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Pushing the Boundaries Synopsis:
Living in the small town of Cloverleaf, watching her friends settle down one by one, all Lizzy wants is her own happily ever after. But with each failed date she starts to believe that finding the one man who will look at her like she’s his reason for living is practically impossible.
Trevor has had feelings for Lizzy since stepping foot into Cloverleaf, but despite their intense chemistry when they first met, the feisty little redhead friend-zoned him before he ever had a chance to make his move. After watching her date every loser in town he’s finally decided enough is enough. Thanks to a drunken weekend in Vegas, he finally has the one thing he’s always wanted…Lizzy as his wife.
But just because he caught her doesn’t mean he’ll get to keep her. Can Trevor and Lizzy push the boundaries of friendship and build a relationship that can truly last, or will they crash and burn before they ever get off the ground?
Jessica Prince Bio:
Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.
Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.
In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time faves. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.
Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.
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I have always had a love of books, from a teenager spending hours dreaming make believe at the library to a mom with a penchant for contemporary romance paperbacks to a woman in the age of the electronic gadget who devours paranormal, erotica, contemporary, new adult and any other romance I can download at a sinfully fast rate.
Whether they are my beloved tattered paperbacks or in my favourites on the kindle there are a few authors who I have reread many times through the years no matter my changing tastes – two of these are Jennifer Crusie and Rachel Gibson – Jessica Prince has the same characteristics that I so adore in these two authors and ‘The Picking Up the Pieces’ Series has all the ingredients that make the Crusie and Gibson books so popular – friends, family, humour, chemistry and sex. Real relationships, warts and all, written with sassy wit, a warmth and realness that sometimes, since FSOG, has been sadly lacking in favour of sex with little story and juvenile writing – it must just be that dash of luck missing because Jessica Prince is still a relatively unknown hidden gem and I have no idea why.
‘Pushing the Boundaries’ is the third outing for the Cloverleaf gang and is in my opinion her best work to date. I enjoyed the first (Picking Up the Pieces), loved the second (Rising From the Ashes) and was impatiently waiting for this one because I have loved Trevor as a character since the beginning.
From the very first page I was not only hooked, I was highlighting passages like a woman possessed, laughing out loud and receiving some very weird looks from the people around me! The pace and the laughs do not stop throughout the book, it’s funny, sexy, enjoyable and leaves you with a huge smile while renaming your battery operated boyfriend from Bob to Trevor!
Trevor and Lizzy had an initial attraction when he came to town but as he sowed his oats, the manwhore, Lizzy placed him in the friend category. However he decides this just won’t do as Lizzy is his One and so our story unfolds.
You all know I detest reviews telling me the whole bloody book so I don’t need to read it and while I will try not to do that I can’t help myself, I just have to give you a few teasers ……………………..
. Drunken Weddings
. Mr Bojangles
. Merle and the Manolos
. Trevor and Baby Oil with Romantic Intentions
. The Tattoo
. Social Media Apologies
. Internet Dates
All of the above with humour, sprinkled with sex and a warm soft gooey centre.
Ms Prince shows beautifully that even with a healthy lust involved it is a deeper friendship that sustains a relationship and allows it to have a HEA, soul mates can be total opposites as long as chemistry and friendship is in the mix.
A huge part of this series is the banter and interaction between the group of friends, that familiarity of old, the abuse, sarcasm, love and support only good friends and relationships can do. It’s what separates this author and series from so many others, the secondary cast are as integral to each book as the primaries and intersect at many points. I, as you can tell, adore the series and all I can say is if you miss those romances which were as much about the chemistry, tease and friendship as about the fast and furious pounding sex then this is for you, and having put the thought of Trevor pounding in my head again I may or may not be off to source more batteries………………………………
Before picking up Trevor & Lizzy’s book my faves were definitely Savannah & Jeremy….
In saying that, I’ve been looking forward to ‘Pushing the Boundaries‘ and I’m so happy that the book smashed my expectations…. This pair have taken top spot as my fave couple.
Trevor is awesome – hot, very funny and a complete darling at times. We didn’t know an awful lot about him even though we had met him in the first 2 books in the series – he’s a good, loyal friend but a bit of a man-whore was the feeling!! – However there’s a lot more to him than that!!
Lizzy, what a bloomin’ spitfire she is!!! Red headed with a personality and tongue to match! She is funny with it, and isn’t afraid to say it like it is… sometimes without censor!!!
Together they are funny, sarcastic, snarky and downright adorable – oh yeah, let’s not forget to add smokin’ hot to that wee list!!
I didn’t expect Trevor to be as engaging or endearing as he was. His determination and antics to try and ensure he held on to Lizzy were fantastic to read.
Lizzy surprised me a little, though I understood where her reservations came from and how important it was to her that she didn’t lose Trevor as a friend… but damn, at times that girl needed to take off the blinkers and LOOK at what was going on around her.
Unlike ‘Picking up the Pieces’ and ‘Rising from the Ashes’, this couple didn’t have a personal or romantic history – they’re best friends and get on so well, but there were no unsettled issues.
There were numerous laugh out loud moments and more than a couple of’ I could so smack you’ times.. but no angst or real ugly tears (and given that I cry really, really fugly, this was all good with me!!! )
The sense of family, friendship and belonging that we’ve come to expect from this series by Jessica was there and all of our fave characters were present throughout the book.
We’re introduced to a new character and I’m looking forward to finding out more about them!!
The interactions between the boys, especially early in the story had me sniggering and I received more than a few strange looks on the train to work!!
Lizzy’s family are fantastic. Merle & Mr Bojangles – watch out for that pair… comedy gold right there!!!
This is another hit from Jessica and for me, the best instalment of the series to date!
I love the Cloverleaf crew and can’t wait for the next book to catch up with them all again.
If you are a fan of great writing, books that feature family, friendship and a sense of belonging, that are fun reads with a healthy dose of attraction, sex and heat thrown in, then give the ‘Picking up the Pieces’ series a try. You won’t be disappointed!!!