Welcome to Flirty and Dirty Book Blog’s Spotlight today on Kimberly Knight’s B & S series! I LOVE this series and you will too. Pull up a chair and make yourself comfy, take a look at Where I Need To Be, Wanted and Anything Like Me 🙂 Enjoy!
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Spencer Marshall was done moping. After catching her boyfriend cheating with his secretary, she decides to have a girl’s weekend in Vegas with her best friend Ryan. Lady Luck must be looking out for Spencer, because that weekend will change her life forever. Despite what people say, not everything stays in Vegas.
Where I Needed To Be is the debut novel by Kimberly Knight, what a fabulous debut! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
Flirty and Dirty Book Blog’s Review of Where I Need To Be
Where I Needed To Be is a nice easy read, great story with FAB characters that I couldn’t put down. I loved that this story wasn’t full of angst or that I didn’t need to concentrate on what I was reading. It’s great to get lost in a novel that doesn’t turn you into an emotional wreck! Where I Needed To Be was exactly the light read I was looking for. Did I forget to mention it’s a HOT read! Loves those reads with a little dirty to them especially when it belongs in the story. Ms. Knight knows who to write some FAB sexiness!!
I enjoyed the characters in Where I Needed To Be, they weren’t complex, they were simple and enjoyable. Spencer and her best friend Ryan were fun characters. Brandon is strong, caring and sexy as F$%# (you know what I mean)! You authors really need to stop creating these amazing men, I feel like a book boyfriend HO!
If you are looking for an easy HOT read with a great story and loveable characters, don’t miss out on Where I Needed To Be. N. 4/5
Where I Need To Be ~CHAPTER ONE~
When life hands you lemons, they say to make lemonade. Well, life just handed me a whole lemon tree. Three weeks ago, I felt like nothing in my life could go wrong. I was in Hawaii with my best friend, Ryan Kennedy, her boyfriend, Max, and who I had thought to be the love of my life; Travis.
Travis and I met almost two years before at a New Year’s Eve party that Ryan invited me to. Her boyfriend had made partner at his law firm and threw a huge party at his house to celebrate new beginnings and the New Year.
Travis was an attorney at the firm as well and I would like to say it was love at first sight, but looking back, it was never love. Travis and I’d had an instant attraction. He had brown hair, green eyes and a sweet, innocent, charming side to him. The side who opened doors for you, pulled out your chair and even cooked and cleaned. I thought I had met the one.Wrong.
“Alright, Spencer Marshall, it is time to get your ass off the couch and start living your life again,” Ryan said as she came storming into our house stomping on the hardwood floors with her heels. She stopped walking when she reached the light brown, suede leather couch I sat on that was starting to grow accustomed to my daily and nightly ritual and had formed the perfect indention of my butt. “You have been moping around here for two weeks and I am no longer going to let my best friend waste her life over a guy.”
“Go away!” I shouted at her as I stuffed my face with a spoonful of mint chocolate chip ice cream. “I’m fine.” Ryan was right though, I needed to stop moping. My mom always told me that no man was worth my tears. But in all honesty, after dating someone for almost two years, aren’t you allowed a few tears and some depression after you walk into his office and find him banging his secretary on his desk? I had just wanted to surprise him and take him to lunch. Didn’t realize he had a surprise for me, too.
“Tomorrow night I’m going to scope out that new gym Club 24 that opened near my office.My boss is writing a story about it and asked me to use the free two-week membership pass we got to do some research and get the low-down so she can use it in her article for the website.”
I worked as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of a start-up internet company based out of San Francisco called Better Keep Jogging Baby or better known by our website;www.bkjb.com. Our company was dedicated to providing fitness and nutrition information to the world.
“Spencer, you better or I will kick your ass when you get home and drag you to the gym with me on Tuesday morning.” Ryan and I met our freshman year of college at UC Santa Cruz nine years ago when we were eighteen. Over the years I’d learned that her threats were really promises. She was not kidding.
“Alright, alright, I’ll go pack my gym bag…after I finish this bowl of ice cream.” I had never been a morning person and I wasn’t about to start now.
My Monday workday dragged on and on, and all I wanted to do was go home, get in my PJs, and watch The Voice. When five o’clock rolled around, I honestly had half a mind to bypass the gym and do exactly that. But I remembered Ryan’s threat, and I sure as shit didn’t want her waking me up at 5:00 a.m. to go to the gym before work. Regardless it was part of my job, and at least my boss had promised me extra vacation hours for doing this for her.
