The Hang Up
First Impressions #2
By: Tawna Fenske
Releasing June 13, 2016
PR specialist Miriam Ashley makes her living cleaning up bad boys. Mountain climber-turned-CEO Jason Sanders should be an easy fix. And with a nephew to care for, he’s motivated. The problem? Every time she tries to help Jason get his head in the boardroom, they end up in the bedroom.
What the hell is she thinking? He’s the definition of off-limits. Not just because he’s a client—he spends his free time risking his life mountain climbing. The same thing that got her father killed. She’s not going to open her heart to a guy who could disappear at the drop of a…well, she’d rather not finish that thought.
She needs to leave complicated alone, but every time she sees Jason, something tells her it’s her who might fall…
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..
“At least I have the good sense to keep my mouth shut in board meetings instead of peppering all my dialogue with profanity,” Miriam said.
“Keeping my mouth shut isn’t usually an option as CEO,” Jason pointed out. “I don’t suppose you’d care to give me some pointers on being a more polished professional?”
“What, you mean like etiquette lessons?”
“Sure, something like that.”
Miriam snorted. “We’ve known each other forty-eight hours, so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt for not realizing I’m the last person in the world who should be giving anyone etiquette lessons.”
“I beg to differ,” he said, his gaze sweeping her body in a way that made her shiver. “You’re the most put-together woman I’ve ever met.”
“Looks can be deceiving.”
“And you totally owned it in the board meeting.”
“Owning a team of suit-clad, tie-yanking executives is only slightly more challenging than owning a housecat.”
“I’ve met your cat. Considering he sexually assaulted me, that qualifies as a challenging pet.”
Tawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Her offbeat brand of romance has received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, one of which noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”
Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year.
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