Author: Emme Burton
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Marcus “Snack” Snackenberg is a born ladykiller.
When Minnie Cooper moves back to her dad’s hometown as a child, with her two brothers and Star Wars action figures in tow, they become immediate friends.
By junior high, Minnie, although unaware, is in love with him.
Snack is completely in touch with his feelings for her.
Sometimes the villain in the story isn’t a person.
Sometimes it’s time.
Fear of losing the best friend you’ve ever had.
An overnight romance…twenty-six years in the making.
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Snack plops down on the bed next to where I’m standing. Reaching out for my boxers, he takes the hem between his thumb and forefinger and tugs it lightly. The back of his finger grazes my upper thigh, leaving tingly warmth in its wake. “Nice boxers,” he says. “Whose are they?”
I have no idea. Probably my dad’s or Clip’s. I shrug.
“I’ll bring you some of mine. I only want you wearing mine from now on.”
“Uh, O-Kay.” I stutter in response to his demand and most definitely his touch. I have no problem with that. Must be another one of Snack’s weird possessive things.
Snack twists the fabric of my boxers around his fingers and pulls me toward him. “Come here and kiss me. I can’t believe you haven’t kissed me yet.”
My heart thumps out of control and my brain is frozen. I’ve heard actors say things like that in movies, but in real life? I guess it does actually happen.
About The Author
Emme Burton is the author of the Better Than Series: BETTER THAN ME (Book 1), FIX IT FOR US (Book 2) and STILL INTO YOU (Book 3). She lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her amazing husband and sons, and her “fur boy.” Emme has never, ever been lost in a mall either as a child or an adult. Her mother, and now her family, have always known where to find her. At the bookstore.
I liked that Snack and Minnie were childhood sweethearts. There was something sweet and innocent about their first kiss. The flashbacks filled in the details, as the past and present intertwined. They met at age 6, when Snack knew Minnie was his girl. Twenty-six years later, Snack is hurting over the death of his wife, and Minnie returns to Downers Grove.
Snack became a player in high school, while Minnie’s love life was on hold. Then there was the breakup…his marriage, and their reunion years later. They had grown apart with very different lives. But now they were given a second chance because of a second tragedy. I liked Snack and that he was a good dad. In so many romances that I’ve read, there are few dads with kids from a previous spouse falling in love again.
Minnie’s Wookie, a Yorkie, is a star. I fell for him, and he plays a pretty big role in the story. Snack has kids; Minnie doesn’t. Their lives have gone in two different directions. Can first love survive all the twists and turns that life throws at them?
I enjoyed that there was more than one love story going on, which made this a ‘forbidden’ romance.
I like reading about second chance, mature romances (they’re in their 30s) as both have a history. How they were as kids, teenagers, young adults, and then today made the story layered for me.
I laughed at Wookie’s antics, Snack’s kids, ‘sleepovers’, and the fun banter, and then felt sad as later events unfolded.
This is about coming home, falling back in love or finding that you never truly fell out of love, and finding out how important family is.
The only issue I had was how quickly their revived relationship was accepted, considering that it just about a month or two since his wife’s death. That seemed a bit awkward to me.
I recommend it to contemporary romance readers that enjoy their stories with hot, sexy scenes and a first love storyline.