I received this book for free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All Shook Up by Chelsey Krause
Published by Tryst Books on 08/17/2016
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Source: Barclay Publicity
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Natalie’s world is shaken to its core when she discovers an old photo of a woman who looks like her. Could this woman be related to her birth mother, who put Natalie up for adoption as a baby? When she tracks down the person who dumped the photo album at her thrift shop, she’s shaken again. Especially when the gorgeous fire-fighting guitarist offers to help her find the owner. They quickly become friends – which is all they’ll be, as far as Natalie’s concerned. Her rebellious youth turned her off cheating men, and the new Natalie is looking for true love and a family of her own – something Casey isn’t willing to provide. But how long can Natalie ignore her undeniable attraction to the man with the Irish accent and the broken-down ’57 Chevy?
In Chelsey Krause’s second novel, friends become lovers over a whirlwind summer of rockabilly rhythms, twirling skirts, and a mystery that takes them hilariously far out of their element.
All Shook Up
Friends become lovers over a whirlwind summer of rockabilly rhythms, twirling skirts, and a mystery that takes them hilariously far out of their element in this humorous and heartwarming romantic comedy!
Hot hero; fun; lively plot!!!
Ever meet someone who you just immediately click with? And you can’t explain why you like them-you simply do? Neither have I. That is, until tonight. by Natalie
Natalie has spent a lifetime trying to fit in, to belong. She has loving adopting parents and a job that she enjoys, but she is always trying to be perfect, trying to become what she believes others would like her to be. One day, a photo album has her knocking on the hottest man alive’s door, and somehow he becomes her best friend. Was the encounter with Casey a matter of being at the right place at the right time, or they were fated to meet?
Casey is fun, layback and hot! He is a major flirt. He meets people easily, but doesn’t usually make fast friends. Until Natalie! She is everything he doesn’t want, but seems to be unable to avoid. They have so much in common that everything they do together is fun. Are they destined to be together? Or this is just a passing phase?
Men and women can be friends, right? Although I don’t normally want to ravish my friends, so yeah. My intentions may not be entirely altruistic. by Natalie
All Shook Up is a fun, fast-paced read that has you laughing and rooting for the hero. Even though this a contemporary novel, the author is able to bring some fresh new ideas to the plot in a world of rockabilly and “I Love Lucy”.
The male character is dreamy. He is so easy to love, relate and understand. For me, Natalie was a struggle sometimes. She was fun, but also annoying.
I’ve loved how the author took her time to portray their friendship journey, but I’ve missed more of them as a couple.
I can think of a few secondary characters that I would love to read their story, and I also would love to read more of Natalie’s and Casey’s relationship.
You eventually figure out that all men are about the same. Sure, they might look different or have different jobs or values, but at the end of the day, they all laugh at farts and love their penises. by Natalie
P.S: I’m huge on covers. I believe they can be the beginning of a story. I would not buy this book by its cover only and I did not find anything of the story on it. It’s fun, but not representative.
You MAY buy this book because you like sweet love stories; you SHOULD buy this book because you are looking for you new book boyfriend; but you MUST get this book if you want to spend a couple of hours laughing and falling in love with the characters!!!
A breeze picks up and a chill settles around me. I pull my knees to my chest and pull the blanket tighter. Casey looks at me from the corner of his eye, and after a beat, he lifts up his arm.
I hesitate for a moment, noticing that my pulse has quickened.
“I know you’re cold,” he says. “You have goosebumps.”
“Umm, yes,” I say, feeling like my tongue is slow and awkward, stumbling over my words. My body feels jittery and cold, as if all the blood has rushed to my heart, and my flesh prickles with an intoxicating mixture of excitement and nervousness. There’s no way I’m admitting that these goosebumps are from being around him.
He tilts his head to the side, inviting me in once more. A shiver passes through me. Probably half from the cold, half from adrenaline. I’m not sure if this is a good idea, but I’m freezing my ass off. I slide over and let him wrap his arm around my body. He pulls the blanket up higher with his free hand and tucks it around us.
“There. Snug as a bug in a rug,” he says.
Casey’s body is incredibly warm. Solid. Reassuring. I catch myself thinking that I wouldn’t mind staying right here for the rest of the night.
“So, did you sleep with her?” I ask casually after my raging hormones have calmed down a little.
“With who?” he asks, sounding genuinely confused.
He laughs. “No, I didn’t. I just walked her back to her trailer and said good night.”
“No good-night kiss?”
“No. She smelled like cigarettes. Yuck.”
It feels like a weight has been lifted off my chest and I can breathe again. The cool night breeze picks up and I shiver. Casey tightens his hold of me.
“Wish I’d brought another blanket,” he mutters.
“I’m glad you didn’t,” I say without thinking.
“Why?” he guffaws.
My heart throbs a quick, panicked pulse. Crap! He can’t know how I feel about him! How can I fix this?
“Oh you know,” I say, my voice sounding high and tinny. “You, uh, wouldn’t want to over pack.”
He grunts, sounding amused. “Okay then…”
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