*Four years ago, I took the biggest risk of my life and it blew up in my face. I learned my lesson – love sucks. Now self-preservation and protecting my heart have become second nature. But Jameson Strauss… he’s my weakness. Give me the occasional shot of tequila, a game of Truth or Dare, and I’ll do almost anything for that man.
*Four years ago, I didn’t follow my heart. I let the one girl that consumed my soul walk away without a fight. Now I go through the motions never truly living. But, the day Ashton Sullivan needed me was the day my world changed for the better. Tequila, truths, and the occasional dare are all I need to show her how good we can be. Sometimes the truth is in the dare.
Tequila and Tailgates is a second-chance, friends to lovers, slow burn that I almost gave up on. Thank goodness I didn’t! Ashton and Jameson are such likable characters. Ashton has been angry at Jameson for 4 years, ever since he left her alone the morning after her 21st birthday and a night neither of them has forgotten. Even when she’s being bitchy to Jameson, it was easy to love Ashton. She’s funny, sarcastic, loving, loyal, and she fell in love with Jameson a long time ago, way before they fell into bed together. Jameson took a little longer to grow on me. Called a “manwhore” by Ashton for a reason, Jameson clearly had some growing up to do despite being 29 and running his own business. But, it was fun watching him chase his tail as his feelings for Ashton surfaced from under the rock he’d been hiding them under.
The book starts with Ashton moving into Jameson’s house after her parents’ house is damaged by a tree. Here starts the slow burn that was a bit too slow. The first 40% or so of the book is a lot of low-level angst that felt like it was going nowhere. The chemistry between Ashton and Jameson was off the charts, but when I started having visions of knocking their heads together, I knew I might be in trouble. Then, Tequila and Tailgates left the slow burn in the dust and I was reading at warp speed.
Once these two ease up the sexual tension by giving into it, they start to connect with each other on other levels and with themselves. As their friends point out to them at various times, they truly make each other the best version of themselves. Suddenly, I cared what was happening to them as a couple and as people. I liked them before, but now I was engaged in their HEA.
Tequila and Tailgates is a fun book with great chemistry between all of its characters. It’s book 2 of the Country Road Series, which is centered on a group of friends and their favorite bar. I find with series like this it can be hit or miss with the group dynamics. There’s definitely no issue with Andrea Johnston’s crew as I found myself already invested in the next story before this one ended. And, despite it being book 2, Tequila and Tailgates can be read as a standalone.
4 stars. Heat level: 3
I received a copy of Tequila and Tailgates from the author in exchange for honest feedback.
Tequila and Tailgates was published in January 2017 by the author.
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About Andrea Johnston:
Andrea Johnston spent her childhood with her nose in a book and a pen to paper. An avid people watcher, her mind is full of stories that yearn to be told. A fan of angsty romance with a happy ending, super sexy erotica and a good mystery, Andrea can always be found with her Kindle nearby fully charged.
Andrea lives in Idaho with her family and two dogs. When she isn’t spending time with her partner in crime aka her husband, she can be found binge watching all things Bravo and enjoying a cocktail. Nothing makes her happier than the laughter of her children, a good book, her feet in the water, and cocktail in hand all at the same time.
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