Big Talking Man by Marquita Valentine
Growing up, Tate Prescott was just my older brother’s best friend, but over the years he became my first love… and my biggest secret.
Yes, you read that right...Tate Prescott, The Tate Prescott, Hollywood Superstar and now the most sought after movie director in the industry is mine. We’ve hidden our relationship from the world for so long that it’s become second nature. The last thing we wanted was a media frenzy to rain down on us.
But after my little brother drowned at sea and I became wrapped up in the guilt of knowing that his death was my fault, I shut down… and Tate left when I needed him the most.
Four months have passed since then, and now Tate’s back in town, demanding that I give him thirty days to make our relationship work.
All I want is to forget about the mistake we made the weekend my brother died.
Only Tate’s not so easily deterred and he’s not just some big talking man from Hollywood—he’s my husband, and he wants a second chance to prove to me that he can win back my heart.
I still want him. I still love him. But can I forgive him for abandoning me?
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“I’d rather you drop off the face of the earth. Oh wait, you already did that… At least we can agree you are a fool.”
Guilt surges, hitting me square in the chest. “I’m guilty, but I’d like the chance to tell you my side of the story.”
Those silver orbs of hers shift away, as if the memory of what I’d done hurts too much. “I don’t see why you can’t share on the way to town instead of at dinner tomorrow.”
“Because it’s going to take a hell of a lot longer than twenty minutes, Quinn, and you already agreed. Don’t go back on your word.”
“I’m a King. We don’t play those kind of bullshit games with people.”
I stride to my car, opening the passenger side door. “Grab your keys and whatever else, and get in.”
She stands there for a moment, a proud, gorgeous vision of a woman. My mouth goes dry. She radiates power and vulnerability, a true juxtaposition.
But that’s Quinn.
That’s one of the reasons I fell in love with her. It’s also why I can’t let her have the upper hand in this. “I want to renegotiate.”
“What?” she says, clearly annoyed. “You don’t want to have dinner with me?”
“Oh, I do, but I want it to be the first date of many for the next month.”
“The next month?”
My grip tightens on the steering wheel, and I force myself to loosen it. “I want your word now, Quinn. I want you to agree to give our marriage a shot over the next thirty days. I’m all in. I want you to be, too.”
“Just like that.” She snaps her fingers.
“Absolutely.” I sneak a glance at her. She’s regarding me with anger, confusion, and another emotion that I’m certain is hope contorting her face. “I dare you to take me on.”
Her lips purse, brows rising. “I dare you to win me back. If you don’t, you’ll sign the divorce papers.”
“Challenge accepted. “At the next light, we shake hands.
Big Talking Man was such a fun and sexy book to read, yet I found it to be way more emotional than I had expected as well. I absolutely loved that Quinn and Tate had grown up together as friends first before becoming so much more years later. The fact that Tate and Barron, Quinn's older brother, were best friends made this story even more perfect. I also loved Tate and Quinn had secretly gotten married; yet most of her brothers seemed to know it while keeping it from their mother.
I loved the banter between Tate and Quinn anytime they were together. There was always an underlying spark there that you could just feel between them, and they both gave as good as they got when bickering. I loved seeing Quinn and Tate find their way back to each other, yet wasn't prepared for many of the bumps in the road they encountered along the way. Quinn seemed way more easy going and go with the flow when we first met her in Picture Perfect Lie. I won't lie, when I found out Quinn was supposed to be with Laird on the day he disappeared, I cried a bit. I could feel Quinn's anguish as she pushed Tate away and stayed in her safe life almost as punishment for surviving.
I loved that Tate loved Quinn so much he was willing to fight to have her stay his wife. It was fun to walk down memory lane with these two and watch them build new memories along the way. I absolutely loved Tate was Quinn's assistant at the face painting booth and it made me laugh this big Hollywood star was being a lowly assistant to the woman he loved. Tate knew he had messed up big time and was going big in every way possible to try and fix the situation. I did feel like Quinn held onto her guilt for way too long without sharing with her family. The Kings are such a close-knit group, it just seemed so wrong that Quinn wouldn't have confided in one of her brothers.
As big as Tate was willing to go to make things right with Quinn, I loved Quinn was willing to go even bigger. I really felt like Quinn owed it to Tate to put herself out there in a big way and the fact that Quinn agreed and went all out made me respect her so much. Tate and Quinn just worked as a couple for me; even with all they work they had to do to make it work. Maybe that is why I ended up loving them as a couple so much.
Big Talking Man left me wanting so much more from the Kings of Castle Beach. Seriously, I can't wait for the rest of the King men to find their HEA in the future. I'm a huge fan of books in a series centering on a family, and Marquita Valentine is a master at such books. As a series purest, I tend to read books in a series in order, but can say with all honesty that Big Talking Man reads just fine as a stand-alone story.
Rating: 4.5 Stars (B+)
About the Author:
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.
Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).
When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.
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