Blog Tour and Review: The First Taste


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The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins

Series: Slip of the Tongue #2
Release Date: August 4th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Andrew Beckwith has already devoted his life to one girl—and as far as he’s concerned, she’s all he needs. The rough-around-the-edges bad boy left his reckless ways behind six years ago when his daughter Bell was born. To the female population’s dismay, he’s unapologetically single. When Bell’s mother walked out on them years ago, he vowed never to let another woman close enough to hurt them again.

Amelia Van Ecken isn’t just another woman. She’s an independent, smart, and savvy businesswoman who doesn’t have time for sex, much less love. In the midst of a drawn-out, bitter divorce, all she wants is to bury herself in work. But when sharp-tongued Amelia and stubborn Andrew cross paths, sparks fly—and burn. Two things are obvious in an instant: they want each other, and they’re from different worlds. It’s the perfect formula for an off-the-charts one-night stand. After all, it’s not as if opposites ever attract.

The First Taste, a standalone spin-off of the Slip of the Tongue.


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This is the first book I have read by this author.  I was intrigued by the synopsis.  Single parent books get me every time!

This tells the story of Andrew and his sweet daughter Bell.  Andrew has sworn off of committed relationships but as he says, he isn’t dead either.  He meets women on his terms and then moves on.  He happens upon his sister’s boss as he is dropping Bell off for a weekend with her aunt.  Amelia is smart and incredibly s3xy and wants nothing to do with Andrew. 

Our boy is persistent, though.  His hope is to have one incredibly hot one night stand.  It seems as though their arrangement may not be that simple.  Once the heart becomes involved, things are up for grabs. 

I really enjoyed Andrew and his family.  He has his own baggage about relationships.  But, I really admired that he was able to do some self-reflection and realize Amelia may mean more to him than an occasional encounter.  He’s broody and s3xy and a wonderful dad.  He has a great support system.

I just could not connect with Amelia.  She comes off cold and uncaring.  Even in the throws of passion she doesn’t seem to make a connection with Andrew.  By the end of the book, I was coming around to her.  She still remained a cold fish swimming around on the periphery of Andrew’s warm and loving family and friends. 

I enjoyed the premise.  Overall great writing and I did enjoy the book in the end.  I look forward to reading more by this author. 

*ARC received for an honest review. 


Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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