Alright, time to get this over with. Club 24 was an up and coming chain and I needed a new gym anyway. I used to go to the gym with my ex, Travis, or as Ryan liked to call him now, TravAss. I really hoped that I would never have to see him again, so thankfully this gym opened a little over a month ago and was close to work and home.
The gym was packed with the usual after-work crowd, but there were two treadmills open next to each other. Claiming one of them for myself, I popped in my iPod ear buds and started to walk briskly for my warm-up. Listening to music while running always seemed to clear my head and right now I needed nothing but to let my mind go numb.
After running for five minutes, I thought I was going to pass out. I envisioned myself rolling off the treadmill like I had seen a few times on The Biggest Loser. That was all I needed with this packed gym. I slowed the treadmill back down to walk for a few minutes to catch my breath. Shortly after that, I noticed that someone had stepped onto the treadmill next to me.
I glanced to my right and that’s when I noticed him for the first time. Trying not to get caught staring, I eyed him with my peripheral vision. Always a plus to have eye candy when you’re doing something you really don’t want to do. He was about six feet tall, appeared to be around my age of twenty-seven, had chestnut brown hair that was just long enough to have a messy spiky look, and broad shoulders… and oh wow—a smile that made my heart stop.
Of course, I was caught staring. Shit.
I reached for my phone and quickly texted Ryan.
Me: OMFG, I have my very own Gideon Cross at the gym. Hot guy running on the treadmill next to me!
Ryan: Jealous! Don’t tell Max, LOL…I want all the details TONIGHT.
When I looked into the mirror in front of me, I noticed that my face was bright red. It was either from being exhausted on the treadmill or from being caught checking him out—probably a mixture of the two. After a few minutes of walking, I thought to myself, Alright, you can’t let this guy think you’re that out of shape. I sped back up to what I considered an energetic pace and started jogging again.
It had been at least a month since I had been to the gym. Before I discovered TravAsshaving a nooner with his secretary, Misty, we were in Hawaii. What a sad cliché, right? Little did I know that when Travis said he was getting texts from work, he really meant texts from Misty about what she couldn’t wait to do to him when he was back home.
After another twenty minutes of jogging—and a few covert glances to my right—I couldn’t take anymore. I stopped the treadmill and wiped it down. While backing off the treadmill, I peeked at his ass. What a perfect ass…Yep, my endorphins were flowing now. Taking a few steps towards the locker room, I glanced over my right shoulder to find him staring at me.Holyshit. Our eyes met and he gave me that heart-stopping smile he flashed when he first got on the treadmill. More a smirk than a smile, it still made my heart skip a beat.
Ryan was waiting for me when I walked into our house. “I ordered Chinese. It’ll be here in ten. Go shower and then we can veg and you can tell me all about this hottie.”
“There isn’t really much to tell.”
“Anything is better than nothing. I have been with Max for three years; I need to live the single life vicariously through you now.”
“Gee thanks.” I said, and we both giggled.
After getting out of the shower, I smelled the aroma of the Chinese takeout Ryan had ordered. Great, I just went to the gym and now I’m going to have a 3000 calorie meal.
“What’s on the menu tonight?” I asked as I walked into the kitchen and started opening the Chinese take-out boxes on the light beige, granite breakfast bar. Ryan’s parents owned the house and rented it to us. They’d remodeled it for us and the kitchen had stainless appliances and granite counters, with white oak cabinets.
“Only our favorites- Kung Pao Chicken, Broccoli Beef, Fried Rice and Cream Cheese Wontons.”
Yep, that was an easy 3000 calories each. I gave an inward sigh.
“Alright, spill!” Excited was an understatement about how badly Ryan wanted me to fill her in.
“Like I said, there isn’t much to say. I went to the gym and a hottie was running on the treadmill next to me.”
“What did he look like?”
I reached into the cabinet and grabbed a couple of wine glasses for us. I handed Ryan a glass of wine, sat down on the floor by the coffee table and gave her a brief description of him. “Well, I’d say he’s about six foot, around our age, with kind of short light brown hair, and a smile…man, that smile makes me melt. I couldn’t stare long enough to get a good look. I just hope he is there again tomorrow.”
Ryan continued to quiz me, but like I repeatedly told her, I was only there for less than an hour and didn’t even speak to him. I just snuck a few glances here and there.
After polishing off all of the food and watching a two hour episode of The Voice, I was beat. “Alright, I’m going to call it a night. I’ll see you tomorrow when I get home from the gym.”
“Wait, we forgot about our fortunes.”
Not only did we sometimes play the lotto numbers on the fortunes, but it was also tradition to add “in bed” at the end and giggle like little girls. “Oh right. What does yours say?”
“Courtesy is contagious… in bed.”
