Thursday, January 29, 2015


Children's librarian by day. Romance novelist by night.
British single father.
Someone else is writing this love story...
Blair Walton isn't your average curvaceous tattooed children's librarian. She's also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her BFF Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she's afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death . . . if she knew about them. That's why she and Raine write in secret.
On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and "do some research". Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He's British, looks fabulous in a suit, has glorious blue eyes and gets bonus points for being an amazing single dad to his adorable son, Drake. But what starts out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. And Blair's not the only one with secrets. 


****All Night Reads, via NetGalley, provided me with a complimentary ARC of this book for an honest review*****
Blair Walton; tattooed children's librarian by day, secret smut co-writer by night. When the steam factor dries up, her best friend Raine has the perfect idea, why not seek real life inspiration to help spice up their pages? Blair admits she's not exactly drowning in male companionship but using someone to fill their empty pages just feels wrong. That is until she crosses paths with a beautiful and exuberant little boy named Drake and meets his father. Declan Bennet definitely catches her attention, and who could blame her. He's gorgeous, intelligent, well read, a great father, and oh, the little detail that his British accent makes her weak in the knees. When he asks her out there's not a thought of saying no. However, when both of their secrets catch up to them will they find they're both willing to work past them?
3 stars, because while I enjoyed the story with no skimming I somehow missed the spark that connected me to either character. I actually liked Blair more than Declan. He was charming sure, but I found he could have been a supporting character and I would have been fine with it, there was just something that kept me from feeling for him. I also found that things were put off and suspense was built so much for certain things and then they felt anti climatic leaving me to wonder if there was more to come. The writing wasn't overly flawed or hard to enjoy beyond that, leaving a fun story with a female lead that I did bond with to a point. Raine was a little immature, but that was ok, and I loved banter between her and Blair. There were moments that made me laugh sporadically throughout the story. I felt compassion for Blair. The sex was steamy but not over the top, chemistry believable between the two main characters but not simmering. Drake was probably one of my favorite characters and I wish we could have gotten more of the interactions between the three of them. The descriptions of him rang true for a 3 year old and I found him charming and reminding myself of my own rowdy son. I think fans of new adult will have fun with this story. 

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