Friday, August 5, 2011

Cougar Friday: Happy Hour by Mari Carr

Title:  Happy Hour
AuthorMari Carr
My Rating: B+

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Black & White Collection
Main Characters: Grace & Jamie (& Trey)
Release Date: October 2010
Publisher: Samhain
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $2.80
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:

Last call? She’ll take a double. Straight up, please…
From the Black & White Collection
For six years, widow Grace Wright’s days have been filled as a single working mother. Now, with her daughter graduating, her nest is yawning before her, wide and empty. And so is the upcoming weekend. Invited out by her coworkers, she decides it’s time to turn that corner and get on with her life.
Jamie’s had his eye on Grace for years, but it never seemed the right time to approach her. Tonight, something’s different. The sexual signals she’s giving off are unmistakable—and he’s not the only man in the bar who’s noticed. His best friend, Trey, is breaking a sweat just looking at the delectable English teacher.
The two men make her the offer of a lifetime, and Grace doesn’t hesitate. For one night, Jamie and Trey indulge her every desire, every fantasy, every naughty craving. In the morning Trey is gone with the wind, but Jamie is holding on to every moment as if he never wants to let go. Leaving her wondering if another chance at forever is too much to ask…
Warning: Contains a red-hot ménage, anal sex, graphic language, bondage and toys. Serve with a tall, cool one with plenty of ice. How ’bout another round?

My Review:
Grace is a teacher at the high school. Trey & Jamie are coaches. Jamie has been attracted to Grace for years, but she has always put off a "no-touch" vibe. But now, her teenage daughter is on the verge of leaving for college and the dynamics are changing.

The premise for the initial hook-up in this book are kind of funny. For all practical purposes, Grace has been off the market since her husband died. Now that she's showing signs of interest in a personal life, Trey thinks that she needs to have some fun. He knows that when Jamie and her hook up that it's going to get serious really quickly because they are perfect for each other. He thinks that she deserves some pure sexual play first so he suggests a threesome to Jamie. I loved that Jamie was honest in his reaction to this- as in, NOT liking the idea, but he sees the merit in it and eventually gives in.

The initial hook-up is fabulously sexy, but the romance between Jamie & Grace is even better. Jamie is all-in. Grace is more reticent. I think that this is part of the appeal of these cougar-themed novels. The guys are usually the aggressors in the emotional aspect of their relationship rather than simply the physical aspect. It's really nice to read about guys that are willing to put themselves out there and be vulnerable  by stating their intentions to take things further. It makes for a fabulously romantic story and this one was no exception.

1 comment:

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Wow...she gets two sexy guys for one night and one of the guys stays and is wanting more?! Now that's pretty sexy. I think it would make it a bit awkward...first off you all work at the same school and second off you had sex with two friends and now you're considering dating one?! Hmmm...very weird but this book still sounds great. :-)