Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
Toying with Her is my third Prescott Lane read and once again, this author delivers with a strong love story backed by a fine cast of characters led by Sterling Jamison and Rorke Weston. They were always best friends, even when they lost their virginity together. They went their separate ways, but even with lives that have gone forward, they've never really forgotten their friendship...or that one night. Sterling has achieved a great deal of professional success, what with having invented a vibrator to beat all vibrators, but as for her personal life? Well, that's left a lot to be desired. She's grown tired of misconceived preconceptions and judgments. She needs an escape and decides to return to her hometown--the same conservative one that most probably sees her invention as an embarrassment and abomination...the same one where Rorke still lives in. In a town that small, their paths were bound to cross. Sterling wants to rekindle their friendship, but while Rorke would like to do the same, he wants to rekindle something else as well, because a decade was long enough a wait to claim the girl he's always loved as his.
One of my favorite things about this book was how real the main characters were. Sterling and Rorke were by no means perfect, but their flaws somehow made them more likable, possibly because I didn't have to find ways and means to relate to them--I simply did. This second-chance romance with a friends-to-lovers feel to it ticked off a lot of boxes for me and the fact that it had additional touch of Southern charm to it allowed it to have the usual quirky things that I've come to expect from small-town love stories, especially when it comes to the supporting characters. I was a tad peeved over the judgment Sterling received simply because she was smart enough to invent something that proved to be beneficial to many and easily marketable AND she was savvy enough to make a mint! Envious much? But I loved how resilient Sterling was and how Rorke brought out that softer and more sensitive side of hers that she taught herself to keep hidden. Prescott Lane has yet to leave me disappointed, but what she's done this time around is left me looking forward to Pierce Kingston's story! I'm giving four stars to Toying with Her. ♥
Date Read: 20 August 2017
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