Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Start Me Up - Victoria Dahl


Lori Love is yearning for something more...

She’d always planned to get out of tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado, but when her late dad left her his beloved auto repair shop, Lori stayed. Now she needs some excitement in her life and, according to her best friend, some hot, no-strings-attached sex would be just the thing to get Lori’s engine purring.

Quinn Jennings has buildings on the brain—not love and romance. A serious architect, he’s delighted to discover that Lori is willing to skip dating protocol and head straight for the sheets. Using the Lori’s collection of steamy books as a guide, Quinn gets busy making all her wildest fantasies come true. Mind-blowing, meaningless sex is one thing, but then life in Tumble Creek takes a dangerous turn for Lori, and Quinn’s protective instincts kick in. Suddenly he cares. More than either of them ever expected…

We met Lori Love as well as Quinn Jennings in Talk Me Down (VD’s first in this series of books). I really liked Loris character then and was happy to hear that she got her own book.

Lori and Quinn went to school together and never had much of a though about each other. Both started college later on in life but the difference is Quinn got to finish…Lori didn’t. Due to a fatal accident to her father Lori was forced to quit school and take care of her father and his business. Now at age 29 Loris father has passed and shes stuck in a rut fixing cars in the garage while watching her life pass her by. With one conversation to Molly, her best friend, Lori decides she needs a bit of no-stings-attached sex to liven her up. Her “new” look catches the eye of Quinn Jennings (her best friends brother and sexy yet dorky architect). The beans get spilt on her idea of sex and Quinn jumps at the chance to see his Lorilove in action!

The problem starts when the sheriff of Tumble Creek re-opens the death of her father and decides there is more to it than what it seems. Now Lori finds herself in danger from finding out the truth of her fathers past as well as coming face to face with a killer! BUT the one danger Lori never expected was the danger of her own heart…

Lori’s situation is fatal…falling in love and running from a killer WHILE WEARING NEW HEELS! Will she survive?

This was SUCH a good book! EEPPP! I loved it!

First off I love stories about tom girls changed into a sexy goddess! Lori is small and petite but she works on cars all day! When shes thrown into the life of Quinn Jennings she feels she needs to glam it up. But little does she know Quinn loves her just the way she is! Lori has a problem with that b/c they were clearly from different social levels and its a great when she realizes his true intentions and comes to just enjoy the growing relationship.

I think probably the best aspect of this book was the fact that Quinn tried to live out Loris fantasies! He used her erotica book as a study guide as gave her what she craved! YUM! I think my fav fantasy was her bring tied up! Epp! Monroe is a naughty naughty girl lol! And SO IS LORI!!! But the REAL thought about him doing this is that he was trying to give her something for herself and that there shows what kinda guy Quinn is! :o)

And of course one thing that I crave in contemporary books is banter and the "girl time" that cracks me up! Here is a cute Snib Bit between Molly from Talk Me Down and Lori.

Snib Bit~
. . . “You were just asking me about dirty things, Lori Love. Remember? And then Quinn walks over here and stares at you like a raspberry truffle dipped in honey cream.”
“He. . . A what?”
“I’m sorry. That was too much, huh? Too erotica-y? Too much creamy goodness?”
Lori wrapped her fingers around the stem of her martini glass. “God, you are strange.”
“Don’t change the subject. Do you want to do dirty things with my brother or not?”

“No!” Her brain seemed to vibrate at the word, like an internal lie-detector test. “Of course not. I just fixed his backhoe. That’s it.”

“Got his engine running?”

“Stop it.”

“Hey!” Molly protested. “I could have said something about being a hoe, but I didn’t.”

This book was get it! The next one comes out in January...its about Jane, Quinns assistant! I CANT WAIT!!!

I give this book a total of...



Nicole McLaughlin said...

I'm really excited about this one, because I really loved the first one!!

December 16, 2009 at 8:41 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

Oh ya I really loved the first one too! Ill have to send this one in your next group of books! :o)

December 17, 2009 at 3:51 AM
~ames~ said...

I loved the first one too - so I'm definitely picking this up soon. And Quinn sounds like a sexy nerdy guy, which is the best kind of contemp hero in my opinion. LOL

December 17, 2009 at 7:08 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

Hes the perfect nerdy! Smart and sexy...hes not really shy so its great to see him be so versatile with his personality! :o) This book was super yummy and ya...liek read it...SOON!

December 17, 2009 at 7:46 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

Nic & Ames-
I also forgot one of my fav parts is TOO you know Quinn is an architect right so he knows all about design. Well after they had sex they are laying there and he notices she has one of those old counter tops w/ gold flecks in it (like form the 1950's) and he flips out! lol hes like i cant believe i was having sex with you with that thing staring at my ass...could i possibly take pictures of it later?!?! LMAO! It was so funny! Btw *SPOILER* Later on she remodels and keeps the counter top for him! ;o)

December 17, 2009 at 7:53 AM
Nicole McLaughlin said...

Your so bad with your spoilers!!! lol You crack me up, and we used to have counters like that when i was a kid...sparkly!!

December 19, 2009 at 1:27 PM