Lush descriptions of place and experiences make Between You and Me a feast for the senses beyond the ‘love at first sight’ connection of a scientist and a businesswoman.
Dr. Finnegan Kane has an innovative idea for prosthetics and he has the opportunity to make his case to successful venture capitalist, Emanuela Monroe. But more than a ‘smart prosthesis’ gets pitched that night when they stare into each other’s eyes and see the future… and then run to opposite ends of the country terrified and doubting what they just experienced.
This one started out wobbly for me. I’m a tough sell on the ‘love at first sight’ meet cute and I didn’t buy in to the tinglies on this one. But fortunately, other bits, particularly the characters themselves and their backgrounds were a unique pairing and their situations a curious backdrop to the story so I was content to let that go and enjoy what came afterward.
Now this is a hot ‘handsy-grabby- sizzling type of romance, but between the pair’s combustion are some great descriptive parts, too. Uptown New York places, music, and eateries, New Orleans for a long decadent weekend, and Finn’s stomping grounds of Seattle and his place on an island. I spent the book hungry or longing to go see all these nooks and crannies.
But, its not all heat and fireworks, this pair might have got attracted quickly, but they have a lot of ground to cover before they are couple. Much of their romance is a long-distance one and I loved how that was handled. Em struggles to let go of all her frigid control and take a chance on the love that Finn freely offers her. Finn has to give her time even though he’s already all in. They have their tiffs, but are adult enough to talk it through. Not a ton of angst, but some was organic to a romance like theirs- business collaborators, long-distance, and personal issues.
There was a brush with a love triangle though not much since Em doesn’t return the man’s feelings, rather she thinks Finn’s jealous of nothing until she clues in. I was sad for the other party the way it played out, though he did a bonehead thing that made me less sorry for him.
There were some good friendship moments, too, with Finn’s friends and her bestie. I loved Em’s friend, Allie, who got Em out of her own head, but Finn’s friend and fellow scientist and his husband, Simon and Jamie, just cracked me up.
In summary, I got past the meet-up then I found it an engaging spicy work setting- long distance romance. Those who like a steamy contemporary standalone with great settings and a romantic scenes should give it a go.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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