”
Dominic Fairmore stared at Lily’s bumble-gum colored nails. He didn’t trust himself to look up. Downstairs, his dad’s dogs made the familiar trip to the water bowl and back, probably stopping to sniff the bag of Chinese take-out he’d abandoned on the kitchen table. The animals’ nails tapped against the hardwood floors, but otherwise silence filled the farmhouse. His little sister was at the beach and his dad was pulling a double at Forever, Oregon’s woefully understaffed police station. And yeah, he kept track of their locations because at twenty-two he still lived at home.
Lily raised one perfect eyebrow. “I have two hours before my mom expects me home and you’re looking at my toenails?”
Her ironic tone pushed him damn close to his breaking point. He’d take her. Here. Now. Against the wall, pictures falling to the floor. Because he knew she reserved her humor for him. The rest of Forever saw a blond-haired, blue-eyed woman who charmed a room full of five-year olds day after day. A girl who’d been born here, grown up here, and put herself through the local university while still living at home to care for her wheelchair-bound mother and alcoholic father.
But Dominic saw the only girl he’d ever loved. If he closed his eyes, he could still picture her, walking down the halls of their high school. She’d been one year ahead of him. She’d graced the dreary high school halls with her sunshine smile and confidence. And yeah, her short skirts.
He’d memorized the way her cheerleaders outfit teased her thighs while she led the squad her senior year. He’d been a junior, but already shepherding the football team to one victory after another. And sometimes it felt like he busted his ass on the field and won the game just to see her smile . . .
But he couldn’t close his eyes and block out the way Lily looked right now. His gaze drifted up her calves. Every inch of bare skin wrapped around his heart like a noose. He took in the curve of her thighs and tried to go slow. His jaw tightened and his eyes disobeyed.
Fuck slow.
His gaze locked on the slip of fabric disappearing between her legs.
“Your panties match your toenails,” he growled. There wasn’t a hint of humor in his voice. He couldn’t picture laughing now. In two days, he’d wreck her heart. He would shatter their love and leave her with nothing but memories and the promise that he’d come back.
I swear I’ll come back for her.
But so much could change while he was on the other side of the country training to be all he could be. And later, once he deployed, on the other side of the world.
Two more days. Two more nights. How many times could he make love to this woman before they ran out of time?
“Are you sure they match?” she teased. Her fingers brushed the waistband of her panties and then her thumbs slipped beneath the pink fabric.
His hands formed tight fists at his sides, watching as she drew her underwear down to her toes. Her upper body stole away his view of the blond curls, instead offering the sight of her full, bare breasts hovering in front of her legs. Long locks of blonde hair drifted down as she compared the color of her underwear to her nail polish.
“Lily,” he growled and stepped closer.
She glanced up at him and slowly, as if she knew every movement of her body turned him on and pushed him closer to that place where he lost control. But hell, after six years together, Lily Greene damn well knew how to drive him crazy with lust and longing.
“My nails are a light pink. I think the bottle said ‘Ballet Slipper.’ But my underwear is closer to fuchsia.” She tossed her panties at him. “See?”
Years of training on the football field kicked in and he caught the slip of fabric in his right hand. “You’re right,” he said and he took a step forward. He threw her underwear down to the carpet without bothering to study them.
“You need to be home in two hours?” he asked.
Her teasing smile faded at the reminder of the reality beyond the bedroom walls. “You know I do.”
“We might not have time for the Chinese food.” He momentarily blocked his view as he drew his ‘Go Army!’ T-shirt over his head. He discarded the reminder of where he was heading in two days’ time. He wanted to leave this town and the dead-end future it promised, but not Lily.
“I hate Chinese,” she said.
She reached forward and grabbed onto the belt buckle his father had given him after he won the state championship with his high school football team. He pressed his palms flat against the wall, one on either side of her head. He couldn’t touch her. Not yet.
“I know.” He allowed her to pull him close, her fingers working to free his belt and undo his jeans. “I didn’t want to run the risk that you would want to eat first.”
She smiled as her hands won the battle with his belt. Drawing his zipper down, she leaned forward and whispered in his ear. “Smart man.” Her hands pushed his pants over his hips and then went in search of their target.
“Lily,” he gasped as her fingers wrapped around the part of his body that thought ‘slow’ spelled disaster. Hell, it just might. He wanted her so damn much he might come in her hand. “Careful,” he added. “Or I’ll be about as useful as I was the first time. In the front seat of my truck.”
“Have as much self-control now as you did at seventeen?” she challenged, her hand moving up and down now.
“You know it.” He took his right hand off the wall and cupped her jaw. Angling her lips up to meet his, he kissed her. He knew her mouth. He’d memorized the way she liked his tongue to tease hers.
His hand moved down her neck and over her shoulder. His fingers froze, hovering on her collarbone. He knew the feel of her soft skin as well as he knew his own. But dammit, he couldn’t take the weight of her breast in his hand, her nipple brushing against his palm, and still maintain control.
She broke the kiss. “Don’t hold back, Dominic,” she whispered. “You never have before. Don’t start now. You know how to touch me. You’re the only one—”
His growl cut off her hushed words. He was the only one who knew the color of her panties. The only man in her bed. The only one who heard her sly humor. And yeah, the only man in Forever, Oregon who loved her.
For now . . .


