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This book, though not exceptionally amazing is a good read. I love Naomi's clumsiness and humor. I wasn't quite impressed with the author's way of selling the male lead but he somehow made it into my heart. I got annoyed with Kara's overprotectiveness towards Naomi and utterly rude behavior to Reese and no matter what Kara's reasons were, the author could have made it a little less annoying. But i recommended it to friends and some of my cousins because this is really a light, humorous, and quite romantic story. Will definitely read Jean Haus' other books.
I’m a big fan of Jean Haus and have been since In the Band (Luminescent Juliet #1). In fact, it’s one of my favorites so when she asked me to read and review her new, adult romantic comedy, I was totally in! And trust me, I wasn’t disappointed. Told in the heroine’s POV, this was such a fun, sexy, super sweet and angsty read and I simply loved it.
Naomi Porter is hiding from her past behind her gaming console and frumpy nerd cloths. Employed as a computer geek in the basement of the technology company she works for, she likes the mundane chores her college degree in computer science gives her. But once upon a time, she was headed for the Olympics and a career in coaching soccer. However, a car accident and a bad break up took it all away. Now she likes the thick walls she’s built around her “weak-willed heart” and the obscurity of her Friday nights in... oh and ogling the hottie in the business suit who she stalks on her lunch breaks. She’s never met him. She’s never talked to him and she never plans to. She just daydreams about him and admires him from afar.
But one too many margaritas and a lost hand at cards changes everything.
Paying-up on a bet, Naomi finds herself heading out on a week long business trip with the hottie-from-afar, but soon realizes her imagination is a lot prettier than the real thing.
Notorious playboy, Reese Jordon, seems to have it all. He’s incredibly good looking, he’s beyond wealthy and he’s got women begging him to be a part of his money life. He’s rude, conceited, overly confident and all business. At least until he get’s some one on one time with Naomi.
Clashing at first, these two wobble towards a future that could be a happy one but with the interference of a determined BFF, a snooty grandmother and a huge lie between them, these two have a lot to overcome.
Oh how I loved Naomi! This girl found herself in the wildest of situations which had me laughing and smiling so much my cheeks hurt! She’s this intelligent, athletic woman who seems to turn into a clumsy, bumbling idiot when she’s around Reese. She can hardly stand on her own two feet while in his presence, let alone portray the confidant woman she wishes she was. I loved her character. She wasn’t perfect and though she was a bit fractured from her past, she wasn’t broken. And when things got bad, she pulled herself together and moved forward, although on shaky legs. She was real!
Reese was totally delish! He was just sexy from the start. When we first meet him, he’s this cold, detached guy but even with his hard core, intimidating attitude, which you understand the reasoning for later, you could tell he was not immune to Naomi’s charm. Stealing heated glances on the side and riveted by Naomi’s simplicity, we start to see a gradual change in Reese.
These two worked through a slow build to a scorching hook-up which moved it’s way into a sweet but very complicated relationship. They have some serious obstacles in their way and people who don’t want them together so there’s plenty of angsts to enjoy.
The BBF girls club was a hoot. I loved it when they all got together. They were fun and loving and even when Kara, who doesn’t like the idea of Reese and Naomi together, was being adamant about Naomi staying far away from Reese, you knew it was because she cared and loved her best friend and didn’t want to see her back in that shell she’d been hiding in for the last three years.
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From beginning to end, this book had me hooked. I loved every minute of it. It was fun, playful, angsty and just a great, all-around heartfelt story.
NOTE: I was gifted this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Jean Haus has really climbed to the top of the short list for my favorite romantic comedy reads. From the first page to the last laugh I was in heaven. There are way too many dark and depressing reads out there right now. I mean every man is broken or tortured and every woman is bitter or against men in general.
I needed a break!!
You won't find any whips and chains unless it's the heroine tripping over something in this book.
She had some pretty SUCKY luck..I mean dang this girl could attract some disasters!!
I found myself keeping my legs crossed for most of the book only because I thought I was gonna laugh till I peed.
She's a riot and I laughed so hard at all of her clumsiness or hilarious inner dialogue.
Total freaking fun ! that what this book is but more than that I found a sweet and sizzling romance that melted my heart and put a smile on my face. Reese was a big old fat JERK..in the beginning. But you know those jerks are the ones that end up being the best of the best. I can tell you Reese well he was 100% wonderful.
From the dream to the real deal ..Naomi never stood a chance I and I guarantee you if you give this wonderful refreshing romance a go..you'll be head over heels too!!
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