Author: CM Foss
Release Date: Nov 22, 2014
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This is a love story.
This is a romantic story.
Except bananas. Bananas are never romantic.
Lissa was a twenty-year-old girl trying to make it in the equestrian world. She was sassy and smart, strong and a little weird. And she had no idea what she was doing.
Ethan was twenty-seven, tattooed, tall, dark, and hot. And lugging some baggage. He’d already made it in the business and brought Lissa on to help get her on her feet. And it turned out, he liked a little weird.
Ethan made it clear that he wasn’t in the market for a relationship. Lissa was happy to learn the ropes and push her attraction aside.
But how do you draw the line when every touch makes you…shiver?
It sometimes surprised people how effectively I could tune out the world when I fell into a great read. I didn’t do it in the company of others often because, well, it was pretty rude. My family knew they could talk at me for twenty minutes and I wouldn’t process a word of what they’d said. Ethan had not had the dubious honor of witnessing it.
“Are you reading porn?” he whispered really loudly over my shoulder, startling me into actually dropping the Kindle onto my lap.
I fumbled to keep it from falling to the floor. “What? No!” I whispered back, laughing. “Are you reading over my shoulder?”
“I’ve been trying to talk to you for the past five minutes, and you haven’t heard a word I said. I figured I should see what had you so captivated.”
I started to giggle. “It’s not porn. It’s romance!”
“Romance.” He scoffed. “So you would consider it romantic if my huge cock slapped you in the face?”
I let out an incredibly loud bark of laughter, drawing looks from surrounding passengers. “That is not what it says!” I smacked him in the chest.
“Go on. Enlighten me then.”
“It’s about the emotions, you asshole! The feelings people have when they fall in love. The man who would never settle down finding his other half, who makes him realize he needs no one but her. If a penis inadvertently smacks someone in the face”—I shrugged, grinning wickedly—“well, so be it.”
He threw his arm around me, squeezing me close and kissing the top of my head. “You still fascinate me.” He laughed.
“I still haven’t decided if that’s a good thing or not,” I muttered.
I was blown away by the truthful emotions clearly born plain to see in Shiver by C.M Foss, this novel is unlike any I have read this year! Not many people in life are this honest with their words, let alone a novelist telling a tale of Romance and Love, it is the rawness of the ending that takes the floor away from you and makes you realize that Contemporary Romance is amazing to read but what make a novel stand out and ingrain within you leaving a true impression. It is not just the quality of the sex scenes and the level of romance but it is the connection between the two leading characters and the journey they take an boy what a journey do Lissa and Ethan take!
Lissa is a horse trainer and the novel itself does go into a lot of detail about horses, training and the Equestrian world in general so if you are a rider yourself you will be able to appreciate the level of detail gone into by C.M Foss but if you are not you may find in parts that it is a little overwhelming but passable enough for you to understand without feeling lost. It is obvious that C.M Foss has written a lot of Shiver from personal experiences as the level of emotion and description into certain parts of Shiver provide us with an amazing insight into the true backstory of these two characters within the book. Lissa is a little strange and although it is obvious Ethan accepts Lissa for her quirks he does come out with some brilliantly witty comments in places that had me giggling 🙂
The actual plot of Lissa working for Ethan and the two struggling against their feelings as Ethan makes is clear he doesn’t want to mix business with pleasure glides in with the normal expected romantic plot of the book. That is until a third party, in this case Lawrence comes onto Lissa, this spurs Ethan on to finally admit his feelings and tell Lissa how he feels. Together they battle through some very tough times and it does become an emotional rollercoaster (tissues at the ready!) The ending is what actually struck a cord in me and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone yet at the same time I could write several paragraphs about it with ease, lets just say it’s not your typical ending and it will surprise you, delight you and make you feel so deeply you will be shocked by your reaction!
Easily a 5*****Star Novel!
I live in beautiful Northern Virginia with my incredible husband, two awesome kids, three dogs, and two budgies. My husband and I both grew up riding and competing horses and have our own equestrian operation that we run together. In my spare time, I read through the hundreds of stories awaiting me on my e-reader.
My love of books started early, and my mom used to ration my reading time so I didn’t go through them too quickly. I love all things romantic, whether it’s dark or light or silly or dirty, but I really love a happy ending!
In my small moments of quiet time, you’ll find me sipping on wine and reading while any movie where people randomly burst into song or dance plays in the background.