Back off, ladies, this book boyfriend is mine, all mine. I don’t think I’ve ever laid claim to a fictional man before, but this caring, compassionate, empowering, genuinely GOOD hero is the kind of guy you’ll want in your life. He’s effortlessly sexy, with humor, intelligence, and enough self-depricating charm to make you swoon. When paired with a woman who is just getting her fire back, the combination makes for a truly compelling read – from the first page to the very last.
The story follows Blakely, a woman whose confidence has dwindled after the dissolution of her marriage. She’s almost forty and it seems like nothing’s as easy as it used to be. When she musters up the courage to go to a bar one night, the last person she expects to meet is Slade. He’s younger (31 to her 39), gorgeous, and is solely focused on her. Too good to be true, right? Though their conversation is magnetic, Blakely no longer has the confidence to believe a man like that could truly be interested. But as the two find themselves spending more time together, Slade shows Blakely that she might’ve been wrong from the start.
I love books that hook you in immediately, and this does just that. Slade and Blakely meet within the first few pages, and the chemistry is so, so obvious. I absolutely loved the connection and the amount of dialogue, and it didn’t stop there. These two live in such a beautiful bubble – away from the complications of the real world – for much of the book, and it makes the spark shine that much brighter. Yes, it’s light and sexy, but there’s a lot more to it than that. The depth sneaks up on you and makes the story so much better because of it. Bubbles burst, flings end, but it’s what happens afterwards that makes the difference. This isn’t even the type of storyline that I would normally gravitate towards, but it’s written with such skill that I was completely engrossed. It’ll put you through a range of emotions, but this is a feel good, smile-inducing read through and through. I was lucky enough to receive a free copy via Valentine PR (then purchased it for my collection), and am voluntarily leaving a review of this fantastic romance.
An all new flirty, lighthearted, standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg guaranteed to make you swoon.
Blakely Foxx is having one of those years.
Her divorce may have been finalized a few months ago, but her ex is already engaged to someone half her age. Her younger boss is determined to sabotage her chance at getting the promotion she rightly deserves. And to make matters worse, she’s closing in on the big 4-0. There isn’t enough wine or ice cream in the world to convince her things will turn around.
When Blakely meets Slade Henderson, she’s left wondering why an early-thirties, hotter than hell, cardiothoracic surgeon would take an interest in her.
She’s been warned that he’ll break her heart, but she’s willing to take the chance. Not only is he helping her get that promotion, but in the process, he’s encouraging her to find the parts of herself she’s lost over the past few years.
Slade shows her that good guys really do exist, but who knew the hardest part about turning forty would be realizing the man you thought was a rebound, is actually your happily ever after?
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“The way I look at it, you owe me one.” His voice is just loud enough for me to hear over the din of the restaurant.
“I owe it to you?” I sputter.
“Mm-hm.” He nods resolutely as he puts more space between us, and my lungs find a way to breathe. “You ran out the other night without giving me a chance. I could be the best thing that ever happened to you—platonic or otherwise—and you might have missed that opportunity if we hadn’t run into each other on the street this afternoon.”
He’s talking nonsense but is doing it so convincingly that I try to talk myself out of what he’s successfully talking me in to. “I don’t—”
“Does my age unnerve you?” he asks.
“Your age doesn’t matter.”
“Exactly.” He smirks. “So, why are you making it matter?”
I walked right into that one.
“We’re at different phases of our lives. You’re in your residency. I’m a divorcée with baggage—”
“Everyone has baggage. It just looks different from person to person.” He leans back in his chair. “What are you afraid of? Getting to know someone new? Taking a chance? Stepping outside of the box for once? Finding yourself again?”
His words root deep into me and take hold. “I appreciate you trying . . . but we’ll never pull it off.”
“Yes, we could.”
“No one would ever believe it.”
“Quit letting them—whoever they are—put you in a mold, Blakely. Make your own damn mold. You might surprise yourself in the process.” His dimples deepen, and his eyes are as unwavering as his resolve.
“How do I know you aren’t some Ted Bundy in waiting?”
His laugh is throaty and rich and draws the stares of those around us. “I’m in the business of saving lives, not taking them.” He takes a sip of his beer. “Next excuse?”
“I’m . . .” I’m at a loss, and a small thrill of adrenaline shoots through me. This isn’t something I’d ever do, and yet, the idea of it is invigorating, almost freeing. I chew the inside of my cheek as I contemplate agreeing to Slade’s crazy scheme.
“What do you say?”
“It isn’t a crime for a younger man to think an older woman is attractive.”
I bite my bottom lip as the smile creeps around it.
He is drop-dead handsome.
“We go as friends. I help you out. No strings attached.”
The answer is yes.
“When’s the last time you threw caution to the wind? When’s the last time you did something unexpected no matter how small?” he asks.
It’s always yes.
“I can’t believe I’m saying this,” I mutter.
“Fine. Yes. Okay.”
About the Author:
New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary romance novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate but can’t help to love.
A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow and her mind scattered in too many different directions.
Since publishing her first book on a whim in 2013, Kristy has sold over one and a half million copies of her books across eighteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over thirty times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by the streaming platform, Passionflix, with the first movie (Driven) out now.
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