Book Review: No Pants Required by Kim Karr

No Pants Required Book Cover No Pants Required
Kim Karr
Contemporary Romance
July 11th, 2016
Romantic Comedy
Hang Le

goodreadsI, Makayla Alexander, am on a mission to reinvent myself. So when a super hot guy boards the plane and flashes his rock hard abs, I pay attention. When he sits next to me and offers me his nuts, I can’t resist. But when I choke on them and he tells me I need to work on my gag reflex, I realize I might be in over my head.

Before I know it we’re in the lavatory and attempting to join the Mile High Club. Let me just say this...anyone who tells you it’s easy to get it on at 37,000 feet isn’t telling you the truth. After the flight attendant busts us for getting frisky in the air, the only thing that can ease my total and complete mortification is the simple fact that I am never going to see him again.

Hours later, I can’t help but wonder if fate will ever allow me to become a new version of myself.

Because Fate, she’s a fickle bitch.

Case in seatmate is my new next-door neighbor.

Even with the whole fate thing we have going on, we are so not meant to be together. He’s all cool and sexy in that make love not war kind of way. Guys like him are dangerous. With that bring-you-to-your-knees body, that handsome-as-hell face, and that dirty, dirty mouth, I guarantee one glance from him wets every girl's bikini bottoms.

And then there’s me…the quirky girl looking to find herself in California. All I want to do is learn to let loose. Say words like peace and groovy. Bury my toes in the sand. Who knows, maybe even have sex on the beach.

Unable to get him out of my head, I entertain the thought of being more than just friends. I know the idea is absurd. And yet, I go with it. You see Camden Waters gets me. Really gets me. Like no other guy has before.

On this 7-mile stretch of paradise, I decide to keep things simple and just have fun...that is until fate decides to screw with me, again.

Can two people hell-bent on finding themselves realize the search should have ended the day they met? Find out in No Pants Required—a sexy, funny, romantic stand-alone, that will have you hurrying to grab your bathing suit and rushing to the beach to check out every lifeguard on duty.

My review

My review on Goodreads + pic

Perfect summer romance, steamy, funny and so cute!

After a tough breakup Makayla decides to leave NYC and moves to her best friend in Laguna Beach, California. She wants to find herself again and prove to yourself that she is not uptight b*tch like her ex claims. She says goodbye to her friends from the city at the party. And this is where the story begins and when start the most bizarre situations in which she will find herself this summer.

“New start.
New life.
New me.
California, here I come.”

During her trip after new life and encouragement she decides to loosen up, take advice and complete a list prepared by her friend. One of the points is to join the Mile High Club. Fate would have it the seat next to her on the plane take the handsome, charming men.

Cam also has a difficult time behind him. He moved out of NYC, and is trying to put his life anew. Employed as a lifeguard on the beaches of California and returns there after a short visit in the city. He spends a good time with a girl on the plane. She intrigued him, but before he even plans to ask for her number she escapes from the airport.

But fate has its own plans, and the two will meet again… as neighbors. Is good girl goes on the wrong side or maybe bad boy finds what he so afraid to find? We will certainly have lots of fun before we find out.

“I want her again and I haven’t even had her yet.
She’s that addicting.”

Final thoughts: This is the perfect book for summer time. It is funny, light and easy to read with a small dose of angsty but nothing too heavy. Full of humor, full of passion. Just sun, beach, hot lifeguard, a lot of laughs, romantic and smoking hot scenes.

The main heroine is excellent. Cute and a little awkward. Can be a real b*tch but also in the same moment can be a blushing girl. She always finds herself in the most ridiculous situations and it makes that the reading is really a blockbuster. I also adore a charming Cam. He is a very, very bad boy with a dirty mouth. The chemistry between them is off the charts, and their interactions are adorable. It’s their wit and easy banter what provide a lot of funny scenes and dialogues. I laughed more than once.

It has sensational opening scenes. Already their first meeting in the air is explosive. One of the coolest things is the Book Club and whisper reading a romance with the relevant parts of the book. You can guess how they ended up while reading erotic menage. Always no less hot and steamy scenes between them, not only in the bed!

Their relationship is growing gradually and emotions arise after some time. You will not find here very complex topics, although there are some secrets that are revealed slowly. It hooked me hard into reading at the beginning, and so it was almost to the end. Perhaps too quickly everything is solved, but it’s summer reading, not some hard stuff.

Makayla and Cam make a wonderful couple. You can feel the affection between them. The place where the story happens definitely adds a lot of beautiful atmosphere of the beach, sun and the holidays. It can make you dreamy. It definitely carried me away. There are also funny secondary characters, about who I would gladly read a book.

