Title: Whatever You Do (Try Again, #2)
Author: Stephanie Smith
Release Date: January 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
How do you trust someone who is everything you’re trying to avoid?
Harper Lindell is having a bad day. You know, if a bad day consists of getting fired from your cushy job and then catching your boyfriend red handed playing hide the salami.
Sick of meeting the same guys over and over, Harper decides to try her luck at Internet dating. How bad could it be? Right?
Tate Washington wasn’t looking to meet anyone. Still dealing with the consequences of his one serious relationship, all he’s interested in is revamping his family’s behind-the-times café.
He didn’t plan on seeing the beautiful receptionist from Argo again, walking into his life to use his café as a dating hub, and using him as a BFF.
Can Harper really trust Tate, who is everything she thinks she needs to steer clear of?
Can Tate wait while Harper works through her insecurities and fears?
Tate chuckles as he picks up a tomato and throws it to me. Thanking my quick reflexes, I catch it mid-air.
“Here, cut those,” he says, gesturing to the pile of tomatoes already stacked on the bench next to where he is preparing bacon.
I pop the tomato down and head to wash my hands. Once I return to the counter, Tate approaches me with an apron and wraps his arms around me as he ties the strings in front. We get stuck into it and work in companionable silence for the next few minutes.
“I’m sorry about the other day,” he says, not pausing for a second from the bacon he is cutting.
“I know,” I respond.
“I’m glad we’re okay.”
Silence descends once more, and we continue our tasks before Tate speaks again. “The other day, you said how you’ve never felt an instant connection with someone before.”
“Yeah?” I ask warily, wondering if I freaked him out.
“I didn’t get to tell you that I feel the same. When we’re together, it feels right.”
“Yeah … it does.”
Even though we don’t mention another thing about it, the silence doesn’t come again as the shots keep flowing and the music on the old radio gets louder and louder. We are laughing and carrying on and there is more ‘accidental’ touching on both sides.
‘Black Widow’ by Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora flows through the speakers and I sigh in happiness. “I love this song.” I leave my tomatoes behind to shake my hips all over the kitchen to the beat, singing along with the lyrics.
Warmth covers my back as two strong hands land on my hips. Tate pushes into me from behind and moves his hips along with my own or forces my hips to move along with his—I’m not sure.
“You’re so fucking sexy, Harper,” he whispers into my ear. “I won’t be able to keep this friendship platonic if you keep shaking your ass like that in my kitchen.” His warm breath flows over my collarbone as he nuzzles my neck and goosebumps break out across my skin. Tate must notice as he lifts his head and slowly peppers small, light kisses along the crease of my shoulder.
My head rolls back onto his shoulder, and my body liquefies at the intimate and sensual touch. He’s breaking down my walls. My common sense. He’s slowly softening me, melting me so he can mould me as he pleases, and it’s working.
As the realisation hits me, I jump out of Tate’s arms, grab hold of his hand, and pull him to the middle of the kitchen. I smile seductively at him and wink. “I’ll just have to keep you in line and focused then.”
He throws his head back and laughs, allowing me to ignore the moment and lead him around the centre workbench as we shake, shimmy, and wiggle to ‘Shake it Off’ by Taylor Swift, which is now playing on the stereo.
First let me thank Between the Sheets Promotions and Stephanie Smith for providing me with an ARC of Whatever You Do in exchange for an honest review. In this book we get an in depth look at Harper who we met in “Wherever You Will Go”. I liked her from the start, she was the cute, quirky and highly loveable receptionist at Argo. She’s the girl everyone could instantly love ‘cause she is just awesome that way.
**small spoiler alert**
Harper is not one for change but as her day from hell stats she is thrust into the worst ‘what the fuck’ day of her life. First, she is called into a meeting and fired from the investment company she has worked for for four years. And she thinks it has a lot to do with the fact that she is friends with Brooke and Saxon but whatever. When she leaves, well she is escorted out like a common criminal, she goes to her boyfriend Aiden’s apartment, which isn’t far from Argo. But what she finds inside only sets her heart on fire and her mind racing. Adian is home.. but he isn’t alone. He is in bed with a bimbo. So naturally Harper walks away and heads to the one safe place she knows. Brooke’s new art gallery. When she goes inside she is sent to Brooke’s office and after a little heart to heart.. Harper has a new job. One that Brook and Saxon have been offering her for months. She will start in one week. Giving her time to get herself together some.