“I bet Max would like that fortune for you,” I said, laughing at her.
“I only give what I receive, Spence. What does yours say?” A little TMI, but we had been best friends for almost a decade—nothing Ryan said fazed me anymore.
“Be prepared to receive something special…in bed,” I said as I read mine.
Ryan snatched the fortune out of my hand. “I bet that hottie at the gym has something to do with this!”
“Yeah right, I’m sure I will never see him again.
I hoped I did see him again, which was just more motivation to get my ass to the gym. I had already decided that tomorrow I was going to go back and try the free kickboxing class they offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Tuesday and Wednesday, I didn’t see him when I went to the gym. I was starting to think that I really would never see him again. But then I walked into the kickboxing class on Thursday night and there he was in the second row. I almost tripped over my own feet when I noticed him.
I was running a little late, so I stayed in the back of the class. Good thing, because it gave me the opportunity to stare at that perfect ass. About halfway through the class, the teacher told us to partner up because we were going to work on our abs by doing crunches.
I glanced up from beneath my lashes and he was looking at me with that smile I remembered from Monday. He didn’t make a move toward me and I didn’t move toward him. The woman next to me offered to be my partner.
While I was holding her legs, I glanced over and he was looking at me again. At least I thought he was. I looked to my right and there was a guy next to me who he could have been looking at. It’d be just my luck if he was gay.
After the class ended, I headed to the locker room. Just as I was about to enter, I heard a man’s voice say “excuse me”. My heart stopped. But when I turned around, it was only the guy who was on my right side during crunches. “I think you forgot your towel.” Disappointed that it wasn’t him who’d stopped me, I thanked the man as he handed my towel to me and then hurried into the locker room to change and head home.
Friday night I headed straight home after work. It had been a long day and all I wanted was to take a long bath and then watch a chick flick.
I was halfway through Serendipity when Ryan stormed through the front door. She and Max always made Friday night “date night” and normally, she would stay at Max’s place. “Hey, what are you doing home?” then I noticed that she had been crying and I jumped up to give her a hug. “Oh my God, Ryan! What’s wrong?”
Ryan accepted my hug and then took a minute to collect herself. Sitting down with me on the couch, she hugged her knees to her chest and tried her best to talk through her tears, her breath hitching every few words.
“Max and I were out to dinner and we started talking and…and next thing I knew, he was telling me that his future doesn’t involve having kids!” Ryan had always pictured a life of living in the suburbs with a white picket fence, a loving husband, a dog and at least two kids.
“I thought you and Max already talked about this and that he’d told you that he did want kids.” I said, rubbing her back lightly to comfort her. “But hold that thought for just a sec. I’m grabbing some mint chocolate chip ice cream.” I jumped up to grab the carton from the freezer and a spoon for each of us. This was our go-to ritual for things like this.
Ryan shoved a big bite of ice cream in her mouth before replying, “Well, apparently he changed his mind. He said that he can’t ever see himself being tied down with ‘rugrats’.”
“I’m so sorry, Ry. I know how much you really want kids. Maybe he will come around in time?”
“Fuck that Spence, I broke up with him,” she said angrily.
“You did what?” My mouth dropped open in shock.
“Why should I waste any more time on someone who doesn’t want what I want?”
She was right, but she had just broken up with him, what, thirty minutes ago? And I knew she was madly in love with him, so no way had she given this decision enough thought.
“Don’t you think that was maybe a little hasty? I mean, I know how much you love him and maybe he just needs a little time to get used to the idea that it’s a deal breaker for you if he doesn’t want to have kids. Give him a chance to change his mind or think about it more seriously. Maybe you could have tried going to counseling together?”
Ryan still looked furious, but then her shoulders slumped and she bit her lip uncertainly. “I don’t know, Spence. Do you really think I fucked up by breaking up with him?”
I took another bite of ice cream and sighed, “I just know how good you guys are together and I think you could have put more effort into trying to work it out first.”
“Maybe, but I was just so mad. It felt like he’s just been lying to me all this time.” Fresh tears burst into her eyes and she tossed her spoon on the coffee table.
Putting the ice cream down, I hugged her tightly again and pulled her up off the couch to march her to the bathroom. “What you need is a long, hot shower and then off to bed with you. You’ll think more rationally and feel better in the morning after a good night’s rest.”
“Like I could sleep,” she muttered, but she turned the shower on.
“Well, you know I am here for you if you need me,” I said and then closed the bathroom door.
