Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Trick is a standalone contemporary romance novel and my very first Laramie Briscoe read, and it was an absolutely fantastic way to be introduced to this author's writing. This is the story of two people trying to make a go of fresh starts in their lives. Patrick Tennyson is twenty-nine and is given one thousand hours of community service after being charged with vandalism. Being part of a companion program that pairs Trick with a child needing a male adult role model, or at the very least, a male adult figure in their lives hasn't been easy, not with the mothers of his past pairings thinking getting intimate with him was a requirement. All he wants is to be paired with a child that will help him get through all his hours and for the child's mother to keep things professional. But then he meets divorced mother Hadley Westin and her six-year-old daughter Riley, and Trick's once off-kilter world begins find its center the more time he spends and interacts with the girl he's nicknamed Sprite and the woman who fascinates him. But will the family they're beginning to feel like they're becoming fall apart when Hadley learns Trick's past?
This is the kind of story I love--one that has some angst, some humor, and lots of love and intimacy and all of it coming together in an almost natural, seamless manner. Trick is one of those main characters that you can't help but fall for. He's got his imperfections but they make him all the more real. He knows he's made mistakes and after owning up to them, he makes up for whatever he's done. He's made and continues to make changes to make his life better, and goodness, the man easily joined my list of favorite book boyfriends. I loved how he was with Hadley and Riley, and how precocious was that cutie? As for Hadley, the woman is the kind you empathize with but never feel sorry for because she refuses to be looked upon as a victim. She's resilient and independent, but she also acknowledges that Trick brings something she's never experienced before in her life, and the same goes for him with her. I loved these two together and with the addition of dear Riley, they had me engaged from beginning till the end. Trick may have been my first Laramie Briscoe read but it certainly won't be the last. This garners five stars. ♥
Release Date: 13 January 2017
Date Read: 12 January 2017
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