Lori had always planned to get out of tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado, but when her late dad left her his beloved auto body shop, she'd stayed. Now, according to her crazy best friend, Molly, what Lori needs is some excitement, in the form of hot, no-strings-attached sex…and lots of it.
Quinn Jennings has buildings on the brain—not love and romance. A serious architect, he's delighted to discover that Lori is willing to skip dating protocols and head straight for the sheets. And aided by the steamy books on Lori's bedside table, he's busy indulging both of their wildest fantasies. But when life in Tumble Creek takes a dangerous turn for Lori, Quinn's protective instincts kick in.
Suddenly he cares. More than either of them ever expected….
Start Me Up is a step up from Talk Me Down, the first of the Tumble Creek series from Victoria Dahl. While I didn't dislike Talk Me Down, Start Me Up really started going in a direction I was hoping for character and plotwise.
Lori was a realistic and spunky character, I just liked her. Her problems seemed real and she took her life serious but was able to realize she needed more fun in her life and went out and found it. Quinn was so sweet and nerdy *swoon*. Together they had a wonderful chemistry and I loved the push and pull of their relationship, was it going to turn out to be more than a fling or not? Was Lori going to turn her life into something she had dreamed of?
The *intimate* scenes in the book were of a bit of a different nature from the first book because of Lori's love of reading romance and erotica. So they take it a bit hardcore turn.
I also liked the mystery more so in Start Me Up (I like that both of the books have had mysteries!). What had really happened to her father all those years ago and who was vandalizing her shop and why? The culprit was a bit hard to figure out for me, which I liked. Their name crossed my mind but only for a brief second so I think that was really well done.
Just yesterday I got a copy of Lead Me On, the third and final book in the trilogy and can't wait to pick it up. I would definitely call myself a Victoria Dahl fangirl now!
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchased at Library Bookstore