As a reader, I hope to find a book that either A) draws me into the story to the point that I feel like I am actually in the middle of it, experiencing it with the characters. Or B) creates a character (or characters) that you can relate to, and when you do, the emotions the author evokes are, well, wow.
I downloaded Never Been Kissed by Mari Carr this week, and immediately began devouring it. The thing is, I had to set it aside early on because she did it, Mari created a heroine, Shelly, who had so much of me in her that I had to set it aside for a bit because it is difficult to read through tears. And every woman, no matter her size, shape, or anything, deserves to be loved and treated well for everything she is.
Of course I knew that there would be a happy ending for Shelly, but I had to know the rest of the story.
Shelly MacIsaac has pretty much given up all hope. Hope that she’ll lose weight, that she’ll find any excitement in life, that there will ever be any man in her bed besides Barney, her cat.
When her friend Zoey suggests the wine girls come up with resolutions for the New Year, Shelly latches onto the one everyone expects her to choose—the tried-and-true commitment to go on a diet and get into shape. Deep inside, however, Shelly knows she needs to change a lot more than just her physical appearance.
After a year licking his wounds over a broken romance, Christian is through. He’s been quietly lusting after Shelly at work, and he’s not wasting any more time. There’s something about her that makes him believe she’s the one. Unfortunately, Shelly’s kickboxing instructor, Lance—Christian’s best friend—has set his sights on the sweet blonde as well.
Instead of pistols at dawn, the two friends come up with a deliciously erotic answer to their shared dilemma—if the shy beauty will accept their racy proposal.
Warning: There is a chance this story will encourage you to go on a diet and begin an intense exercise regime. After all, flavored body lube is low cal, right? And sex is a great way to burn calories.
I think the Shelly who breaks free in the end, and her men, would like this song…