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Monday, February 15, 2016

"A Friendly Flirtation" (Christine Warner) ★★★★ with GIVEAWAY!!

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Friends First #3
Christine Warner
Releasing February 15th, 2016

One kiss can change your life...

Allison Hall is fed up with being a social outcast. Even at the tech company where she works for her brother and his best friend, Jared, she's the invisible nerdy girl. What she needs is confidence—and that requires a makeover and dating tips. And she knows just the man to help…

Jared Esterly is shocked when Allison asks for his assistance and turns her down, knowing that her brother—his business partner and best friend, Nick—would kill him if he dated her, even if it is just for practice. But when Al’s attempt to make changes on her own fails spectacularly, Jared reluctantly steps in. Things heat up quickly, and soon lessons move from the salon to the bedroom.

When overprotective big-brother Nick discovers Jared is dating Allison, their friendship and business partnership sour. Allison, consumed by guilt, must make a choice: stay with Jared, even though that means ruining his friendship with Nick and possibly his career, or leave the one man who sets her on fire.

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She leaned her forehead against his chin, then tilted her head back, parting her lips and inviting him in for another kiss.
And he wanted seconds. More than he’d ever imagined. The soft blush creeping over her face, the way her breasts strained against her blouse as she tried to regain her breathing only encouraged him. Holy. Fuck. With her it’d be too easy to forget where the hell they were. And he didn’t like an audience. Not now. With Allison, not ever.
But that didn’t stop him from running his thumb over her bottom lip. For a second he lost sense of where they were when her eyes grew dark and her lashes fluttered gently over her skin. She looked so beautiful, and that protective urge— or maybe he should just call it what is is…lust—overtook him. He couldn’t picture her with anyone but him. Fuck. He didn’t want her with anyone else. Screw Nick. He’d deal with him later.
If anyone would teach Allison how to please a man, let a real man do the job.
She was ready, so was he. He was willing, and so was she. And they were both adults. “Al, I don’t want you with any of these men.”
She sighed, sagging against him. “Are we really going to have this conversation again? I—”
He took her mouth in a hard kiss, parting the seam of her lips with his tongue and thrusting inside, swallowing her gasp. She melted against him. He slid his hands down her throat, past her shoulders, and lower still until he curved his arm around her back and squeezed her rear. She smiled into their kiss, and this time he melted. “Do I need to rephrase?” he whispered against her mouth.
She shook her head, their mouths still touching. “I really only wanted one man in this room, but I didn’t think he wanted—”
“You better be talking about me.” He leaned back just far enough so he could watch the way her emotions flickered across her eyes. Excitement. Uncertainty. Acceptance. She nodded, her lips parted and moist.
“Are you telling me—?”

“I’m telling you I’ve come to my senses. Or lost them completely.”


"A Friendly Flirtation" by Christine Warner.  This is a heartwarming story that made me laugh and cry and cheer on our Hero and heroine.  Allison is a smart, independent woman. However, she feels she's lacking in the social area of her life.  She enlists Jared, her brother's best friend and known playboy, to help her improve in that are of her life.  Jared reluctantly agrees.  However, time together only proves that maybe there is more to them than friendship.  I could relate to Allison - she longs to fit in and be a part of the in crowd.  Yet she doesn't recognize her true beauty within.  Jared is, of course, a sexy, handsome Hero that is a bit cocky about himself.  However, as the story goes and he sees Allison for more than his friend's little sister, the tables turn.  It was enjoyable to watch both characters grow and change.  Ms. Warner had me chuckling throughout - the inner voices of our characters were cute and not overdone - just a quick peek into the thinking of our guy and gal. Her brother, Nick, comes across as a jerk but I believe his intentions are true.  Hoping his story will be next and we can see him suffer through meeting his true love! LOL   At times, as the scene changed or the writing jumped from one character to another, I found the transitions a bit rough but not so that I couldn't follow. "A Friendly Flirtation" is a light story that keeps the reader involved and interested by tugging at their heartstrings.  There is laughter and tears and a touch of angst.  Overall,it's a lovely story about two hearts meant to be one.               (received copy from NetGalley for honest review)


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Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, three laptops (she might have a slight addiction, or maybe it’s a fear of one imploding from overuse) and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and her website at

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  1. Great review! Thank you for hosting A FRIENDLY FLIRTATION today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

  2. Thank you so much for featuring A FRIENDLY FLIRTATION on your gorgeous blog. And thank you for taking the time to read and review. I'm thrilled you enjoyed Allison and Jared's story :)

    1. It was my pleasure! And thank you for you kind words about my blog. It means a lot to hear.