The Cherry on Top by Arielle Hudson
Kayla Sharp, Landon “Fitz” Fitzgerald
First, let’s take a moment of silence and pay close attention to what I have to write next. I was given an electronic advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Holy wow. In my almost two years of actively reading/reviewing, this is a first for me and I owe that to Naomi aka Arielle Hudson. Thanks for sharing your first book with me; you know I am just as thrilled about it as you. <3
“The Cherry on Top is the story of an ugly duckling who realizes she doesn’t need a transformation to be the most desirable woman in the room.”
That last line from the blurb made me decide that this is something I would read, despite the “sexy to the point of explicit” that comes before that. I had different expectations; I haven’t gotten out of the emotional bubble from my recent reads, so it took a little time of adjusting on my side before I got the hang of this story. My fault. This was dirty-liciously fun, and I don’t think I’ve ever read the word virgin as many times in my life before this. Haha!
Kayla Sharp is a respected professional, the way she deals with business is the total opposite of her experience with the opposite sex—which is none. And she was desperate to change that before she turns 25, to a random Vegas hooker. No need for emotional connection, she just simply wants to get rid of it badly.
Then magically appeared Fitz outside her bedroom door at the exact time she was expecting her order to arrive. Fitz, in his stunned reflection of seeing a woman dressed to bed perfection didn’t consider denying who she believed he was. And so the night went on almost as planned, if not for the interruption of the agency informing her that their man will be a little late. What could’ve been an excellent night turned into a colossal embarrassment that beats all the embarrassing moment of her life. Fitz is not from the escort agency, and she just bared it all for him. Jesus. The next day couldn’t have gone any worse when she discovered that Fitz would be working closely with her for the ad campaign she was assigned to. Hahaha! Mortification rose to the nth power.
Fitz is charming, confident, cocky and was mesmerized by Kayla since that first night they met—and he wasn’t raised to back down easily. So Kayla’s failed attempts at avoiding him only made him want to chase her more. She’s a fine woman and I like her attitude, maybe she was having self-doubts but it didn’t linger, besides, Fitz has done a good job of reassuring that there’s nothing unpleasant about her. And he wasn’t treating her as just another girl, she was someone special for him. Oh that mighty man.
I guess that almost (if not all!) girls had that Kayla moment once in their lives, when you thought that something must have gone totally wrong with you because no one or someone in particular doesn’t give a damn care that you’re existent? I know, right. But I don’t have the guts like Kayla, so maybe I’ll think of a more decent plan. Loljk.
Although the dialogues between Fitz and Kayla, or Kayla and her bestfriend, Sabrina was entertaining, I found the pacing a little slow…or maybe that’s just my being impatient. ;) When the virginity was out of the way, and I am getting excited with the direction their path was going—it’s the last page already. :( I felt like I only know so little about the characters, I wished they had more ‘couple memories’ besides fondling each other. Now I am hoping that there’s a “TO.BE.CONTINUED.” because what goes after the physical attraction is so much more exciting. <3
If you’re in the mood for a quick read before bedtime, that feeds the naughty part of your imagination, you got it! :D
“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to fuck me.”
There’s no chance of him ever letting me go, she admitted to herself. He was her first and on some days she thought her first real love. But she never told him and perhaps she never would. But, apart of her would always want him and he would always own a piece of her.