BOOK REVIEW ~ TOUCH & GO BY MIRA LYN KELLY

BOOK REVIEW ~ TOUCH & GO BY MIRA LYN KELLY

USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly cranks up the heat for two lifelong friends whose most secret longings come true in every delectable way.
Vivacious and successful, Ava Meyers is living her dream life, except for one thing: Ever since childhood, she’s been in love with her best friend . . . and she’s never admitted it. Back then, Sam Farrow was a damaged young man with a tough past. Now he’s supremely confident, super-sexy, and totally untouchable—until the night when Sam pretends to be Ava’s boyfriend to save her from some unwanted attention. In a moment of weakness, Ava finds out that a long friendship is no match for blistering sexual chemistry.
After years of denying his own feelings, Sam finds that one amazing night with Ava isn’t enough to chase away all the pent-up fantasies. So he proposes they spend a few weeks driving each other wild, exhausting their every desire, and then return to their perfect platonic relationship like nothing ever happened. But Sam’s plan has one fatal flaw: the part where they give each other up. Because the more they let go of their inhibitions, the more they’re tempted to never go back.

One of my favorite themes in romance stories is the friends-to-lovers premise. There’s already a certain depth to the romance because of the friendship, and then when the characters realize that the one they’ve always looked for is right there next to them…that final fall in love always warms my heart. So in other words, books with this premise will almost always be winners for me, and to an extent, so was this book! It was lighthearted with only a few moments of angsty conflict, and the characters were cute and sweet. The writing was also catchy and had a flirty undertone which definitely fit the story. But on the other hand, this book lacked a special something that made it hard for me to give it a higher rating. I personally think there is a greater focus on physical intimacy here than the emotional connection, so that friendship bond I was talking about earlier? It wasn’t very strong here, and though I was told repeatedly how close Sam and Ava were, I never felt it. Regardless of that fact, this book is a quick, fast-paced read and a great break from the dark, heavy books I’ve been reading lately, so I definitely did enjoy this story.

The story starts off with Ava freaking out over how to ditch a suitor who’s a borderline stalker. After running the alternatives through her head, she finally decides on getting her best friend Sam to be her pretend boyfriend for the time being to direct unwanted attention away from her. Sam on the other hand couldn’t be more delighted with this turn of events. He’s dreamed and fantasized about Ava for years, the one girl he could never have, and sees this sham as a very real opportunity to get close to her in ways he’s never been able to before. What he doesn’t know is that Ava has been in love with him all along, ever since they were kids, and with years of pent-up sexual tension between them, they both agree to a no-strings fling while keeping their friendship intact.
The first thing I have to mention here is holy hotness, this book is steamy! I would venture to say that almost half of the book is crazy monkey sex where both Ava and Sam act out all their hidden fantasies with each other. And while I did have a blast with those scenes, I also wish the author took a little more time to solidify their friendship that’s mentioned over and over but I never felt. There are many flashback scenes that did help make me see Ava and Sam’s connection from the time they were kids to present day, but they were inserted in the most random and inappropriate places it was jarring to read. So in those terms, the story flow was disrupted a few times. But by the time I got to the end, the characters won me over, and though wrapped up quickly, the final few chapters in the story were my favorite. They hit me with feels and had that oomph factor I was looking for in friends-to-lovers romances.
All in all, this book was a light and romantic read that had many high and fun moments, but just didn’t quite hit the standard I have for books with this same premise. It was certainly enjoyable and provided a nice escape from reality, but it wasn’t a book I fell completely in love with the characters and plot – though if you’re looking for a light read, this one is worth checking out.
Touch & Go is the 2nd book in the Dare to Love series and can be read as a standalone.

 

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