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Title: TAKE A NUMBER Author: Amy Daws Genre: Romantic Comedy Release Date: October 15, 2020 Cover Designer: Amy Daws Cover Photographer: Wander Aguiar Cover Model: Philippe Belanger
🍩 👔 🍩 👔 🍩Fake dating the cute owner of a bakery Dean is an investor in sounds kind of messy…but messy can be fun. Norah Donahue wants bakeries not babies, but her matchmaking mother won’t stop trying to play Cupid. Dean Moser is a cocky stock market savant whose friends are all settling down, leaving Boulder’s infamous ladies’ man all alone. When Norah needs a fake date for her parents’ anniversary party, her new silent investor is the perfect guy for the job. It seems like a foolproof plan… That is until Norah decides to break her biggest rule and lock lips with Dean in the middle of the party to spite her meddling mother. Turns out that Dean and Norah’s chemistry is sizzling hot, and mixing business with pleasure could turn out to be a recipe for disaster. Or maybe they can have their cake and eat it too
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🍩 👔 🍩 👔 🍩“This is a disaster,” I groan and turn to prop my elbows on the bar. “Can I get another champagne, please?” Dean sidles up next to me as the bartender fills my glass. “What’s up, sugar? I think your dad likes me.” I pin him with a warning look. “If you add tits to the end of that sugar, your balls must have a death wish.” “Why so cheery?” Dean asks, hunching over the bar to sip his brown liquor out of a rocks glass. “Did your mother give you a puppy again? That Elaine.” “My mother invited Nathaniel here tonight,” I state flatly. “The perfect teeth guy?” “Yes.” “So, what’s the big deal?” I pin him with an accusing look. “She gave him the impression I was here for him. Like I was some lonely sack who couldn’t get a date even if I wanted to. Jesus, this is embarrassing.” “Relax.” Dean turns to face the party and rests his elbows behind him like he doesn’t have a care in the world. “We’ll just have to break some of your rules.” “What do you mean?” I grab a nut from the bowl on the bar and chew on it nervously. “Well, if you want this guy to steer clear, then a little PDA might be in order.” “What kind of PDA?” If he says kissing, I’ll spontaneously combust. Dean seems to read my mind and rolls his eyes. “Relax, sugar cake, I mean a little…affection. Maybe we dance. Maybe I put my arms around your waist or play with your hair a little. Or maybe we get practically pornographic, and I waffle your fingers.” He laughs casually. “Something to show your mother this Nate guy doesn’t have a chance.” I nod thoughtfully as I process what Dean’s just said. He mentioned touching me so casually like it’s no big deal. I suppose it isn’t since he seems to flirt with anything that walks. But I’ve been out of the game for a while now, and I can count on one hand the number of people I’ve been affectionate with, and even those were years ago. Is this really something I can pull off? “Norah, drink the rest of that champagne. It’s going to be fine.” I close my eyes, letting his words sink in while feeling anything but fine. “Okay, just promise you won’t try to kiss me. I’m barely holding it together as it is, and if I have to worry about you breaking the ultimate rule, I won’t survive this night.” I tip the rest of the champagne into my mouth. “Relax, I won’t tongue thrust you in front of all your parents’ friends. I’m a mountain manwhore, but I draw the line at lip raping.”
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🍩 👔 🍩 👔 🍩Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 13 bestselling author of sexy, contemporary romance novels. She enjoys writing love stories that take place in America, as well as across the pond in England. When Amy is not writing in a tire shop waiting room, she’s watching Gilmore Girls, or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy smiles awkwardly from a distance. For more of Amy’s work, visit: http://www.amydawsauthor.com
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I have been anticipating Dean’s book since the moment we met him in Wait With Me but I never imagined that he and his leading lady would steal the place of my favorite out of the entire Boulder Crew.
The quick, witty and flirty banter between Dean and Norah that started off their story was the prelude of what was to come. Their chemistry was palpable from the start and the tension between them built with every page. Dean was incredibly charming, a smooth-talker the things that come out of this man’s mouth can go from sweet to sinful in the same sentence. Norah was a boss not only because she owned a business but because she had big dreams that she was determined to reach leaving little time for her to fill her social calendar.
Dean and Norah were opposites that balanced each other in a fascinating way you could feel the connection between them and know that they were made for one another but of course, it’s never as simple as that. The banter they shared was some of the best I have ever read it felt as if you were right there with them laughing or having emotions tugging at your heartstrings.
Amy Daws has this exceptional ability to place the reader inside the story reality fades as her words transport you to the world she created. The characters become friends you become fully invested in their lives feeling their emotions like they’re your own.
Take A Number is a top 2020 read that deserves 10 “Sugar Stars” This was the perfect blend of entertaining banter, sassy heroine, alpha hero, steam, many laughs and moments that will pull on your heartstrings.