Do you believe in love at first phone call?
Cohen Rodriquez, Deo’s hilarious, über responsible best friend in LENGTHS got dumped by his longtime girl because he’s ‘not impulsive enough,’ and he’s burned up.
But maybe, just maybe, she’s more right than he wants to admit. So he starts to date.
But no one really feels like the one. And the more girls he dates, the more Cohen’s convinced she isn’t really out there.
Luckily he has Maren—the girl with the sexy voice who always cracks the best jokes. They’ve been talking daily for a year…on the phone. What started as all work soon blooms into friendship. Then she asks him.
Do you want to meet?
He’s scared out of his mind to ruin the one easy, fun relationship he has going for him. But he takes the plunge, and things are just fine, totally easy and comfortable.
Except that they both sense it’s not strictly platonic…there is an undeniable attraction and absolute raw chemistry between them…and every time they’re in the same room, that attraction gets deeper and harder to ignore.
Maren could be the best thing that’s ever happened to Cohen… Or she could send his carefully compartmentalized life into a tailspin.
Cohen has to decide if he’s ready to let go of his comfortable fantasy and embrace the one girl who might be able to change his luck in love.
Well, I was glad to see Cohen get his own story! I absolutely loved him and his friendship with Deo in Lengths. He was so down to earth and was always talking sense into Deo, trying to guide him in the right direction. Cohen finds himself single and is still working for his parents at the furniture store. Maren also works for them, offsite at the warehouse. I was instantly jealous of the relationship that Cohen and Maren had with each other. I thought this was kind of off though because they had never actually met in person. They were so comfortable with one another during their phone conversations it made me want a friendship like that. They confide in one another and talk about life and what they have going on. I loved his reaction the first time they finally meet at an A’s game.
“She’s a short little thing, curved in all the right places, dark hair twisted in two shiny braids. Her eyes are wide and a clear light blue. She smiles like she’s thinking something she shouldn’t, and for a stupid blip of a moment, I hope she’s thinking whatever she’s thinking about me. Something about her is…familiar.”
I loved the instant ease that they have together. It doesn’t seem awkward, until they meet their dates in the stadium. When Maren’s boyfriend seemsoverly comfortable with Cohen’s date things get weird. This guy Jason is a jerk and Cohen knows it but he is too much of a gentleman to do anything. He wants Maren but he will not do anything while she is with another guy, even though said jerk is a douchebag in this schmexy girl’s opinion. It became frustrating to me for awhile because Cohen wanted Maren but not this way and then Maren wanted Cohen but she also wanted the safety and familiarity of Jason…ugh, enough already!
Finally Maren wises up and she and Cohen get to know each other and begin to date. Thank goodness, I know Maren agrees…
“‘Mmmm.’ I’m thinking to many things, so many sweet and nasty things I want to whisper in his ear but he’s unraveled me, left me panting and breaking apart in the most knee-knockingly, breath stealingly delicious way.”
There is still something holding her back, even after the mind blowing sex, she needs to go home and check on her drunk dad….he always seems to be the root of her problems and the center of her world. This man needs help, serious help. Maren confides in Cohen about the situation and he takes matters into his own hands, behind Maren’s back. This will be a pivotal point in their relationship….no spoilers though! Go ahead and pick up Depths and get reading!
About the Authors
Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls Southwest Louisiana home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession.
Liz Reinhardt was born and raised in the idyllic beauty of northwest NJ. A move to the subtropics of coastal Georgia with her daughter and husband left her with a newly realized taste for the beach and a bloated sunscreen budget. Right alongside these new loves is her old, steadfast affection and longing for bagels and the fast-talking foul mouths of her youth.
She loves Raisinettes, even if they aren’t really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter’s incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.