Published by Everafter Romance on September 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
From the New York Times Bestselling authors of Stuck-Up Suit and Mister Moneybags, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
Dear Bridget,I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face. So, here goes.We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways. I want you.The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke. So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime. No questions asked. Think about it. Or don’t. Whatever you choose.It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway. --Simon
These two authors have quite the reputation to their writing duo and this book definitely did not fail them. In true Penelope and Vi fashion, we’re gifted with a funny and charming intro with a swoony hero who is quite hard to ignore off the bat. Not that we’d want to, of course. Immediately, you get the warm fuzzy type feelings from the writing and can’t wait to see how the story is going to progress. From here, they dive right in with the plot and characters, never wasting time or words. These ladies are right to the point with their books and I love it.
“Love makes you stronger, not weaker.”
If I had to describe this story in one word, it would simply be cute. Everything about this is cute. The hero, Simon, is cute. The heroine, Bridget, is cute. Brendan is cute. The main couple working together is cute. The first two accidental meetings were cute. Are you catching a theme here? Overall, it’s just the type of story to put a smile on your face and make your heart happy. Even the fact that this book is Bridget starting to move on with her life and open herself up again, it was done in a (dare I say) cute way. And I’m sorry, but Simon? Hello swoony! Excuse me doctor, I’m feeling a little short of breath. Could you give me mouth to mouth?
The expression on my face must have looked like a mixture of terror and amusement. At least, that was how I felt. “Simon…”
“Come on. I promise. I’ll be serious. We can have Storytime with Simon. Sit back with your wine and I’ll read to you.”
Oh my God. He was serious.
I think you get the gist of what I’m saying, but just in case, I’ll mention it one more time. This is a feel good type of book. It’s not messy or angst riddled, but it’s also not fluff either. The perfect in between. It was also a fairly quick read, and given these two thoughts, I don’t know how memorable it might be in the long run, but definitely a strong contender for a “Books Everyone Should Read” type of list.
“It’s true that the greatest risk may be not taking one. But a risk is taking a chance when you have the potential to gain or lose something in the future. When that future is certain that you’re going to lose that something—it’s not taking a risk, Simon. It’s jumping out of a plane without a parachute and expecting to land on your feet anyway.”
Getting farther along, this book had a fantastic twist. Just a little question for those out there who have read this: did you see that coming? Because I did NOT! And I love to guess plot twists. I never even suspected it. I was reading on my lunch break at work, in my own little blissful, ignorant world, and all of a sudden I had an epiphany. I’m like, “wait, no. What I’m thinking can’t be true. That wouldn’t happen. Would it? Could it? No!” But then, much to my dismay, it did indeed happen. I was shocked. Great twist though, I love how the characters dealt with it and how it changed the dynamic of the story.
“Number four—must dislike Celine Dion.” I looked up at him. “What’s wrong with Celine?”
“She annoys me.”
“Nope. Just her, in general.”
I know there are going to be many, many five star reviews for this book and that’s amazing! This book deserves those. Personally. For me to rate a book as 5 stars, it has to move me in some way. This is a good book, it’s fun and cute and the hero is definitely a swoony one, but in my own world, it wasn’t an earth shattering read and wasn’t in love with it. But nevertheless, it’s absolutely a solid 4.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.