Don’t trust lust at first sight. One woman chooses reality over fantasy in this friends-to-lovers romance, a steamy standalone by “an author to keep your eye on” (Katee Robert).
Jacqueline: As an adult woman–and the vice president of a marketing firm–I shouldn’t be waiting by my office window to ogle the mystery man who jogs by every morning at 11:45. Sure, he’s a gorgeous, perfect specimen of the human race, but I can’t bring myself to hit on a total stranger. However, my best friend-slash-colleague Vince Carson thinks I should do more than talk to the guy. In fact, he’s borderline obsessive about “getting me laid.” (His words.) But the more time we spend together, the more it’s clear: The one I’m falling for is Vince.
Vince: Jackie Butler’s got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn’t bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can’t ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything’s going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible.
3.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
This one started off AWESOMELY! The humour and wit was just spot on, both characters were just my kind of hilarious and snarky and sassy, and I just fell in love! Seriously, I was smiling to myself and giggling at some of their inner thoughts right from the start. Jackie was an intriguing mix of sassy and reserved…it was a strange mix that didn’t always work for me, but I really loved her drive and how her meticulousness could be seen in who she was both at work and at home. And Vince was a strange book boy too, he was such a guy guy sometimes, but I loved that he wasn’t the typical ultra-successful businessman. His work wasn’t his life, but he enjoyed it all the same. And I really appreciated seeing him admire Jackie at work, and acknowledge that she was on another level from him.
As the book progressed I felt like we got to see more of what made each of them up as individuals, and normally I love that extra depth…but these two were a bit too human at times, and I became somewhat less enamoured with them. I didn’t fall out of love per say, I was just disappointed in some of their childish moments, and the usual introduction of the lack of communication trope. And honestly, there were a few moments where I felt like both characters got a bit hypocritical (Jackie with JT, and Vince with Jackie at the end), and so it ended on a lower note than it started. BUT!! While this all bummed me out, the rest of what I fell in love with was still present… It made for a bit of a quandary in my feelings for them both, because I still loved them, I just didn’t always like them. Like real people I guess.
I will say that their chemistry was freaking SMOKING. Like honestly, I had all of the tummy butterflies, and the wave the hands on my face-ness. Like that scene on the stairs is responsible for a happy hubby…tmi?
I kind of wish we’d seen more friend interactions for Jackie, with either Bethany or Kayla…didn’t really get to know much there. BUT I LOVED what we got to see of Davis, and I’m very intrigued about his story. He’s an odd one. But I appreciated his friendship with Vince, it felt very real.
So yeah. Basically this was mostly a 4 star read, it just lost some verve in the latter half of the book, and hence the bump down a half a star. I have a feeling Ms. Lemmon is an author I would enjoy reading more of.