Harper’s first day on her new job goes well and it’s not only a new start work wise its a new day for her dating life. Harper has joined an online site and has her first ‘coffee’ date tonight at her favorite coffee shop. When she settles in to wait for her ‘date’ she see’s Tate. Of course she can't help but ogle him. The times he delivered their lunch time orders to Argo she couldn't keep her eyes off of him. Seems nothing has changed. He flirts, she tries to not stare and when her ‘date’ arrives things go from good to bad. But once the dude leaves Tate is there to make her smile. The next night she has yet another disaster of a date. It’s to the point of being embarrassing but Tate comes to the rescue. He offers to help her find a guy, to weed out the bad ones. And when Harper doesn't come into the shop the next night he misses her, badly. Poor man has it bad… too bad she can’t see past his bad boy front.
After a few more bad dates Tate -not being able to watch this any longer- gives in and tells her he wants to make her forget. He gets her to come home with him. the next day though Harper has a freak out moment and runs off to work. That night though after taking her profile off the website she tries to cancel the last date she had scheduled.. but the man doesn’t let her. He is persistent to say the least. When she walks in she looks around for Tate but doesn't see him at first. As she talks to her ‘date’ Tate comes out and when he sees her he gets pissed. A few minutes pass and in all honesty Harper is too preoccupied with wanting to run to Tate to pay attention to her date. She excuses herself from the table to go and speak to Tate in his office. When he tells her he wanted a chance he didn’t mean for one night. He wanted her for as long as he could have her.
Now, as they start a new day together he asks her to stay the weekend. He really doesn’t want her to get out of his sight. After a few days Harper asks Tate to come home with her and meet her parents. Big deal? Hellll yes! And of course he agrees. The next weekend when they get ready to go he surprises Harper with a car. Well it’s ‘their’ car but really its for her. (LOL) The reception they got at first was… eh, no way to say it but cold. It was like they really didn't care that they were there until they got a good look at Tate. Tall, dark, dangerous and tatted up.. that set the preacher off. Harper and her father have a back and forth argument tossing bible verses back and forth. Its intended and a turn on to Tate.. (LOL It was kinda awesome. He gave she threw it right back at him.) While they were in town Harper took Tate to her favorite spot out by the lake, they talked, made love and had time to actually enjoy each other and the quiet. Tate also asks Harper to move in with him. Monday. No sense in wasting time.
When they get back things take a turn for the ‘OH MY GOD WHAT ARE YOU DOING’ lane of the road. (I wanted to go into the book and choke Harper.. like totes.) A fight over a misunderstanding that they both really take the wrong way has Tate walking away and Harper in a state of numb. But thank God Harper and Tate pull their shits together. That is after Harper has a chat with his sister Lana. She leaves his place going back home to find Tate sitting by her door, again. When Tate leaves her place they are headed to his, no to their place.
Months later the cafe has been updated and the new weekend schedules are up. On opening night the bands and singers entertain the group of people filing the place. Tate’s dreams are coming true as are Harper’s. She kissed many frogs until she finally found her prince.
I have to say I laughed my ass off through most of this book. I loved it, the interactions between Harper and Saxon are hysterical. They are so like brother and sister. But nothing beats the laughs I got at Harper’s effed up dates at the Cafe. I still can’t stop laughing at them. I would have given up after the second one but she gets kudos for trying. But there were many times I wanted to choke her too. And Tate, the man has a heart of gold and the ability to let the water fall from his back. I can’t wait for the next installment in this series. Stephanie has really outdone herself here!
Don’t forget the book that started it all…
Brooke Willis had everything she ever wanted: a happy marriage, volunteer placement at the art gallery, and the promise of starting a family with the man of her dreams.
Saxon Reed had everything he ever thought he needed: a successful career, nice cars, expensive apartment, and more money than he knew what to do with.
After losing her husband Brooke insists on taking over his company to keep his dreams alive. Struggling in an industry she knows nothing about, Brooke turns to Saxon, her husband’s best friend and business partner, for guidance and support. Their mutual grief, and Saxon’s need to look after his best friend’s wife, creates a connection beyond just business.
Can Brooke take over the company and find a new life without saying goodbye to the past? Can Saxon protect and care for Brooke without scaring her away?
What happens when your heart doesn’t listen to your head? When lines are crossed and boundaries are pushed?
Barb's Review of Wherever You Will Go
Wherever You Will Go (Try Again, #1)
Whatever You Do (Try Again, #2)
About the Author:
I'm first & foremost a reader & fangirl, I will always be first & foremost a reader & fangirl. I am on street teams, I pimp and I brag. I LOVE my Authors!! I have recently started writing as a way to relax and spend some time for me. My first novel Wherever You Will Go is due to release later this year. I'm having so much fun writing my first story and I'm looking forward to the journey it is taking me on.