We’re already halfway through 2022, so I’m taking the time to reflect back on my 15 favorite books of the year so far. Kayley Loring knows how to write funny, one-of-a-kind romances that I can devour in one sitting – and Good Vibrations gave me the exact vibes I wanted from a book with that title. It made me laugh, it made me fan myself, and it made me smile. How can you ask for more than that? Loring has long been a one-click author for me, but this certainly helped cement that status. You’ll find my original review and some quotes from the book below!
Deliciously weird and super sexy, this single dad romance had me laughing within minutes and smiling the whole way through – exactly the kind of low angst, funny read that I love from Loring. If you’re new to the series, then you’ll be missing out on some hysterical family moments (and two other great rom coms), but you shouldn’t have any trouble following along with the love story. It’s instalove followed by three years of longing for these two near-strangers, so the ZAP of connection is instantaneous and powerful. Their chemistry was excellent (with some seriously fan-worthy moments!), and there are SO MANY funny scenes that kept me laughing and loving the story. If you’re looking for something lighthearted and smile-inducing, then look no further.
The story follows Miles, a single dad who loves his daughter fiercely. And what does his daughter love? Singing and acting – she wants to be a star. Sounds great, except… even this grumpy lawyer doesn’t have the heart to tell his daughter that she’s TERRIBLE at both. So when Miles’ daughter has an audition with the sexy former child star who has been starring in his dirty dreams, Miles can’t seem to help himself and he strikes up a deal that works for everyone. The only problem is that Aria is just as off-limits now as she was when they met three years ago, and spending time together does nothing to flame out those fantasies.
This has been such a fun series, and this quirky, easygoing installment was another fantastic one. Sure, the relationship has some pacing issues, but those faded into the background with my complete and total enjoyment of the rest of the story. It’s funny and STEAMY, with undeniable heat between these two. I loved that they’ve both been infatuated for so long, and it was like flipping a switch once they got together. There’s very minimal angst, which made this such a feel good read. If you’re a fan of single dads, then you’re going to absolutely MELT for the sweet, swoony moments between Miles and his daughter. If I’ve got one complaint, it’d be that I never want to hear the word “woman-child” used again, certainly not by somebody who will one day braid his lover’s hair. But… I digress. I can’t remember the last book that kept me smiling this much, and that is always a very, very good thing.
A former model, a grumpy lawyer, and a single dad walk into an audition for a children’s musical… They’re all Miles Brodie. It’s only cute if you aren’t the director who’s being bribed to cast his daughter.
DEAR MS. CROSS,
Re: Our discussion
1. True. Casting my daughter as the lead in your musical could be considered bribery if people find out I’m investing in it, but no one needs to know.
2. I only want to hire you as Macy’s singing coach so her vocal skills will improve.
3. Maybe if you’d spent less time surfing and more on your singing career, you wouldn’t be in this financial predicament.
4. Re. your living situation—my neighbor has a guest house. If you cast Macy as Alice, I will pay for your first three months’ rent.
Do we have a deal?
DEAR MR. BRODIE,
1. It absolutely is bribery, but I absolutely need that money for my production. Thanks!
2. It is very cute that you will do anything to get Macy this part, but I would only coach that sweet child as a favor to all mammals with functional hearing.
3. If I spend less time surfing, will you spend less time jogging on my beach with your shirt off?
4. You want to pay me to live next door so you don’t have to drive anywhere to frown at me?
5. I have another condition for casting Macy as Alice—you have to perform the part of the Cheshire Cat.
* This is a 70,000 word standalone steamy romantic comedy novel.
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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,
Read my review here
Have you read Sleeper yet? It’s so good!
Funny Business is the start of the 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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