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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

A Little Bit of Lust by Shirley Goldberg - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Shirley Goldberg and her new book, “A Little Bit of Lust,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $30 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Shirley and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

A Little Bit of Lust

by Shirley Goldberg


GENRE: Romantic, Women's Fiction



Love-cynical Lucy Bernard delights in her independence. Baking, all things Instagram, the occasional fling, and most of all hanging out with best friends Deon Goldbloom and Phoebe Karis. But when Deon kisses Lucy at the beach on a chilly afternoon, the two friends jump into a lust-filled romantic weekend. So what’s with slotting her into "ignore" status afterward? Too embarrassed to confide in Phoebe, she silently buries the humiliation.

Deon Goldbloom is a widower who can’t move on after his wife's death. Is he a little crazy spending a sexy few days with Lucy and calling it the best time he’s had in four years? Yeah. Except blue Monday comes calling, and Deon isn’t ready for the guilt.

Lucy wonders how a smoochy weekend turns into a friends-with-benefits disaster. And Deon wonders if he’s made the biggest mistake of his life. Using all his nerdy charms, he launches a campaign to bring Lucy around. Maybe they can chart a course back to one another if Lucy will only forgive him.



Deon and Lucy wandered through the store to the missy department, jammed with displays and sale racks. What to wear on her Marcus date? A dress or jeans? She could use Deon’s advice, but something told her he was in no mood for anything Marcus.

He stopped at a rounder of sleeveless, scoop neck tops in jewel colors. “Pink.” He chose a top from the rack. “This is you.”

She held it against her chest. “Good color for me?”

“That guy Steve was totally flirting.”

“You think? Should I go for it?” Casual tone with an ah-hah on the inside. Her spine tingled realizing Deon noticed their flirtation. And he was irked. He had no right. She’s the one who should be irked.

“Depends.” He frowned. “He’s an actor. How long’s he in town for?” His hand scraped his cheek. “I know you’re pissed at me. Ever since that weekend––”

“Me?” She flipped the price tag on the pink top and her eyebrows shot up in exaggerated surprise. Pissed at Deon? Sure, but she wouldn’t admit it, not to him. “You have good taste.”

“I’m sorry about––”

“Expensive good taste.” Whatever Deon felt he needed to say, she wasn’t revisiting old wounds.

“Lucy, don’t make me come over there.” An attempt at humor, followed by a hangdog look of regret. “Look, I want to talk to you about…can we talk later? At dinner?”

“Of course. Why wouldn’t we? We always talk at dinner.”

“You maintain price is no object,” Deon teased, deftly dropping the subject. “A good fit is everything, right?” He moved closer and cupped her chin. “I’m dead serious. About talking.”

She twisted away. So this is how he wants to play it. Seriously, a talk? After the Ignore thing, what more could he possibly say? She wasn’t sure she wanted dinner with Deon after all. “Did I say price is no object?” She pulled out a short black dress and danced it on the hanger. “This is cute.”

“Nice. You don’t wear much black. Try it on,” he urged. “Try them both on.”

In the dressing room, Lucy smiled in the mirror. Deon was acting ultra nice, like he had an agenda. Weird. Close dancing at O’Donahue’s and those long looks she’d caught him giving her in her kitchen a week ago. Mixed messages, definitely.

The pink top showed off her shoulders. At $118.00, it was no bargain, but why did everything have to be on sale? She wasn’t her mother, the ultimate bargain shopper. She wanted this sexy little top so Deon could picture her in it later. With Marcus.

The pink top has punctum.

The word came back to her, a surprise. Punctum, the word Deon used a while ago on the beach while they were taking photos. When he’d kissed her for the first time.



This book is a dash of lust, a sprinkle of love, and a whole bunch of laughs!!

This book is an intriguing, compelling, whimsical, romantic read filled with engaging characters and realistic story lines.

This is the third book I’ve read from the author, Shirley Goldberg, and the third book I’ve read in this Book Series, “Starting Over.”  As I had enjoyed the other two books in this series, I was excited to read and review her latest book, “A Little Bit of Lust,” which is Book Three in the Starting Over Book Series.

This book, “A Little Bit of Lust,” is ultimately about letting go, starting over, and moving on.  This book follows three best friends, or better known as the Three Musketeers, and their ups and downs of navigating the dating world after many personal relationship hardships and while in their middle ages of life.

This book follows three middle school teachers and swing dancer enthusiasts, Lucy, Phoebe, and Deon.  While the three of them have been best of friends for the past four years, recent events have started shifting that friendship angle as Lucy and Deon began to realize they may have feelings for each other.

I enjoyed the main characters, especially Lucy.  She is likable, relatable, and genuine.  I think other readers will be able to easily connect with her fun, sweet, honest, sincere, and compassionate demeanor.

I enjoyed the relationship between Lucy and Deon.  The fun, flirty, witty banter between these two was quite entertaining and lead to many LOL moments!!

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!!

This book is Book Three of the Starting Over Book Series.  This book can be read as a standalone book.  As I’ve read all three books in the series, I can confidently say that each book can be read without having read the entire series as each book focuses on different couples but features a similar story line of starting over in your middle age of life.  However, I have really enjoyed reading this book series and if you read and enjoy one of these books, you’ll be sure to like the others, so be sure to check them all out, in any order.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it!!  I think all romantic women’s fiction readers and romance fans will like this book too!!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading – you won’t be disappointed!!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations**



Shirley Goldberg is a writer, novelist, and former ESL and French teacher who’s lived in Paris, Crete, and Casablanca. She writes about men and women of a certain age starting over. Her website http://midagedating.com offers a humorous look into dating in mid-life, and her friends like to guess which stories are true. A Little Bit of Lust is her third book in the series Starting Over, although all her books are standalone. Her character believes you should never leave home without your sense of humor and Shirley agrees.













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  1. It's always a pleasure to read your blog, Ally, and you know my characters love you and your book recommendations. Thanks for having us on. They said they were treated like stars. You're building up quite a fan base. Lucy said she's sending over a box with blondies, and to remind you the recipes for all the goodies are in the back of the book. As well as the readers guide for book clubs!

  2. Great excerpt, A Little Bit of Lust sounds like a delightful read for me, thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Fabulous and Brunette, for sharing your review!

    Have a magical holiday season!

  3. The book sounds intriguing. Love the fun cover!