Author: Rachel Lacey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 30, 2016
ONE LITTLE LIE. A WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE.
Moments after meeting the most gorgeous guy ever, Gabby Winters promptly gets stung by a zillion yellow jackets and falls-not gracefully-into a stream. Yup, Ethan Hunter is trouble with a capital “hot,” and Gabby definitely needs to keep her distance. Except in the small town of Haven, there’s nowhere to hide from Ethan’s sexy, infectious grin . . . and all the residents are conspiring against her.
At the center of the town’s matchmaking is Ethan’s grandmother, who’s convinced their relationship is a done deal. Rather than break her heart, Gabby and Ethan find themselves cornered into pretending to be falling in love. The problem: there’s serious sizzling attraction between them. And if this charade continues, they won’t fool just the entire town – they might fool themselves too . . .
When Ethan awoke, sunlight was streaming through his window, and based on the tent in his sheets, Gabby was still on his mind. He closed his eyes and started counting backward from fifty, his morning tradition to relieve the pressure so that he could leave the bedroom without being indecent in front of Gram.
His dick was just starting to relax when his phone pinged with an incoming text. Welcoming the distraction, he reached over and grabbed it off the nightstand.
The text was from Gabby. Thinking about you this morning and hoping that problem we talked about hasn’t gotten too hard to handle.
She’d inserted a little winking emoticon at the end, followed by a sunrise and a tree. Morning wood. And yep, that problem had just gotten really hard again.
Killing me. He texted back.
That bad, huh?
Oh yeah, it was bad. Getting worse by the second.
I’d be happy to help you with it if you want to stop by… This was followed by several colorful hearts.
His poor cock ached at the thought. But… No can do. Gotta take Gram to an appointment.
No kidding. Gotta go. Chatting with you is not helping the issue.
He thrust his phone back onto the bedside table and lay there, concentrating on the sounds of Gram moving around in the kitchen until his dick finally accepted defeat. Then he went down the hall and took a long, cold shower.
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This was a light, easy read that had all the elements to strike my interest. A small town as its setting, this book already had one point in its favor as far as I was concerned. With the existence of an inevitable group of friends who’ll later have their own books, a sweet old lady who happened to be the glue that smacked the hero and heroine together initially, this story slowly made its way to my reader heart.
I have to be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure how to rate this book at first. I meant what I said about this being an easy book, its tone light despite some of the heavier themes that revolved around Gabby and Ethan. But these issues weren’t center stage, so this considerably lightened the mood as opposed to what it might’ve been. Now, I’m usually one who doesn’t mind a little angst along with her romance, little being the operative word, but the fact that the author didn’t delve into some of the issues here didn’t bother me. The main focus was Gabby and Ethan and their pretend relationship for the sake of Ethan’s grandmother anyway.
I liked the timing of the fake relationship turning into something real. It wasn’t rushed, but it didn’t drag either, I think it was just the right amount of time Gabby and Ethan spent together to slowly fall in love. I thought Gabby was a capable woman who stood up for herself long before we met her, and Ethan, albeit a bit teenage-like sometimes, was a charming and caring man. His past had more memories that we could’ve delved into, but like I said, for this one time I didn’t mind that we didn’t, for no other reason that it would’ve probably dragged the current story a little.
This was a nice, interesting start to a new series that I will definitely be on the lookout for. I can already see the future couples, and from what I could read between the lines here, they’re going to be good ones.
I’m adding three spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and imagine what it’d be like to at least go for zip lining. Never tried it, I’m actually with Gabby when it comes to an adventurous life, but hey, she had a lot to gain once she let go, so maybe give it a try?
Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She’s been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.
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