This was such a fun read! Low angst and playful, it pairs a moody businessman with a mousy letter carrier who gets in over her head. I loved the opposites attract vibe and watching this self-proclaimed villain get tamed by our sweet, demure heroine. Their interactions brightened up the story, and that’s really my main complaint – I wanted more of them together. This one’s got a few too many gaps in interactions and too much of a serious vibe at times, though every scene they were in together was rom com gold. If you’re looking for a light, quirky rom com and love a grumpy hero, then this is a solid read.
The story follows Noelle, a letter carrier who is willing to do whatever it takes to save her apartment building from being torn down – even if doing so is out of her comfort zone. When a case of mistaken identity works in her favor, Noelle finds herself running court-ordered empathy training for the businessman set to tear down her home. If she saves her home and makes Malcolm a better man in the process, why not? But as the two spend time together and drive each other a little bit crazy, Noelle quickly realizes there might be more to Malcolm than meets the eye.
It’s light, funny, and an easy, relaxing read. These two are total opposites and watching them slowly fall for each other was so much fun. I will admit that it took me longer to get into this one, probably because Noelle is so reserved and timid, but that’s all part of the story. The plot is a little outlandish but a lot of fun, and anyone who likes to see a grumbly hero fall hard will be sold on Malcolm. He’s endearingly moody and their chemistry grows as the story goes along. It’s a definite slow burn, but will easily put a smile on your face. I’m looking forward to more of this series and can’t wait to see what’s next. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this playful rom com.
I may be a shy, lowly letter carrier, but when my beloved apartment building is threatened by a mysterious and reclusive billionaire, I’m willing to push the envelope.
I’m going to march right up to Malcolm Blackberg’s fortress of fierceness and deliver a cease-and-desist notice he can’t refuse.
Only, no sooner do I get inside his gilded doors than things go sideways–fast.
I’m mistaken for Malcolm’s court-ordered emotional IQ coach, as if I’m acting out a wacky postal carrier cosplay.
They drag me in, a sacrificial lamb for the big bad.
Make that big, smolderingly sexy bad.
So I make up a lesson involving a story about our building as he glares and fumes.
Can he tell that I have no idea what I’m doing?
Before I know it I’m flying around the country, up close and personality testing the most devilishly exasperating man I’ve ever met.
He’s scary for sure…but the way he sometimes looks at me turns my knees to jelly and has me writing love letters to his gorgeous eyes, his mouthwatering smile, his impressive…package.
Our coaching sessions are getting hot-hot-hot, but I can’t let my guard down.
If he ever finds out I’m a first-class fake, I’ll lose everything I’ve ever loved in this world…
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About the Author:
Annika Martin is a NYT bestselling author who loves reading fun, steamy books, doing yoga, taking pictures of my cats, rocking out to 90’s music, taking long baths, consuming See’s chocolate suckers, mooning over heroes’ hands, and helping animals. She can be found hanging out in Minneapolis coffee shops with her awesome writer husband and tending her crazy bee-friendly garden. She has also written as RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane. Connect with Annika
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