Swoon Thursday #92 – The Start of Us by Lauren Blakely

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The Start of Us
Author: Lauren Blakely
Series: No Regrets #0.5
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: November 15th 2013
The Start of Us (No Regrets, #0.5)
This was a great novella to begin the series... get ready to fall for Trey!!

“Harley,” I say in a low rasp. “If you tell me you want me to kiss you, I will.” 
She nods once and I thread my hands through her hair as she says, “I want you to kiss me, Trey.” 
The moment slows and I’m hovering inches from her. I force myself to take a beat, so I can recall this kiss when it’s over. Because I know it’s different than any other I’ve ever had. I want to savor every fucking second of her deliciousness. 
“I’ve wanted to kiss you ever since you walked into my store.” 
Then I curve my hand around her neck and brush my lips against hers.

~ Kindle Loc 408

A new adult story of First Times. Last Times. Connections. And No Regrets...

I only wanted a tattoo. A mark on my body to remind me of who I used to be. Something to hold onto when I started my penance for all the things I’d done wrong, the bad choices I’d made by the time I turned nineteen. Instead, I found a night of possibility, of truth, of hope for the future. And the most intense physical connection I’ve ever had. 

The only one I’ve ever had, and one I will never forget.


When she walked into my tattoo shop, I knew she was like me. Harley had secrets. She had a messed-up past, and things she wanted to run from, or forget ever happened. I couldn’t let her go. So we agreed on one night – to spend it together wandering around the city, getting to know each other, the clock ticking because we knew tomorrow would bring an end to the possibility of an us.

Unless tonight was only the start.

How can one night be the start of something when tomorrow it has to end?
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  1. Oh, that's one delicious swoon. Yeah, think I might like to meet Trey.

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  2. Itara @ My Midnight FantasiesMay 15, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    That was awesome! I have this book but I haven't read it yet. I swear that phrase, I hate it but it's so true & so the story of my life. I have an insane amount of books and zero time to read them. But I'm so glad we have such similar taste in books. I saw you added Girl Lost on GR, I think you'll really like it, I did. It's almost the weekend :)

  3. What a very nice swoon! I'm a step from checking this novella and find out more about this Trey...

  4. Franny @ Mind ReaderMay 16, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Very swoony!! I'm already intrigued by Trey, so I'll definitely check this one out! :)

  5. Ooh, I need to read this one. Loved both "Rule" and "Rock Me" with hot tattoo artists ;) Here's My Swoon

  6. YUM! I so love the guy on the cover too!

  7. Christina BooksnifferReviewTouMay 16, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    I need to read this one! I love moments when they just slow down so that they can just take it all in and remember it.

    My Swoon is from Unusual Awakening by S.M. Knowles!


  8. Oh! I loved that tantalizing kiss (well, leading up to a kiss part), very swoony! I loved it! ;}

  9. I've never heard of this book but I have heard of Lauren Blakely! That must be an intense feeling, to want to kiss since seeing her enter the store ;D

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  10. Ooooh great kiss! I love being inside the dude's head! Looks like another book to add to my TBR!

    Here's My Swoon Thursday

  11. oh wow that was soo.. soo good, Trey sounds yum

  12. Uh huh! I LOVE Trey... he gets better throughout the series!

  13. I am enjoying my weekend, hope you are too Itara! I hope I get to Girl Lost... It sounds great!

  14. Oh, I hope you do!! The novella is free.... go get it now!!!

  15. I hope you do... it is a fab series!!

  16. I am really beginning to enjoy Lauren Blakely's writing... I love this series!

  17. Oh my... is he ever... that boy is fine!!

  18. I do too... and these two have great moments like that!

  19. Hehehe... that is why Thursday's are my fav's... awesome swoons to read!

  20. Sigh... the tension between these two is scorching. I loved this series!

  21. I love the guy POV! It is always fun, and they are very to the point! *wink*

  22. I know.... you'd think they'd slow down so we can catch up!! lol

  23. Oh, he is really yum! I couldn't get enough of him!

  24. Thanks for letting me know, Naomi! It's on my Kindle right now! ;)

  25. Itara @ My Midnight FantasiesMay 18, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Yeah it was really good, I hope you get to it. Here's my review if you haven't seen it. The only thing I have to complain about is that I want more! I want the story to continue, you know when you can't get enough of a book. I'm having a great weekend, sleeping in & I hope to knock out some reviews.


  26. Oohh, that is swoonalicious, Naomi. Trey sounds like a sweet-talker. My kinda guy! ;)

  27. Awww... loved that! This is yet another series I need to get started on *sigh* so many books

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives


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