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    Real emotions!!!

    4.5 Stars Strange circumstances brought Miriam and Jason together the first time. The second time they meet is in a business meeting that throws both of them for a loop. Jason is a great guy. He just takes protecting his family to new levels. So much so, that he doesn't believe there's room in his life for anything else. He loves extreme sports, like mountain climbing. Her father died mountain climbing a year ago. They each have their issues but can they overcome them to keep from losing something so beautiful? Great story! Real emotions from fantastic characters. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
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    Entertaining!

    Oh, the glee and giggles, banter and jeer, joy and zeal, I enjoyed every moment of this very entertaining story, that embrace the invigorating outdoor adventures, living life to the fullest for every minute, and giving love and passion a chance and room in the swamped lives we live, filled with responsibility and hectic schedules. Jason is such a stand up guy, he takes his responsibilities seriously. But when you work hard, you play hard, and for Jason it means outdoor adventures, and taking care of his family. Miriam never quite got over her father's death, or even her parents' divorce. She's a city girl all the way, loves to cook, and the biggest adventure she wants to take, is to wear high heals. They are completely opposite, but slowly they take place in each other's life. The exploits they have, are lively and entertaining. The lessons on table manners is unforgettable, the double talk on kayak introduction hilarious. Passion, connection or chemistry is not the problem they have. They like each other, they fit into each other's lives, with their friends and family, they respect each other, and their talents, but they have no time for romance, the pain, the possible failure, and rejection, their minds and hearts are not ready to take that leap. I enjoyed the awakening moments they had, as their got their lives, and priorities, lined. They had to grow, develop, and deal with their inner demons, until they were ready and able to admit their shortcomings, and take the leap for love. Perfect reading material for those warm, long, summer evenings, if you need a smile, or some great belly laughs ~ Four Spoons
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    Sexy opposites attract romance

    In this second book of Tawna Fenske's lighthearted romantic comedy series First Impressions, Jason has just taken over as CEO for Urban Trax - a fitness equipment company that has recently been embroiled in scandal and is looking to remake its image. To that end, they hired Jason to helm their sinking ship, and they've already been in talks with a PR company about rebranding, even before the scandal. Miriam happens to come across their adventurous new CEO prior to their official first work related meeting in a most interesting way - he's locked himself out of his new house (a few blocks away from her own) after his Tough Mudder race. Compassionate yet firm, Miriam helps him out, and tries not to notice his physical attributes. When they are formally introduced in the board room, the sizzle of attraction between them just gets stronger. But Miriam doesn't take risks, after losing her father in a mountain climbing accident. And Jason is firmly committed to helping his sister Ellie and her son Henry who is in remission from cancer. With taking care of them, and his new job, he has no time for a relationship. Somehow though, they end up in each other's company more often than not. Will they learn that they can bend a little bit and not break? I always enjoy stories by this author as they are never too angsty or overly emotional. Even with what could be depressing parts of a plot (ie Miriam's father dying and Henry having had cancer), she doesn't dwell on them, and just makes them a matter of fact part of the story. And as a reader who doesn't much care for ugly crying books, I definitely appreciate knowing that I can count on some laughs. Miriam and Jason are fairly opposite in character, with Jason being a very extroverted, adventurous type and Miriam much more strait laced. It's an opposite attracts story for sure, and though they are working together professionally, there's really no sense of impropriety in their burgeoning relationship. I did find that some of the humour in this story bordered on a little too silly for me, where I laughed but I also found myself cringing a bit at the situations. But I liked the relationship between Miriam and Jason, and also that he was able to get Miriam to move outside of her comfort zone and recapture some of the sense of adventure she used to have before her father passed away. There are some interesting scenes involving outdoor activities that I don't think I've ever read in a romance before - like spelunking (cave exploration) for example. Jason's relationship with his sister Ellie is a major part of the story, and there are several scenes involving them and Jason's nephew Henry. I like that the author makes the scenes with children likeable and realistic. There are some great steamy scenes ( no compatibility issues in the bedroom for these two!) and some not unexpected conflict that drives the second half of the story. Overall, an entertaining read and I'll be looking forward to the next book by this author. 3.5 stars.
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    A Must Read!!

    Oh how I love Tawna Fenske!!! This book just proves it more, I promise you will be smiling and laughing out loud while reading this book! This book has it all, a gorgeous hunk, a girl that thinks she knows what she wants and an adorable little boy. Loved the chemistry between Miriam and Phillip along with their bantering!! This is a must read.
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    Fun and Flirty

    Amount of sex - 2 / 5 How explicit - 2 / 5 Romance - 5 / 5 Overall: 3.5 / 5 The Hang Up is a flirty and fun read. Guest reviewer JM here! I am reviewing The Hang Up, the second book in Tawna Fenske’s The First Impression Series. This series focuses on the lives the women of First Impressions, a branding and Public Relations firm. While I have not read the first book, The Hang Up does fine as a stand alone read. Miriam Ashley is the co-owner of First Impressions with the first book’s heroine Holly. We first meet Miriam, a curvy brunette, and her cat Phuzeei (pronounce Fuzzy) moments before we meet dirty (as in mud) Jason Sanders, who is locked out of his duplex after a Tough Mudder event ( a race run with mud pits and obstacles as Jason explains it). The attraction is electric between the two as Miriam lets Jason use her shower as he waits for the locksmith. The day after the showering even, Jason and Miriam discover they are working together as Urban Trax has hired new CEO Jason and has been working with PR firm First Impressions. My impressions of this book is flirty as we get to hear about body parts (courtesy of Phuzeei the door ninja cat) as Miriam gets to see all of Jason from the get-go. Jason and Miriam spend a lot of time ogling each other before getting down to it. While both characters have baggage hanging them up, the fun of the book is not so much will they or won’t they, but flirting about where, when, and how often. The reader needs to enjoy Jason’s and Miriam’s reasons for the obstacles they put in front of themselves and enjoy the tantalizing flirt. Lots of story and romance in The Hang Up, but it is light in all aspects as there are discussions of sex, but not that much of it. My only big disappointment is the cover of the book. It describes Miriam as very curvy and soft; an aspect Jason likes about her. The cover girl doesn’t strike me as a good reflection of the woman Jason finds attractive. The Hang Up is a light read though there are some discussions of children with cancer and the death of a family member before the book starts (note neither of these issues are related to each other). Overall, the book is lots of fun and enjoyable. I’m kinda hoping the next book is about Jason’s sister Ellie, who is starting her own business with Miriam’s help.. **ARC was received in exchange for an honest review**
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