It was just supposed to be a fling.
Now she’s having his baby.
Winter Capwell knows all about billionaire Harrison Dare’s bad-boy reputation.
His all-pleasure, no-commitment rule worked well for her, too. Until fate changed everything.
Harrison never wanted a wife or kids. His incredibly large family provides all the siblings and children he needs. Besides, no woman has ever tempted him to give up his bachelor lifestyle.
Until the mysterious and sexy Winter entered his life.
But when someone comes after the woman he loves, he will stop at nothing to protect her and make her his. For good.
|Title:||Just One Fling|
|Series:||The Kingston Family (Book 8)|
|Trope(s):||One Night Stand|
|Point of View:||Third Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoints (H&h)|
|Location:||New York, US|
|Release Date:||18th April, 2023|
Fun, light and sexy
We’re now onto the 9th book in the Kingston Family series but are actually back to the Dare Family as we finally, hottest male actor in Hollywood, Harrison Dare gets his story. And the lucky girl for Harrison is reporter Winter Capwell, who we first met in book 7, Just One Taste. There is definitely character overlap with that book especially, although characters from most (if not all) of the previous books do turn up in this one. It’s hard for me to state with 100% certainty that the book stands alone, what with it being such a big, interconnected family – but the romance definitely does, which is ultimately what we’re here for!
Our story starts in something of a funny place with our two main characters having had a summer fling together, and another one night stand after that – none of which we got to see on page which was a bit disappointing. But never fear, Ms Phillips more than makes up for it later on! But we start off with revelations aplenty and then the pace never calms down from there.
Winter is an independent woman who likes to keep herself at arms length from people – but can never stop herself from getting too close. She’s a sweetheart – but a feisty one – and I liked her kindness, sass and her honesty in admitting, yes, I do want world’s hottest man, Harrison Dare in my bed. Same. Same.
And despite him being 100% fictional, I’m pretty sure Harrison Dare is still the world’s hottest man. He’s a former playboy actor but meeting Willow really changed his perspective. Like all the Dare men, he’s all in with Willow, even if her pregnancy reveal initially through him for a loop. It’s hard to dislike a strong, sexy, sweet man and, well, I didn’t.
It’s hardly a surprise in a Carly Phillips book but boy do our pair have chemistry. Even when they’re just pretending to be friends – or at least believe they’re only co-parents – there’s something so sweet yet so hot about our pair on page together. And making up for the lack of descriptions of the summer together or their subsequent one night stand, we get lots and lots of lovely sex sprinkled throughout the book like dirty sprinkles on a cherry topped sundae. My favourite.
There’s a bit of peril towards the end of the story as Willow is endangered by a crazy stalker. I figured out who it was almost from the moment it was mentioned, only to be proved so very wrong when all was revealed. Ach well, I don’t read romance to solve the mystery elements and all’s well that ends well.
We get a delightful epilogue which is especially good if you’ve also read Just One Taste – and then a tease for Zach’s book which always makes me so excited to continue on with this series. If, like me, you’re reading the series in order, you’ll love it that Harrison finally gets his story. And if you’re new to Carly Phillips, you’re sure to get a fun, light and sexy read that’s perfect for escaping for a few hours. Definitely 5 stars for this one.
*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*
Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller. She loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.