It was like (not love) for me, but there’s a lot of good stuff going on in this fling to more romance. After one steamy night together, this couple soon realizes they’re in over their heads when they become boss/assistant. I loved the sexual tension, and there are some really sweet moments between this single dad and his troublemaking teenage daughter. The story has an easygoing, small town feel, and I had no issues jumping right into the series – this easily reads as a standalone. With enemies to lovers vibes and a great office romance dynamic, this had the potential to be excellent. Unfortunately, this couple just doesn’t spend enough time on the page together. After a brief (vaguely described) first interaction, they spend a lot of time off the page from each other and the story lost its momentum. I wanted more of a romantic feel mixed in with the hostility, and I didn’t get that. But there’s a lot to love here, and I enjoyed it overall.
The story follows Luna (29), a woman who has always been a hit it and quit it kinda girl. She’s fully aware that she has mommy issues, so Luna intends to be single forever. When a sexy stranger walks into the bar she’s tending, Luna knows that she wouldn’t mind spending a night with the man – no need to exchange names or numbers. And what a night it is. A few weeks later, Luna is still basking in the glow of that night… until that stranger appears in her small town. Turns out, Nate (40) is a former local who is moving back home, and he’s also the man Luna was hoping to start working for. The only problem? He’s a lot less sexy when he’s being an arrogant, dismissive jerk. But as the two get to know each other outside of the bedroom, it’s not longer before Luna starts falling for both Nate and his daughter.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that only about a month has passed since Luna and Nate’s encounter, so they’re both still thinking back to that night when the book begins. Sounds like they certainly heated up the sheets! I also really liked the single dad element; the best part about Nate is his softness around his (adopted) daughter. There’s a great subplot about found family and moving forward after past troubles, which was nice to read. The main issue for me was that I didn’t particularly care about Nate OR Luna; Luna is determined to keep her heart out of the equation, and Nate is intentionally pushing her away. I needed more time with them together, actually having non-work or daughter-related conversations and getting to know each other. That was definitely lacking for me. But I liked almost everything else, and I had no trouble bingeing this in one sitting.
Rule number 1: Never fall for the enemy.
Rule number 2: Never get involved with a local.
Luna Copeland lives by those rules, which complicates things tremendously when her new boss turns out to be a former one-night stand. As if that isn’t bad enough, he’s also a world-class jerk. But she just can’t make herself stop thinking about their one night together.
When Nate Warren left Whitecap years ago, he was certain he wouldn’t come back. But when his daughter starts acting up and getting into trouble, the small coastal town proves to be the best place for her. With an unruly teen on his hands, the last thing he has time for is romance. Unfortunately, he can’t get his sassy assistant out of his head.
When ignoring their attraction fails, Nate decides he wants all in. He just has to convince Luna she wants the same.
About the Author:
Born and raised around Houston, Jessica is a self proclaimed caffeine addict, connoisseur of inexpensive wine, and the worst driver in the state of Texas. In addition to being all of these things, she’s first and foremost a wife and mom.
Growing up, she shared her mom and grandmother’s love of reading. But where they leaned toward murder mysteries, Jessica was obsessed with all things romance.
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