*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Contemporary romance
His eyes went smoky, his expression and stance set for wooing.
“Stop it. I’m immune.”
“Since when? That kiss we shared a few days ago says otherwise.”
Maggie blinked, warmth flooding her veins at the reminder. “I was acting. I’m an exceptional actress.”
“Mmm. Is that so?” Lance rubbed a thumb over his mouth, and her eyes were drawn to the motion. She wasn’t able to look away until he dropped his hand. “Even you can’t act that well.”
Briefly pausing behind the couch, she pointed the remote control at the television and pressed the ‘on’ button. “Let’s see what form of debauchery Lance Denton gets his pleasure from when he’s alone.”
He caught her around the waist, the force of his movement and his weight toppling them forward and over the back of the couch. It was too late—the sound of young, familiar voices filled the air. Face down on the couch cushion and legs in the air, and with Lance beside her, she lifted her head to look at the television screen.
The air stopped inside her lungs. Maggie watched for a moment, not able to talk. It was them during an episode of ‘Easier Said’, crazily in love with one another. Struck hard with emotion, she swallowed, striving for nonchalance when her insides were screaming with yearning. Maggie placed her chin on her fist and continued to observe the younger versions of Lance and Maggie. Lance was quiet beside her, and that was just as well. She didn’t know what to say to him right then.
“This would make a great yoga pose,” she said after a time, her neck and back stretched to the point that they were sore.
When Lance didn’t respond, she finally turned her head to look at him. He wasn’t watching the television—he was watching her. The look on his face was open and raw, like a wound always kept hidden, until one day, it could no longer remain so.
Swallowing hard, she looked down. “You watch these a lot?”
“They make me happy.”
Maggie looked up in time to catch his sardonic smile as he added, “And nostalgic, and maudlin.”
Unveiled as they were, she couldn’t take the look in his eyes any longer, and needing somewhere else to focus, Maggie chose his lips. It was a bad idea—perfectly chiseled, hard when they should be, soft when necessary, a shade of mauve that couldn’t be replicated—she wanted them on hers.
As though reading her mind, and knowing what she desired, Lance dropped his attention to her mouth. When he looked up, his eyes were midnightblue with lust. “I think, if I’m going to remain uninvolved with my clients, I must forbid you to look at me like that.”
Within This Frame by Lindy Zart is a fantastic story. Zart seamlessly weaves Lance and Maggie’s past and present relationship into the story. As teenagers, Lance and Maggie fell deeply in love, but their personal demons destroyed their relationship. Years later, they throw themselves together again as Maggie works diligently to become healthy and fit. I loved how both their past and their present relationships were shown simultaneously, so I was able to see what had occurred in their past and how they were learning to deal with those issues in the present. Lance is cocky but a genuinely sweet guy, which made him a lovable character. Maggie has struggled all her life with her looks, which made her a character that not only did I relate to but I think most women will be able to relate to as well. There is a lot of fun banter between Maggie and Lance that had me chuckling, and the book is packed full of steamy tension. Within This Frame is a wonderfully written story that touches on a subject a lot of people can relate to, yet is still humorous and full of romance. As with all of Lindy Zart’s books, I highly recommend reading it!
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Lindy Zart is the USA Today bestselling author of Roomies. She has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, bloody marys, peanut butter, and pizza.
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