A slow-burning treat, this exceedingly low angst romance is easily one of my new favorites from this writing duo. The hero is one of the biggest cinnamon roll sweethearts I’ve ever had the pleasure to read about, and the forced proximity was a major win. Not that either of these characters really had to be forced to spend time together; they’re both smitten from the start, and the mutual crushes made this feel so lighthearted and easygoing. I was initially concerned that the book was going to drag – at nearly 600 pages, it’s their longest yet – but it’s just filled to the brim with sweet, funny, and swoony moments. Don’t go into this one expecting a ton of heat or high levels of tension; these two are perfect together, and that’s clear from the beginning. There’s just the pesky matter of a major secret between them, which is sure to change everything once all is revealed.
The story follows Brooke, an author who has been dealing with a case of writer’s block. Her last series became such a success that it’s about to be made into a TV show, and she’s supposed to be writing the spinoff. Unfortunately, that book hasn’t been going so well, and Brooke keeps avoiding it by writing something else entirely. Meeting her sweet and sexy new editor sparked an immediate crush, and that has inspired a romance novel starring them. The characters might have different names, but it’s clear to Brooke who has been starring in her fantasies lately. No one was ever supposed to see that book, but Brooke accidentally attaches it instead when submitting her latest novel… and Chase loves it. He loves it so much that he’s willing to put his career on the line to publish that novel instead of the much-anticipated one. And he loves it so much that he finds himself joining Brooke on a cross-country promotional tour (in a motorhome!) while they get it edited at the last minute. And that leads to some unexpected results.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this, but I’ve been a fan of this writing duo for a long time, so I didn’t hesitate to take the journey once I saw the page count. I don’t mind a beefy book if it’s worth the time spent on it, and this one definitely was. With tons of chemistry, plenty of humorous and quirky moments, and two characters who are incredibly easy to like, I had no trouble getting emotionally invested in the romance right away. Chase makes a fantastic book boyfriend – kind, supportive, easygoing, and genuinely good. Brooke also makes for an interesting character, and I especially loved that she’s got a service dog for her vasovagal syncope, which added a ton of quirkiness and a unique feel to the story. I also loved that this is essentially a road trip romance between two people who get along SO well. The vibes are relaxed and fun, the angst is low, and the only major issue is the (not so) small matter of telling Chase about the book. So I had a great time sitting back and enjoying my time spent with this couple, and it flew by for me.
The audio is excellent! With CJ Bloom and Joe Arden narrating, you can’t go wrong. Both give great performances that infuse a ton of humor and personality into the characters, and I can wholeheartedly say that the audio enhances the reading experience. Bloom has been narrating a lot of the books I’ve been reading lately, so I’ve gotten pretty used to her voice. She does fantastic job with rom coms, and I enjoyed her as Brooke. Arden is always a solid pick, and he was great as Chase. Both narrators are skilled and their voices are easy to listen to, so no complaints there. The book itself is very much a slow burn with a few spicy moments along the way, so it’s a good choice for a workday listen overall (maybe start the first chapter at home, lol). The runtime is too much for a single day, but I looked forward to jumping back in every time I set it down. So I definitely recommend the audio.
A successful writer accidentally sends her new (and super-dreamy) editor the wrong manuscript. Instead of the full-length paranormal novel she promised Longstrand Publishing, she sends the fan fiction she’s written about her crush…on him—including every detail of the hot, steamy “physical activity” she’s fantasized about happening between them.
And Chase Dawson may be the hottest man alive and a super-talented editor to boot, but he’s completely oblivious that he’s the star of the manuscript he just convinced his boss to green-light.
Brooke Baker has been through a lot in her thirty-one years of life.
A career change.
A move to New York City from “small-town” Ohio.
Not to mention, she has a bit of a medical condition that involves occasional fainting spells, mild embarrassment, and the companionship of her adorable service dog and canine sidekick, Benji.
But none of it has prepared her for this.
None of it prepared her for Chase Dawson.
Strong jaw, blue eyes, cut muscles, and a perfect swoop of superhero-worthy black hair, Chase’s features are those of a book boyfriend and then some. Obviously, Brooke would know—she literally filled an entire manuscript with it.
A manuscript no one was ever supposed to see.
Will she survive two months of revising and editing the sizzling romance she imagined with Chase in extremely close quarters with him? Or will the constant white lies and overwhelming attraction make her spontaneously combust?
About the Author:
A duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you sexy, laugh-out-loud reads.
Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far.
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I had an early review copy, but it JUST went live on Amazon: https://amzn.to/40XXP2q