Light, flirty and sassy. If I’d have recommend the books for someone to the beach it definitely would be this steamy beach romance.


Excerpt Reveal

“I hate flying because I’m scared of heights…or, more specifically, falling. I don’t like bungee jumps, being near ledges, or even looking down from a tall building. It sets my heart racing and gives me a little vertigo. And sometimes on bridges, I need to walk on the inside of the sidewalk and look down at the ground to get across.”

Now he looks sympathetic. “My sister is afraid to fly. Her solution is to pop a Xanax as soon as she boards. It usually holds her over until landing.”

“I thought about it,” I admit.

His eyes are still hidden by the dark frames of his Wayfarers, and I really want to see them.

“Can I get you something?” the blond flight attendant asks him. The way she looks at him, I’m surprised she doesn’t say, “Coffee, tea, or me?”

He glances toward her. “Yeah, sure. I’ll have a Corona with a lime and a couple bags of peanuts.”

She reaches in her pocket and hands him two bags of Planters. “Here you go. And I’ll be right back with that beer.”

She’s off in a jiffy, eager beaver that she is.

“Miss,” he calls.

She turns.

“Some chocolate, too, if you have any.”

Her responding nod is almost seductive.

“Thanks,” he tells her and shoves one of the bags in the pouch in front of him. The sexy stranger then rips open the other bag and pours some of the peanuts in his palm. “Here, have some of my nuts.”

Nervous laughter spouts out of me and even though I’d never eat out of a stranger’s hand, I find myself considering trying his nuts.

Yes, I thought that.

The rakish tilt of his lips mesmerizes me as he continues to hold out his palm. “Come on, you know you want to try my nuts.”

Aha! He is so trying to be dirty.

Still, it makes me laugh enough that my wineglass starts shaking in my hand. “Oh, no, that’s where you’re wrong. My mother taught me never to take food from a guy I don’t know.”

Emptying all the peanuts into his palm, he crumples the empty bag and shoves that into the pouch, too.

I hate when people put their trash there, but it doesn’t seem to bother me right now because I’m a little preoccupied watching him.

As if he has a secret, his lips tip up a little more. He has the best smile. Unexpectedly, he pinches one of the peanuts and lifts it. “It’s ‘don’t take candy from strangers.’”

There’s a hush in the air. It takes me a moment to find my breath. “Right. That’s the saying.”

His hand moves closer to my lips. “First of all, this isn’t candy, it’s protein, and I doubt your mother ever told you not to eat protein.”

My breath hitches. “No, she didn’t.”

“And secondly, we’re not strangers. We’re seatmates. I don’t know who you think I am, but I wouldn’t offer my nuts to just anyone.”

Laughter roars out of me.

Somehow he manages to stop himself from completely losing it. With his smirk in place, he’s determined to get me to eat this peanut and moves his fingers even closer. “Come on, try it. You know you want to.”

As shocking as it seems, I find myself opening for him, and he drops the capsule of protein right on my tongue. For one brief second I imagine taking his hand and holding it to my mouth so I can lick the salt off his fingers. Oh, geez, what is wrong with me? Last night must have gotten me more worked up than I realized.

“Good, right?” he breathes.

Feeling flushed from head to toe, I give him a nod while chewing, then I swallow.

When I do, I start to choke. The peanut is stuck. Oh, this can’t be happening. Coughing profusely, I try to unlodge it and force it up.

Concern flashes in his eyes. “Are you okay?”

I nod and manage to say, “I’m fine. Just went down the wrong pipe.”

No longer concerned for my safety, he asks, “Trouble swallowing my nuts?”

Still choking, I have no choice but to spit the peanut into my cocktail napkin.

Real lady-like.

His eyes are on me. I can feel them.

When I look up, there’s a coyness about him.

That grin turns devilish. “I’m sorry you choked on my nuts, but you might want to work on your gag reflex.”

Dirty, dirty, boy.

“What would I do without your wit?”

He quirks a brow and sits back. “You know you prefer me sitting next to you than sitting alone.”

“You think so, do you?”

“I know so. I mean, come on, you’ve already eaten my nuts and we’re still on the ground. Who knows what will happen when we’re in the air. With me by your side, you won’t have any time to think about being nervous.”

There is a dip in my belly, and we haven’t even taken off yet.


About The Author

kim karr bioReader * Writer * Coffeelover * Romantic

Kim is a daydreamer. So much so that if daydreaming could be a hobby it would be her favorite. It’s how her stories are born and how they take root. An imagination that runs wild is something to be thankful for, and she is very thankful. 🙂

She grew up in New York and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and with the rest of her time embraces one of her biggest passions–writing.

Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read.

She likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.



Kim Karr is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card in celebration of No Pants Required’s release!



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