I was kindly gifted an ARC of Better Deeds Than Words by The Sub Club Books to review. Read on for my thoughts, an excerpt from the novel, a playlist and a giveaway where one lucky reader will win ebook copies of Better Deeds than Words and the first installments of the Words series, The Weight of Words.
"I already have a few. I'm fine."
She tossed three more tomato wedges on his salad plate."Lycopene. It's good for the prostate," she said.
Daniel rolled his eyes and sighed.
"Prostate cancer," Patty said to me in a hushed voice. "That's what got Bradford—my husband. Never ate a tomato in his life. I'm convinced that's what did him in. Although I read an article recently about the importance of regular ejaculations as well. Not that Bradford had a problem with that."
I bit my lip to stifle a laugh. Daniel stared at her in stunned silence.
"You are having your oil changed regularly, I hope?" she asked him.
What the hell? Penny had said Patty was a corker, but nothing had prepared me for this! She was awesome! I blinkedback tears as I tried not to burst into laughter. Daniel, on the other hand, was choking on a mouthful of roast beef. I clapped him on the back and handed him his water glass.
He gulped some and cleared his throat. "Jesus, Patty. That's a rather personal question."
"It's uptight people who impede the distribution of important information. Don't you think, Aubrey?"
"Oh, I couldn't agree more," I said, casting a meaningful glance at Daniel who narrowed his eyes at me.
He turned back to his grandmother. "Are you implying I'm uptight?"
"Implying? No, no, I was stating it as a fact. I happen to believe you need to extricate that rather long pole from—well, there's no need to discuss the sordid details at the table," she said.
Daniel put down his fork and looked back and forth between the two of us. "Huh," he said, miffed. "Okay then. Allow me to put your mind at rest. My oil is being changed fairly regularly. There. Satisfied?"
He picked up his fork and forcefully stabbed a carrot. I hoped his comment wasn’t intended as an admission that we were involved in an intimate relationship. Patty quirked an eyebrow at me and I held up my hands as if to say, “Don't look at me.” She surveyed Daniel expectantly and he cleared his throat.
"Unfortunately, I'm decidedly, um, self-employed, at the moment," he said.
*le sigh* oh if only I could put that as justification for a 5 star review because it sums up my feelings perfectly. This book. This author. These characters. Poppet and her sailor. Sailor and his poppet... *le sigh*
Everything about this book was just perfect for me. I love Daniel and Aubrey. I love their romances. I love their friends. It's just perfect! When we rejoin the Words series, there are mere weeks to go until the end of the semester. Daniel and Aubrey's relationship is getting closer and intensifying and Aubrey is introduced to the lovely Patty, Daniel's grandmother and general lovely being who you can't read without laughing your socks off.
Daniel is equally as swoony in this installment of the Words series as he is in the first. I could just picture him being all sexy in his holey jeans while Aubrey is trying to concentrate on learning. Like she can with him in the room, I meant come on! But anywhoo, I digress.
Of course, this wouldn't be the second installment without something coming between our poppet and sailor and of course it does, in I think, the worst way possible (I won't share the how's). When it does happen you're rooting for them to find a way to communicate and oh do they do that. At this stage of the story there's the potential for it to get boring quickly but Georgina keeps the pace moving in a great way and I loved reading the emails between the two of them and I think when they are finally together at the end part of the book what they went through when needing to be apart made it all the sweeter.
Oh and while I'm on the ending, what an ending it was. I loved every second of their reunion and the time they spent together on their firt weekend as a couple. One of my favourite scenes was in the coffee shop, you could tell how big a thing simple holding of hands was to them both and it was lovely to read. I could just picture the looks on their faces as they were sat there.
As with the first book the supporting characters were great. In this installment I fell a little bit more in love with Penny, what she does for Aubrey and Daniel is just perfect. You can just see how much she loves Daniel and, I think, Aubrey. Rooting for them and wanting them to be together.
All in all, I loved this book and I can't wait for the final installment and see what else is in store for poppet and sailor.
I guess all there is left to say is: *le sigh*
If you like the sound of Better Deeds than Words I have one ebook copy of the book plus the first installment in the Words series by Georgina Guthrie for one lucky reader to win. The giveaway is open internationally, all entry details are in the Rafflecopter below: