This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sometimes I’m in the mood for something light. Oh nothing silly and madcap, but something that I pretty much already know the outcome while enjoying it anyway. A romantic comedy, yes! That is exactly what this one is and it suited my need just fine. What could be more amusing than a relationship coach who hasn’t got her own relationship figured out and a documentary film maker who runs as fast as he can from the R word and wants to prove that Relationship Coaches and the like are a bunch of phonies? Yeah, see, what a hoot, right?
This one opens with Reed Hunter in a lather because his latest bed buddy has gone to a seminar and as a result has dumped him. He does the dumping; he doesn’t get dumped. And worse, his producer’s girlfriend has bailed on him too after hearing from the same guru. Reed doesn’t believe in relationships or the good of some self-educated guru with a plan so he sets out to expose her as a fraud. Getting up close and personal has its drawbacks as he lies and convinces Lacey Morgan to let him film, then sees her in action, and starts to doubt all he knows about women and relationships. Feeling conflicted for the first time about his choice for expose’ and confused about his feelings for Lacey herself, he has to make a huge life altering decision when all is said and done.
Lacey grew up watching her mother fall into love and marry so many times and they were all disasters so she’s determined that she will only take the plunge when the guy she’s with matches up to all specifications. She will have the perfect match and only head to the altar one time. She never wants anyone else to go through what she did so she has made it her life’s work to teach people her Twelve Step plan for relationships. Her business is finally doing well, but to really be successful, she needs to take the next step from seminars to having her own show. Agreeing to the documentary with Reed Hunter will get her to her dream or destroy her, but something about Reed makes her trust him not to destroy her. Then there is the fact that suddenly Lacey takes a good hard look at her own life and supposedly perfect relationship. Her mom and Reed both advocate passion and that if you’re not feeling it then you’re doing it wrong. How could two such people who know zilch about relationships be right?
The reader isn’t very far in before having a grasp of where everything is headed with the uncomplicated plot and for a read like this, that works out just fine. It was comfortable and allowed me to just sit back and be amused. Lacey is a good person with very sensible advice, but she applies it wrongly (a modern day Emma here?) for her own part in her attempts to protect herself and those closest to her. It was fun watching Reed, Lacey’s mom and her sister all teach the Relationship Coach a thing or two about love. And then there’s Reed. He starts out acting like a self-absorbed spiteful jerk and he is, but he’s more than that. In his own way, he’s doing the same as Lacey in making rules to protect himself from the pain of rejection which he has experienced already. Reed tries to resist what he learns while filming, interviewing, researching and editing Lacey’s sessions, but she gets to him just like he gets to her.
I loved the added tension of not knowing what would happen when Lacey discovered Reed’s lies about the documentary and not knowing what way Reed would choose when it finally came down to it.
I enjoyed their playful, cautious flirtiness and then later their passion. I thought the author developed their relationship at a good pace and mixed up the scenes, dialogue, and emotions well. The big crisis was good and I liked the way it went down after that. Conflict came, but the story didn’t wallow in it. Lacey and Reed had sizzle.
All in all, this was just a pleasure to read and a nice light distraction- a feel-good romance that Contemporary Romance fans who like a bit of fun and spice would appreciate.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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