Wrong number text romances are like catnip to me, and I have no idea why. That was the initial draw for this one, though the banter and chemistry had me turning the pages at a quick rate. It’s a light and sexy story with almost zero angst, and I enjoyed it from start to finish – even devouring it in one sitting. But I definitely had a few issues with the romance. This hero is just a bit too much of a playboy for me; I didn’t need to hear so much about his (very recent) past. This is the kind of romance that needed to be a slower burn to make me feel like the hero has changed his ways, and it just… wasn’t. So while I liked it a whole lot, there was a definite roadblock to me feeling more emotionally invested.
The story follows Royce, a self-proclaimed “good time guy.” He’s been happy playing the field and doesn’t see that changing anytime soon, despite the fact that he’s well into his thirties and his brother is proving just how great love can be. When he receives a text from an unknown number, it’s the start of a very different kind of relationship for Royce. He begins to look forward to the conversations and meeting his mystery woman in person only strengthens that desire. But Quinn is the kind of woman who wants the whole package, and Royce isn’t the kind of guy to give that to her.
There’s a LOT that I liked about this, from the light and easy vibe to the obvious chemistry between the characters. There’s enough texting that I didn’t feel shortchanged, but the focus is on the in-person connection. It moves at a fast pace, never lingering on anything too heavy but still having plenty of banter and easy conversation. I really enjoyed both characters and the connection between them, but could’ve done with fewer references to Royce’s playboy ways. I didn’t really need details about past hookups, and wish that his relationship with Quinn had progressed differently. Though I know that Royce had deeper feelings for Quinn, he still treated her like a hookup for most of the book (taking her back to his bachelor pad like countless other women, making things sexual before their first kiss, etc.). The back half flies by, and while I loved that there was no lull in the story, I also think it moved too fast. Ultimately, this one’s a solid but somewhat unfulfilling read for me; it was good but easily had the potential to be great. I received a free copy via Give Me Books and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy strangers to lovers romance.
One simple text message can change everything. I found that out the hard way. One minute I’m complaining about a horrible picture of a guy’s you-know-what, and the next, I’m having conversations with a stranger. A gorgeous, rebel of a man who makes my heart skip a beat and does a number on my panties.
The only problem is we’re not looking for the same things in life. I want stability and a family, while he always has his eye out for the next good time.
She may literally be the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met. Funny, it all started with an accidental text message. About unwanted male member photos, actually, and from that moment, I was hooked. She’s the perfect woman really, except for one tiny little flaw. She’s looking for the one thing that makes me want to run for the door. Forever.
Yet, somehow, I can’t seem to let her go. She might be the one dare I actually fail.
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Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading and writing. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves shooting guns and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.