by Mia Hopkins
Kings of California, #1
Publication Date: November 20, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis: Sex, drugs, and spicy tuna rolls?Resilient and disciplined, tsunami survivor Eve Ono moves to California from Japan looking for a position as a sushi chef. When she’s suddenly fired from her restaurant job, desperation drives her to find work on a fishing boat despite her fears of the ocean. To make matters worse, she’s stuck in close quarters with her new captain—a man whose raw physicality drives her out of her mind with lust.
Free-spirited and roguish, Sam Lamont is a commercial fisherman aboard his own dive boat, the Bravado. When he makes a bad deal with a deadly loan shark who threatens to take his boat, Sam is in danger of losing both his business and his way of life. On top of that, he’s got to train his new deckhand—a beautiful hard-ass who just so happens to be sexy as hell.
A female sushi chef with mad knife skills. A deep-sea diver who’s pissed off a Mexican drug cartel. Together, they’re in trouble, and the only way out is down.
*AUTHOR’S NOTE* While this book is a part of a series, it can be read completely as a STANDALONE.
Using a tap on the dock, Sam filled a clean bucket with water. He grabbed his openers and shoved the pointed end of the tool into the keyhole opening on the underside of one of the urchins.
Sam’s hands were big and strong looking, with long fingers and neat, squared-off tips. The backs of his hands were rough and peppered with scars. His movements were deliberate and exacting―almost like a chef’s.
He split the shell, pulled the bright yellow roe, and dumped the spiny shells into the marina. After rinsing a lobe of delicate roe in the clear water, he held it up for her to taste.
Instead of taking the uni from his hand, Eve lowered her lips to his cold fingers and sucked it up.
For a split second, the rough edge of his thumb brushed against the tip of her tongue. At once, desire surged through her, pounding through her bloodstream like a drug. She almost didn’t notice that he was staring at her as she ate, heat flooding his eyes.
“Sweet,” she said quietly. “Firm.”
He shifted his stance. “I’ve heard that some Japanese people believe uni has aphrodisiac qualities.”
Instead of answering, Eve leaned forward and touched his arm where his tattoo peeked out from under the sleeve of his T-shirt.
“Lamont,” she said.
Sam took a step forward and rested his hands on her hips. He pulled her against him as he leaned back against the closed door of the wheelhouse. She ran her palms against his chest, solid as a rock wall through the thin cotton of his T-shirt.
She ran her fingers through his hair; soft and thick and wavy, it contrasted with the hard edges of his unshaven jaw, the cleft in his chin, and his cheekbones.
“I want you, Eve,” he whispered. She shivered when his hot, full lips found her neck, covering her skin with openmouthed kisses that burned like a brand.
Let me tell you what stood out the most about this book … sexual chemistry. Mia Hopkins writes great sex. This we know. And she also writes lots and lots of sex in her books 🙂 There’s not many authors that can pull off lots and lots of sex without it coming off as smutty fluff. Mia Hopkins can. And she did! This erotic romance was more about the journey than the sexual chemistry and there was LOTS of sexual chemistry people! You don’t even realize the sexy is in abundance because the story is so captivating. The woman has a true gift!
The other thing that stood out about this book is that Eve and Sam are just every day people. Every day people with very unique lives, a sushi chef and a deep-sea diver. She wrote a story about two people that could be your neighbors. And I LOVE that. Sometimes, you just want to read about someone who might be you … not a gazillionaire or heiress or whatnot, just people 🙂
The last thing that stood out is the emotion in the story-line. She wrote the story in such a way that you will feel not only the hurdles and frustrations, but the heart-warmth and growth and love 🙂 I really really loved this book and can’t wait to continue with this series!!
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ABOUT MIA HOPKINS
Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She’s a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends. When she’s not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good “teacher voice” and “teacher stare.” She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.