Can we start off by pointing out how yummy that cover model is? I don't know if he's tall, but dark and handsome, anyone? It's my weakness. Anywho...I am a faithful stalker of Sara Jane Stone's books and after reading Noah and Josie's book, Serving Trouble, I was very much looking forward to Dominic's HEA. I felt so strong for him at the end of the first book, that I was chomping at the bit to read his.

We get a taste of what Dominic and Lily's relationship was like before he shipped off to the Army (Read the excerpt above if you haven't already.) at the beginning of the book. Then we are thrust forward in time after Dominic's injured and out of the armed forces, and he still hasn't drug himself back home to his family and Lily. I've read a few reviews now that have stated that just because he was hurt didn't mean he had to sulk and stay away for so long and just needed to get over it. Statements like these bother me to no end. Want to know why? They don't know what PTSD does to a solider. They are taught to be the best they can be and settle for nothing less. And let's not forget what survivors guilt does to a soldier-but that's for another time and place. All these things mess with a person's head and it's not easy for that person to just snap out of it. Then take away that person's identity as a soldier/warrier/defender, what do you have? Someone who feels like they failed. And this is just the tip of the iceberg for them. This is something I feel very passionate about seeing as I deal daily with crippling anxiety that has affected me not only mentally, but physically, as well. Just like PTSD and various mental issues soldiers have to deal with, it's not always something that can easily be fixed just because it's not seen on the outside. I could go on and on, but this is a book review, not a speil about mental illness. As I was saying, Dom had to have a wake-up call in the form of Ryan, one of Dom and Noah's best friends, travel to Georgia to drag his ass on a plane to help Lily after she is attacked. During this scene, Dominic's reaction shows just how much he still loves Lily. Talk about making my heart ache for him!

The scene where Lily finally sees Dominic after months of avoidance gave me a good chuckle. I'd probably chuck a drink at his head, too. Lily was very endearing and rather enjoyed that she stuck to what she believed actually happened to her. A lot of people wouldn't have done that.

Throughout this book, I was rooting for the pair. Neither has moved on from the other-hello only ever slept with each other! I found it refreshing that Sara Jane Stone kept our couple dedicated to each other no matter if they were with each other or not. That's not seen very often, and definitely not with the male lead. This, alone, showed us that if they could get past their issues, they are the type of couple that can make it for the long haul.

I read this book as fast as I was able to manage around wifely and motherly responsibilities. Sexual tension, stubbornness, love, and faithfulness are just a few elements that added to this wonderful story. Dominic and Lily will hold a special place in my heart. Now I just have to find the patience to wait for Caroline and Josh's book. Now that one I have been looking forward to more than Dominic, and that's saying a lot.


SJSauthor photoAfter several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! Visit and look for her newsletter entry form.

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1 comment

  1. Tasty Book ToursJune 15, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Thank you for sharing your lovely review!