Just for Kicks Paperback – Large Print, Dec 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
The good old "opposites attracts" gambit is the basis for this winning round of Vegas romance, the follow-up to Andersen's bestseller Skintight. Carly Jacobsen is a Vegas showgirl who loves three things—her friends, her dogs and her single life. Security guard Wolfgang Jones, who works at the casino where she dances, is a man with a serious plan: a top-notch security job, a wife and a cookie-cutter home. Living in neighboring condos, the only thing the two have in common is a shared wall and a profound dislike of one another. He thinks she's irresponsible and immature, she thinks he's judgmental and a jerk. When you deal in the red-hot chemistry between them, however, the odds change significantly. Deft characters, smart dialogue, laugh-out loud moments and sizzling sexual tension (you might want to read Chapter 15 twice) make this hard to put down. The only questionable bet is Carly's mystery suitor, a twist that does nothing for the story. Lovers of romance, passion and laughs should go all in for this one. (Aug.)
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About the Author
Susan Andersen is a bestselling author and proud mama of a grown son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over forty-five years and her cats Boo and Mojo. To be added to Susan’s email list to hear about upcoming releases, please visit her website at www.susanandersen.com and enter your email address on the contact page. Or become a member of her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/SusanAndersenFanPage. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
With Wolf and the rest of the friends and neighbors, Nik has finally found what he has missed most of his life - a sense of family. Nik knows that the only way to put an end to the nomadic existence he's been forced to contend with thanks to his flighty mother is to get Uncle Wolf to settle down, and what better candidate than Carly. As he schemes to get the two together, they quickly become willing pawns and enter into a sex for convenience relationship. Of course, despite their efforts, they both fall for each other, and everyone (but the two of them) seems to know how they feel about each. Meanwhile, Nik himself is falling for a cheerleader, giving further reason to stay put in Sin City. But the job Wolf has worked his while life for is suddenly on the table.
In a suspenseful twist that harkens back to Andersen's romantic suspense roots, Carly starts receiving anonymous gifts that suddenly turn threatening. Wolf enlists her as bait to set a trap to catch her would-be paramour. Knowing that their no-strings affair is about to end, Carly tries to distance herself from him, but is a boring corporate job in middle America what he really wants?
"Just for Kicks," a follow up to "Skintight," includes many of the original characters in the condo complex who add plenty of comic relief, though Carly's constant use of the term "toots" is grating. Carly and Wolf really burn up the pages (chapter 15!!), while Nik is the heart and soul of the story.
In my opinion, the lack of spark comes from Andersen's mix of "older" and "younger" dialogue. I had the same problem with the first book, "Skintight." Like some of the other reviewers, I, too, cringed every time Carly referred to someone as "toots" or referred to sex as the "hootchie-kootch." I mean, who uses terms like that anymore? There were times when the words sounded very much like a 30-something person; other times, they sounded like my grandmother. It kept a good book from being excellent. Ironically, Nik's "teenage" language was very well done. Too bad she couldn't have made Carly's language a little more realistic.
I would recommend this book as a light, pleasant read, nothing spectacular. Andersen has much better books that I consider keepers, but I would not count this as one of them.
but keeps her books a little smarter and more developed. Here the gals, as usual, pretty much have it together. Interesting jobs, good friendships--all written up in the day-to-day worklife of a Las Vegas dancer/showgirl. The twist that makes this one a goodie is that two men enter our female leads life
who don't have it together. One, our male lead, is a strict, career oriented Casino security expert and an unsuspecting Uncle
to a smart, talented teen boy essentially kicked to the curb by his overwhelmed mother. Watching the change and development of these two guys as they enter into the lives/hearts of our solid female lead is wonderful and rings completely true. Stuff happens, usually with a reason and change is hard but the rewards make the hard stuff worthwhile. Well done, with just a little silly stuff inserted to give a some plot tension. Enjoy!
Although very attracted to the other, Carly and Wolf get a boost in the romance department from Wolf's matchmaking nephew, Nik. Nik has been moving from town to town his whole life and struggles with feelings of abandonment and acceptance until he moves in with Wolf. He attempts to set our hero and heroine up so that Wolf will have a reason to stay put rather than move away to his dream job. Carly and Wolf are fun characters with good chemistry and funny moments. I smiled, I laughed out loud, and I reread a couple of the steamy scenes. Overall, a fun and quick read.
Carly Jacobsen, Las Vegas showgirl has been butting heads with the security expert Wolfgang Jones at work for months. Doesn't help matters that he is her next-door neighbor and has no sense of humor. But just one kiss has Carly rethinking her feelings for Mr. Cool As Ice.
Wolfgang Jones is a man with a plan. He knows where he wants to go and how he is going to get there. His orderly world is thrown for a loop when his teenage nephew comes to live with him. Factor in his growing attraction to his neighbor and all bets are off.
Carly and Wolf begin a short-term affair since Wolf has plans to move on to another town. But when Carly attracts a stalker both feelings begin to change.
Just For Kicks was an absolute treat. Wolf and Carly burn up the pages whether they are in a bed or not. The emotions are so deep and true and really moved me. I have re-read this book several times already. It's a must read.