The Morning After

Lillith Payne
The Morning After
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
January 2012
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

[Siren Classic: Erotic Contemporary Romance, HEA]

When Christine and Ken are introduced, Christine's goal is to seduce him and gain sexual experience. What she hadn't considered was the intensity with which he'd make love to her. She'd only been looking for sex but finds his tenderness beyond what she can comprehend. Embarrassed, she runs from their intimate experience.

Ken agrees to stand up for his friend Mack at his Vegas wedding, prompted by the fact that Christine is to be the maid of honor. The next morning brings the surprise that they married, too. Ken keeps her close by reminding her they hadn't used protection during their wedding night. They'd also announced their marriage to their friends and parents overnight. Their first day as husband and wife will surprise them both.

Will two weeks be enough for them to acknowledge that lust was really a deeper emotion and true love only needs time to grow?

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
May 07, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
140 people found the following review helpful
Saying "I love you" is powerful, but if neither partner say it yet they feel it, it can tear a relationship apart.

Christine Trent and Ken Coleman had a one-night fling that reshaped their lives. They both knew something had happened between them but Christine ran away. Ken did not know what to do, should he find her maybe call her but did none of those things. So when they meet again at their best friends' wedding, something amazing happened—they got married.

Well, I thought it was amazing but Christine did not feel it. She tried so hard to cover up her true feeling but you could just read Ken. It seemed that he was more invested in the relationship in trying to make the marriage work and trying to get Christine to realize that they did belong together. Only Christine chose to keep running out on Ken when a simple argument would start or when she just felt overwhelmed. There were times that it seemed that the only way that they both could be happy were when they were intimate. The answer of staying together is not based on sexual chemistry and that is how Christine felt. Ken believed that they could make the marriage work but he needed to trust Christine and he found that there were times that he could not.

All newlyweds have their ups and downs during their marriage but with Christine and Ken, it was different because it happened overnight. They did not know each other's habits, the good and the bad. They had to sort of start dating and get to know each other yet they were beyond that as they were married. Ken seemed taken back by Christine because when he expected her to be angry at something, she made a joke or laughed and vice versa. He did not know what to make of her. Christine seemed like she just wanted to gobble him up and experience new sexual techniques. Even though she had little to no experience sexually, she surely took over a couple of times in the bedroom.

I truly enjoyed this book. There were times that I caught myself grinning a lot or even giggling because Christine amazed me with her attitude. Ken, well, what can I say about him? He was a sweet gentleman but he truly needed to learn how to trust Christine. Both of the characters were stubborn in how they dealt with opening up to each other and saying what they truly felt. The two characters were meant to be together but if they don't learn how to say "I love you", then it's meaningless and the marriage would not succeed.

This is a sweet romance full of emotions that had me hoping that they could find their way into opening up and not feel uncertain how they felt about each other. I love reading Ms. Payne's books and can truly say that I will continue. Remember to say "I love you" to your significant other no matter what is going on.
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