Wednesday 1 November 2017


Totally His
Opposites Attract #3
By Erin Nicholas
Releasing October 31st, 2017


In Totally His (Opposites Attract #3) by Erin Nicholas, when a fire rips through her theatre, Sophia Birch needs help to get it back up and running. Luckily, the police officer that discovered her rummaging through drawers and unprepared to leave until she's found what she's looking for the night of the fire has friends that are willing to lend a hand. However, once things are back to normal, as the saying goes 'the show must go on' and what a better way for that to happen than to put together a performance using the irreplaceable script she was determined to save from the fire. Will Finn be able to feed Sophia's passion in and out of the theatre, or will they lose their chance at happy ever after because they're too different?

Ms. Nicholas has exceptional talent for writing the opposites attract trope, which is proven by the stories she's penned for this series so far, and this third book of her opposites attract series is another perfect paradigm. Really, the way this story started drew me in immediately, as Sophie knows what she wants and there's no way she's not going to do everything in her power to save the script she wants to be the theatre's next play. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time that had me smiling, as Finn will do anything to save someone, even if it's from their own stupidity. Will Sophia get what she wants or will she find herself under arrest? 

As for the dialogue, it was well-written, enthralling and I loved the interactions between Sophia and Finn, as the heroine is feisty and isn't afraid to fight her own battles, which is proven by the way she stands up to her father. No way will she allow him to continue to get away with the way he cons people. Will Sophia finally be able to put a stop to her father's schemes? How far is she willing to go to see her father can no longer use her as an excuse for what he does? Furthermore, there were some really good light-hearted moments between Sophia and Finn as well as between the main and secondary characters that had me reading this story quickly, determined to discover how long it would take the hero and heroine to give into their intense chemistry.

Both the main characters were well-developed and their back stories definitely made this hero and heroine fascinating and compelling. Sophia's back story certainly makes it understandable why she feels the way she does about relationships. Yet, I liked that she gave Finn a chance, as he's good for her. Sophia is also resilient, courageous and I liked how determined she is to save her theatre, as it's palpable she sees it as her family legacy. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was her determination to stand up to her father; a man that's put her through so much in her life. While Finn, he's confident, has a tight bond with his family, and I liked how protective he is of Sophia, especially when it comes to doing everything he can to help her with his father. Can Finn find a way to help Sophia's father, so the man can be a better father to his daughter; or is the heroine's father a lost cause that will only ever care more about himself than his daughter? 

Overall, Ms. Nicholas has delivered another remarkable read for this series where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance was full of exquisite heat and passion that did justice to this couple's chemistry; and the ending left me completely satisfied because of what the heroine did to make her father understand that she will no longer allow him to freeload of her her hard work. I also liked Sophia's determination to make things right with Finn. No way will she continue to hold herself back from the love and happiness she so deserves. I would recommend Totally His by Erin Nicholas, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope or books by authors Melanie Shawn, Mari Carr, Samantha Chase and Erin McCarthy.

Sophia Birch loves nothing more than the spotlight--as long as she's playing a part. A theater geek from an early age, Sophia now runs a little hole-in-the-wall playhouse that feeds her passion... even if it sometimes makes it hard to feed herself! And then one night it all nearly goes up in smoke. Desperate to save the only copy of an irreplaceable script, Sophia rushes back into the burning building.

Police officer Finn Kelly knows crazy when he sees it. And a woman running back into a burning building definitely qualifies as crazy. She also happens to be incredibly sexy. But when he finally finds her ruffling through drawers and refusing to leave, his only option is to carry her out over his shoulder....and then decide whether to arrest her.

Finn would have noticed her even if she hadn’t been wearing hot-pink lingerie. And nothing else.

He really would have. She was totally his type—brunette and curvy and, apparently, a little crazy. As evidenced by the fact that she was trying to sneak into a burning building. He did seem to be attracted to crazy. No matter how hard he tried not to be.

He watched the woman stop at the east corner of the Birch Community Playhouse, the one farthest from where the firefighters were working. Then he frowned as she slipped into the shadows along the side of the theater and out of sight.

Dammit. He started after her.

As one of the cops on scene, he had to keep the area clear for the firefighters and keep the crowd of onlookers safe. If one of them happened to have a great body and be dressed in nothing but a pink bra-and-panty set, well, he’d just call that a perk. And as he jogged across the street, Finn couldn’t help but wonder if she was in costume or if the alarm had caught her in the midst of a wardrobe change. If that was her outfit for the show, he might need to buy a ticket.

He turned the corner to the back of the building and looked around. He didn’t see her. She’d gone inside. Dammit. He climbed up the four steps that led to the back door of the theater.

Finn touched the door and found it cool. It seemed that the flames were still contained to the wall on the other end of the theater, but it was a mistake to assume anything when fire was involved.

He stepped inside and pulled the flashlight from his belt, then shone it back and forth. He turned a full circle, not sure where to go next. Just then Finn heard a door slam somewhere behind him. He swung toward the sound just in time to see the woman step out from a room.

Her eyes went wide when she saw him.

“Boston PD! Stop!” Finn shouted.

She had covered up. Kind of. She now wore a robe, short, sheer, and unbelted. Which really did nothing to cover his view of her panties and bra. Or all that skin.

And maybe that was why she suddenly took off at a run.

Finn stared after her for a moment, a little stunned. She was actually running from him?

The woman made it to the other end of the lobby and through one of the doors leading into the main theater before Finn got to her. He grabbed the door as it was swinging shut, nearly smashing his fingers. The lights were off in the inner theater but, as he plunged into the darkness, he got a big whiff of whatever body spray or perfume she wore. He took a deep breath. It was nice. Lemony. Sweet and…

Jesus. Finn scowled and turned his flashlight back on. He was thinking about how she smelled? How about the smell of smoke that was going to be chasing them both pretty soon?

“Hey!” he called into the theater. You have to come out, ma’am. It’s not safe for you to stay in the building.”

“Just give me a damned minute!” she shouted.

“I’m sorry, ma’am, I can’t do that,” Finn said.

“I have to find something. Then I’m coming right out.”

 “Ma’am, I will have to remove you myself if you don’t come out immediately.”

“Oh, for fuck’s sake!” he heard her exclaim.

“Ma’am, this is your last warning. Stop what you’re doing and come with me.”

Enough of this. Finn stalked over to her, put a hand around her upper arm, and turned to remove her from the building.

She dug her heels in, though, pulling against his hold. “Hey, you can’t—”

“Oh, yes I can,” he told her calmly, careful to keep his eyes off her body. The heat from her skin had immediately soaked through the thin robe, and Finn felt it traveling from his palm up his arm. “I’ve given you several opportunities to cooperate.”

“You’re arresting me?” she asked.

“Are you doing something that you need to be arrested for?” he asked, moving her toward the door, even with her resisting.

“No! I need to get something. It’s very important. It belongs to a friend of mine. It’s irreplaceable.”

“Ma’am,” he said calmly, “don’t make me carry you out of here.”

She pulled against his grip and leaned all her weight into fighting the forward motion across the room.

Well, shit. He’d kind of figured it would come to this, but he wasn’t sure he was ready to touch her more. Still, it didn’t look as if he had a lot of choice. Reminding himself that he was a professional, he bent and hooked an arm behind her knees, looped the other around her back, and lifted her.

She gasped, and for a moment she didn’t fight. And he thought maybe the hard part was over. But as he headed out the door, trying to ignore how warm and soft and fucking lemony she was, she started to wiggle.

Erin Nicholas is the New York Times bestselling author of sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they're shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).

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