The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.
I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.
He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.
So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.
When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.
I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.
When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.
But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.
My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.
When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.
I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…
What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?
4.5 stars — Since I’d had less success with Ms. Keeland’s solo works, but GREAT success with her first co-written work, I was curious to see how I’d enjoy this one…it came highly recommended by some bloggers I follow. And I’m here to tell you, I floved it!!! Can I get a woohoo??!! Basically it was everything I loved about Cocky Bastard, so I do believe I just needed to find the right fit with Ms. Keeland’s work.
There’s just something about the chemistry of the characters, both steamy chemistry and friend chemistry, that just draws me in. I LOVED the way they interacted with one another, the way they were drawn to one another.
Chase had me laughing almost right from the start with his elaborate made up stories. And I found myself intrigued by him and the way you could tell he was immediately affected by Reese. And he just burrowed further into my heart with the way he pursued his feelings for Reese, despite the roadblocks in the way. I could feel his…almost…bewilderment at what he was feeling. And when we finally started to get glimpses into his past, well my heart just broke for him. I fully understood his hangups. So many times the reasons for certain actions in these romances just doesn’t feel like enough, but I got it with him, even if I didn’t agree with him. And while we didn’t get a lot from his POV, I still felt like I got to see inside him enough.
And Reese surprised the heck out of me too. She was a heroine that I could get behind. She had her own tragedies, her own hangups, but she just didn’t come across like most romantic heroines. I felt a quiet strength in her. And she was funny, and sassy, and I really appreciated her passion for her work, and her desire to make it on her own. I understood her hangups, even if she broke my heart from time to time. And she was a good balance of being caring and empathic, without being a pushover. I really loved that. I loved the way she often handled advances from guys with almost sweetness and humour. I don’t know, she’s really hard to describe, and I’m probably doing a crap job of it. But I LIKED her. REALLY liked her. So many times it’s easy to fall in love with the heroes, but I fell in love with her too.
And this book had a fabulous secondary cast too! I enjoyed Reese’s BFF Jules, Ugly Kitty, and I especially loved both Sam and Anna. They all added something.
And the best part? Ms. Keeland knows how to give good epilogue. Damn, I love good epilogue. I can honestly say that I will definitely be searching out more books by this author in the future, especially those in this vein…vain? Nope definitely vein.