Touch of Amber (Hot Rods #7) by Jayne Rylon


Touch of AmberPerfect isn’t a destination. But the journey can be one hot ride.

Hot Rods, Book 7

As the planner for the Hot Rods’ quadruple wedding—one of which involves her sister, Nola—Amber Brown needs every ounce of her formidable attention to detail. Which is just fine with her.

She’s a teensy bit envious of the raw sexual power contained within the Hot Rods’ polyamorous circle. But after watching her mother suffer the heartache of her father’s death, Amber won’t risk her heart, not even for the super-sexy lawyer on the guest list.

Gavyn has handled enough divorce cases to witness the horrors people who supposedly loved each other can inflict. Yet when he assists Amber with the wedding prep in exchange for her advice on his new venture, it’s hard to ignore the steam rising between them.

Finally, they agree to a single night of strings-free sex. Except one taste isn’t enough to curb their hunger. Until Amber makes a shocking discovery that sours her appetite for the man she thought could satisfy her for a lifetime. And leaves Gavyn negotiating desperately for a future he never thought he craved.

Product Warnings: Powerful emotions, like love—or self-loathing—can be intense to witness. But rescuing someone from soul-deep bitterness is worth the risk. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Angela_s PonderingsTAG

 This is actually the first of the Hot Rods series I’ve read and while Touch of Amber can be enjoyed as a standalone, I’ve been assured that the earlier books on the series do not do as well on their own. This is perhaps due to the fact that this book features the weddings of the couples and trios from the earlier installments. So while I had no problem following along with the developing relationship between Amber and Gavyn, I suspect fans of the series will enjoy it even more than I did and that’s saying a lot because I enjoyed the heck out of it.

 

Amber is a bit of a control freak, which makes her the perfect choice to plan the simultaneous weddings of the Hot Rod crew. The author did an excellent job of showing how much the crew respects and cares about Amber during their interactions, even if she’s not into the polyamorous relationships they are. But when the wedding bus encounters a delay that is outside of Amber’s control, she immediately goes into action to keep the unexpected delay from impacting the wedding weekend. Fortunately for all, Gavyn happens upon the crew and steps in to help Amber keep things on schedule. Because he is already taken with her, he seizes upon the opportunity to spend time with her by offering his help. This also had the added benefit of him keeping busy, which would help him avoid alcohol as he is in recovery. While the control freak is hesitant to delegate, Amber soon accepts his help and the two find their chemistry is even stronger than they anticipated. To celebrate the successful, if altered wedding, Amber and Gavyn discover just how compatible in bed they are and boy were they hot together. Unfortunately Gavyn’s concerns regarding his worthiness lead him to self-destruct and push Amber away.

 

While Rylon does an excellent job of showing how the beginnings of a relationship between Amber and Gavyn form and are then destroyed so thoroughly within a single night, I actually appreciated that she moved their story ahead by three months. The spectacularly destructive way in which their relationship went down in flames before it even had a chance meant that it was unnecessary to show how both Amber and Gavyn had suffered during that time – the added angst wasn’t needed to show their emotional pain. I thought it was sweet as could be when their matchmaker got involved and I was glad that they were able to talk it out. As hard as it was to see Amber send Gavyn away that first night, it was an authentic reaction by her character. It also made the following day’s event even more important.  I thoroughly enjoyed Touch of Amber and will be adding the previous books in the series to my to-be-read list so I can see how everyone’s relationships developed and I really hope to do it before the next book in the series is released because I suspect I will need all that background to fully appreciate it.

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