This was straight up DELIGHTFUL; a banter-filled, smile-inducing treat. It’s been far too long since I’ve read anything by Sivec, so I thought I’d jump back into this series of interconnected standalones – and I’m so glad that I did. I love a unique meet cute, and these two had chemistry even when they were just exchanging messages. And when they met in person? Whoa boy, there was no holding back that spark of attraction. I also absolutely ADORED this hero, who didn’t let anything stop him from getting his girl. He fell seamlessly into the role of boyfriend without this single mom even realizing it, and the scenes with her son were SUPER swoony. I loved every bit of it. This slow burn was just the right kind of torturous, and when these two finally crossed that final line, it was HOT. Loved it. The first thing I did when I finished this was buy the next book in the series, and that’s always a very, very good sign.
The story follows Ember, a recently divorced single mom who has let herself fall apart in the last year. She may stink a little bit, her hair may be unwashed, there might be some mysterious stains on her clothes… she’s just sunken into Mom mode. So when there’s a mixup at her transcription job, and the very private – VERY inappropriate – notes she left in the draft of her most recent project accidentally get sent to the client as is, Ember panics. But the client writes back, and he seems to find the mixup funny. He seems to find HER funny. As the two continue exchanging messages, they finally meet up in person under the guise of a professional project, but Baker knows better. Ember makes him feel alive, and he’ll do everything he can to make sure this single mom gives him a chance.
There is just something so SEXY about a determined, loyal, sweetheart of a man – and that’s Baker. He’s a wounded veteran who does good during the day, and he continues to be a good, good man at night. I loved everything about him. Ember and her son are exactly what he needed in his life, and I loved how perfectly they all fit together. The entire book is low angst, light, and laughter-filled. Sure, there’s some great sexual tension and a touch of hesitation, but the overall tone is so playful. Ember is a bit of a spitfire, and I watching her get her fire back with Baker was so fun. The entire book absolutely flew by, with no dull moments or wasted scenes. It was so, so good. I’ll definitely be diving into the next book right away – and you can easily read these out of order.
The audio was great! I was able to grab it for cheap, and it enhances the story in a big way. It’s dual narration, and both narrators do an excellent job of breathing life into the story – not that it needed it. The vibe is playful, fun, easygoing, and the audio just makes it even better. The runtime is perfect for the workday, and I had no trouble finishing it in one day. The slow burn also lends itself perfectly to a workday listen – there’s some inappropriate humor and some swearing early on, but the steam doesn’t come until later. I highly recommend the audio version.
Live in the best small town in the world? Check.
Have the greatest job ever working on my family’s pumpkin farm? Check.
Marry the town pharmacist and have a nice, quiet life with our son? Check-check.
“Oh, I’m sorry. Did you say you were happy? LOLOLOLOL!” ~ Life
Ember Hastings never thought she’d be dragged away from White Timber and everything she loved, thrust in the middle of a big city she hated, or have her husband of nine years say, “I can’t do this anymore,” all within the span of three months, yet here she is.
She misses her family, she misses the farm, and she misses having a backbone and caring whether or not the stain on her shirt is chocolate or sh*t. She works from home doing transcription. Does she really need to shower or leave the house?
Baker Matthews has been bringing everyone down lately with his grouchy attitude. His job is stressful and sometimes depressing, but he wouldn’t change anything about it. When a glitch with the transcription company he’s using mistakenly sends him notes he wasn’t supposed to see, Baker finds himself laughing out loud for the first time in months.
He’s never met a woman who says whatever she’s thinking and doesn’t fawn all over him when she finds out what he does for a living. Until Ember Hastings comes barreling into his life, calling him Sh*t Mouth and asking if he has any balls.
But she wants to keep this professional. She made him pinky swear, and you don’t mess around with pinky swears. Baker will have to get creative if he wants to prove to Ember that he’s just her type.
About the Author:
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She writes in a wide range of genres including Romantic Comedy, Romantic Comedy/Mystery, Romantic Suspense, New Adult Drama, Contemporary Romance and Psychological Thriller. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
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