One Step Back (Lili’s Review)

Title: One Step Back
Author: Edie Danford
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 23rd 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Second Chance
Page Count: 300 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


When you fall for a guy who’s about to become your stepbrother-do you listen to your heart and risk everything? Or listen to your head…and take one step back?
In high school I had a hundred reasons to steer clear of my soon-to-be-stepbrother, Joe Beneventi. He was a hothead, and I was reserved. His life was football, mine was academics. He wanted to be out and proud, and I desperately needed to keep my orientation secret.
But when we fell in love, my heart took the wheel, and I took every risk to be with Joe. Then one horrible night our secrets shattered. Joe disappeared-wrecking our families and breaking my heart.
Eleven years later, I landed a challenging job at a premier PR firm. And the hotshot publicist who’s been assigned to my first big account? Yep. It’s Joe.
Fate truly hates me because now Joe and I have three days to hole up in a Chicago hotel room and nail down a deal that could make or break our careers. He keeps distracting me, but I’m too jaded to fall for sexy smiles, bedroom eyes, and his impossible-to-ignore body. Except…
I like being close to him again. A little too much. Working together 24/7 is showing me sides of Joe I’ve never seen before.
And when we touch, being together seems like the only step worth taking.

What I looked liked reading One Step Back by Edie Danford:

I went into this book blind- all I knew was the title and author- no blurb or cover. It was kind of refreshing because it allowed me to enjoy the book without any expectations, and to say I enjoyed it is an understatement.

One Step Back is about two young men who are about two become stepbrothers. Joey is audacious- he knows what he wants and is willing to take risks to get it, but he’s also kind and loving. Ash, on the other hand, is shy and suffers from anxiety. Despite their differences, they build a friendship that turns into love. Unfortunately, life and their inexperience get it the way of their future until fate steps in.

What I loved:

-The characters. Both characters had distinct voices, both flawed, and both showed growth throughout the book.

-The writing was sweet, effortless- it had a nice steady pace.

-Alternating first person POVs.

-The flashbacks were expertly placed throughout the story and for me never felt out of place or disruptive; they enhanced the story.

-Steam…HOT. DAMN! Smoldering without being porny.

-Second chance romance. There was angst but not an overwhelming amount, just enough to pull at your heartstrings without feeling like you were kicked in the gut.

-No epilogue, BUT these men are adults and have done a lot of growing up since their younger years, they’re in it for the long haul.

**Also, if you’re worried about them being stepbrothers. It’s a none issue- it never held a taboo angle.

I highly recommend this book, guys. I found myself cursing work for taking me away from reading and losing sleep to catch up on what I missed.

5 Stars

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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant