Series: Montgomery Manor
Author: Tamara Morgan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 235
Published: Carina Press, August 11, 2014
Socialite Rebecca Clare gets through life one vodka tonic at a time. Emotionally shattered after her best friend’s death, she’s cast as the latest pseudo-celebrity screwup and hounded by paparazzi 24/7. So naturally, the cameras are rolling when she gets into a scrap at a club (he started it). But then an unexpected white knight steps in.
Playing caretaker isn’t Jake Montgomery’s usual role, but Becca is his stepmother’s little sister. As they bond over their bad reputations, they find they have a lot more in common than the spotlight. When a photo of the nightclub incident goes viral, it raises protective instincts that Jake never knew he had. What better way to save Becca—and the family—from scandal than by claiming he’s her fiancé?
Becca agrees to play along, never expecting a fake engagement to feel so right. But she’s vowed never to depend on a man for happiness; how can Jake convince her that falling in love is worth the risk?
Seems like the Montgomery Manor folk know the how to of easy banter. Having already met Jake and his flirtatious ways in the previous-and very much fun- book of the series, I knew what I was getting into. What I didn’t expect was the whirlwind that Rebecca was. I don’t know why, but when it comes to overly seductive men I always figure the one to bring them to their knees is going to be a prim and proper woman. Maybe it’s the opposites attract thing that lures me into this way of thinking, but this is what I expect. And Rebecca is no prim and proper woman, let me tell you. As seductive and overly friendly-not at all in a creepy way though- Jake was, Rebecca was all those things as well. From the first page on, we get the kind of crazy character she is, though maybe crazy is too strong a word here since we do discover an inner layer to her that’s hidden from everyone else. But with the careless way she handled things around her and her impulsiveness, I thought she wouldn’t complete Jake’s irresponsible character. I was wrong.
This is the point where I’ll say that we met a new Jake in this book. Those of you who read the previous book will know how much of an overgrown child Jake was, but in this book I saw that he matured. Or perhaps we only saw what he wanted the people in the first book to see, but I wasn’t prepared-though pleasantly surprised- by his development. Seems like lately I’m pleasantly surprised by a lot of good things, and this makes the obsessive reader in me very happy.
From the first moment Jake and Rebecca come together, there’s a balance between them that puts Jake, of all people, in place of the caretaker. He saves Rebecca from a potentially scandalous situation only to be plunged into an even bigger one together-though through no fault of his. He sees through Rebecca and tries his best to organize the mess-and I mean this in the sweetest way possible- that Rebecca’s life is. And her life isn’t easy either. I never paid much attention or interest to the lives of high society, but I figured it must be a tough one. Sure, they have all the money and fame, but it comes with a price tag that I know I wouldn’t be able to afford. Being followed everywhere by men who mostly want to catch you doing or saying something scandalous, or adapting situations in such ways to make you look your worst. It must be tiring. So, even though at first I thought Rebecca was a bit silly, I think this was her coping mechanism with her past and present, and her possible future, and I can respect that.
I liked the way Jake and Rebecca fell into an easy friendship and even easier romance, though they both couldn’t see it that way in the beginning. They fell for each other almost instantly-or maybe they’ve been in love for a long time and didn’t even know it- but opted to bury the feelings deep down instead of facing them. They were, in every sense of the word, cute together. They clearly loved each other, they were both protective over one another, and it was- yes, it’s that word again- cute. And I liked reading about them growing up a little together. I’m saying only a little because in the end I like to think that they both preserve their inner children.
A fun addition to the Montgomery Manor romantic adventures. Almost made me wish there were more snippets later to tell us of the life of Jake and Rebecca. I’m sure they’d be able to make me laugh even though every muscle twitching means more sweating in this heat. I can’t wait to read about the big brother too, the workaholic Monty to find his way in the love department. I say it’ll be yet another pleasure to read. I mean, clueless men make great heroes, right?
I’m adding four spoonfuls of this cute story-what else can I call it?- into my hodgepodge. Now, I know big brother is having his own story, so no Montgomery men left for this gal, then? Sigh.
Montgomery Manor series by Tamara Morgan:
- If I Stay
- When I Fall
- Because I Can