ARC-Review: SPIN THE BOTTLE by Rhian Cahill

Just when you think you know the rules, the game changes.

Lillian McDermott can’t complain about the years she’s spent at the top of a career she never wanted. But modelling gave her everything. Amazing experiences and enough money to leave it all behind to start her own perfume and fashion label.

The one thing it didn’t give her is Mackenzie Harris. Her brother’s best friend. The man who sees her only as a surrogate little sister. Now, at the launch party for the next phase of her life, she’s done waiting. She’s going to rock Mac’s world until ignoring her is the last thing on his mind.

Mac isn’t blind to Lilli’s charms, and he never has been. But no best mate screws around with a little sister, no matter how tempting. No matter how much he wants to show her exactly how he’d like to respond to her teasing. But this time she’s gone too far, and he’s not backing down. She started it, and he’s going to finish it.

One spin of the bottle turns friends to lovers. But as the boundaries come down, everything changes. Including what they thought they believed about the other.

Product Warnings:
Playing this game will result in breathless sexual anticipation, smoldering sexual chemistry and scorching sexual tension. And then the fun really starts…

Author: Rhian Cahill
Series: Party Games, book 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Year of release: 2012, September 25
Format: eBook
Source: Received and e-ARC from the author for review

First line:
Mackenzie stood just inside the front door—briefcase in one hand, handle of his wheeled bag in the other—and stared at all the strangers in his house.

Last line:
Mac smiled as the door opened and Lilli stood there in a miniskirt and tank top.
“Oh, yeah. I’ve got it bad.”

Memorable Scenes:
– Mac’s flashback to first kiss with Lilli/self-pleasuring in the shower scene > holy crap, that was a scorching opening of the book!
– Mac & Lilli watching Lachlan and Cam’s Twister match > red-hot awesomeness!
– The epilogue with Mac and Lachlan’s conversation in the car and Mac picking up Lilli for a date > LOVED!

Lillian ‘Lilli’ McDermott is kind-hearted, courteous and stubborn. She hides her true self behind her superficial supermodel party girl image, thereby catering to what she thinks are everyone’s expectations of her. However she’s planned to leave the modeling world behind and follow her own path of starting a children’s clothing label.

Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Harris is Lilli’s big brother’s best friend and lawyer. Mac is bossy and in control, except when Lilli’s near. He has been in love with Lilli for years. I love Mac! He can be an ass sometimes but he knows how to admit that he’s been stupid and how to give good grovel.

It was awesome how alike and compatible Lil and Mac were and yet it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Cahill did a great job of adding just that tad bit of emotional conflict to not make it sugary sweet. I enjoyed following Mac and Lilli on their path to the HEA.

The secondary cast is fabulous! I loved how many of the main couples of the previous books were either mentioned or actually supporting characters. Since all the books take place at the same time it’s great to see/read some scenes from a totally different perspective/POV. This is something that’s very well done and I adore it about this series, it also makes the Party Games series stand out among other multi-authored series.

From the first few lines I was immediately pulled into the story of SPIN THE BOTTLE and I wasn’t let loose until I’d finished it. The premise was very subtly set up in the previous Party Games installment. The trope (best friend’s sister) is one I love and Cahill’s mesmerizingly good and sexy writing sealed the deal. I LOVED this book!

I’ve never had my drink spiked but I imagine it’s the same feeling I get when reading Rhian Cahill’s sexy writing: like I’m in a drug-induced fog, not noticing the world around me and not wanting anything else but more! After 7 books read from this author I have no more words left to do justice the effect it has on me! Her writing works on me like the snake-charmer’s flute works on the snake: it tempts, it seduces, it mesmerizes and I was completely under its spell from the first to the last word of SPIN THE BOTTLE!

SPIN THE BOTTLE will have you holding your breath and in a state of constant lust! And when you’re in danger of getting overheated with the eroticism, Rhian Cahill hits with intense emotional depth that’s the indicator of awesome erotic romance. All the while maintaining an excellent balance between characters, the heat and the emotions.

I sometimes see readers complain about erotic romance being all about ménages (which I love by the way), and BDSM clubs and extremes but they’re looking for great straight up (m/f) erotic romance. Well, if there’s anyone who delivers on that, it’s Rhian Cahill! Her erotic romances are character-driven, emotional and super hot with the use of nothing more than the emotional bond and the sexual chemistry between two great characters.

Favorite Quotes:

Warm air fanned over her ear and neck, sending shivers down her spine. His scent filled her nose, and he didn’t need to speak for Lilli to know who had hold of her. Mac. He gripped her hip, splayed his fingers and urged her to take a step backwards. Her body was never her own when he was around, and she let him lead her where he willed. He moved them out of the way and stepped them into the corner of the room.
He slanted his mouth across hers. Thrust his tongue between her parted lips to plunder. Mac didn’t ease into the kiss. He dove deep, headfirst. She tasted of champagne and cherries. Of lush decadence that spoke of untold pleasure. The party faded away, lost in the mating of their mouths. Nothing existed but the woman now in his arms, her body plastered to his, her soft curves cradling his hard edges as he devoured her.

Blood rushed through his veins, pounded in his ears and slammed his heart against his rib cage. Lilli’s fingers tangled in his hair and tugged. The sting of pain was an erotic thrill he never dreamed would turn him on.

Was he staking a claim? Or was he pissed off she’d rejected him. Again. He knew he wanted her, had for years, but he’d spent so long stamping on the feelings she evoked he couldn’t be sure this wasn’t just some macho attempt to salvage his ego—to save face. He’d like to think he was above that kind of behaviour. It didn’t matter. Mackenzie Harris never lost a battle. Whether it be in the courtroom, boardroom or bedroom, he was king of his world and Lillian McDermott would soon know that what Mac wanted, Mac got.

He breathed deep, pulled her scent through his nose and into his lungs. The delicate fragrance that haunted his dreams, invaded his blood, flooded his mind and filled his c#ck with need that saturated his body.

This wasn’t a kiss. It was a claim. He took advantage of her gasp and pushed his way inside. Heat. Slick molten pleasure waited in the dark and he plunge deeper. Lilli held her body stiff in his arms, and everything he had, everything he was, wanted her to yield. To hand herself over completely. Freely.
(…) She moaned, and the soft sound vibrated across his tongue and slipped down his throat as he breathed it in—breathed her in. Want and need overtook him. He’d never get over the way she made him yearn with such intensity. No more than a look, a simple movement, and his body went up in flames, but touch her…touch her and he spontaneously combusted. From the hair on his head to the nails on his toes, Mac exploded in a raging inferno he had no hope of extinguishing without her.

He groaned against her skin. The sound rumbled over her nerve endings and sent sharp arrows of need into her core. A moan slipped from her throat, raw and needy, the cry one of surrender and want.

Lillian wasn’t surprised to find him in the kitchen leaning against the counter like he didn’t have a care in the world. She’d seen the pose before. It was his lawyer-shark façade. Good thing she wasn’t scared of sharks. Or lawyers.

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