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The First Taste Audiobook

The First Taste

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A sexy single dad standalone romance from the author of Slip of the Tongue. Narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt.

Single dad Andrew Beckwith has already devoted his life to one girl - and as far as he's concerned, she's all he needs. The inked, rough-around-the-edges bad boy left his reckless ways behind six years ago when his daughter Bell was born. When Bell's mother walked out of their lives, Andrew vowed never to let another woman close enough to hurt them again.

Amelia isn't just another woman. She's an independent, smart, and savvy businesswoman who doesn't have time for sex, much less love. In the midst of a drawn-out, bitter divorce, all she wants is to bury herself in work. But when sharp-tongued Amelia and stubborn Andrew cross paths, sparks fly - and burn.

After all, it's not as if opposites ever attract.

©2016 Jessica Hawkins (P)2017 Jessica Hawkins

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-23-17
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-23-17 Member Since 2017

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "GREAT & IT TICKED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY BOXES"

    Neither 32 yr old Businesswoman Amelia or 35 yr old Garage owner/Mechanic Andrew were looking for love, for any kind of commitment or for more than a 'one and done' night together. They are both jaded people who've discovered (the hard way) that love can lead to heartache and lies because both have been burned by it. They are also complete opposites whose explosive chemistry can't be ignored but they are in very different situations in their lives.. Amelia's business is her entire life and Andrew's life is entirely dedicated to his six year old daughter. So what they want is to quell their desires and hopefully quash any lingering feelings that could possibly lead to more.. but, like the book's title, the first taste leads to much more.

    It leads to two delusional people who thought they could just walk away after one or two nights having hot sexcapades.. however, it leads to promises of never lying to each other, it leads to a slow simmering build before either one can commit, it leads to angst and drama caused by their returning exes and it leads to a solid foundation to build a new family's HEA on.

    I devoured this captivating couple's addictive journey. I loved the well paced emotional and passionate climb, the devoted perfect relationship that Andrew had with his sweet precocious daughter, the often hot sex scenes, the fact that both the h/h experienced character development to let their strong feelings evolve and grow into more.. and I loved the way this dual POV story slowly unfurled to reveal a real gem of a listen.

    Worth a credit? YES.. it definitely gave me all the feels I was hoping for - sizzling chemistry, romance, a hot alpha tattooed hero/a strong independent heroine, a smoothly paced well thought out storyline, drama/angst, passion/pleasure, highs/lows, good secondary characters (including Sadie and Nathan from Slip of the Tongue) and perfectly narrated thanks to the well loved duo of Andi Arndt and Sebastian York.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Misty 06-22-17
    Misty 06-22-17 Member Since 2015

    Too busy to read as much as I'd like, Audible is the perfect solution. I'm a romance reader mostly, but can stray into any story.

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    "Sigh"

    This wasn't the tear jerker that I expect from Jessica Hawkins and it was a nice reprieve! Andrew Beckwith is a single dad to daughter, Bell. He is a good dad, no, a great dad. So great that his entire life is dedicated to his little girl. Amelia is not kid friendly. It's not even in her mindset to take on a single dad. When the 2 meet, they know they couldn't work and could only be a one night stand. We all know where this is headed.

    There's so much drama and intensity in this book, I absolutely loved it. It wasn't a book I couldn't put down but it was one I was super happy to start up again. These 2 characters, along with Bell, made me laugh out loud and the love between Andrew and Amelia was so easily believable.

    I won't even comment on the narration, it's Andi and SebYo... of course it was perfect!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jordy ♡♡♡♡ 06-25-17 Member Since 2016

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "Opposites Attract in the best possible way"

    For some reason, I have a fondness for books about single dads. Of course, this book didnt disappoint. This is the first book I've listen to by this author (Jessica Hawkins). I'm definitely a new fan of her writing. The H & H were complete opposites but in the end were perfect for each other. Andrew was a devoted Dad to his little girl named Bell. I adore books that include little kids in them. Bell was precious and made it impossible to not fall in love with her. Bell's mother left them when she was a baby and they haven't heard from her in 4 years. This is the catalyst of why Andrew has no intentions of ever falling in love again. The heroine Amelia is focused on her company and is dealing with a divorce from a horrible marriage.
    The first encounter between H & H doesn't start of well regardless of the undeniable sparks felt between them. Andrew & Amelia are opposites in every way but they can't deny their attraction to each other. Thus begins an arrangement that's doomed to fail especially since neither can follow their only rule.....No Falling in Love!! Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. I was worried I was going to get bored or lose interest since the plot reminded me of other books I've read. Fortunately, my worries were unwarranted. The book held my attention from beginning to end. If your looking for a smexy, witty, little angst & drama, sweet book that includes a much deserved HEA than I highly recommend this book for you!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra 06-18-17
    Deedra 06-18-17 Member Since 2015

    Audible Addict!!! My Favorite books have change since joining Audible and my taste for erotic has enhanced! Follow me to the dark side. ;)

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    "VERY ENJOYABLE"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this story it's was just hot enough to keep my attention with great great narration. I really did appreciate that when I was sure one thing would happen it would go it a completely different direction. It was not a predictable romance. LOVED IT. Worth the credit

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian Seattle WA United States 06-25-17
    Lilian Seattle WA United States 06-25-17 Member Since 2011

    I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!

