Review: Missionary Position by Daisy Prescott

My Thoughts

A thoroughly entertaining romance packed with effortless humor, captivating banter and a whole lot of Dutch sexiness!

4stars

Synopsis

missionary position coverSex? Absolutely.
Love? Not my thing.
I didn’t do love or butterflies, but I loved him.
I was screwed, and not in a good way.

Selah Elmore is a smart, independent woman who knows exactly who she is and what she wants. She loves her life being a professor and popular pirate erotica author. However, when she leaves the Pacific Northwest to spend six months studying sculpture in West Africa, she learns she doesn’t know a thing about love.

Cocky, suit-wearing Gerhard charms her during a stopover in Amsterdam, but dashing, adventurous Kai sweeps her off her feet in Ghana.

Sparks fly on three continents when perpetually single Selah discovers there’s more to love and life than she ever imagined.

My Review

“I wouldn’t go quietly into middle age.”

I knew Selah’s story would be a bolder, wittier tale as compared to the rest of this endearing group of friends, and I was right. It was funny and super sexy, captivating me from the very beginning with Selah’s uniquely sassy wit. Selah isn’t a fan of warm and fuzzies, she is, however, a big fan of sex. She owns her sexuality, and now in her 40s knows exactly what makes her happy in and out of bed. She’s smart and independent, loving her life, her job and her obsession with pirate smut. Her story is one of finding love with whom she least expects, finding happiness in the “normal” and finding that there’s so much more in life than what she originally thought. Selah was a person that thought she had it all figured out, knew what made her happy and was feeling fulfilled with the course of her life… but everything changed when she met a charming Dutchman in a suit.

“Gerhard Hendriks was a Dutch enigma, much like the Flying Dutchman.”

When Selah’s research takes her abroad for a brief stay in Amsterdam, followed by a six month trip to Ghana, she expected the trip to be fun and insightful. At the airport, she meets a woman, Anita, who recommends she look up her brother, Gerhard while in Amsterdam. When she arrives, she decides to text him and set up a meet. Fate intervenes and she finds herself gawking at a tall, beautiful blond man clad in a fancy suit. So. Not. Her. Type. But as she gets to know him, tossing her sexually charged banter at him, she finds he can take it. He’s charming, humorous, intense, but easygoing as well. He’s also younger. Without expectations of anything, she’s ready to take on the Dutchman. Literally. After all, isn’t that the fun in traveling?!

“What was the point of traveling the world if it wouldn’t include international relations?”

Selah wasn’t looking for love despite all her friends falling into the throes of domesticity and romance. She was happy for them, but it wasn’t for her. But spending time with Gerhard, who was actually fun, affable and rather mysterious, was something she began to want. She wanted to hang out. Wanted to be around him. Frankly, she just plain wanted him. In every way. And being so enamored by a man even in this way wasn’t something she was used to.

“I typically wasn’t this woman — the woman who waited for the man to pursue. If I wanted someone, I had them.”

Knowing their time together was limited, she threw caution to the wind and decided to go with it.  There’s so much she still didn’t know about Gerhard, but somehow despite their differences, they fell into an easy togetherness. Selah had always separated love and sex, and she promised herself she would enjoy the scorching hot passion that this gorgeous man had to offer.

“We had a week. Maybe a month. I wouldn’t waste time thinking about what everything meant or the future. We had now. Carpe vir! Seize the man!”

Gerhard, on the other hand, was smitten by Selah. She was so different than anyone he’d ever known. She said what’s on her mind. She was funny. Smart. Everything with Selah was unexpected and he couldn’t seem to stay away. Their story is one that entwines in a way they didn’t anticipate. Selah certainly never thought she would fall in love. They both have issues they need to work through to understand what has blossomed between them and how and if they would be able to transform their short-term escapade into a long-term thing they could make work. With the clock ticking away until they went their separate ways, Selah needed to come to terms with what she wanted. Could she let him go? Could she really be that person that needed a man… this man… to make her as happy as she had been lately?

“Falling in love was the last thing I expected to happen. Kai was the last person I expected to fall for. But I had. Somewhere and sometime over the past weeks, I’d fallen. hard. Those butterflies schoolgirls had in their stomachs took up residence in mine. It was silly. I didn’t do love. Or butterflies… I was screwed. And not in a good way.”

