- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 37 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Jessica Hawkins
- Audible.com Release Date: June 15, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072KFPWVG
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The First Taste Audiobook – Unabridged
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I was so excited to learn that Sadie's brother(from Slip of the Tongue) was getting his own book. The snippets of hot, moody, tattooed, single dad were in no way enough!
There should've been no doubt that Jessica Hawkins would deliver tenfold. The couple in this book is literally so hot that you're going to need to take breaks. Drink breaks water breaks breathing breaks fanning yourself breaks....all of the above were taken while I read it.
it's not as controversially topiced as slip of the tongue, which is probably great for some of the people that couldn't stomach the storyline from the other book. But I love all of Jessica Hawkins' words equally!!
I picked back up at chapter 31 & read through - and enjoyed the rest of the story very much! There are some things that happen requiring reactions from the characters, and I LOVED how those reactions played out. I did go back & skip read through some of the chapters in the middle after finishing.
The writing is solid, the story wonderful, and I do recommend picking this up. You might not be bothered by the same things I was in the story, so give it a chance! I do plan on reading more from this author. : )
I also loved the scene that is referenced by the title…and the idea that the first taste is what got them where they are now. I loved the couple of times it is referenced in the story, that it is always clear that they know…whether they admit it or not, that it was a first and not an only.
This book had it all. Stories about single fathers, at least in my opinion, can be really good or they can get bogged down in the parenting story so completely that they lose the romance and the adult relationship. The adult relationship appeared in this and wow was it HOT. At one point, I thought my Kindle was going to go up in flames. It and I survived, but just barely.
In this case, Jessica Hawkins makes this not a story about a single father, but about a man who is a father. Let me explain what I mean. Yes, Andrew has a daughter. But this is not all he is, it is not what defines him, but rather a part of who he is, to his core, and while Bell matters in the story, she is allowed to be a part of his life, a part of who he is. Does that make sense? I guess what I am trying to say is one of the things that drew me to Andrew, and to Bell, is that they were whole people, they were a part of a unit but also people alone.
Amelia was great. I loved her independence and her imperfections. I loved that she was nuanced. Yes, she was being petty about the divorce, I love her strength, her willingness to not let Reggie take everything from her, even if she had to hold on with the tips of her fingers. I love that she let Andrew show her that there were other things she could love, other things that she could value. And, I love that ultimately it was her choice to move forward in a new direction. I was occasionally a little frustrated with her, well with both of them, but I could see why they were afraid.
I loved that they became more afraid the more they started to realize how much they each cared. I also loved the scene where the author puts Andrew in a position of having to trust himself, to trust Amelia, to trust what he believes in his heart and to behave accordingly even though his actions and what she tells him to do are different. It is not possible to tell more without spoiling, but I loved this scene. It is probably one of my favorites in the whole book.
There was a lot of angst, a lot of push and pull, a lot of togetherness and doubt both from Andrew and Amelia. Andrew figured out first that he wanted more with her, but ironically he is the last one to really open up, to let her in.
I loved the last part of the book, as you get to see the "next" in the story. There is also an epilogue, which I enjoyed, but I loved seeing them in the next part of their journey, it was worth the angst. It is a credit to the author that the pacing was strong even during the push and pull. Hawkins never lets you get too annoyed with Andrew or Amelia, yes there are points of frustration, but she never lets you get to the point where you are so frustrated you are done. And this is quite a talent.
This one goes on my list of books I will read again.
I loved reading as Amelia and Andrew fell in love, showed true grit, and grew together.
"There's bravery in facing fear when it'