by Tawny Weber

September 2009
ISBN: 978-0373794966
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Mass Market Paperback

High school for Zoe Gaston can not be described as the best of times. She was the outsider, a goth girl, and too smart for her own good. To be fair, Zoe made quite an effort not to fit with the “in” crowd. Once she’d graduated Zoe couldn’t wait to get out of town. So, why should she care it is time for her ten-year high school reunion? She doesn’t. She does, however, care for her brother. So, when Zoe’s sister-in-law tells her in confidence that Zach’s video game company may be going under, Zoe wants to help. Attending the reunion and finding the true identity of Gandalf, the best video game designer in the business, is not exactly what Zoe had in mind. Still, there is nothing she wouldn’t do for her brother, so Zoe agrees.

Dexter Drake was Zoe’s best friend and partner in crime during their high school years. He’d also had a massive crush on Zoe though he never told her. Her crush was on the star quarterback. When Dex finds out her ten-year reunion is taking place at his parents’ inn, he pulls out all the stops to make sure he will be there at the same time. Has Zoe remained enamored of that jerk of a jock who humiliated her in high school? Will Dex have a chance to make Zoe see him as a man and not just her nerdy friend from school?

Dex certainly isn’t the same guy Zoe left behind years ago. He’s taller and more muscular, quite a sexy man. Whenever he is near Zoe feels anything but platonic about Dex. Zoe’s mission keeps getting more and more complicated. At the masquerade Zoe meets a mysterious man who promises new levels of sexual delights. Between the ex-jock who believes she still harbors that crush, the masked charmer, and getting reacquainted with the hunky Dexter, Zoe must look for Gandolph.

You have to love a heroine who walks into her high school reunion wearing a dominatrix costume. Take that you people who dubbed her “The Girl Most Likely to Die a Virgin”! Feels Like the First Time is scandalous fun for the voracious reader. The story moves quickly, smoothly, and with enough heat to burn your fingers as you turn the pages. There’s so much more about Feels Like the First Time than I have room to tell you. You’ll have to read it for yourself to see what I’m talking about. Ms. Weber’s first entry into Harlequin’s Dressed to Thrill miniseries is not to be missed.

Reviewed in August 2009 by Rho.

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