Always the Quiet Ones by Cassandra Carr is the story of IT consultant Marty, self-proclaimed king of the geeks, and how he finds himself entangled with two women–one who was more of a one night stand while traveling for business and one who has potential for more.
The story, which is fairly short, moves along at a quick pace. It’s a light read with emphasis on the sexual encounters and some narrative exposition to tell us how Marty is feeling (the book is from Marty’s POV).
The main thing that threw me about this story is that Marty kept saying pretty suave things to the women in his life and then wondering how he knew how to say what he said. I found myself wondering exactly the same thing. Not much about him seemed all that geeky, but then we never learned anything about his hobbies or interests.
Personally, I prefer books with a little more meat to the relationship building and character development, but if you want a quick read with lots of sex and a bit of kink, this would be a decent choice. I give it 3.5 cat kisses.
King of the geeks Marty Johnston suddenly finds himself juggling two women. How did this happen? Even a principal IT Consultant like him can’t figure that out, but he does know he wants to get serious with his co-worker , Elizabeth.
So what about the one-night-stand-but-maybe-more Marty had on his last business trip before meeting Elizabeth? He’s comfortable dealing with computers, not people. Can he keep the one he’s falling for, or will he lose both with his bumbling ways?
After paying the bill over Elizabeth’s objections, they walked back to her car. Marty smiled again, wondering what kind of luck rained down on him that she’d parked a good block and a half from the happy hour bar, so they were unlikely to encounter coworkers. She hit the remote and the car beeped, but she didn’t get in immediately, instead turning and leaning on the door.
“I had a great time.”
Marty’s grin got even wider. He’d break his face at this rate. “Me too. Thanks for asking me to dinner.”
“Thanks for paying, even though you really didn’t have to do that.”
“I wanted to.” And he’d do it again and again for the chance to know her better.
She looked up at him from underneath her lashes and he remembered reading in a Maxim magazine on the plane a few months ago that when a girl did that she wanted him to kiss her. Did she want him to kiss her? Did he want to kiss her? Hell yeah, he did.
He bent his head very slowly and gauged her reaction. She didn’t cover her mouth or knee him in the gonads, which he took for a good sign. By the time he brushed his lips over hers his pulse pounded and he hoped his eagerness didn’t, um, display itself too much. She leaned into the kiss and he took it deeper, licking over the seam of her lips and pulling her into him by her hips. Elizabeth’s arms crept around his neck and he felt her go up on tiptoe as her mouth opened for him. A little moan escaped her and he wanted so badly to push her against the car and have his way with her, but didn’t want to scare her either. With reluctance he backed away.
Elizabeth’s lips were swollen from his kisses and her round, firm tits heaved. He needed to get the hell out of there before he took things faster than he’d intended.
About the Author
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra’s books have won numerous “Best Book Of” awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
She thinks the best part of being a writer is penning stories about love and sex while most others struggle with commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers.
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