⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sizzling with plenty of heart

Just a Taste

As someone who was introduced to Crystal Kaswell’s work after the original Sinful Serenade series, I went into this book without any expectations – and really enjoyed it. I’ll be upfront and say that while I always enjoy her books, I’m not someone who likes the main couple to have sex without feelings for an extended period of time, which is the premise here. Thankfully, it’s written in such a way that it didn’t feel like that was the case. Kaswell is fantastic at showcasing the difference between casual sex and something that means more, so while these two thought they were just being friends with benefits, the reader could tell there was something more meaningful going on. She really is a talented author; I’ve never read romance novels that are written in a similar style, it’s uniquely Kaswell’s. And while I do think there can be too much of a good thing – Kaswell’s books always have just a little too much sex and a little too much angst for me – I always get absorbed into the story.

Just a Taste follows Miles, a rock star on the rise who bares his soul to the world on a daily basis – but no one pays enough attention to hear it. They all want the tortured bad boy without getting beneath the surface, and he is happy to play the role. When shy and innocent Meg walks in on Miles during a hookup, he is fascinated by her. She treats him as a human being and seems to see more than most. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but Miles would love to be the one to dirty up the sweet girl he sees. What starts as sex becomes so much more when these two realize they have more in common than they could’ve expected. They’re two broken people, using sex to distract from the pain they feel on a daily basis. Miles isn’t sure he’s capable of more, but if there’s a girl who is able to break through his walls, it’s Meg.

Let’s be clear here: this is a sex-based relationship, with layers of more. There is a LOT of sex in the book, but it didn’t feel like sex for the sake of sex like some of Kaswell’s other work. It’s well written and nuanced, with a slow build from the physical to the emotional. I really loved that most of the story is told from Miles’ perspective, because it would be easy to see this in a completely different light without his side of the story. Their journey is a little heartbreaking and a lot sexy, moving quickly and containing plenty of depth. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Just a Taste by Crystal Kaswell. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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