Review: Tequila Tequila by Emma Hart

tequila tequilaTitle: Tequila Tequila

Author: Emma Hart

Year of publication: Released this week! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Bartender Aspen Camden

The hero: Builder Luke Taylor

The blurb: Don’t sleep with your best friend.

Take it from me. I did it. And it was awful. I-wish-the-tequila-made-me-forget kind of bad.

The problem is, Luke has forgotten. He swears that he can’t remember a thing about that night beyond the trays of tequila shots being set on the tables.

Except I can’t forget. I can’t forget how good his hands felt until I fell over and hit my hip on the dresser, and I sure as hell can’t forget the entire two minutes of tap-tap-squirt.

Awkward. Embarrassing. And the new subject of a couple of dirty lucid dreams.

But I have no intention of telling him what we did. Nothing good comes from telling your best friend he’s the worst guy you’ve ever slept with. Which makes the tequila on my birthday a very, very bad idea…

Standalone or series:  Standalone

The review: Aspen and Luke have been best friends since they were five. Twenty years later, they make it back to Aspen’s place after a night out where they’ve drunk far too much tequila, and then end up having sex. Really bad sex that was over before it began.

The next morning, Aspen thinks that Luke doesn’t remember any of it, so to avoid the inevitable awkward conversation she pretends it never happened. Except she can’t stop thinking about it, and she finds herself wanting to know what it would be like if they were both sober.

It turns out Luke does remember every moment of it, but he thinks Aspen has forgotten it and he’s doing the exact same thing. Trying to forget it. Wondering what it would be like if they were sober.

They spend an awkward couple of weeks pretending to forget, until it eventually slips out and they both realise neither of them forgot about it. And when they can’t stop dreaming about each other, they decide that they will do it again, completely sober, and get it out of their systems.

But once they have sex properly, it’s so good that neither of them wants to stop. But they’ve been so close for so long that they have to decide whether it’s worth risking their strong friendship – what if it doesn’t work out?

Luke’s mother is Mexican, so he has an Abuelita (grandmother). She may be tiny but she is fierce. She’s spent years trying to fix Aspen up with one of Luke’s numerous cousins so Aspen will be part of the family. The scenes with Abuelita are hilarious, and Luke’s entire family is crazy.

When Aspen and Luke decide to start dating, she tells him she won’t put out for him, but caves on the second date. Eventually, they realise that they like dating – and having sex – very much. But can they make it work for good? You’ll have to read it and find out.

Best friends to lovers is my all-time favourite romance trope, so I was keen to read this and it didn’t disappoint!