This latest standalone in the Geoducks series didn’t give me the same warmth I experienced in the first two books. It wouldn’t have fit with a story centered around a fiery character like Selah.  Their story is definitely a romance, but it’s a sexier one which touts its own unique twists, imparted with its own unique style. Their coupling is first fueled by desire, and then gradually, unexpectedly, these two people fall for each other. Their relationship is full of adventure, banter, humor. Before Selah truly realized it, being with Gerhard showed her there was so much more to what she thought was certainly not for her. I loved the way Selah owned who she was and was not afraid to speak directly about what she wanted. Ultimately, she did undergo a transformation, learning that sometimes the very things she rejected (and feared) could bring her life-altering happiness, while still staying true to who she was. Daisy Prescott delivers a fast-paced story full of vivid travel, sassy wit and a whole lot of sexy… I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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The series features a group of friends, but each book can be read as a standalone. Click the cover to purchase from Amazon U.S.

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Review: Ready to Fall by Daisy Prescott

My Thoughts

Refreshingly real and wonderfully entertaining
with the sexiest lumberjack ever!

A captivating story about embracing the kind of life one desires, falling into the right kind of love with the right kind of person.

5stars

Synopsis

ready to fallWhen you fall, you fall hard… 

Every girl dreams of meeting a man like John Day. Tall, dark, and handsome is an understatement. With rugged good looks, his ever present plaid shirt, and a dog named Babe, John is a modern alpha male lumberjack in more ways than one. 

Lurking beneath the flannel and beard could be the heart of a romantic. Or is John a wolf in flannel clothing? 

After his favorite neighbor rents out her cabin for the winter, John finds himself playing fireman and tour guide to Diane Watson, a beautiful brunette with her own messy past and recent battle scars. 

Will he be ready to fall in love? Or will he fall back into his old, flirty ways? 

Hold onto your heart… and get ready to fall with John Day.

My Review

Holy hot lumberjacks!!! Ladies, grab on to your flannel because you will fall hard for John Day. This 6′ 4″, dark, bearded, handsome man is real and relatable, sexy and swoony. Told entirely through his point-of-view, John shares his story of how he reluctantly fell for a girl, finally letting go of the ties that tethered him to the past… to a way of life that really didn’t fulfill him. This is the second novel I read by Daisy Prescott and the second novel I have loved. This author has a unique writing style that seems really honest and easygoing. The moments are never overdone, never too extreme one way or the other… they are perfectly balanced, with exactly the right kind of pacing. There was even a time in the book where I thought, okay, I think this is where we need to start seeing some drama again, and literally, the very next page something happened. I am so impressed at her ability to take me through the story in exactly the right way, with characters that are real and with a story that is thoroughly engaging. It’s so very refreshing to read and I truly enjoyed every minute of it.

John Day is a man comfortable in his own skin. He loves his life. Loves Whidbey Island. Loves his dog Babe and his cabin by the beach.  He knows what to expect out of every day, working as a logger, hanging out with his friends and spending time with his girlfriend, Kelly, who is in the midst of a divorce. He likes to keep things casual and easy and that’s the type of life that has worked for him for so long. But things begin to take a turn for the ugly unexpected when he discovers Kelly’s ex is less of an ex than he thought. There’s no way he’s playing second fiddle, and certainly not the kind of guy to step in the way of a marriage. Then, he meets a stranger who is renting his neighbor’s house for the winter. Diane seems sad and broken and soon after he learns that she too, is going through a divorce.  She doesn’t know anyone on the island and as much as he wants to be a friend, his recent troubles with Kelly make him reluctant.

“The last thing I needed was another woman in my life going through a divorce. Divorces were messy, and like marriage, avoided at all costs.”

However, as neighbors, they begin to get to know each other and they begin to slowly become friends. Diane is having a tough time. Her husband was awful and her confidence has waned as a result. I love, however, that you see some fire in her. She’s vulnerable, but not weak. She’s feisty and witty and direct despite her broken heart.  She’s from New York and new to the island vibe, but somehow, John and her work as friends and they make a pact to keep things friendly… to not muck things up with all things relationshipy. They’ll hang out, have fun, enjoy each other’s company, free of all complicated encumbrances.

