Twenty-eight year old Coco Thomas knows the recipe for disaster:
1) Agree to plan last-minute engagement blowout for spoiled Mafia princess before you realize her choice of caterer is Nick Lupo, a despicably gorgeous young chef with a hot new restaurant in town, a reality TV show victory, and a romantic past with you—one that did not end well.
2) Strike a deal with Nick in which you agree to spend a weekend with him in exchange for his services, under the strict conditions there will be no talking about the past, no second chances, and definitely no sex.
3) Violate all three conditions within 24 hours and spend two glorious days remembering what made you fall for the sexy, egotistical bastard in the first place, and why it hurt so much when he broke your heart.
Add one road trip, plenty of good scotch, and endless spoonfuls of chocolate cake batter drizzled over your body and licked off inch by oh-my-God-yes-right-there inch, then just admit it.
You’re totally FORKED.
Are you ready to get Forked? We met Coco Thomas in Frenched. She’s Mia’s BFF and business partner. I enjoyed her commentary in Frenched and was excited to hear her story. Oh man … Melanie Harlow did not disappoint. I love the way she writes female characters. They are funny, supportive, kind, and fiercely protective of their friends. And, of course, they have a little emotional baggage. Don’t we all? Coco’s internal dialogue was hilarious! I was wondering how different her voice would be from Mia’s, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was different. Of course, you could see why they are BFFs, but you get a distinctly different personality from Coco.
As Mia takes time off of work to prepare for her wedding in France (*insert fangirl squees here*), Coco takes on a new client. Wait until you meet Angelina. I had some serious laugh out loud moments here. This new client leads her to walk back into her ex’s life. She hasn’t seen Nick Lupo in seven years … He was her college boyfriend and first love. There are a few flashbacks so we hear about their tumultuous passionate relationship and the events leading up to The Big Break Up. Damn. This is some heavy shit. And it made my heart hurt for Coco. There’s just something so special about that first love and those memories from your late teens and early 20s. I really enjoyed reading about their past relationship. And I was dying to meet Nick … who did he grow up to be?
Mm. Nick Lupo. Oh Christmas. He is dreamy. He’s gorgeous, sexy, tattooed, confident, a chef, and completely self-made. (Side note: I love self-made people in real life and get so excited when I read about them.) Nick is not perfect. He’s made some mistakes in the past, but he’s ready to come clean and move forward. God. Trust me. You want Nick Lupo to move forward with you. There’s a certain baking scene in this book that will leave your mouth watering … baking with Nick Lupo is highly erotic.
I have to say the pace of the book is awesome. I was slightly nervous when I read the synopsis … I hoped I wouldn’t be reading a “will they or won’t they” book for a few hundred pages … Mel does not do this to us. We get a lot of action up front and it leads to some lovely angst and quite the fun-filled wild ride including some hot as fuck car sex. Ahem. Coco & Nick have such a beautiful love story. Their past sets the foundation for something special … if they can get passed it. Will they?
All in all, I loved this book. I’m a huge fan of Melanie Harlow’s writing. She writes beautiful and dirty sex scenes that make me squirm. Her characters are fresh, witty, and charming. She’s the real deal.
Lastly, here’s a little teaser for you … people who’ve read the Speak Easy series will be in for an exciting surprise. I was giddy.
Candi: Have you ever found yourself lost or confused in a 69 position?
While I am all about reciprocation, 69 does not work for me because I can’t concentrate on what I’m doing. I get too distracted by all the marvelous things being done to me and my, um, technique suffers. I have 69 ADD.
In my mind, I’m all, This is so awesome he loves what I’m doing I’m gonna blow his mind…oh sweet jesus what is he doing to me it’s amazing I can’t even think…
Mr. Harlow is particularly skilled in this area, so it’s his own fault. That’s how I see it, anyway!
Ang: When you left-hand it, how many times do you get yourself off before you call it a day?
Omigod. Um…once? Am I boring? I am, aren’t I?
I should also add that while I try to left-hand it every now and again, mostly I forget and use my right. (Clearly I am easily distracted from a goal when getting off is involved.)
Scarlett: Have you ever wondered if stripping would be a lucrative career?
I once talked to a stripper who said she made $1200 the night before! I think I’d be more of a burlesque girl, though. And according to this quiz, my stripper name would be Dallas Glitztush. Suits me, right?
Tarah: If you could only use one sexual position for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Tarah! Perish the thought.
But I’ll go with being on the bottom. I like the feel of his weight on me.
Tell us a dirty secret you always hoped no one would ever know.
OK. I feel like most of my dirty secrets are out there because I write them into my books…I like my hair pulled, I like dirty talk, I like it a little rough sometimes, I can be pretty loud…but maybe the dirtiest (and holy hell, STUPIDEST) little secret I have is that when I was 17 I went home with a 25-year-old stripper I met at a strip club. He was the best looking man I’d ever seen, and my friends bought me a dance from him in this back room. He told me his real name and asked if he could see me later.
At 17, this seemed like a wildly fantastic idea.
He actually called me–AT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE–after that and we saw each other (naked in his apartment) a few times. Then I admitted I was 17 and still in high school.
That was the end of that. Yes, the stripper had more sense than I did.
Lastly, of course we need to know… what type of laundry detergent do you use?
Gain. Original scent or Lavender. I am addicted to the smell of Gain detergent and I am not ashamed to admit it (unlike most of the other info in this post).