on January 20, 2017
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Good things come in extra-large, smoking hot packages.
Things like pizza.
The very pizzas that I deliver for my dad’s restaurant, Peretti’s Pizza. It’s a temporary job, something to pay the bills until I graduate from school, but it does the trick. In fact, it's working quite well until Ryan Pierce of the Minnesota Stars decides to order a pizza from me, and life as I know it turns upside down.
You see, Ryan Pierce doesn’t just open his front door. He opens it buck naked. And suddenly, I’m not the one boasting the biggest, hottest package in the room. However, it’s what happens next that gives me butterflies whenever my phone beeps. Ryan starts to call, and then text, and then fifteen pizza deliveries and one fantastic night later, we’re friends with benefits.
So when he asks me to be his fake girlfriend at his brother’s wedding, I’m happy to help. But the longer we pretend, the more I worry that this is one package I might not be able to handle.
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This is a full-length, standalone romantic comedy with an HEA. It is intended for audiences 18+ due to mature content including romance, language, and ridiculously fun times.
I usually don’t write a review for a book that I just finished. I like to sleep on it, review my notes, check my highlights and formulate a plan. But not with this review!! I couldn’t wait to put words down to help release this excitement that I have for this book!!
Andi Peretti is the delivery girl for Peretti’s Pizza, a family owned pizzeria in LA. She has dreams of being a comedienne, but if her dad has it his way, she’ll be an accountant once she finishes her courses this semester. Andi is having a bit of a dry spell, so it’s just her luck when she discovers a half naked hockey player on her latest delivery.
Ryan Pierce plays for the Minnesota Stars, but is crashing at his brother’s house in LA in hopes of making connections to be transferred to play for the LA Lightning. Ryan is making big changes in his life and isn’t needing the distraction that he finds on the other side of the door when his pizza is delivered. But Ryan can’t help himself from calling Peretti’s Pizza for another Smiley Face Pie just to see the perfect disaster that is the Delivery Girl.
I have to give it a few days before I call Peretti’s again, otherwise I’ll be in the stage-five-clinger zone.
Ryan isn’t used to having to work for a girl, but Andi’s not quite sure what Ryan’s intentions are. The chemistry between them is undeniable. They instantly have a connection that both want to explore further, but to what capacity? A friendship? A one night stand? Maybe even something a little more?
Ryan is relentless and starts to abuse his powers of ordering enough pizzas to capitalize Andi’s nights at work. All of which her father is down with…as long as he keeps ordering those pies….
Dad: A very nice man called asking for my permission to invite you in for a poker night, and then he tipped the company two hundred bucks. You’ll go and you’ll play that poker game, do you understand me?
Me: Dad, are you pimping me out for pizza?
I completely fell in love with Ryan and Andi!! Not only are these two incredibly funny, but they are adorable and complement each other perfectly.
He texts me horrible jokes to use for stand-up, and I text him back offering awful hockey advice. It sounds stupid, but… it’s our thing.
But what I loved just as much was the close knit family connections that both main character’s had. It made the book feel deeper, more familiar. Andi’s relationship with her dad was beautifully developed and made me tear up. Seeing Ryan’s family embrace Andi was so heartwarming to see. I loved how everyone was rooting for them to push pass their second guesses and vulnerabilities. There are a few obstacles for them to climb, so it’s not all smooth sailing for these two.
I was really surprised that this was Lilly Kate’s first novel. I loved the entire premise of this book and was pleasantly surprised that it was more than what I expected. Kate did a wonderful job developing both main characters, but her side characters were fantastic as well! This is a group that I want to know more about! The flow was fantastic and the writing style was relaxed, but intriguing. I loved Andi’s voice throughout. Her doubts were realistic and not annoying. I could relate to her.
I’m more than excited to see where Lilly Kate goes after this! Don’t hesitate to one-click ladies! You’ll be fighting over the charming Ryan Pierce in no time!
ARC Provided in exchange for an honest review