Listen, I’m practically a Loring fangirl at this point, but this was SO clearly rushed that there were a lot of things that just didn’t work for me. It needed some more time in the oven, without a doubt. It felt like there were pieces missing, and scenes I wanted to see that were just not there. It goes from zero to sixty in the steam department, but I never felt like the emotional connection caught up. We certainly didn’t see it. Even the duet narration audiobook couldn’t hold my interest… and that’s really sad, because there’s some fan-worthy steam and plenty of unique humor. Ultimately, I didn’t enjoy this at all, but I see the foundation of a great rom com underneath the surface.
The story follows Cora and Nolan, two strangers who meet while they’re out of town. What starts as some flirting and a one night stand turns into a days-long fling that leaves them both with lingering feelings when they part ways. When they run into each other again, Cora and Nolan find themselves getting married… but Cora is sure that they need to leave their connection behind. She’s a single mom whose real life is nothing like the carefree encounters she’s had with Nolan, and surely the sexy Irishman won’t like the reality. Nolan convinces her to give their marriage a chance, but he’s going to have his work cut out for him if he intends to keep his wife.
On the plus side, the humor was so fun and playful – these two definitely have chemistry, and I loved seeing Nolan’s sweeter side. Loring is so great at writing comedy, and the addition of Crais has added a richer element to her books. They just needed some more time to get this one right. I felt really disconnected from the characters the whole way through; it seemed like we were being told about the connection between them, but it didn’t come across the page beyond the physical. I actually started tuning out the audiobook somewhere along the way – I just didn’t love them as a couple. Cora is also so against letting Nolan into her life that it was difficult to root for her. I’m a huge fan of Loring’s work, but this didn’t work for me on several levels.
I love duet narration, and Connor Crais voicing this sexy Irishman was a lot of fun. There’s a playful vibe, and the duet-style narration is great for infusing chemistry into every situation. This is a fling to more romance with a LOT of (dirty) heat at the start, so I don’t recommend it for the office. The runtime makes it easy to finish in less than a day, and the light, humor-filled story makes it an easy read. I will note that, just like the book itself, the audio felt a little thrown together. Crais’ voice is quieter than Cartwright’s in several scenes, and I was often unsure how to adjust my volume accordingly. Duet narration is my favorite, but the quality control on this was not up to par. Still a solid way to experience the book though, and I do recommend the audio overall.
You might think the problem would be waking up in Vegas, hungover,
next to a beautiful woman who’s wearing your boxer briefs
and finding out ya married her in the middle of an epic drunken night of festivities.
But you’d be wrong.
I, Nolan Cassidy, international charmer and maker of mischief have fallen head over heels for Cora Delaney.
I want to be married to the lass.
So you might think the problem would be that she wants an annulment.
But again you’d be wrong—stop getting it so wrong.
I, Nolan Cassidy, with my devil tongue and Irish accent, will no doubt change her mind.
Does the problem lie in that she has a son who doesn’t like me and is as clever and crafty as I?
Or that I’ve only got one month—until St. Patrick’s Day—to prove to my one true love
that I can be a good husband and father?
C’mere and I’ll tell ya…
None of that is the problem.
I’m a problem.
My boxing days may be behind me
but the fight never left me.
When I see something I want, I get it.
And nothing is going to stand in my way.
Not my new wife’s hesitation nor her son’s doubts.
So buckle up, strap in.
Because I’m no longer in the business of wanting.
I’m in the business of having.
Which is gonna make for one wild Paddy’s Day.
*This is a 62,500 word standalone accidental marriage/single mom super-steamy romantic comedy with an Irish hero you won’t be able to say no to!
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What’s the actual last thing you’d ever want your executive assistant to see you doing the morning after you had hot, drunk, angry sex with her in a terrible hotel room? Dancing around your terrible hotel room to “Come and Get Your Love” like Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy—naked? Yeah. Me too.
And yet, here we are.
This isn’t even the most unprofessional thing that’s happened between us in the past couple of weeks.
The first was when I agreed to let her have Christmas Day off, but only if she goes with me to three family gatherings as my fake girlfriend.
The second was when she caught me belting out a Christmas song on stage in the awful hotel bar.
The third was the hot, drunk, angry sex that followed, but I do not regret it.
And she hasn’t even found out the real reason I need her by my side this holiday season.
I need to pull it together before I do the dumbest, most unprofessional thing of all—fall head over heels in love with the only assistant who’s lasted more than a month at the job and claims to hate me and my moods more than she hates eggnog.
And I’ve seen how much she hates eggnog.
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About the Authors:
ABOUT KAYLEY LORING
Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing 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 an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author who is breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.
Rest assured that her funny sexy sweet romances have no cheating or cliffhangers, and always have HEAs!
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ABOUT CONNOR CRAIS
Connor Crais is a classically trained actor living in the Midwest with his wife, two kids, and rescue greyhound. He has been both a stage and television actor, and before plunging into the romance genre, he had been narrating commercials, audiobooks, and explainers for well over a decade from his home studio. From alphas to bosses to cocky sports stars (a particular favorite), he loves sparring with beautiful, sassy heroines (and their talented narrators) but also loves winning them over and reaching that happily ever after. He is excited to now create those stories as an author.
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