Sticky Notes by Drea St. James
Series: Poetry for Beginners, #1
Publication Date: March 31, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
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4 STICKY NOTES STARS (★★★★)
*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion of this book and the words in this review. ***
After reading the blurb of Sticky Notes I didn’t exactly know what to expect, but I liked the premise of communicating through sticky notes. The notes gave this tale about family and forgiveness an extra dimension I liked very much. It was my first Drea St. James book, but I know for sure that I’ll be jumping up and down the moment there’s going to be a sequel to this amazing story!
Liv is a gumologist, which means coming up with new bubble gum flavors is her daily job. She is part of a loving family and has three brothers, who love her unconditionally. This shy, sarcastic woman is very prone to accidents. And that doesn’t come in handy when she meets the handsome Dax. Dax is a lawyer and all he ever thought he wanted was to become a senior partner at the law firm he’s working for. Now, he isn’t really sure that’s what he wants anymore. His family is fractured. The only person that’s left in Dax’s life is his mother, who is dealing with a couple of health issues and he wants to do everything he can to help her. He hasn’t spoken to his sister since his father died ten years go, because of a particular incident.
When Liv’s company is getting sued, she finds out Dax is one of the lawyers of the opposite party. Dax is the man she pretended was her boyfriend a couple days before at the supermarket to get rid of an awful date. All their encounters are literal disasters because of Liv’s awkwardness. She’s always in some comprising position or spilling wine on Dax. To make matters worse, they both have to deal with annoying neighbors when they get home. How will this end?
Let me start with the things I didn’t like. There were some inconsistencies in the story that bugged me. I’m not going to name them, because it will spoil the story, but it happened multiple times. I also didn’t like that I had to wait so long for something real to happen between Liv and Dax. It resulted in a first half of the story that was sometimes dragging. It also seemed weird that when everything did happen, the feelings they had for each other were pretty serious in such a short time span. They didn’t have a lot of encounters and the time they did spend together was in the vicinity of others and not very long. So first, it went really slow and all of a sudden things went extremely fast. It was kind off unlikely.
Luckily, the sticky notes and the hilarious situations Liv found herself in time and time again made up for a lot. They kept me happy and satisfied. I seriously loved the role the notes played in this story. I also liked Liv and Dax’s families a lot. It was very cute and heartwarming to see how each of them interacted with their siblings and parents, especially how Dax handled his mother. He was so sweet and caring and I found it was one of his many positive characteristics. I’m also very curious to read about Ally and Becket to find out exactly what happened between them. They were both pretty good friends for Liv and Dax respectively.
Sticky Notes told a tale of family, forgiveness, sticking up for yourself, and unexpectedly finding love. It was hilariously funny and sugar sweet. I just couldn’t stop reading it, flying through the pages. I kept forgetting to highlight the quotes I liked, because I was so engorged in everything Liv and Dax. If you’re looking for a read that will keep you laughing all through the story, than you should really pick up Sticky Notes.
“He seemed quite rude to me,” Liv responded under hear breath, meeting Dax’s eyes for the first time since she’d arrived. He studied her, and she squirmed uncomfortably under his gaze. How he still affected her like this was a mystery to everyone but her lady parts. Traitors.
“You’re right, and I shouldn’t make excuses for him.” Dax looked tense, his eyes never leaving Liv, who was unable to look away again.
He seemed poised to say something else, when Amelia interrupted. “Let’s move this to the living room. I for one feel like a strong drink. Who’s with me?”
Lori got up to help her mom to the living room, looking over her shoulder. “Your turn to do the dishes.”
Dax and Liv didn’t move. Liv felt like she’d swallowed a golf ball that was now stuck in her throat. “Help me with the dishes?” Dax asked, breaking their stare.
Pulling herself together, she nodded and gathered the dirty plates. “You sure know how to make a girl feel special,” she said as she walked into the kitchen. She set the dishes in the sink, turned around, and promptly collided with a hard chest.
“Oh, I know how to make a girl feel special, trust me. I just didn’t want to chance an interruption before I did this,” Dax said before picking her up and depositing her on the kitchen counter. “I’m sorry, but I can’t be this close to you for one more minute without touching you.” Liv was momentarily stunned, unable to move as he stepped in between her legs, his arms engulfing her completely. She felt safe and more than a little turned on at his fierceness, two things she’d sworn she wouldn’t allow him to make her feel anymore.
“I missed you,” he said before hungrily kissing her half- parted lips.
As soon as she felt his soft lips on hers, she was ripped out of her trance and responded just as fiercely. Her hands went to his hair, tugging on it to pull him closer. Dax responded with a low growl and deepened his kiss. He nibbled on her bottom lip and she sighed, opening her mouth slightly. That was the only invitation he needed before his tongue met hers. Liv’s legs wrapped around him and his hand somehow found its way beneath her shirt. She loved the feel of him and her hands travelled down his smooth chest. It felt right to be with him and her brain didn’t utter a single protest.
“For all that is holy, stop before I go blind,” someone shouted. Liv went stock-still and her hands moved from stroking his chest to pushing him away. Dax reluctantly stepped back, kissing Liv on the nose before pulling her shirt back into place.
Lori stood in the doorway and covered her face with her hands. “Is it safe yet?” she asked.
“It’s safe,” Dax said, helping Liv back onto safe ground.
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