No Pants Required by Kim Karr
Release Date: July 11th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Hang Le
I, Makayla Alexander, am on a mission to reinvent myself. So when a super hot guy boards the plane and flashes his rock hard abs, I pay attention. When he sits next to me and offers me his nuts, I can’t resist. But when I choke on them and he tells me I need to work on my gag reflex, I realize I might be in over my head.
Before I know it we’re in the lavatory and attempting to join the Mile High Club. Let me just say this…anyone who tells you it’s easy to get it on at 37,000 feet isn’t telling you the truth. After the flight attendant busts us for getting frisky in the air, the only thing that can ease my total and complete mortification is the simple fact that I am never going to see him again.
Hours later, I can’t help but wonder if fate will ever allow me to become a new version of myself.
Because Fate, she’s a fickle bitch.
Case in point…my seatmate is my new next-door neighbor.
Even with the whole fate thing we have going on, we are so not meant to be together. He’s all cool and sexy in that make love not war kind of way. Guys like him are dangerous. With that bring-you-to-your-knees body, that handsome-as-hell face, and that dirty, dirty mouth, I guarantee one glance from him wets every girl’s bikini bottoms.
And then there’s me…the quirky girl looking to find herself in California. All I want to do is learn to let loose. Say words like peace and groovy. Bury my toes in the sand. Who knows, maybe even have sex on the beach.
Unable to get him out of my head, I entertain the thought of being more than just friends. I know the idea is absurd. And yet, I go with it. You see Camden Waters gets me. Really gets me. Like no other guy has before.
On this 7-mile stretch of paradise, I decide to keep things simple and just have fun…that is until fate decides to screw with me, again.
Can two people hell-bent on finding themselves realize the search should have ended the day they met? Find out in No Pants Required—a sexy, funny, romantic stand-alone, that will have you hurrying to grab your bathing suit and rushing to the beach to check out every lifeguard on duty.
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Dottie’s Star Rating: 4 Stars
I’m going to begin with saying I am already a fan of Kim Karr – I have read quite a few of her books and have enjoyed each of them thus far – and No Pants Required is an adorable addition to her catalogue!
As I read this, her latest book, I found myself chuckling out loud several times and found a lot of it to be light-hearted and a very nice break from some fairly serious and heavy books I have read lately.
Makayla is a young woman who needs a change. She has a degree in fashion from the Institute of Technology where she became best friends with her college roommate, Maggie. When Makayla realizes her life in New York just isn’t going the way she’d hoped (love-life, career, etc.) and she decides she needs a change, her friend Maggie invites her to move to Southern California to live with her and find that change. But before Makayla gets onto the airplane to fly to California, Maggie gives her a to-do list meant to get Makayla out of her “uptight” ways…
…”And how exactly am I going to do that?” I ask with another hiccup. Damn soda. “Glad you asked. You’re going to do that by completing every item on the list.” “The list?” My ears perk up. “Yes, the list.” I can hear the smile in her voice. She had me at the word list, and she knows it. “I’m emailing it to you now. Look it over and be ready to talk about it when you arrive. See you soon. ‘Bye.” “Maggie, wait.” It’s too late. She’s gone. Moments later I receive a noticification that I have mail…Clicking on the attachment, a nicely numbered list populates my screen. How well she knows me. I read it. Sinking into the seat in embarrassment, I die a little more with each passing item. The list comes complete with notes. I scoff as I read them and laugh a little, too…maybe with a whole lot of wine, I can accomplish most of the items…Ten things to accomplish in a month. How hard can it be?…
As you have probably surmised from the synopsis, one of those items is to join the Mile High Club – how unfortunate that the one guy she’s hopelessly attracted to and even makes hooking up with him seem like a good idea (since, after all, she thinks she’ll never see him again) happens to be her new next-door neighbor. And when the attempt goes hopelessly south, and Makayla is hopelessly embarrassed, her new “life” becomes far more complicated than she had hoped for.
And Cam (this sexy new neighbor) finds himself in the surprising position of finding it impossible to forget his seat-mate from the flight and when he realizes she’s his new neighbor, he recognizes that maybe he’s got a second chance to get to know this lovely lady – but she’s not so sure that sounds like a good idea and takes off running down the beach to avoid having that very conversation with him…
“Makayla, stop.” He’s catching up with me…A hand grabs for me. Furious that he caught up with me, maybe more so that he struck a nerve I wanted to keep buried, I lose my footing and stumble. Before I can catch myself, I’m on the ground. Facedown in the sand, and he’s on top of me. Again. “Get off me!” I scream, pressing my arms into the sand and trying to push myself up. Gently, he grabs my wrists, and even more gently, he whispers in my ear, “I’m not going to hurt you; I just want to talk. That’s all.” The scent of him, no longer lavender, but so extremely man, is intoxicating. Yet it’s the feel of him on top of me that makes me freeze. My muscles clench and my body goes stiff. Strange thing is, it’s not fear doing this to me, it’s arousal. For heaven’s sake, my body needs to get a life….
The banter between these two was often fun, often sexy, and yet, also sometimes poignant and tender. Their relationship bounced around and was hard to define in conventional terms, but I found myself enjoying their interactions and hoped they’d find their way, to deciding what to do with the intense attraction between them.
There was an interesting twist in this book in that there is a book within this book (and it becomes a book these two end up reading together). I had mixed feelings about it; there were times it felt distracting. I was curious about how that book would turns out, but the characters were hard to invest in because it was the book they were reading instead of me (if that even makes any sense). I thought the concept was good but I think I would have preferred less actual reading of it and more mentioning that they were indeed reading an often sexy and erotic novel between the two of them.
Beyond that issue, I thought this book was fun and I truly enjoyed both of the characters within it. I didn’t, however, always understand some of the decisions the characters made and at times found myself frustrated by what seemed (to me) an obvious misunderstanding that neither of them handled in a way that I had hoped they would. I wanted to tell them to c-o-m-m-u-n-i-c-a-t-e with one another and although this frustrated me, it is in all actuality the “cornerstone” of this genre of book after all! I mean really, if these couples all sailed along with no misunderstandings and issues, these books would be all kinds of boring!
I absolutely enjoyed this one though, don’t get me wrong. Kim Karr is an amazing story-teller and weaves a story that is always entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking. I can hardly wait to see what she writes next!
About the Author:
Reader * Writer * Coffeelover * Romantic
Kim is a daydreamer. So much so that if daydreaming could be a hobby it would be her favorite. It’s how her stories are born and how they take root. An imagination that runs wild is something to be thankful for, and she is very thankful. 🙂
She grew up in New York and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and with the rest of her time embraces one of her biggest passions–writing.
Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read.
She likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.
Kim Karr is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card in celebration of No Pants Required’s release!