Grinning. I was grinning like a fool while reading this sexy, playful, and SWOONY love story – it is smart and funny and just so completely Loring. I loved every minute of it. Our hero is a sweet charmer, a guy who loves love and always wants to be immersed in it. When paired with a slightly older (and possibly wiser) heroine, he becomes the best version of himself, and that was so very fulfilling to read. There are some seriously great family moments in this, with fart jokes, judgmental Basset Hounds, and laughter-filled text exchanges. There is also some fan-worthy sexual tension, and a couple of steamy scenes that are just so perfectly intimate. This forbidden romance is a complete joy to read, and I devoured it at an alarming rate.
The story follows Dylan, an actor who always seems to fall for his co-stars. Showmances often feel like the real thing, and Dylan has had his heart broken SO MANY times. He’s ready to seek the advice of a therapist, and visits one who came highly recommended. The only problem? She’s also the woman who captured Dylan’s attention during their brief, but memorable, interaction a few years ago. When they met the first time around, Scarlett was a single mom still reeling from a divorce. Now that she’s in a better headspace, Dylan is off-limits. He’s too young, too charming, too unlucky in love – and also her new patient. But their chemistry is impossible to ignore, and Dylan might just be worth taking a chance on.
There are so many things I loved about this, but the combination of characters was EXCELLENT. Dylan is the sweetest, swooniest man ever; I adored his transition from boy to man. Scarlett is his perfect complement, and the two together are smokin’ hot. Loring does a great job of ratcheting up the tension, and the steamy scenes are electric. Everything about this was so good, though it definitely gets better and better as the story progresses. There’s humor and lightheartedness throughout, but once the heartfelt moments kick in, things are taken up another notch. This will absolutely read as a standalone, but you’ll be left wanting more from this funny family – and I am extremely impatient for Miles’ story. It’s the kind of low angst, intimate read that I love digging into, with a vibe that is undeniably unique. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sexy, light romance.
An actor, a model, and a younger man walk into a therapist’s office… They’re all Dylan Brodie. It’s only funny if you aren’t the single mom therapist he can’t stop flirting with.
Dear Mr. Brodie,
I hope this email finds you well.
Your well-being and personal growth are of the utmost importance to me, as a therapist.
As such, I have decided it is in your best interest to continue individual therapy with another practitioner.
This is due to the potential for boundaries being crossed between us.
Attached is a list of colleagues I would recommend for you.
Scarlett Shepard, MS, MFT
Consider our sessions terminated.
Now I can tell you how beautiful you are and how attracted I am to you.
Let’s start crossing boundaries over dinner tonight.
You’ll say it would be unethical, and I’ll point out that we’ve only had a few sessions.
You’ll cite the age difference, and I’ll tell you how hot it is that you’re six years older than me.
You’ll say you’re a mom, and I’ll remind you that I think your son is awesome.
We don’t have to discuss my former attachments to former co-stars ever again.
This is due to the fact that clearly my only personality issue is that I’m irresistible.
Yours in well-being and personal growth,
Dylan Brodie, W.M.H.T.A.T.Y.E.H. (Way More Handsome and Talented Actor Than Your Ex-Husband)
***This is a 74,000 word standalone novel with crossover characters from Funny Business as well as Sleeper and Charmer***
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A single dad, a model, and a comedian walk into a bar… They’re all Owen Brodie.
It’s only funny if you aren’t the hilarious struggling comedian who has been hired to be his son’s nanny for the stand-up tour.
Dear Ms. Hogan,
I’m emailing to offer you the job as my son’s nanny because Sam had a temper tantrum when I told him I can’t hire you to come on my stand-up tour with us. “She heckled me at a club a few years ago,” I wanted to say. “She is the sassy little turd who trolls me on Twitter,” I could have told him. “She’s an even bigger pain in the butt when we’re face-to-face,” I thought to myself. What I would never tell him is—things could get complicated. For reasons.
Let me know if you want the job.
With great reluctance,
Dear Mr. Brodie,
Thank you for your email. Please inform Sam that I like him very much and would love to be his nanny and accompany him on your terrible joke of a stand-up tour.
I can assure you—things will not get complicated. For many, many reasons.
Primarily because Owen Brodie isn’t funny, and he can suck it.
Out of financial desperation and a fondness for your son,
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Have you read Sleeper yet? It’s so good!
Funny Business is the start of a brand new series, but it crosses over with the Name in Lights series – and I loved all three of those books! Any of these will definitely read as standalones, but if you want to familiarize yourself with the characters who cross over, then you’ll want to start with Sleeper. It’s one of my favorites from the author!
SHANE MILLER SLEEP DIARY:
Went to bed at: Late.
How long it took to fall asleep: Forever. I have insomnia. Duh.
Number of caffeinated beverages you had consumed: Zero. Thanks for advising me to quit!
My stress level is off the charts.
I can’t sleep right on a normal day, and lately my days are filled with the best kind of chaos.
My ex-wife and husband number two are filming in Poland for three months,
so I’m turning down movie parts to focus on the most important role of my life—
impossibly charming and somewhat capable young single dad.
My son won’t stop asking questions.
My daughter won’t brush her teeth unless I sing her showtunes.
Our regular nanny quit.
The only person I could trust to hire as a temp nanny is my best friend’s sister.
If Mary Poppins and Bill Murray had a baby it would be Willa.
Fresh out of grad school and beautifully weird.
She hates my movies, and my kids adore her.
I couldn’t sleep last night because she wasn’t here.
Turns out I can’t sleep unless she’s in my house now.
Turns out she’s what’s been missing from my life all along.
If my friend had any idea what I want to do to his gorgeous troublemaker of a sister,
he would smother me with a pillow.
The chances of us succeeding as a couple are about as good as that little indie movie
that I made being a huge hit.
But it’s a chance I’m going to take.
About the Author:
Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.
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