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I received an audio copy of this book from Tantor, mainly because I was looking for fall and Halloween themed books and this came up.
Yes, I loved the cover, but the cover copy was pretty intriguing too:
Having a hot boss isn’t complicated or confusing at all,
Said no one ever…
But all I have to do is resist for a few months.
Come January, I’m flying to Paris to chase my dream of being an artist,
Too bad I can’t have my treat and eat it, too.
I forgot to mention… My hot boss was also my high school crush.
First, I wanted to crush him with gooey affection.
In the end, I just plain wanted to crush him.
Now he’s back, and he might as well have “do not touch” printed on his chest.
One tiny question: would it count if I didn’t use my hands?
Let me answer my own question. Yes, Emily, you raging horndog, it counts. Besides, my dream is practically waiting for me like a perfectly wrapped, shiny little package if I can just behave. I’d be an absolute idiot to risk that, and I have a long, proud history of not being an idiot to protect.
Unless it’s kind of like when you do really well in class all semester so you can afford to flunk a test at the end. Three months is a long time, and if he’s the one giving me the big, fat, dirty “F”, it does add a little dose of temptation to the equation.
But all I have to do is one quick job for him. A few posters and a few props for a big Halloween party that he’s hosting.
Then I just walk away from his dreamboat eyes and perfect body, grab a plane, and forget about all the beautiful children we could’ve squeezed inside our white picket fence.
This book was really charming. Ryan and Emily are a sweet, low-key couple. Ryan continually puts women in the friend zone; Emily has had a bad string of man luck, plus she’s ready to move to Paris for an amazing art school opportunity. So they’re both wary, and realize the timing is terrible.
Author Bloom manages to build good conflict into a heartwarming romance, and through the whole book, Ryan and Emily are torn between their obvious attraction for each other and their fears about what that attraction could mean, knowing Emily will be leaving for Paris in a matter of months. (Though to be honest, Emily’s fears feel more poignant and realistic than Ryan’s as the book progresses.) The very satisfying ending pulls everything together and yet the real charm of the book is the interaction among all the secondary characters, and the many silly, funny things they do to push the couple together.
Plus the backdrop of a Halloween party they’re planning together, and the fall details in most scenes keep the autumnal feeling high.
Really fun, sexy and sweet. Definitely an author I’ll pick up again.
Find the book:
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One audio copy.* (Thanks to Tantor media. xo) Winners from this post and from the Bobbi Dumas FB page post here (two chances if you comment both places); more chances to win in giveaway bundles I’ll be doing – so keep an eye out on my Facebook pages, Bobbi Dumas and The Romance of Reading (which is closed, but you can join) and one each as part of a bundle from my newsletter list.
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