Darker Water (Once and Forever #1) – Lauren Stewart

After another painful breakup, Laney Temple finally understands that love is a fairytale and sex rarely comes with a happy ending. She’s too busy for it right now anyway—she has a business to run, art to create, and candy to crush. Sure, eventually she’ll be ready to switch from her plastic-or-silicon lover to a flesh-and-blood one. But before that happens, she needs to be sure she won’t feel any of those annoying emotions that make her heart do things it wasn’t meant to do…

Like break

Carson Bennett is completely upfront about what he wants, and it has nothing to do with Laney’s heart. Her lips? Hell yeah. Other parts of her body? You better f*cking believe it. But her heart? Nope, not even a little. Until it does…a lot. But having feelings for someone isn’t allowed. It’s the kind of thing you’re supposed to push down deep and cover up with one-night stands, sarcasm, and booze…

Like secrets

Two people want the same thing—a commitment to nothing more than great sex in a bunch of different positions. Simple. Enjoyable. A win-win. Problem is, those two people have families and fears and pain that spill into every moment of their lives, control what they do and who they are. And if either Carson or Laney can’t free themselves from the past, they’ll both be pulled under by it.

Lauren Stewart is an author i havent read before so i was excited to see what her writing style was like, i was not disappointed one bit, this book is fasted paced filled with glorious characters and a plot that will take you on a ride through all your emotions before the last page.
I loved the twist of using the frog prince from the fairy tale to bring this story about, very clever, that made me smile.
Laney the girl who turned all of the perfect prince’s she has ever dated in her life into frogs by the end of the relationship. Carson who already saw himself as the frog, who ended up being the perfect prince for Laney, brilliant.
I loved how we go to watch not only Laney grow and evolve in this relationship but Carson did too.
Although there are some parts of this book that are on a heavier subject matter (physical abuse) this is really a kind of sweet and light hearted read, one of those books that is just fun and enjoyable.
I highly recommend this book, 5 froggy stars from me!

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