Why did I want to read this book?
I enjoy reading fake-relationship romance stories because so many shenanigans and situations can crop up and it’s always fun watching the characters try to stick to their story and ride out all the problems.
What worked for me?
I actually really liked that Brody and Hannah already knew each other and they did have a past together. It adds that extra layer to the whole fake-relationship thing they had to keep up. I love the glimpses every now and then of these two have been feeling with each other towards that gradual realization of their emotions. The last thing they think they need is to be in a real relationship, for Brody because his come back from his early retirement is at the forefront of his concerns, for Hannah because she’s vowed to take more of life’s adventures instead of staying in the sidelines of her own life. Their solution: strike a deal for a fake relationship to reach their ultimate goals. And although we all know how this was going to end, first with the revelations of the secrets and yes, the revelations and realization of their feelings for each other, I still enjoyed the journey that these two took to get there. They had chemistry and they really do seem to get each other in a way that there would be no need for explanations.
What did not work for me?
But while I really liked this one, I felt like there was something missing in terms of the depths of the relationship. I’m not saying that it was shallow because it wasn’t that at all. For me, I just wanted more because I didn’t connect with them as deeply as I would have liked; and I always want to connect deeply with the characters that I read.
My over-all take on it?
If you’re looking for a breezy but still emotionally present fake-relationship type of story, you could definitely try this book. You have sizzling chemistry and two characters who clearly care deeply for each other but because of all the things going on in each of their lives, it took a while for them to really open their eyes to what’s already in front of them. Plus, it’s always great reading about those oh-there’s-an-audience-so-we-have-to-appear-sweet-now-let’s-give-them-a-show-kiss-me types of scenes, right?
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
Samantha Hunter’s husband once made a batch of homemade Cayenne Pepper truffles – they looked innocent enough, but as the rich, dark chocolate melted on your tongue, then came the burst of heat. If Sam’s writing could be compared to any chocolate, it would have to be the Cayenne Pepper Truffles, with a mix of humor, emotion and plenty of erotic heat, though Sam considers herself more of a Mallo Cup kind of gal.
A refugee of academia, Sam’s been writing romance full-time for over a decade and has never looked back. She writes sexy, emotional romances for Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and she also has a selection of self-published romances and mysteries. Her “Extreme” Blaze, UNTOUCHED, was a 2008 Rita Finalist, and she’s snagged several other awards with her Harlequin novels. You can check out Sam’s books at www.samanthahunter.com and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or look for her on Facebook and Twitter.
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