Riley O'Brien & Co. #3
In Hanging by a Thread (Riley O'Brien & Co. #3) by Jenna Sutton, Bebe Banerjee knows thirty is too old to still have her virginity. But with spending her time studying and working, she's never had much time to date, let alone find a man she trusts enough to get naked with. However, when Cal O'Brien makes her an offer, she's reluctant but eventually agrees. Not only because she wants him, but because he'll be a good distraction from her other problem -- trying to get out of her upcoming nuptials.
Cal O'Brien doesn't know whether to be pleased or shocked that the woman he wants is still a virgin. Too bad she doesn't like him, and would rather trade insults with him than get up close and very personal. Still, he's not about to let her first time be with some random stranger, so he decides to confront Bebe and make her an offer she can't possibly refuse.
Although I haven't read the first two books of this series, I absolutely enjoyed this story from start to finish. It was riveting, fast-paced and captivated my attention right from the beginning. Not only because it encompasses the sister's best friend trope, but because I liked how Bebe was trying to decide whether the words she was thinking to describe a virgin were pretty or downright ugly. Yet, it was from the moment she and Cal started to converse that made me read quicker than normal to see how things would progress between them.
The dialogue was entertaining and amusing at times, as Bebe and Cal traded insults. The one at the start where they try to guess what each other would go as to a Halloween costume party made me laugh. However, the dialogue was also intense due to the main characters back stories, especially Bebe's. Her parents are a real piece of work, and I've got to say with parents like hers who needs enemies. Really, the heroine's lucky she has the love and support of not only her best friend but the entire O'Brien family.
I really liked both the main characters, as well as the secondary ones, except for Bebe's family and her fiancé. They were people she didn't need in her life, not when they continued to be so mean towards her. However, Cal's family were the total opposite. They support each other, and aren't afraid to voice their concerns about him getting involved with Bebe, even if Cal tends to ignore them because he's so taken by the heroine and wants her more than he's wanted any woman in his entire life.
Bebe is strong and brave. I liked that she was upfront about her demands that she wanted more than sex with him. That she actually wanted to spend time in his company, and get to know him without them trading insults. But what I liked most about the heroine was that the more time she spends with Cal, the more confident she gets. She's bold in her approach to sex, especially when Cal keeps putting on the brakes until he believes she's ready. So, I could understand why she decided to try to rush their first time together, because after being together for a while and not doing much else but kissing, a woman's patience could start to wear thin.
While Cal, he's kind, confident, and definitely knows how to show a woman a good time in more ways than one. Their dates sounded exciting, and had me smiling because Bebe was getting to do a lot of things for the first time such as learn how to play different sports, and she totally surprised me with how good she was. Then there was the nickname the hero had for Bebe. It was cute, even if she didn't think so.
Overall, this was an incredible read where the scorching sex scenes heated up the pages, and illustrated the amazing chemistry these two had from the moment they conversed in the opening chapter. They both went into the arrangement for Cal to show her how good sex could be with eyes wide open, yet it was palpable these two were meant to be together, no matter what obstacles they had to face to achieve their happy ever after.
The way this story ended was delightful, as Bebe made the right choice by telling Cal everything about the man she was to marry, and what she did to be set free from her upcoming nuptials. I cheered when she explained what she did. However, it was the epilogue that tied everything up nicely. With the way it revealed the growth of the O'Brien family and how much love they have for each other. I would highly recommend Hanging by a Thread by Jenna Sutton, especially if you enjoy the sister's best friend trope.
Thirty-year-old Bebe Banerjee is desperate to get rid of two things: her fiancé and her virginity. Escaping her arranged marriage might be impossible, but she refuses to give her firsts to an entitled jerk who lives on another continent. Instead, she devises a plan that guarantees another man will get her momentous firsts. But she never imagined that man would be Cal O’Brien, the gorgeous heir to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire…