Title: Starting Over
Author: Erin Cristofoli
Genre: Erotic/Contemp Romance
Published: August 21, 2015
"You Can Call me Sir"
Left with no option but to leave the only life she has ever known, Katherine White has packed up and moved almost three thousand kilometres for a chance at a new start, with a new job, in a new city.
When her best friend drags her to a masquerade party on only her second night in town, Kate has a chance encounter with a mysterious masked man that dominates her, pushes her limits and leaves her craving more. He tells her that there is no long-term in their future, but he wants to continue to explore their sexual chemistry. The only trouble is, he wants their identities to remain a mystery.
Benjamin Hyde has been burned by love and has vowed to never let another woman stomp on his heart. His days are filled with successful business ventures and his nights with one night stands at the club.
After reluctantly being dragged to a masquerade party by his best friend, Ben is surprised to find a girl that captivates him and he doesn’t hesitate to take control.
When Ben’s new assistant, Kate arrives on Monday morning, a glimpse of a tattoo on the back of her neck throws a wrench into his perfectly sorted world. Could Kate really be the woman that Ben had hooked up with?
Ben wants to pursue Kate, but she is adamant not to mix business with pleasure.
Normally Ben would agree, except when it comes to Kate.
After having no choice but to leave her home Kate moves by her best friend to a new city and new job for a new start at life. As any best friend would Kate's makes her go out for a night on the town before she starts her new job. A night that ends with a masked man in a coat check closet panting for more. Too bad he doesn't do relationships. Apparently Kate leaves an impression because he runs after her wanting to continue to explore their sexual chemistry. Ben has been burned by love in the past and has no desire to live through it again. His best friend drags him out to a masquerade party where he becomes enticed by Kate. Monday morning rolls around and in strolls his new assistant. When she turns to go to her office he glimpses the tattoo on the back of her neck. What are the chances his masked beauty is his new assistant who wants nothing to do with office fun.
Starting Over was a fun read. While Kate and Ben have their individual past which have helped create the people they are today, their individual pasts are still hindering their futures. As you go through the book you learn more and more about each person and why they have the beliefs they have. Each have been burned by people in one way or another. They both have trust issues. Yet the chemistry between them just doesn't care. Ben and Kate endure a roller coaster ride in this book that keeps you flipping pages as fast as you can. Fast, easy read that keeps you entertained from start to finish. I look forward to seeing if Erin Cristofoli does anything with Jen and Liam (the best friends).
"I don’t think I can even express how well written this book was!! I loved the characters and I loved the stories everything fell together so nicely!! i don’t want to give too much away since I’m the first review, but I will say, you need to buy this book and read it ASAP!" ~ Alpha Book Club
"Please don’t think that that’s all this story is there are more twists, turns and complications to this than just Ben and Kate’s chance encounter, go get your copy and see what really lies in store for these two you wont be disappointed." ~ Amazon Reviewer
"Overall, this is a very sweet, feel good romantic story about learning to trust and love again. Ben and Kate are so good for each other. I think that Erin has a good future in the indie world, and look forward to her next book - which I hope will be about Jen, because she seems like a wild card!" ~ Goodreads Reviewer
Letting out a yelp, I closed my eyes and tried to prepare myself for the fall, but nothing happened. Instead, I peeked through squinted eyes to find myself plastered to the chest I had run into, feeling a strong arm wrapped around my waist. My hands were splayed across the man’s pec, and I couldn’t help but flex my fingers slightly, feeling the muscle beneath the shirt. Wow.
“Are you all right?” a rich, gravelly voice above me asked. I blinked and realized just how close I was to the perfect stranger, and tried to add some distance, but his hand remained firmly on my hip.
“Yes, thanks to you… just a little unsteady.” I looked up and found myself stunned, looking into the eyes of the man who had been watching me dance.
Erin was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, where she resides with her husband and two kids. She is a stay-at-home mom and has long dreamed of having a published book of her own. Starting Over is her debut romance novel. When she isn’t writing, Erin has a love of most forms of art - painting, photography and crocheting.