Viking Bastards MC #2
By: Christina Phillips
Releasing May 1, 2017
‘Dating-ish’ can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.
There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She’s fed up with online dating, 2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.
After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:
Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different–and crazier–solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?
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Dating-ish the latest Knitting in the City novel is everything I have come to expect of Reid. Typical humour and adorable awkward situations. Now I having only read Fiona’s book. Happily Ninja Ever. I knew what I was instore for. Reid is the Queen of zany and weird moments that will have you entertained and laughing. Yet she has the tender and sweet moments that leave you swooning for more .
Marie Harris has never done anything by the book. She is a journalist who always on the hunt for a story. It’s in her nature, she wants to find the excitement. As her personal life is a different story. In New York where the dating scene is hot and chaotic. She can’t seem to find a man that she doesn’t want to run fast away from aside from her friends’s husbands. Her dating life is at all time low point. Online dating definitely dragging out the weirdos for her and the last takes the cake for her. He isn’t exactly the date she was expecting at all .
21st dating can’t be that hard. Marie is at her wits end so what better to kiss dating good bye and write a piece about the alternatives out there. As she curious for herself to find a romantic solution for her that she can live with.
But what if the solution is standing right in front of her.
Poor Marie or is it. I love the idea of the latest Knitting novel., Reid pose an interesting question with her storyline. Technology is always the forefront of many industries . Making life easier and more exciting with new technology . Robots as answer to romantic problem… MMM I don’t know . But Reid explores the idea and I love how she handled things. Marie wasn’t asking for too much . However Matt pushed her buttons and I like how he did.
It wasn’t the most conventional way he did and I like how he was there for her first before the romantic entanglement. He had a different perspective on things far from what Marie saw as important. If there was a case for two opposites falling in love . These two would be the post couple. However Reid has a way of making her characters become the perfect partner for the other and takes on a journey.
Matt wasn’t the guy I woulnd’t of pictured at first. But he grew on me despite Marie trying to convince us otherwise. This why I come back to Reid novels as underneath the humour, is a beautiful story. Reid give the feels in unique ways and this why I look forward to her releases. They are epic of the good kind and well worth the time and experience you get from reading one of her books.
If you haven’t read this series yet, get on it asap. As this standalone and once you met the gang. You will be hooked. As this maybe standalone , Reid has a way of weaving these tight knot characters into secondary aspects of the story. And it makes you want to know more about how the other couples met and what is to come.
He was quiet for bit, we both were, and I felt myself relax more and more. His palm took a detour every so often, dutifully skipping my hip and sliding along my side, and then back to my leg. Soon, I was so relaxed I felt drowsy.
I felt fingers in my hair, moving the mass away from my neck with treasuring strokes just before Matt nuzzled the back of my neck, causing goosebumps to scatter over my skin.
“Mmm.” I smiled. “Hey. Jared said no tickling.” My voice sounded sleepy.
“Does this tickle?” Matt asked softly, nuzzling me again. I felt the brush of his lips—not a kiss, a brush—paired with hot breath against the bare skin of my neck and a zing shot straight down my spine, making my toes curl and a sudden hot ache twist in my lower belly.
I knew that ache. I hadn’t felt it because of another person’s touch in quite a long time. Nevertheless, no one ever forgets that ache.
My back arched instinctively, my bottom pressing back against his crotch, and I stiffened. I felt my nipples harden, strain beneath the cotton of my bra. I was now fully awake. No longer drowsy.
Not even a little.
Matt stiffened, too. His movements abruptly ceasing.
“Are you okay? What’s wrong?” he asked, alarm coating his words, and in the next moment his hand was suspended in the air above me. “Did I touch something I shouldn’t?”
I exhaled a short, nervous laugh, gripped by the urge to sit up.
“No. No. You didn’t.” I moved to the edge of the bed, righting myself, away from Matt, needing distance. “I’m good.” I gathered a silent breath and released it slowly because my pulse was racing.
Crap, Marie. Get a grip. It’s Matt Simmons. Professor Matt. The big kid. Why are you reacting this way?
“Did I . . .” These initial words were hesitant, and a moment of silence stretched before he continued, his tone comically teasing as he finished his thought. “Did I arouse you?”
I snorted, shaking my head, laughing at his silly tone. Turning at the waist to peer at him over my shoulder, Matt was grinning at me, twisting a make-believe mustache between his thumb and forefinger.
But then he stopped.
“I did, didn’t I?” he pushed, his hand dropping. He looked pleased, if not a little amazed.
I sighed, feeling a smidge embarrassed, and nodded. “Actually, yes. That’s a sensitive spot for most women.”
“The back of your neck?” He lifted himself to one elbow, his eyes darting to my neck with keen interest.
“My neck in general, actually.”
“Huh.” Matt frowned thoughtfully. “Where else?”
I pressed my lips together and gave him an incredulous look. “I’m not telling you that.”
“What if I needed it for research reasons?”
“What if I told you it was part of our questionnaire?” He tossed his legs over the side of the bed and stood, walking around to my side and offering me his hand. “You should give me a schematic of your body with the erogenous zones circled and rated.”
“Let me guess, you want them rated on a ten-point scale,” I deadpanned as I accepted his hand, stood, and stepped away to gain some distance and straighten my shirt.
He shrugged, crossing his arms, stalking after me. “Or exponential. I was going to say a Likert scale, but a logarithmic scale works, too.”
Chuckling, appreciative of his attempt to diffuse my embarrassment and awkwardness with the joke, I realized Matt Simmons wasn’t a bad guy. He might even be a good guy, just a little . . . peculiar.
And wants to replace romantic relationships with robots. Best not forget that detail.
Yeah, he’d make an interesting friend.
“Thanks.” I gave him a small smile.
“For what?” His eyes moved between mine.
“For the cuddle. Thanks for the cuddle, Matt.”
“Anytime, Marie.” He grinned down at me, his eyes dancing as he leaned forward and whispered, “Anytime.”
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