“The thing I’d learned about pacts in my life so far was they were made to be broken. I was curious to see how long this one would last and who’d break it first.”

I loved seeing them spend time together. John is six feet of rugged manly man and very flirty and she just flirts and zings right back. Their banter is effortless and fun and you can almost feel them begin to soften around each other. Both of them are very different people than to whom they are accustomed and there’s something striking about that. John is able to instill confidence in Diane, making her feel sexy and cared about, opening up her world to a simpler, freer life. Diane, in turn, begins to chip away at the wall that John has built around his heart over the years… finding the goodness and vulnerability in his rough and rugged exterior. I could almost physically feel their attraction intensify, feel their hearts open to one another, feel them fall in love and fall hard. But at the first real taste of happiness, John’s insecurities take control. Would he ever let himself be open enough to love and be loved?

“I wasn’t sure you knew how to fall or would ever be ready. Or would let yourself.”

Once again, I just really loved everything about the story… the protagonists, the flow, the background of the island… it was perfect.  I connected with the characters immediately and wanted their happily ever after. Now, I should note I met our sexy lumberjack in Daisy Prescott’s debut novel, Geoducks Are For Lovers (read my 5-star review) and was immediately drawn to John Day and so I was so happy to read his book. Geoducks and Ready to Fall can be read as standalone novels, although I highly recommend you pick up Geoducks as well, which is a wonderful second-chance romance with a witty cast of characters that had me grinning throughout. I look forward to reading more of what this author writes, especially since she has such a unique and invigorating style which frankly just makes me feel good and warm and all those things I just love about reading.

“I wanted it all. It wasn’t until I fell in love with Diane I believed I could have everything.”

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Excerpt 

“You think I’m beautiful?”

“You are. There’s no thinking about it. It’s a fact.”

“You’re just being nice.”

“I’m not and I’ll prove it.” I flagged over our dreadlocked and Patchouli bathed waiter. “Hey, what’s your name?”

“Gabriel.”

“Nice to meet you, Gabriel. I’m John and this is Diane.”

Gabriel gaped at me like I was crazy, but said hi.

“Do you think Diane is beautiful?” I asked, ignoring Diane’s embarrassed groans.

Gabriel scrutinized, his eyes lingering on her face before sliding down her curvy frame highlighted by her sweater.

“Yeah, sure,” he said, not sounding exactly enthused.

“See? A neutral and unbiased opinion. Thanks, Gabriel.”

“Sure, man,” he said before wandering back toward the kitchen.

I smiled at Diane, who looked as if she wished the floor would open up and swallow her.

“Do you really think he was going to say no to my face? That completely doesn’t count!”

“Fine. We can do a wider survey and ask everyone on the ferry too.”

“Please don’t. I get it.” Her crossed arms and defensive posture disagreed with her words of agreement.

“Somewhere in there is a confident woman. I know it. I’ve seen glimpses of her. She’s sexy and she knows it.”

“Ugh, I feel like a loser who needs self-improvement lectures. Can we drop it?” Her tone was light, but she’d closed up again same as she had in the bookstore.

“There’s only one way to prove it to you.”

She crossed her arms and stared at me. “Prove what exactly?”

“You are desirable and sexy and beautiful.”

“More surveys?”

“No.”

I leaned over the table and took her chin in my hand. Her mouth opened slightly with her surprise. I studied her eyes before leaning closer, as close as we were before. “By doing what I should have done in the bookstore.”

I kissed her. It wasn’t hard or deep. More of a soft whisper with only enough pressure I could feel her begin to return the kiss before I pulled away and slid back in my chair.

Slowly, she opened her eyes, but remained speechless.

“You’re beautiful and deserve to be kissed.”

About Daisy Prescott

Daisy Prescott

Before writing contemporary romantic comedies, I worked in the world of art, auctions, antiques, and home decor. I earned a degree in Art History despite being convinced I would major in English and endured a brief stint as a film theory graduate student. Over the years I’ve acquired many titles: baker, art educator, antiques dealer, content manager, blue ribbon pie maker, fangirl, blogger, freelance writer, gardener, wife, and pet mom are a few of them.

