Published on November 17th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
*Something's Come Up contains strong language and sexual content. It's intended for mature, 18+ audiences only*
“Feeling dangerous tonight?”
“I’m with you, aren’t I?”
Feeling humiliated after her movie star ex's public betrayal, Stephanie escapes on a spontaneous road trip. She detours for a sexual rendezvous down memory lane with her former frenemy with benefits, attorney Pace Turner.
When Pace gets an unexpected phone call from the one woman he’s never forgotten, his libido slams into overdrive. Steph is the only one who knows everything about the self-obsessed young millionaire, inside the bedroom and out, and his buried desires bubble to the surface.
Over a sex-fueled 24 hours, megalomaniac Pace and sociopath Steph relive their doomed “romance.” Will they rediscover their complicated and gritty connection, or merely pour salt into poorly healed wounds?
Andrea Randall (author of The November Blue series) and Michelle Pace (author of The Sound Wave series) unite their universes in “Something’s Come Up.”
This book completely took me by surprise!
Pace is an attractive, ambitious, confident lawyer who commands attention when he walks into a room. He’s extremely picky when it comes to women so he mostly just has casual flings since no one has brought him close to wanting to settle down. One night, he’s with a date and he gets an unexpected phone call.
“Hello?” At first, all I was greeted with was the sound of loud music and traffic. Someone driving down the highway. I tried again. “Hello?”
“Hey. What the fuck is the name of that pretentious building you live in, again? The W?”
Jesus. I took a step back. It had been years since I’d heard that voice.
“Yeah,” I chuckled, “that’s it.”
“Are you busy tonight? I don’t fucking care. I’ll be there in an hour.”
Enter Stephanie. Her and Pace went to college together at Columbia and have a very interesting history. After a bad breakup she starts driving and ends up heading to Boston.
So as I rolled the word fun around in my mind (trying to recall the last time I’d actually had some), I couldn’t help but think about Pace Turner. Good old Pace. Six feet and four inches of ripped, ebony sex god. Tasty, tattooed, and oozing testosterone.
The story is told in dual POV and alternates between them meeting up again and flashing back to their time in college. They met when Stephanie was doing a photo shoot for the Princeton website.
“Hey, Cary, this isn’t a Playgirl shoot.” She’d snapped her fingers and whistled. “Get those bedroom eyes off your face.”
Cary. The unauthorized nickname made my lip curl.
“What’s the matter, stud? Did I strike a nerve? Pay attention.”
She hid behind her giant lens and resumed her rapid-fire clicking.
“What’s your name?”
I’d taken off the vest and loosened my tie and collar.
“Uh-uh, big shot. Just stand there and look pretty.”
As you can see she is feisty and has zero filter. Pace is immediately taken with her attitude and complete lack of interest in him. I absolutely loved watching these two battle. It was funny, intense, and hot! They are dysfunctional, constantly butting heads and have some crazy chemistry.
“Look at the window!”
Steph stood in front of the window with her finger pointing a third of the way up the glass, to where her ass had rested against the window. And, there for all of us to see, was a faint ass print situated in picturesque glory between two hand prints from when I’d had her bent over.
“Nice.” I widened my eyes purposefully, licked my lips, and turned back to the kitchen in desperate need of a drink.
“Nice? No, that is so not nice. Jesus, my ass is huge! Get that shit off there. I’m not that girl.”
Facing her again, I strode slowly in her direction. “Seems to me you are. In fact, I know you are. I’ve never had any woman up against that window.”
“I call bullshit.”
“Call whatever you want.” I shrugged. “It takes a special breed to trust nothing between my cock and the harbor but a little bit of glass.”
Neither is about the feels, they are about the sex… until they aren’t. Then things get complicated.
The reason this took me by surprise is that it is a novella about two characters I have ZERO investment in. I haven’t read the other series they are in. I honestly had no idea that this book was coming out, but I randomly saw it go live at midnight on Monday night and deciding to one click and just read a chapter. Yeah, well I didn’t move until I finished it a couple hours later. I was completely hooked from page one and couldn’t stop reading, even when I tried because I knew I had to be up in 4 hours for work.
I also thought this was just going to be a quick, steamy read, all sex, no substance. WRONG. I was completely blown away by how attached to the characters and their story I was. I can’t even explain it, but at one point my chest literally hurt and no point could I put this book down. So, seeing as this is about two characters from other series, you might want to know if it has a happy ending? The characters do not end up together, but it doesn’t end badly either. As in, there’s no big blow up at the end. Their breakup is in the past so when they say goodbye at the end of the book, it’s not as sad. Even though they have an intense connection, they kind of both understand they aren’t meant to be together I am dying to read Andrea and Michelle’s other books now. I loved both of these characters, they were written with so much wit and spark and I enjoyed every second of it!