This story was stunning in its simplicity relying mostly in the events of less than one day to power the plot. I have only read this author’s fantastic Loving on the Edge series so I was very curious what she would do with New Adult romance. Fun, sassy, and sizzling hot overlay stronger tones of good character and relationship development in this quickly read standalone novella.
Natalie Bourne’s perfectly planned birthday goes up in flames starting with the break down of her car and her boyfriend’s inability to come rescue her in time for their reservation at a posh upscale restaurant. The only one to see her in her killer dress, make up and hair is the scruffy, dirty mechanic who tows her car. The bad boy with the cocky, flirty ‘tude can forget about anything happening between them. He thinks he has her pegged, but Natalie has her reasons for sticking to the prescribed script of her life and bending over backwards to keep her boyfriend pleased with her.
Monroe knows exactly what the stuck up princess thinks about him and normally he wouldn’t tangle with one of the rich plastic girls from the expensive university, but there’s fire to Natalie and he likes it when a girl lets her wilder spirit fly. So instead of dumping her off when she needs a ride, he decides to show her a real celebration for her birthday night.
I had a good time with this pair though at first I was worried that Natalie was going to use Monroe because of what was going on with her boyfriend (and btw, Nat didn’t cheat with Monroe). The author nixed that fear early on. They think they have each other pegged and it was great seeing them come to the conclusion that they are both well and far off the mark with their assumptions. These two had nicely developed backstories and they really made sense together as a couple.
Scorching? Yeah, baby! But I loved that, as short as this piece is, the author took the time to work up to matters. Normally, I’m not one who likes a quicky story because I’m all about the development, but this was a complete story in every sense. The epilogue put a point to all that led up to it and was a perfect way to satisfy a reader like me who needs her romantic ending.
The weird Austin scene was awesome. I so want to go there now for the music, the caravan style eatery area, the fish tacos, the gourmet cupcakes and the cool ambiance.
To sum it up, loved this hot and sassy story that New Adult readers should definitely pick up especially if they want a fast read.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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