ARC Review: ‘Something Like Lust’ by Piper Rayne
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Something like Lustby Piper Rayne
Series: Chicago Grizzlies #2
Published by Self-Published on December 12, 2023
SubGenres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Source: Valentine PR
Audience: 18+/Rated R
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Do it.Don’t do it.
Never in my life did I think I’d wager in my head whether to sleep with Chicago Grizzlies wide receiver, Damon Siska.
He’s the perfect package—hot body, killer smile, and flirts like he earned a doctorate in it. But anyone who reads gossip blogs knows he is looking for one amazing night and nothing more.
I’m not the usual type of woman he beds. I’m a middle school teacher who cherishes her quiet nights in, drinking wine, and watching romantic comedies, dreaming I’m the heroine. I’m not embarrassed to admit—I want the fairy tale.
But Damon caught me at a weak moment. Fresh off a break-up and feeling lousy about myself, I gave into temptation and left the next morning like every other woman he’d slept with.
Except I walked away with more than just the memories when three weeks later the little white stick glowed with two pink lines.
Something Like Lust is the second book in Piper Rayne’s Chicago Grizzlies series. This book tugged on my heartstrings and had me swooning over Damon Siska. He may very well be my favorite fictional football player that the author duo, Piper Rayne, has written.
Damon Siska has a reputation with the ladies, but he never expects one of his one-night stands to text him later, saying she’s pregnant with his baby. Now, Damon has to prove to the FMC, Adeline, that he’s willing to step up and prove to her that he can be there for her and the baby. The issue is Damon is not looking for a relationship, and Adeline is hesitant to trust Damon.
I loved both MCs in this book. They were complete opposites of one another. Adeline came from a small town, and she was a middle school teacher, while Damon was a famous football player playing for the Chicago Grizzlies. He also came from a rich family, and they had certain standards for Damon. Adeline was strong and sassy and knew how to handle someone like Damon, and I loved how she handled Damon’s father when he came around. I loved Damon due to his devotion and protectiveness, not only with the baby but with Adeline, too. This man won over my heart with how he was with Adeline and later with the baby. I may have melted into a puddle the instant Damon met his baby for the first time. Seriously, it was the sweetest moment in the story, and I loved how he continued to be there for Adeline, even though he wasn’t into getting into anything serious with Adeline. He has his reasons, and the author duo, Piper Rayne gave Damon a backstory of why he’s hesitant about being in a relationship, and it’s a tear-jerker.
I’m one reader who loves Surprise Pregnancies in my romance stories and I absolutely love reading characters like Damon that do a 360 in the book after he realizes he’s in love. Another thing I liked about this book was how the other Chicago Grizzlies players played a part in the story and put Damon in his place a few times. There were so many heartfelt moments, but also funny moments, too. This book may be hard to top since Damon won over this reader’s heart, and I loved how Adeline and Damon got their HEA, but I know Piper Rayne will deliver yet another amazing read in the last book in the series.
The author duo, Piper Rayne, definitely has a reader for life. I love their sweet, funny contemporary romance reads and look forward to what they have planned for 2024.
Story Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Standalone or Part of Series: It’s part of the Chicago Grizzlies Series, but each book follows a new couple and can be read as a standalone.
Would I recommend this book? Yes.
Genre/SubGenre(s): Romance | Contemporary Romance
Trope(s)/Element(s): Sports/Football Romance | One Night Stand | Accidental Pregnancy | Slow Burn | Reformed Player MMC | Roommates to Lovers | Co-Parenting