Such a sweet and sexy read! This is my first time reading something by either of these authors, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this was a light, heartwarming read from start to finish. It features an adorably awkward hero who will steal your heart, with plenty of steamy moments, and very little angst. I loved the chemistry between these characters and the quick, easy feel to the story. The romance definitely moves at lightning speed, but that’s all part of the story and worked for these characters.
The story follows Shane, a 33-year-old divorced guy who hit a low point after his marriage ended. Over the last few years, he’s devoted himself to his health and his work, but hasn’t ever really put himself out there again – romantically or otherwise. When his brother-in-law/boss informs him that his services are no longer required, it forces Shane to get out of his rut. He meets a smart, sassy young woman whose playful banter and spark of attraction makes him want more. It’s not long before they’re both seeing the potential for something real, but things change once they realize they’re in competition for the same job. They’re lovers, they’re neighbors, they’re coworkers, and now they’re competitors… not exactly a recipe to a healthy start to a relationship.
It’s a light, quick read that has a little bit of drama but doesn’t dwell on it for long. These two are attracted to each other right away (despite Shane’s less than smooth moves), and things accelerate quickly. If I have one complaint about the book, it would be the speed at which their relationship moves – I would’ve loved a slightly slower burn and a less instalove feel – but it’s acknowledged throughout and makes sense for the storyline. I really loved Shane; he makes such a great hero. It was refreshing to read about a guy who had his heart broken but didn’t play the field afterwards, and who wouldn’t hesitate to make a commitment to the woman who has him tied up in knots. I also loved his insecurities and how he felt so real. It’s a solid read from start to finish, and if you’re looking for a chemistry-filled, low angst romance with some steamy moments, then it’s definitely worth your time. I received an ARC via Social Butterfly PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sweet, sexy romance.
A genius collaboration! All the stars for this quick-witted, sexy, and endearing cast of characters. Aly and M. Mabie delivered rom-com perfection!
– Jewel E. Ann, USA Today Bestselling Author
When the Walls Come Down, an all-new, not-to-be-missed, witty workplace romance from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez and M. Mabie is available now!
Did you ever hear the joke about the guy whose wife cheated on him with his best friend? So he quit his job, moved into his parents’ basement, and gained fifty pounds?
No? Because that wasn’t a joke. It was my life.
Four years later, I’m back with a dream job, a killer apartment, and a set of abs that are better than ever.
So, when Maggie Light, a stunning, snarky blonde moves in next door, and we spend the hottest weekend of our lives together, I think this could be the greatest comeback story ever.
That is until I realize Maggie has moved to town to do one thing—steal my job.
Maybe this isn’t a comeback story after all. Maybe this is war—one I intend to win.
What I never anticipated was that maybe I’d rather win her.
Perhaps, if I’m lucky, the universe has finally run out of jokes and I can somehow win both.
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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.
Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.
She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.
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About M. Mabie
Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes everything from steamy romantic comedies to angst-filled, pull your hair out drama. She enjoys it all. With her unconventional love stories, she tries to embody “real-life romance.”
She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne’s World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head. She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost.
Mabie usually doesn’t speak in third-person. She promises.
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