Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on March 14, 2016
The right bet…and the wrong bed! Don't miss this fun and sexy classic romance from New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis!
For Hannah Novak, running a bed-and-breakfast with her two best friends was adventure enough. But they didn't feel that way. They wanted to devote the summer to serious man hunting—loser cleans toilets! Fine for them, but Hannah was, uh, inexperienced. How could she seduce anyone?
Then out of the blue came Zach Thomas, looking for a bed…and breakfast. Hannah had always thought the rugged cop was the sexiest man alive, and, bet or no bet, she wanted him. So she checked him in—to her own room—with every intention of checking him out!
A sexy contemporary romance.
One of his hands tipped her face up. “Why are you in my bed?”
“No…this is my bed.” He spoke slowly, thickly, as if he wasn’t quite awake. “Or at least the one that you gave me. I think. Am I in the wrong bed?”
No, he was in the exactly right bed. And now that her initial nerves had worn off, Hannah was becoming aware of several things.
Shalvis, Jill. Out of the Blue (Kindle Locations 410-414). Harlequin. Kindle Edition.
Out of the Blue hit me out of the blue. I wanted a sweet contemporary romance and this hit the spot. Three friends make a bet, but one friend wins it all. A familiar troupe, this one did a great job of standing out and making me feel warm and fuzzy about love. But there was a little slide into stalkerishness that made me question continuing.
Hannah Novak is running a B&B with her two best friends when they all agree to some serious business – dating. The loser has to clean toilets! The kicker – Hannah doesn’t have much experience at dating, so when her friends brother shows up on a night the B&B is booked, she puts him in her room for the night. She fails to tell him this and tries to seduce him with no knowledge of how. The funny part? She calls her brother to get advice. I can’t even imagine calling my brother for advice.
Zach Thomas is on the tail end of his medical leave from being an undercover cop. It’s everything in his life. He just need a bed and sleep along with a side of relaxation. There is a time limit to his visit that doesn’t include getting involved with his little sister’s best friend. When he realizes what Hannah did and wants, he tries to let her down gently, but also stay away.
Once I got over the first part of Hannah trying very hard to seduce Zach, the book became much more enjoyable. She was persistent and even stalks him to the point of silliness. At first I wanted to write it off as she was so naive, but really, when I guy says no, it still means no.
Things turn around and they both realize the work isn’t their life. That they needed more than just adrenaline and dirty toilets to be happy. These two slowly burn to the point of an inferno, while two best friends fan the flames. It was a fun book with snarky dialog, naiveté that at times will have you laughing and a love that hopefully will endure small town life.
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