August 9, 2011
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ER nurse Jessica Bradford is a good girl. Okay, a reformed bad girl, but she’s done her late father proud. Now she’s one step away from landing Dr. Perfect, aka handsome, sexy, heroic Ben Torres—the hot fudge and cherry on top of her hard work scooping out a respectable life.
Ben learned the art of sacrifice from his missionary parents, but when a drunk driver he saved kills three people, he quits. To be precise, the fist he plants in the man’s face gets him suspended. And the first dish he wants on his newly empty plate is Jessica—preferably naked.
Jessica can’t believe the Ben she’s found drowning his sorrows in a bar is her knight in shining scrubs. And he won’t be pried loose until she bets 48 hours of her time in a game of pool. She loses. And the next morning she stands to lose much more.
The Chief of Staff’s recommendation for the promotion she’s been after rides on her ability to keep Ben out of trouble until things blow over. Except “trouble” is all Ben wants. And despite herself, Jessica finds that she’s more than willing to go down with him…
Contains hot love in a store dressing room and in the front seat of a car—at the expense of a very nice strawberry patch, unfortunately—oh, and hooker boots. Can’t forget the hooker boots.
Title: JUST RIGHT
Author: Erin Nicholas
Series: The Bradfords, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Year of release: 2010, March 30
Source: Bought via Samhain ebook store
It was not a good day to go low-carb.
- Scene at the bar > I spewed my drink at penile implant!
- Pool game > You devious Ben ;)
- Video game arcade > more devious Ben
There seems to be a pattern forming here :)
- Dressing room in specialty shop > *fans self* Ben and Jess took naughty to another level
- Scene with Jess and her brother's friends at the coffeeshop > poor poor guys
Jessica 'Jess' Bradford is a dedicated ER nurse. She’s dependable, serious, quick-witted, compassionate and capable. But she’s also bossy and a little uptight. She did the wild child tween years but had to grow up fast when her father died in her forming years and left her to raise her two younger siblings. Jess reminded me a little of people who quit smoking and then go around judging everyone who still dares to smoke. She needed to let loose a little and fortunately Ben's there to help her do just that.
Benjamin 'Ben' Torres is a trauma surgeon. He’s a fixer and a bit of a bad boy. He’s sharp, calm, confident and restless. Ben has two sides: the focused, competent, hardworking doctor side and the fun-loving, to-hell-with-responsibility big child side. It seems like he's tired of his intense and demanding job where the risk of not being able to always save the lives he's responsible for, is eating away at him. There's a deeper, underlying reason for this than I first thought and when this reason was disclosed I understood his decision so much better.
JUST RIGHT to me had a very high Grey's Anatomy vibe, especially in the beginning with Ben punching an ER-patient in the nose, kissing Jess and the abundance of nurses, paramedics and doctors. But also throughout the book the hospital theme kept coming back regularly. This was something I enjoyed in the book as I am a big fan of Grey’s Anatomy and I love reading romance novels that have the same vibe as the TV shows I’m addicted to.
I just love the humorous tone that's subtly present in Erin Nicholas's books (okay this is only the second book I've read by her but I'm sure it's a recurring thing). It gives the books a vibrant counterpart to the, sometimes, heavier subjects that lie beneath the romance. Also loved the sibling dynamics between Jess, Sam and Sara. Their mutual loss brought them together and their different personalities make for a loving bond and awesome banter.
This book, despite being explicitly hot, is not a light-hearted, breezy romp. It touches issues like responsibility and accountability. The underlying message I got from JUST RIGHT was that it's not always either/or. The world isn't black and white or right and wrong. There are shades of grey and what's important is the balance between things. I really liked Jess' "epiphany"-moment and though for me it could've come earlier in the story, I also understand that Erin Nicholas had to build up to that moment to make it stick and make it believable.
There were parts with a lot of detailed telling and back-story that enables you to really get to know Ben and Jess and their personalities and motivations but these parts also interrupted the story flow and kept it from moving forward. Connected to this was the introduction of a lot of secondary characters, several of which were just walk-on characters.
I felt myself reading towards the scenes with sexual tension and sex scenes as these were the ones that sparkled the most and kept the story fresh and moving. And it was in these scenes that the humor came through the best for me. And because there were few if them in the middle part of the book, that part couldn't keep my attention and I had a bit of a hard time staying focused on the story. However, the start and end of the book really made up for that.
JUST RIGHT is definitely a good book. The fact that I had minor issues with some elements absolutely didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy reading it. The fact that I have more than 2 or 3 memorable scenes and a load of favorite quotes alone proves that the book made an impression and Erin Nicholas’ writing style did that as well. I have the other Bradford siblings’ books on my TBR and they are definitely going to be read soon. And I also want some books on those other friends of Sam *wink*
The kiss was hot and hard and so sweet. Jessica seemed to melt instantly. She pressed closer, her hands sliding up to his shoulders and then behind his head. Ben increased the pressure, slanting his head slightly, encouraging her to open her lips and let him truly taste her. She was his new favorite flavor. He lessened the pressure, wanting to savor her, but she pressed closer, moaning in protest, digging her fingers into his hair. Well, okay. If she insisted.
She watched as Ben approached Sophie and introduced himself.
He smiled at the girl and Jessica’s heart tripped. That damn smile. It was going to be the death of her. Or at least of her heart.
Ben leaned in slowly until his lips were right against her neck and she felt him inhale deeply. “I can’t get over how great you smell.”
"She met his gaze. “It’s vanilla.” “Vanilla,” Ben repeated slowly. “My favorite flavor.”
Flavors brought to mind tasting and tongues and Jess felt a delicious shiver dance over her. Hell, she’d wear Tabasco sauce if it got that look from him.
Her skin tingled before she caught sight of Ben, like her body was aware of him before her conscious mind recognized him. Seemingly as in sync with her, Ben found her over the heads of the four twenty-something girls he was helping at the counter as she stopped to one side, watching him. The smile and wink he gave her made her want to climb over the wooden counter, wrap herself around him and pull him down onto the floor amidst the coffee grounds, splashes of milk and sprinkles of nutmeg.
“Because I want nothing more than to strip you down, push you up against the wall and make you scream my name with your legs wrapped around my waist.”
And the point was, she had to show Ben that he was the right man for her. Not the super-organized, go-getter ER nurse who had been intent on finding—or creating—the perfect man. But the woman, who now knew that the man for her was not perfect, but was just right.
Love and lust, heat and happiness all raced to be the first thing to register in his mind. What finally won first place was what the hell is she doing wearing that dress out where other men can see her?
Labels: Contemporary Romance, eBooks, Erin Nicholas, good reads, reviews, Samhain Publishing, The Bradfords
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