Magnetic as the Sun
Jimmy Alsop, a vivacious journalist, longs to trade his sheltered life for a summer of adventure but lacks the confidence to launch his stellar plan.
Lonely as the Moon
Nova Skye, an aloof scientist, wants to resuscitate his dead love life but hasn’t found the right man to kickstart his guarded heart.
Eclipse of the Heart
Sparks fly when a chance encounter drops Jimmy and Nova into the same orbit. Though their approach to life and love couldn’t be more different, they’re inexplicably drawn together as if connected by an invisible string. With nothing to lose but their inhibitions, Jimmy and Nova embark on an epic adventure of discovery. Passions soar with the sultry Savannah temperatures, and soon, their carefree summer becomes something more profound and beautiful than either man bargained for.
But are the ties that bind sturdy enough to withstand a lifetime, or will they fray after a season?
Release Date: 05.19.21
Nova placed his hand beneath Jimmy’s chin and tilted it up until he was staring into sleepy eyes. He lowered his head to kiss soft lips, but Jimmy pulled free of his embrace a second before rolling to his feet and standing over the sofa.
“Having second thoughts?” Nova asked.
Jimmy snorted. “Get real. I have morning breath. You’ve been adamant that our first time together be perfect.”
“Mmmm, I don’t think that’s what I said.”
“Well, it’s how I perceived your comments,” Jimmy declared. “It’s been a while since you’ve had sex, so I also want to make this experience amazing for you.”
“It already is. Take off your clothes,” Nova commanded.
“Gladly, but first direct me to a bathroom where I can clean my mouth. I’d love a spare toothbrush if you have one but will settle for a finger, toothpaste, and a mouthwash chaser.”
“Whose finger? Yours or mine?”
Jimmy swallowed hard. “How can you make that question sound so sexy?”
Nova laughed and rolled to his feet. Jimmy raked his gaze over his body, landing on the semi-erection tenting his shorts. “Come on.”
Jimmy followed him to the master suite but stopped just inside the door. “I honestly never allowed myself to imagine what your bedroom looked like, only the things you did alone in here. It’s like a calm oasis with all the blues, purples, and grays. And that’s a really big bed.”
“I like a lot of room to work with,” Nova countered. He placed his hand at the small of Jimmy’s back and guided him toward the bathroom. Once inside, he removed a spare toothbrush from a drawer along with the toothpaste and handed them to Jimmy. Gesturing to the bottle of blue liquid on the vanity, Nova said, “My mouthwash is your mouthwash.” Then he went to work cleaning his mouth. Sharing the bathroom with Jimmy felt as intimate as sex because they kept exchanging heated glances in the mirror.
Once satisfied, Nova rinsed his mouth while Jimmy swished mouthwash around in his cheeks for a second time. Was the adorable man that concerned about his oral hygiene or had a case of nerves settled in? Their gazes met in the mirror once more, and tawny eyes widened. Jimmy shook his head and spat out the mouthwash.
“Oh no. You’re thinking too hard.”
“I was just thinking the same thing about you,” Nova admitted.
Jimmy responded by pulling off his T-shirt and tossing it to the floor. “I haven’t changed my mind.” Hooking his thumbs in his waistband, he shoved his shorts and underwear down his legs, baring himself completely to Nova. “I was just being thorough.”
“As will I,” Nova said, stepping forward and claiming the kiss he’d wanted since opening his eyes.
SO GOOD! It’s been a while since a book has sucked me in completely within 10 pages. But this one did it.
I immediately feel for Jimmy. Even his name, being so average American guy, just drew me in. Having led a sheltered life by his mother and grandmother, he has a bucket list of things he wants to do while they are on vacation for two weeks and he is home alone. One of the biggest things on his list is to lose his virginity. No big deal.
He is also trying to get more responsibility at his job for a local paper. So he pitches his idea to take a bunch of adult enrichment classes- different crafts, etc- and to write about them for the paper. Can he be any more wholesome? (yes, I just watched the Friends reunion)
His first class is being led by a famous astrologer who’s book Jimmy had read as a kid and always loved. He was in awe of her in the class. And of her son who was there to support her.
And that is Nova. Astronomer, scientist, complete opposite of his mother and the guy who finds Jimmy’s bucket list. Jimmy doesn’t know where it went, Nova doesn’t know what to do with it.
Nova and Jimmy do meet up, with a bit of mom meddling. She was so funny, as was her husband, Nova’s father. They were just a very cool couple who loved their son and wanted him to be happy. And even though mom had some tricks up her sleeve, I don’t think she went overboard at all.
As it is a romance, Jimmy and Nova come to an agreement about Jimmy’s bucket list. And as much as he wanted to scratch one thing in particular off of his list, Nova made sure they did other things as well. It was really cute.
Jimmy and Nova played well off of each other. If Nova got too serious, Jimmy brought levity. If Jimmy got too shy, Nova brought him out of his shell. Checking things off of the bucket lists were fun scenes to read. It wasn’t all about sex. And through those activities they really grew to know each other and fall in love.
There was a small bit of angst- but it really wasn’t couple related. Enough to have Jimmy’s mother and grandmother admit that he is a grown man who can make his own decisions about life.
This was just a good, couple centric romance.
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Ever since she was a little girl, Aimee Nicole Walker entertained herself with stories that popped into her head. Now she gets paid to tell those stories to other people. She wears many titles—wife, mom, and animal lover are just a few of them. Her absolute favorite title is champion of the happily ever after. Love inspires everything she does, music keeps her sane, and coffee is the magic elixir that fuels her day. I’d love to hear from you