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SWEET GIRL (Titan #1.5) by Cristin Harber

SWEET GIRL (Titan #1.5) by Cristin Harber

4.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
A SWEET GIRL

Nicola Hart grew up under the heels of her older brother and his sexy best friend, Cash Garrison. Years of ignoring her spark with Cash has transformed their friendship into a slow burning sizzle. One night with him could ruin everything. Or it could be more than she ever dreamed. They play. They flirt. But they haven’t crossed the line because too much is at stake. Family. Friendship. And the deepest kind of love that she’d have to be crazy to walk away from. 

HE CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM
She’s his best friend’s little sister. The definition of hands off. Cash has tried to ignore her for years. Those innocent eyes and her smile that screams kiss-me-if-you-dare… Instead, he’s looked at every pretty little thing who’s crossed his path, all to ignore the girl he seems destined to want. But when his hard partying ways get old and everyone at school is interested in Nicola, it’s time to stake a claim. To make Nicola his girl, no matter the risks, and hold the hand of the one he really loves.

Sweet Girl is the novel length prequel to USA Today best-selling Garrison’s Creed. Before Cash and Nicola can fall in love forever, they have to suffer through their first love.

My Review
I didn’t know the story of Nicola and Cash before I read Sweet Girl. I knew of them from Savage Secrets, the only other Titan novel I’d read, but they were only mentioned briefly in a handful of places. So as I started reading Sweet Girl, I temporarily forgot who I was reading about and got lost in a college romance between two childhood friends. Cristin Harber’s style of creating super steamy action-packed romances worked in this instance as well. There was far less action, but she still packed an emotional punch of conflict that was fun to watch unfold.

Plot
Sweet Girl is well written with a believable storyline that never drags. Even though there are no Titan missions, there’s enough going on that I kept turning page after page. While I assumed there was a reason I was reading this backstory, I had no idea what was going to happen to them, so the ending took me by surprise. If you’ve read the rest of the Titan novels, particularly Garrison’s Creed, I’m sure you know what’s coming, but I almost think it was better to read Sweet Girl first.

Characters
I love the characters in this story. I wasn’t sure what to make of a cocky cowboy named Cash. He sounded like a stereotype, but I found myself soon rooting for him and Nicola. Nicola is sweet, befitting the nickname Cash gives to her. She’s so believable as the college co-ed in love with the boy next door who also happens to be her brother, Roman’s, best friend. Yet the events that transpire, forever changing the course of her life seem to fit with who she is. Roman is authentic as is the college quarterback with his eye on Nicola. Her fun and supportive roommates round out the cast of characters.

Bottom Line
I loved their story, even the heartbreaking ending. So much so, that I bought The Titan Series Boxed Set as soon as I finished Sweet Girl so I can find out what happens to them.

Disclaimer
I was provided a copy of this book by InkSlinger in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book
Title: Sweet Girl (Titan Prequel)
Author: Cristin Harber
Pages: 200
Publisher: Mill Creek Press
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Excerpt
Right. And now she was alone on the deck again, avoiding the alcohol-brave stares of freshmen boys. She glanced back into the house, wishing—

The familiar slide of Cash’s arm and the smell of soap paralyzed her thoughts.

“You look…” Breath hot, he whispered one word slower than the next, his lips a fraction away from the shell of her ear. “Gorgeous.”

A full body shiver started at her neck and ran south. “Hey, Cash.” She took a deep breath and let it out slowly, letting her eyes roam over him. “Bet you’ll break a few hearts tonight.”

He locked her in tighter. His breath was kissed by bourbon, and the scruff on his cheeks rasped against her skin. “Nah. Not in the mood.”

“The female population on campus is both relieved and saddened.”

“Oh yeah?” He pulled back an inch, then spun her into a loose hug, facing him. “Why’s that?”

“’Cause there’s still a chance, but it’s not tonight.”

A lazy smile curled. “Oh, you’re cute, Nic.”

God, he was gorgeous. Would his mouth taste like liquor? Her plan to get buzzed had not inoculated her against his dangerous good looks and charm. Her mind raced. “So I’ve been told.”

“What, by your date?” Cash tilted his head. He stepped back, dragging his arm off her neck, letting his hand smooth down her bare shoulder. His fingers drifted to her elbow. Another step, and he stuck his thumbs in his jeans pockets. His blue gaze smoldered. His button-down shirt, a little wrinkled, untucked and unbuttoned at the collar, was rolled up on his arms.

“I’m sure J’s said something like that tonight. Jaycee and Mira tell you their plans for you tonight?”

“Could not care even a little bit.”

She still felt where his fingers had traveled on her skin. Wanting that feeling again was driving her to distraction. Her eyes raked over his chest, sliding up to his face. He studied her. Intently. In an unnerving way, she could almost feel it. She swallowed and stole her eyes away because it was all in her head.

Cash stepped forward. “Let’s get out of here.”

His voice graveled. It had texture. She felt each word as it coated over her senses. Why did everything out of his mouth seem so much heavier? “I just got here, Cash.”

“Me too.”

“I didn’t come by myself.” Jacob was wandering around somewhere. Though she didn’t care.

“Neither did I.”

The air was thick. Tense. So much was unsaid. So much anticipation. She could taste it, feel it. Her heart raced; her pulse pounded. If she could touch him, hold onto his muscled arms, crawl onto his crazy-wide chest, if his arms could wrap around her and she could drown in his scent—

“What are you two so serious over?” Roman startled her.

One second. Two… What to say when she couldn’t think?

“Nic’s not feeling good,” Cash offered. A challenge danced in his eyes.

Roman’s protective gaze sliced to hers. “You’re not? What’s wrong?”

She swallowed at Cash’s lie, and now the ball of sexual-tension-meets-too-many-drinks was in her court. Was she misreading all of this? So much could go wrong. Two decades of friendship down the drain, not to mention Roman would kill Cash. “Car Bombs. I should’ve known better.”

About the Author
Cristin Harber is a USA Today bestselling romantic suspense and military romance author. Fans voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was #1 romantic suspense, #1 military romance, and a USA Today Top 100 bestseller.

She lives outside Washington, DC with her family and English Bulldog.

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