This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on May 15, 2018
A modern day rugby playing Scotsman in a kilt teams up with a supposedly dowdy thirty something woman to help her win her dream man. I couldn’t help but fall in love once again with one of this authors books.
Joellen doesn’t have much of a life. She’s worked for ten years for a publishing company and longs for a promotion that she never gets, although she deserves one. She is also hopelessly in love with the married CEO of her company, Michael. She lives alone with her cat and tells all her problems to Mrs. Dinwiddle, the elderly actress that lives down the hall from her. She meets Cam when he swaps apartments with her neighbor across the hall from her for the holidays. Cam is the ultimate mega famous, womanizing, athlete with a penchant for wild parties and loud music. He also seems to have an aversion to wearing a shirt. Joellen has no idea who he is at first, but it doesn’t matter, she just wants him to turn the music down. And she wants her cat to not love him at first sight as well.
The banter in this book is my favorite part. Joellen is full of snark with witty comebacks like you wouldn’t believe. Every time Joellen gets in Cam’s face about his loud music, or his latest sexcapades they end up in some of the funniest banter I have ever read. Laugh out loud stuff. When he finds out about her thing for her boss and that Michael’s getting a divorce, he decides he’s going to help get her healthy by taking her running every morning at 5 a.m. In return, she’s cooking for him. A friendship of sorts (reluctantly on Joellen’s part) starts happening.
I ended up loving both Joellen and Cam. It took awhile for me to care about Cam at all because he made me as mad as he made Joellen-in the beginning. It didn’t take me long to see he had a backstory that wasn’t that great and that he wasn’t the scoundrel Joellen initially thought he was. Joellen’s backstory included having a model for a mother, a beauty queen sister and a father that is a fashion photographer. She is constantly being told that’s she’s not pretty enough or good enough by her mother. So her mother was who I stayed mad at throughout the book.
There’s a reason that I can’t wait for this author’s new releases. I have loved her books since I found her Night Prowler books way back in the beginning of her writing career. To this day(fifteen books into her career), that series is still in my top ten favorite paranormal romance series that I’ve ever read. She flat out knows how to write and her banter, as I said before, is some of the best I’ve ever read. Her books are usually full of romance and she doesn’t use sex scenes in place of story. That’s not to say there’s not some(and sometimes more than some) erotica going on, but this book is a bit tamer than some others by her. She’s also very responsive to her readers and that’s a plus for me as well.
If you enjoy reading about a huge hunk of a man with a Scottish brogue that sometimes wears a kilt, then this might just be your next read. Or if you like a heroine with self esteem issues that finally realizes that she really is good enough for anything or anyone, then this also could be a good read for you. I loved the whole thing. Highly recommended! FYI-This book is a standalone.