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    "Real & Plausible"

    Now this is what a true romance feels like. I love how two heart broken people who agree on no commitment end up putting themselves back together. To keep is simple, the story is real and plausible, yet very different from other books. I love how the author started the book off with lust but slowly built a relationship that had trust, love, healing, humor, friendship and eventually HEA. A strong story with two of my favorite narrators... best 10+hrs spent on this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John 06-17-17
    John 06-17-17 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best books of 2017"

    What I liked the most is that it finally came out on audio. Jessica is just one of the best writers out today. To many great parts to single any out but, I really like the epilogue 😊 and the narrators were great to. Love Andi more audio books please

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    DK 07-26-17
    DK 07-26-17 Member Since 2013

    No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!

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    "Jessica Hawkins does it again! What is it? 5*s +++"

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    Jessica Hawkins does it again! What is 'it?' A hot, steamy romantic story performed by a dynamic duo in Andi Arnt and Sebastian York (more on them later.)

    Hawkins creates a an interesting plot and immerses it in a spicy sauce. It is absolutely yummy. I did not want to stop listening and fortunately, I had the luxury of listening to the whole thing in two sittings!

    Amelia and Andrew meet up when Andrew stops by to visit his sister at work. (He is dropping his 6 y/o daughter off.) Amelia is Andrew's sisters boss. She is the minority owner in the business she created and is a career driven woman. Her high-end fashion business in New York City and her divorce proceedings are her life. She makes no room for anything or anyone else.

    Andrew is a busy guy. Raising his six-year-old daughter and running his automotive shop in suburban New Jersey leave him with little time on his hands. Andrew has an understanding with one of his female friends whenever he needs female companionship.

    When Andrew and Amelia cross paths at her office he practically dares her with a one night proposition. She accepts, but is one night going to be enough?

    Jessica Hawkins is one of my favorite authors. She generously gave me a copy of her first book: Come Undone: The Cityscape Series Book 1 to review. I have been a fan ever since, devouring the five books she's written that are available on audio. As soon as I finish one, I cannot wait for the next. She cannot write them fast enough for this listener.

    Andi Arnt has narrated all of Hawkins books. She is one of my top three favorite female performers. Sebastian York is a great addition (for dual narration) with his deep sultry voice. The three together, Hawkins, Arnt & York are a listeners dream to die for. I rarely give five-star ratings, but this book and its performers deserve 10 :-) Excellent!

    I will never tire of Jessica Hawkins writing and I am already looking forward to Yours to Bare – release just a week ago. I only have one question… What is next and when will it be available?

    *I agreed to leave an unbiased review for this book in exchange for this copy.

    IMPORTANT: While this copy was free, I have purchased copies of Jessica Hawkins other books as gifts. They are all definitely credit worthy and/or worth full MSRP.

    This book is a standalone, no loose ends or cliffhangers.

    I recommend any of Hawkins books without reservation. However, I suggest that if you begin the Cityscape Series, you read that trilogy in order.

    I hope that you will take a moment and select – yes – below if you found this review helpful. I invite you to consider following me here on Audible to get my most recent reviews. Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Naughty Book Blog 07-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Tastes like PERFECTION!"

    Andrew and Amelia, two people who thought they didn't need each other, were exactly what I needed! Jessica Hawkins has really been putting me through the emotional wringer with her Something In The Way series, and this was exactly what I needed from her to make up for it. Delightyfully naughty and oozing with tension and drama. Andi Arndt and Sebastian York were once again a perfect team to tell this story. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Irby 07-25-17
    Lori Irby 07-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Better than I Expected"

    I thought this was going to be a sweet comtempary love story, but it was so much more. the dialog and emotions which deas with divorce, ex-relationships and parenthood is so real and emotional. The author's choice to have the characters be so honest and real with each other, made their story so captivating and interesting. Ecen though Andrew and Amelia are seem so different on the outside they were actually very similar. Since there was very little BS or game playing that many romance novels use to keep their story going, I almost thought their relationship could nor survive the stress. Yet, this was romance novel, so you know your going to get a Big HEA. The basic theme for this story was...you can't move on till you learn from your past and forgive yourself for your mistakes. In addition, the characters in this story were compllex due to their past,. Yet, they are so likeable that you want them all to find happiness.. It takes only a few pages to fall in love with Andrew. He has suffered great pain, but holds it together to find a way to respectfully raise his very rambunctious daughter. Whereas, Amelia's character is so intersting complex due to her childhood and potential exhusband that I could not stop listening to the story in order to understand her personality. By the middle-end of the book, I was completely rooting for their HEA. Of course, these narrators are two of the best and make this story sound so real and believable. Throughly enjoyed this audio version of First taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Peters 07-22-17
    Sara Peters 07-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Sebastian and Andi - that's all you need to know"

    Who needs to read the summary when Sebastian and Andi are the narrators. Fantastic story that isn't the same plot line as all the others. I enjoyed that the characters were in their 30's and have real life circumstances. Buy it!!!

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    6/30/17
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    "Heartwarming"

    A beautiful story of learning to love again after being broken in a past relationship.
    Andi Ardnt and Sebastian York bring the characters to life and make this a truly wonderful audible book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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