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Forever in Blue Jeans (Riley O'Brien & Co.) Paperback – March 7, 2017
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My Rating: 4/ 5 stars
Who knew blue jeans could be so sexy?
Across three novellas, the men and women of Riley O’Brien & Co. come together in some endearing, sexy, and thoroughly entertaining reads.
The book opens with Zeke and Margo, the two most unlikely of roommates and the sweetest of couples. Margo is new to town and with crushing student loan debt, she’s got to have a roommate if she ever hopes to get ahead and make a dent in the debt. Though she doesn’t know Zeke, he came as a recommendation from her family and he’s willing to take she and her dog in. From the moment she meets Zeke, Margo knows he is something special and wants to know him as more than just a roommate. Life with Margo becomes an instant like for Zeke and for the first time since his separation from the military, he is truly enjoying his life. Margo is light and kindness and sexy as hell and so very young, comparatively speaking. Zeke comes with baggage and it’s baggage he doesn’t want to burden Margo with. What Zeke doesn’t seem to understand is Margo’s level of commitment to him and her determination to have him.
Round two belongs to Jake and Kyla, a boss and employee romance that’s almost over before it even gets started. Kyla has worked her butt off to get through the company training program and she isn’t about to let a silly little crush on her delectable boss, Jake. What’s more, Kyla has spent a great deal of time and effort guarding her heart and given her feelings toward Jake, he has real potential to crush her heart. Jake has been four kinds of in love with Kyla since the first time he talked to her. With the company rules regarding dating among bosses and employees in mind, Jake has been counting down the days until he can ask Kyla out. He’s rarely ever failed to achieve his goals and having Kyla for the long-term is a definite goal. Trouble is, Jake has a secret from his past (and present to be fair!) that may torpedo any chance he has with Kyla and a HEA.
Last up is Phoebe and Garrett, both of whom were introduced in Jake and Kyla’s story. Phoebe is a cancer survivor, a Riley O’Brien & Co. trainee program member, and the woman who walked out of Garrett’s life with no explanation. With fears about her future constantly riding her, Phoebe has found it difficult to become too attached to anyone. When Garrett walks back into her life and makes it clear he wants her back in the forever kind of way, Phoebe has some serious issues to deal with if she wants her very own HEA. Garrett has made a huge success of his life in every area except romance. When Phoebe left him, Garrett closed off his heart and focused all his attention on his burgeoning hotel empire. He’s been phenomenally successful, but always felt something was missing and that something has always been Phoebe. If Garrett has his way, Phoebe is going to be his for the long haul no matter her prognosis.
The Bottom Line: Overall, I enjoyed my first steps into the Riley O’Brien & Co. world. I found the first two novellas to be engaging and entertaining with solid characters and a pace that perfectly fits the novella length read. Each story was packed full of good dialogue, some steamy naughty bits, and a story that ended wonderfully for all involved. It wasn’t until I got to the last novella that I encountered a character I really couldn’t get behind or even like. While I don’t feel good about disliking a cancer survivor, I found Phoebe’s repeated treatment of Garrett to be quite unacceptable. Other than that particular issue, I found the overall read to be enjoyable and would highly recommend it to lovers of sweet romances and HEAs.
I loved Zeke and Margo. Zeke is ex-military, a little stiff, but with a big heart. Margo is a veterinarian, easy going and quick with a laugh. They start out as friends. What I really liked was the emotional connection between the two that came before the sex.
When I finished the book, I was left smiling and knowing this was a book that I would be reading again.
A Kick In The Pants - 3 stars
Jake is the VP of finance. Kyla is a management trainee working under Jake. They both are secretly interested in the other. Jake doesn’t act on it because she’s he’s subordinate. She doesn’t act on it because he’s her boss. And, it’s against company policy to date within the same section of the company. After a couple of months working together, getting to know one another, Kyla is graduating and Jake is planning his big move.
This is a very short story. Because of this, we don’t actually get to see the conversations and time spent together between these two. It is just mentioned in passing. Kyla’s dad was a gambling addict. Therefore, she is against all gambling, and people and places involved in gambling. When she learns Jake owns a very successful bookie business in Vegas, his hometown, she loses it. However, a quick conversation with her sister, Vanessa, and she sees the error of her ways.
It seems like Garrett and Phoebe were just kind of thrown into the story so they can be brought in for the next book. I would love to see Vanessa get her own book.
Will Never Fade - 5 stars
Garrett owns multiple high-end hotels. He and Phoebe went to college together. They were best friends and she disappeared on him. He fell in love with her back then and has never forgotten her. Imagine his surprise when he sees her again at a mutual friend’s party! He’s determined to find out what happened 3 years ago.
Phoebe is a management intern and breast cancer survivor. She doesn’t date because she doesn’t want to bring her “death sentence” to anyone else’s life, especially Garrett’s. She has missed Garrett and thought of him often.
This book takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions for such a quick read! Your heart breaks for Phoebe. You swoon for Garrett. Loved the epilogue! Loved the relationship Garret had built with Jake and Kyla.
I look forward to more from this series
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley.
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