Born and raised in San Diego, my husband and I currently live in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with our dog, Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat.

Ready to Fall, my second novel, will be released on December 17, 2013 and features John Day, the hot, sexy neighbor in Geoducks. I’m busy researching my next novel, which will not feature any bivalves.

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Spotlight + Fun Facts: Ready To Fall by Daisy Prescott

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I’m so excited to read Ready To Fall, the spin-off from Geoducks Are For Lovers, a book I truly loved! This book is all about John Day… Maggie’s sexy neighbor and lumberjack!!! Check out some interesting facts about John below and make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post! Note that it is not necessary to read Geoducks prior to reading Ready To Fall.

Synopsis

When you fall, you fall hard…

Readers first fell in love with John Day as the hot next-door neighbor in Romantic Comedy Best Seller Geoducks Are for Lovers. Tall, dark, and handsome is an understatement. With the beard, a dog named Babe, and his ever present plaid shirt, John is a modern lumberjack in more ways than one.

Lurking beneath the flannel and beard could be the heart of a romantic. Or is John a wolf in flannel clothing?

After his favorite neighbor rents out her cabin for the winter, John finds himself playing fireman and tour guide to Diane Watson, a beautiful brunette with her own messy past and recent battle scars. When an ex shows up unexpectedly, their lives will be changed forever.

Will he be ready to fall in love? Or will he fall back into his old, flirty ways?

Hold onto your heart… and get ready to fall with John Day as he tells his story in this contemporary romance/romantic comedy told in male POV.

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10 Fun Facts About John Day
  1. He’s 6′ 4”
  2. Drives a truck
  3. Wears a lot of flannel
  4. Likes jalapenos on his pizza
  5. Knows when to add whiskey to someone’s coffee and when to lose the coffee altogether
  6. Looks hot on a vintage Triumph motorcycle. And knows it.
  7. Has a thing for maple syrup, but not necessarily on pancakes.
  8. Will be silly to impress the woman he likes
  9. Loves outdoor showers
  10. Everything about him is in proportion (see #1)
About Daisy Prescott

Daisy Prescott

Before writing contemporary romantic comedies, I worked in the world of art, auctions, antiques, and home decor. I earned a degree in Art History despite being convinced I would major in English and endured a brief stint as a film theory graduate student. Over the years I’ve acquired many titles: baker, art educator, antiques dealer, content manager, blue ribbon pie maker, fangirl, blogger, freelance writer, gardener, wife, and pet mom are a few of them.

Born and raised in San Diego, my husband and I currently live in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with our dog, Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat.

Ready to Fall, my second novel, will be released on December 17, 2013 and features John Day, the hot, sexy neighbor in Geoducks. I’m busy researching my next novel, which will not feature any bivalves.

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Review: Geoducks Are For Lovers

My Thoughts

Warm. Heartfelt. Original and engaging.
This book was a breath of fresh air.
A story about a group of friends coming together, pasts, presents and futures colliding… proving that it’s never too late for happily ever afters.

5stars

Synopsis

Geoducks amazon GR SmashwordsFood writer Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a weekend at her beach cabin on Whidbey Island. What she doesn’t expect is her best friends, artist Quinn Dayton and part-time erotica novelist, Selah Elmore, to play matchmaker. The two plot a surprise that will make the weekend, and her life, a lot more interesting.

Gil Morrow, a former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah’s date for the weekend. Facing his own ghosts, Gil decides he’s waited long enough to get the girl. With the support of college sweethearts, a hot lumberjack, a few wishing rocks, and the world’s largest burrowing clam, Gil reminds Maggie that forty-something isn’t too old for second chances.

Can we learn to love the life we have and let go of who we expected to be? What happens when the generation from The Breakfast Club and Reality Bites meets The Big Chill? Come spend a weekend with these Generation X-ers as they share laughter, tears, life’s ups and downs, old stories, and new beginnings.

My Review

“We’re going to have a blast. It will be like The Big Chill without Kevin Costner and with better music.”

