October 10, 2016

Review - Four Letter Word by J. Daniels


Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.
Which four letter word will change their lives forever?

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Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words "wrong number" in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend's heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.

Brian Savage is living a life he's quickly come to hate-until Sydney's wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .

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The sun burned across a cloudless sky. I felt the intensity of it bake into the skin of my bare shoulders.
Waves crashed against the shore, some carrying surfers with them in the distance. A few feet ahead of me, a small child kicked a sand castle and giggled with his father.
I sat down on a step and slipped my sandals off.
The sand was warm underneath my feet as I dug my toes into it, staring out at the world in front of me. I rubbed a shell between my fingers as I watched a couple walk hand-in-hand toward the pier.
They looked happy. I tried to remember the last time Marcus held my hand, or even reached for it.
My chest burned when I couldn’t conjure up an image in my mind.
I looked down at the faint line marking my left ring finger. The token I was left with now that I no longer wore my ring. It was subtle, thanks to my naturally pale skin, but to me it stood out like embers glowing in the dark.
I hated it. I didn’t need a reminder of how I’d failed as a wife. Or how Marcus stopped seeing me as one.
Maybe I could coat my entire hand in sunblock except for that thin strip. Burn the memory away.
The idea seemed promising enough to consider.
From my back pocket, my cell beeped with an incoming message.
I wiped the tear from my cheek as I stood and palmed my phone, expecting to see Tori’s name lit up on my screen.
I froze on the step, my free hand on the railing as I stared curiously at the message and the number it was sent from.

Wild Girl. Eaten any innocent men alive today yet?

My lip twitched, the hint of a smile.
I sat back down, reading the message a second time as I remembered my conversation with this stranger yesterday.
My accidental verbal beat-down.
Jesus. I really let him have it.
I couldn’t think of the last time I was that embarrassed.
I told the guy to remove a dildo from his mouth, for Christ sakes.
All in all, whoever this was seemed to be a good sport about it. He could’ve laid into me and cussed me out. Made me feel even more like a complete shit for dialing the wrong number and not confirming the identity of my intended victim before I tore into him like he owed me money.
He was more than decent about the whole thing. Easily forgiving.
And now he was messaging me out of nowhere and striking up conversation.
He wanted to talk to me.
I tapped my thumb on the edge of the phone case, then hovered over the letters of my keypad as I stared at the message.
Did I even want to talk to this guy anymore? Wasn’t this weird? We didn’t know each other. Our encounter was a mistake. A one-time mishap, never to be repeated.

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Four Letter Word is everything I love about J. Daniels and yet it’s like none of her other books. This book is legit sexy sin and highly entertaining, like all of Daniel’s books, but the writing is so different. Nonetheless, I was easily pulled into the story and I am already ready for more in this series! 

The story is told from Sydney and Brian’s point-of-views. We first meet Sydney when her husband decides he no longer wants to be married and informs her that he wants a divorce. I don’t think Sydney is necessarily heartbroken over the loss of him, but for the life, she thought she would have. Yes, she wanted more from her marriage, but letting go of her commitment isn’t easy. That night she leaves abruptly and goes to stay with her best friend. 

Her bestie has just discovered her boyfriend has been cheating on her and with all of Sydney’s pent up aggression she decides to call the cheater and give him a piece of her mind. Let me tell you she gives him a HUGE piece of her mind and that’s the moment I fell in like with this strong, loyal woman. Then much to her horror, she discovers she has called the wrong number and through my laughter, I knew I loved Sydney. 

Brian, the wrong number guy, actually falls a little bit for her at this point too. Well, maybe it’s best to say that he is intrigued by her. So what starts out as playful banter between the two of them leads to a real connection. I honestly loved how they got to know each other by phone first. The level of anonymity allowed them to be honest and share things we normally keep hidden. It also allowed them to truly get to know each other on a deeper level. As things progress Sydney wants to meet Brian, but he turns her down. There is still so much she doesn’t know about him, but her strong feelings leave her demanding more or putting an end to their relationship. 

I really loved how Sydney and Brian were together. I loved the genuineness, honesty, and humor. They were so fun together and did I mention completely hot, but there was a lot more to the story. The emotional side had me really feeling for both Sydney and Brian, things are not what they seem and they both have obstacles to overcome. 

My only complaint and believe me it’s a little tiny baby issue, this story read a lot like a KA book. Now I love Kristen Ashley, but her writing style is very distinct and while I was reading it I was almost distracted at times. Did that mean I didn’t love the book, absolutely not. I loved the alpha-male-directness, but it did cause me to pause a few times. Now this is something I don't think will bother most, so I hate to even mention it, it's just something that took away from my enjoyment. 

So should you read this book, YES! I absolutely think so! It is definitely one of my favorite J. Daniels books and I can see why so many people are loving Four Letter Word!

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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Author Information
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J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the upcoming Dirty Deeds series.

She would rather bake than cook, she listens to music entirely too loud, and loves writing stories her children will never read. Her husband and children are her greatest loves, with cupcakes coming in at a close second.

J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.

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