Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Review: Swirl by M.L. Spann

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by M.L. Spann
pages 199
rating 4 stars

He needs her help. 

She wants his heart. 

Both will get more than they bargained for. 

SWIRL is a steamy New Adult story about a girl in love with a guy who's off limits at a time in her life where things are very much outside of her control. 

After a handsome jerk publicly humiliates her because of her weight, 24-year-old Brianna “Bri” Davis hits an all-time low. With no career, no place to live, and no self-confidence to speak of, Bri has reached rock bottom. 

The only stable thing in her crumbling life is the Drip Drop Coffee Shop, where she drowns her sorros in danishes and mugs of delicious coffee, served by an equally delicious barista. 

28-year-old Jayce offers Bri a job, but it comes with strings attached: Bri must help him recapture the heart of his ex-girlfriend. She will remake him into a most irresistible specimen so that his ex has no choice but to take him back.

Excited to finally have an income, Bri jumps at the opportunity, especially if working next to Jayce all day is part of the deal. Who cares if the man she's been pining away for has the hots for someone else? 

And the ex he's trying to win back? She's more interested in what he can buy her than a real relationship. Why can't Jayce see there's a more deserving woman right in front of him? 

Bri can't take any more disappointment. So, going after Jayce is probably a bad idea. But then everything changes, and soon, the steam in Jayce's lingering stare is hotter than the coffee they swirl.


My Review:
Are you down with it? You know...the swirl. Well Bri and Jayce are. I liked these characters. Bri is a very relate-able character for me. If have read some of my past posts than you know that I have gone through a few things including weight and jobs. Yes, I know what it is like to have to start all over as an adult living back at home with your mom thinking 'this is not the way I pictured my life at this stage'. Soooooo yeah.

Bri is in transition. While getting coffee at her favorite java shop she sees a hunky guy who turns out to be a jerk. It's okay though because the real winner is the coffee shop owner, Jayce. Now when I read the title, Swirl, I was thinking black and white. I just don't think swirl when the people involve are both people of color. See that's the thing about books, you get to see how others view things. Anyway, I liked the two together.

The story is fast paced. I would say that you should be able to get through this in three days if you are reading at work (lunch and breaks). A day to a day and half on the weekend or off day. There isn't any real back story to characters. Everything that happens in the story happens to push the couple forward. So you may not connect with these characters on a deep level.

This is a light romance with some hot sex scenes. If you are in a bit of a reading slump then give this book a read. These characters are universal. So even though she Black and he's Samoan they are relate-able to just about everyone.

Great Quotes:
'he immediately started devouring my face like a psycho on bath salts'
'You won't catch a husband with breasts that slide off into your armpits when you
re on your back'
'Nothing turned me on more than a man that smelled good'
'"You mind if I sit here?" was going to be a the question I would ask him at some point, only instead of the barstool, I would be referring to hes face'
'I expected you to be feisty, dominant, and a lot more aggressive. Isn't that what black women are known for'

About the Author:

Megan Spann also known as M. L. Spann is an eclectic blend of sex, sarcasm, and a dash of darkness. Her love of books blossomed at an early age and it has developed into a passion for writing as well. She also writes darker fiction under the pen name M. T. Harrte.
She’s definitely one of those people that carries around books in their bag. She adds a touch of sass to her novels by using her southern roots to set the tone. She spent a great deal of her life moving from state to state with her military family, until finally settling down in Mississippi. Despite graduating from Ole Miss with a business degree and going on to gain a Master’s degree, she has decided to truly follow her heart by pursing a writing career.


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