Feb 25 2014 1:45pm

First Look: Sugar Jamison’s Thrown for a Curve (February 25, 2014)

Thrown for a Curve by Sugar JamisonSugar Jamison
Thrown for a Curve
St. Martin's Press / February 25, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Cherri has often wished she were thin and graceful like a ballerina instead of being a six-foot-tall blonde with curves that require serious caution. Surely a charming Irishman like her new boss Colin, with his throaty brogue and to-die-for bod, would never go for someone like Cherri. Unless maybe he’s looking for the exact opposite of a delicate lass? 

When Colin hired Cherri to work in his furniture-restoration shop, he had his eyes, first and foremost, on her artistic talents. But now he can’t help but see Cherri for the lush, spirited beauty that she is…and, soon enough, he finds himself mixing business with pleasure. But Cherri turns out to be more vulnerable than she appears. Is she in need of more than Colin can give? Or could it be that a feeling stronger than lust has him thrown for a curve?

In Sugar Jamison's charming Thrown for a Curve we meet Charlotte “Cherri” Rudy: devoted granddaughter of a sassy Ukrainian romantic widow, statuesque and curvy youngest sidekick of her group of friends, and the fresh-faced forbidden fruit of Irish transplant Colin O’Connell. This book is the second in The Perfect Fit series, and Sugar Jamison weaves a funny, sexy, and touching tale.

Cherri is 22 and still trying to find her way in life. She takes care of her elderly grandmother “Baba” and their naughty dog Rufus. She is an artist, but hasn’t had any luck getting a job related to that in town. There are some opportunities farther away, but recent changes in her Baba’s behavior keeps her closer to home. Colin is twelve years older, and best friends with the husband of one of Cherri’s closest friends. After a slew of terrible relationships (and in his most recently failed relationship walking in on his girlfriend while she was cheating on him) Colin went on a marathon of one night stands. But even that gets old, and for the past year he has been laying low...and watching Cherri.

While it would be easy to call this a typical May-December romance, there is so much more going on here. Colin is a reformed rake, and he has a lot to prove. When the book opens, Cherri is celebrating her 22nd birthday. Always keeping an extra eye on Cherri, Colin steps over to talk to her on his way out the door, especially since she seemed a little down at her own party. After some quick banter, they laugh and embrace-and over her shoulder, Colin gets a warning glance from his own best friend, Mike, that reminds him Cherri is strictly off limits.

Colin wants to do the right thing, but his attraction to Cherri is growing. She has always been attracted to him, but she has also always felt like he was out of her league. Their budding friendship—away from the group no less—even spills over to Baba, whom Colin starts to spend time with during the day when he checks on her for Cherri. Eventually Colin asks Cherri to assist him in his furniture restoration store as an artist part time. At one point they are both attempting to date other people and deny their serious attraction, but when those relationships fail, they decide to go for the old friends with benefits route.

Their affair is passionate and sexy, but full of issues. Cherri still feels unfulfilled as a person, and is looking for her own direction in life. She is also still a bit reticent about her new relationship and what it means to Colin, as she definitely didn’t want to read too much into it. Meanwhile, Colin is constantly trying to prove to Cherri that he wants to be with her-only her-and he wants her to be happy. Plus he is still dealing with his own abandonment and trust issues.

After tragedy strikes, the two solidify their relationship, but it’s not the fairy tale ending you would expect just yet. Cherri is depressed, feeling trapped, and overall unhappy. Colin is spinning his wheels trying to figure out the right courses of action, and sometimes he wins, sometimes he loses. We see Colin reaching out to friends and family, a rarity as he is a loner. He refuses to give up on their relationship, even when he thinks he may have failed. As Cherri starts to come around, she starts spinning her own wheels and the two of them start the road to healing. Colin proves that the right woman can turn a former playboy into a proper mate as long as he puts in the work.

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Nicole Leapheart's alter ego is Miss Boxy Frown, and she posts book reviews and TV recaps at missboxyfrown.blogspot.com. She reads and watches everything from romance to sci-fi, but enjoys it even more if some smut is involved. And tattoos.

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