Published by Good House Publishing on August 12th 2017
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Samantha Smiles and Renee Montgomery have been best friends for over a decade. They’ve shared laughs, secrets, and a mutual hatred for one person: Tristan Montgomery, Renee's older brother. He was the guy every girl wanted, and every guy wanted to be, and it wasn't uncommon they'd befriend his little sister just to get closer to him. Which was exactly how Samantha became Renee’s saving grace. She was the only girl Renee could trust not to fall in love with her older brother.
Until the one night Samantha spent with him alone, leaving her questioning everything she’d ever known about the blond headed heart-throb.
Years later, Renee asks Samantha to be her maid of honor. With no other option, Samantha is forced to drive cross-country with the focus of their teenage ire.
He was her first kiss.
Her only secret.
Can Samantha survive the trip cross-country with the reckless Tristan Montgomery? The guy who did what he wanted, whenever he wanted, without worry for tomorrow? Or will she discover a different side of him. One that’s sweet, funny, and maybe a little bit vulnerable. And fall completely and helplessly in love for the first time in her adult life with the one man who could cause her to lose her best friend forever?
Samantha Smiles is getting ready to go across country with her boyfriend to be the maid of honor of her best friends wedding. At the last minute, her boyfriend chooses his career over the trip and forces her to go on the trip with Tristan Montgomery. Samantha and Renee shared a mutual hatred for the reckless guy who seems to get whatever he wants. What Renee doesn’t know is Tristan is Samantha’s first kiss. The kiss that brought inexplicable emotions that she has never experienced again. On the trip Tristan challenges her to rethink her whole life and that scares her greatly.
In an Oyster Shell – A steamy swoon-worthy romance that will leave you falling in love with Samantha and Tristan.
The Pearls – I loved the concept of the story that is embodied in the title. The boy Samantha hates really is because he triggers the unknown for her. It makes the reader empathetic to the age-old conundrum of fearing the unknown.
The characters made this story delectable. Samantha was beautiful and flawed making her relatable and encouraging me to want to root for her. Tristan was deliciously complicated and was adamant in his pursuit of Samantha. He was a man of integrity making him an even more desirable love interest.
The romance was sexy. I liked that Tristan challenged Samantha and got her out of her comfort zone. The tension of keeping it a secret from her best friend added intrigue to the story.
The Sand – It was a good story.
It’s a steamy romance so if you like it a little cleaner this is not the book for you.