After Ryan got out of the shower, I heard her go into her room. After my movie was over, I went to my room but stopped at Ryan’s door wanting to check on her. I leaned my ear close and heard her crying; my heart ached for her. Ryan had always been tough but even tough people needed hugs. I wanted to go comfort her, but decided that I would let her process everything herself and in the morning I would start my best friend therapy for her. I prayed to myself that they would eventually be able to talk things through and get back together, because they were perfect for each other.
The next morning I cooked us breakfast, making Ryan’s favorite: chocolate chip pancakes and bacon. Setting her plate on the breakfast bar I said, “You know what? No more of us moping around thinking of the men in our life. Let’s go to Vegas on Friday and enjoy a girl’s trip!”
“Oh my God, Spence, let’s do it!”
Ryan was always up for Vegas. I knew I didn’t need to ask her twice. It was just the thing—we both needed a mini-vacation to process everything that had happened the last month with both of us. If Ryan still missed Max when we got back from Vegas, operation get Max back would be in full force.
From the moment she first saw him running on the treadmill next to her, Spencer Marshall had fallen head over heels in love with Brandon Montgomery. After Spencer has a near-death experience she would rather forget, they do their best to move on with their lives, leaving their past behind them.
Thankful for a fresh start and eager to move on with her life, Spencer focuses on helping her best friend Ryan Kennedy plan her wedding. Everything seems to be going as planned when someone from Brandon’s past reappears. Can Spencer and Brandon survive the coming days as they struggle to deal with ghosts from the past?
Wanted – Teaser
I pulled my hair into a high ponytail as Brandon drew a bath and we both climbed in and enjoyed the warm bubbly water. The tub was able to comfortably accommodate both of us as it was much bigger than the one at Pebble Beach that we had enjoyed together on my birthday.
Brandon grabbed my body wash and squirted it in his hands and then rubbed it along my back and shoulders.
“I love when you wash me,” I said playfully.
“I love washing you.”
He continued down my arms and over my breasts, to my stomach and then under the water to my thighs. After I was completely cleaned, I leaned back and rested my head on his chest as the jets massaged my legs that were splayed along each side of the tub. Before I realized it, I felt myself drifting off to sleep. Being in the comfort of my love and the warmth from the bath was everything I needed to relax.
“Babe,” Brandon said whispering in my ear.
“Come on, let’s go to bed.”
“I don’t want to move. It feels too good.”
“We are getting pruney.”
“But we didn’t wash you, yet.”
“Let’s just get you out now so I can finish up real quick and then I’ll meet you in the bed.”
I groaned in annoyance. I didn’t want to move but I knew we needed to get out and Brandon probably wasn’t comfortable with me laying on him for so long. I finally started to sit up and rise from the water only to slip on the bottom of the tub and went face first into Brandon.
“Whoa, are you okay, Babe?”
“Yeah,” I said as I lifted myself up and straddled his hips with my knees bent.
“Well, isn’t this a better position?” he said as he cocked an eyebrow.
“Sure is,” I said and took his mouth.
Flirty and Dirty Book Blog’s Review of Wanted ~~DO NOT READ Wanted if you have not yet read Where I Need To Be~~
Kimberly Knight has done it again!!! Wanted, the followup to Where I Need to be is everything I hoped it would be! Spencer, Brandon and the rest of characters I fell in love with in Where I Need To Be are back. Wanted follows Spencer and Brandon as their relationship grows, both are dealing with the aftermath of what happened at the end of Where I Need To Be, remember that you won’t find any spoilers here so read the first novel if you want to know what I’m talking about Again, the FAB Kimberly Knight has written a HOT, sexy romance that kept me turning the pages! I love the characters in this series, they are fun and true to life. The story just had my complete attention, I couldn’t put it down! There was an AMAZING twist in the storyline that totally surprised the hell out of me, LOVED IT! Now I wouldn’t say there was a cliffhanger at the end but I most certainly was left dying to know what is going to happen in the next novel of this series! Thank you Kimberly Knight for giving me exactly what I hoped you would in part 2 of the (B&S series). Looking for something full of story, SEXY HOTNESS, that leaves you emotionally intact??? Wanted by Kimberly Knight is just what you are looking for. N. 5/5
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After walking in on her cheating boyfriend, fate led Spencer Marshall to the love of her life, Brandon Montgomery. Now, she has a wedding to plan. With hope that the demons from their pasts will finally leave them alone, Brandon and Spencer look forward to growing old together.
Just as things are finally looking up, an unexpected houseguest arrives and stays much longer than expected. Will their love be strong enough to overcome the bad influences of their new roommate and the emotional aftermath of dealing with the trial? And when an unforeseen tragedy strikes, can Spencer finally have the happy ending she deserves?
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