Shiver by C.M 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?
“Dance with me?” Lawrence’s voice behind me pulled me from my musings.
I turned with a smile. “Why thank you, sir.”
I followed him onto the dance floor, the orchestra playing a Frank Sinatra ballad. He swept me into his arms like, well, like the perfect gay best friend.
“Don’t you say it.”
“Say what?” I asked innocently.
“I am not your gay best friend. I have sisters. They took dance lessons. My mom made me partner them.”
I couldn’t help laughing loudly, drawing some disapproving glances. He quickly spun me and dipped me in playful retaliation. As he drew me back up, I stood staring straight into Ethan’s heated gaze.
“Can I cut in?” he asked without breaking our eye contact.
From the corner of my eye, I caught Lawrence nodding and stepping away before I was pulled flush to Ethan and we glided across the floor.
“You look absolutely stunning.” He breathed softly into my ear, his right hand settling low, really low, on my bare back, and I shivered.
“Cold?” I felt him smile.
“No, I’m not cold,” I stated quietly, enjoying the feel of being in his arms, the texture of him beneath his tuxedo, and the touch of our hands.
“Are you having fun tonight?”
“I am.” I nodded slowly. “I didn’t know you would be here.”
“I came as a trophy.”
I pulled back to look in his eyes. “Whose trophy? And why?” I was a little irrationally angry and felt stupid that I thought we were having a kind of moment, only to find out he was here with someone else.
“Why are you angry? You do realize you’re here with a date too, right?”
I waved him off. “Lawrence and I are just friends. He’s my arm candy for the night. And maybe a kiss at midnight if I get tipsy enough.”
He glared at me, jaw flexing back and forth. “You’re just friends who sleep together?”
“No. Just friends. As in… actual friends. Nothing more.”
“Why have you both been blatantly flaunting your relationship in front of me then?”
I shrugged. “It tickled me.”
“It tickled you,” he repeated slowly, dangerously.
“Yes. It did. It tickled me to see your mood swings every day, and I was making bets on when you were going to start your period.”
Despite his irritation, he laughed out loud. “God, you’re weird.” He pulled me closer, wrapping my arms up around his neck and sliding his hands down my bare arms and then down my back, settling them there. “I don’t know what I’m doing with you,” he muttered softly.
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!
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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.