This started strong and fizzled out along the way, but I enjoyed the vast majority of it. I always look forward to this author’s light, sexy romances, and this was a solid one in a lot of ways. The banter and playfulness between Bianca and Roman was great, from their meet cute until the very end. They had definite chemistry, and I was intrigued about Roman’s secret life. Unfortunately, I wasn’t always sure of his motives. He spent so much time being sex-focused and insisting that what they had was “just fun” that I believed it too, so the transition into love was definitely jarring. And I still don’t completely understand the need for all the secrecy. I can’t really critique that part of the story without giving the twist away, but I can say – I didn’t like it. So I enjoyed most of this low angst romance, but there are a couple of things I’m still scratching my head about.
The story follows Bianca and Roman, two strangers who meet at a bar. There’s an immediate sizzle between them, but Bianca has a boyfriend, so it doesn’t go further than two strangers having a drink together here and there… until that relationship ends. It’s then that Roman makes his intentions clear: he wants her. Maybe not forever, but for more than a night. As the two get closer, their connection continues to grow. But Roman pulls away whenever things start to get real, and there are definitely things about his life that he’s holding back. These two don’t have any chance at a future unless Roman can be honest about his life.
This pulled me in right away, and I was loving the chemistry between Bianca and Roman. I always love an intense meet cute, and these two had quite the connection. I always really liked the mysterious element, even if it didn’t play out in a way that 100% worked for me. It added a level of interest and had me turning the pages for sure. Where this falters is with Roman. He’s a bit of a horndog at the beginning and sends some serious mixed signals, coming up with these romantic dates but also keeping things sex-focused. I’m not really sure that I agreed with his reasoning, and I’m not really sure when things took a turn for the serious. I have no MAJOR issues with the story, but there are things that could’ve been developed better, that’s for sure. Overall, I found this to be highly readable, and I binged it in one or two sittings. So, there is a lot of good going on here.
Roman Hawthorne is tall, devastatingly handsome, and has a jawline that is so sharp that it cut could glass. He’s my dream guy on paper but let’s just say Roman is arrogant with a capital A.
When I meet him in a bar on a random Tuesday, I think I’ll never see him again.
But I do.
Every time I show up at that bar, Roman is there with his perfectly styled hair, dark brown eyes, and megawatt smile.
Soon our innocent flirtation turns into more.
Roman is exactly what I need.
He brings me daisies, encourages me to chase all of my dreams, and we do things that make even me blush.
When he looks at me, I swear he can see into my soul.
Roman is everything I’ve ever wanted in a man. In fact, I soon realize that with him, I get a whole lot more than I bargained for.
The problem is I’m not sure I’m ready for any of it.
About the Author:
Deborah Bladon is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who has sold over 3.5 million books worldwide. She has been featured on the top bestsellers lists over 70 times, including two weeks in which 3 of her books were featured. Some of her standout series that have been included on the New York Times bestsellers list are RUIN, PULSE and GONE.
Her love for romance novels began when she was old enough to board the bus, library card in hand to check out the newest Harlequin paperbacks. She’s a Canadian by heart, and by passport, but you can often spot her in New York City sipping a latte and looking for inspiration for her next story. Manhattan is definitely her second home.
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