A lovely glass of red wine. A hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The smell of the ocean and the feel of cool sand on your toes. The smell of freshly baked scones. The laughter of friends that evokes the feeling of home, the warmth of unbreakable love. That’s this story. It’s all that goodness embedded into the pages of this book, both literally and figuratively. I felt happy, at ease, and enthralled with the story of this group of friends, in their forties, reuniting to invigorate their connection, rejuvenate their souls and even challenge each other in ways that only old friends can. It was such a welcome breath of fresh air… so different from what I typically read, but beautiful in its easy grace and style.

Maggie Marrion, a food writer, invites her closest friends from college for a weekend get-together. You’ve got a gay artist, an erotica writer, a businessman and a housewife, and lastly and very much a surprise guest, a history professor who is Maggie’s ex-love. Suddenly, 41 year-old Maggie is transported back to her twenty-something self as feelings deeply buried resurface.

“He still affects her the same way he did back in college. Gil is a friend, an old friend. He isn’t the same Gil she loved from not-so-afar in college, she reminds herself. No, he might be better.”

Both Gil and Maggie have been divorced and finally find themselves single and in the same place after not seeing each other for the past five years. Lingering embers of their chemistry are suddenly re-igniting and with the oh-so-very-direct encouragement of their fiesty friends, the weekend takes a turn into something she didn’t expect.

“There’s always been something between you and Gil. Stewing, brewing, steeping, fermenting between the two of you, but the timing was never right. Now the time is right.”

I loved seeing them around each other… I visualized the story so vividly, playing like a movie before my eyes. Daisy Prescott does an amazing job of describing the idyllic island environment, setting this laid-back, easygoing tone in the book. The story takes place at Whidbey Island at Maggie’s beach house. Maggie is very much the type of woman that likes to be in control… especially at 41 and living alone, she’s used to doing what she wants, when she wants, how she wants without the responsibility of considering anyone else’s wants and needs. When Gil comes back, unsettling all those feelings, she senses her control start to slip and old fears and insecurities consume her thoughts. At the same time, after some recent tragedy, she feels the fog begin to lift from her heart, finding herself happy and laughing amongst this group of close friends.

“It’s amazing to laugh and feel light after so much darkness and death, like the sun is out again after a long rain.”

But there’s no denying that her source of happiness is primarily coming from Gil. They are just so perfect together… it felt to me like he conjured up this feeling of home and happiness, even though those memories were rooted in the past. They’ve both gone through so much since then and despite the twenty years of not being together… being together now, is well, almost effortless.

“I’m glad you’re here. Even if it has taken us too long to come back together.”

Effortless perhaps laced with a little… scratch that… a whole lot of sexual desire.

“What? We are friends. Friends who kiss every twenty years.”

All the friends in their group are all really captivating characters. Each of them adding their own special sprinkle of uniqueness to this unlikely medley of friends. And despite the fact that they each lead very different lives, I loved that they all had the wisdom of their age, sharing experiences that were relatable and not angsty and insecure as we would see in a YA/NA novel. At the same time, it brings to the forefront, that even in your forties (or really at any age past your twenties, I think), there are parts to our personality that still suffer from the insecurities we cultivate over the years. We just get better at living despite of them. So when Gil is brave enough to reveal that he still has feelings for Maggie, that sends her into a frenzy of questions she’s afraid to ponder.

“I think you know I love you. Not past tense, not friendly love. Love. Love that lassos the moon and lays it at your feet.”

With the story falling into place like puzzle pieces, you realize that sometimes things have to happen in a way that may not make sense at first, but that somehow brings the present to its rightful destiny. I just really loved everything about this book. From its music and movie mentions, to the vivid setting and the endearing friendships… it’s just so enjoyable to read.  It’s not some explosive, angst-ridden, high highs, low lows read… it’s a soft swirling of nostalgic and intimate moments with more subtle peaks and valleys of emotions and humor that grip you with relatable experiences and heartfelt feelings. There are two more books planned in the series, but they are spin-offs, not a continuation of Maggie and Gil’s story. Although I will say, I would love to see more of how their story evolves. After all, with a wish of a “little extra hope and faith”, you never know what life holds in store for these two lovers.

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