Even though Lisa Kleypas is a big name in romance, this is the first book of hers I’ve read. It was a NetGalley pick because even though I have a whole list of other books to read and finish, I can’t keep myself from requesting new stuff.
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A career focused wedding planner thinks a one-night stand with a wealthy man is all she wants, but he doesn’t make it easy for her to walk away. For a full synopsis, see this book’s Goodreads page.
The Good Stuff
After reading this, I realized I hadn’t read very many male-in-pursuit romances. They’re fun! It’s kind of cute watching a smitten male go after a woman who’s determined to ignore his charms. The beginning seemed a little slow, but once it picked up, it was a cute read, made only better by the fact that I pictured Joe Travis as Joe Manganiello.
One of my favorite parts of the book was the side story. I love those extra love stories between 2 minor characters in the book, and in this one, the author gets major props for developing a sweet, “aww” inducing side romance even through the eyes of a first person narrator (Avery, the heroine).
The Romance Factor
The chemistry between the main characters is believable, and I liked the smitten male who has to work to earn the woman’s heart. Male in pursuit? Yes, please! 3/5
The Steam Factor
There’s some good foreplay and a few sex scenes, and while none of them are super detailed or dirty, you definitely know what’s going on. Minor, but effective steam. 3/5.
This is the 4th book in the Travises series, but it can be read as a standalone. You meet other characters but there’s not so much backstory that you feel like your missing something. Other than a few minor annoyances with the heroine, I really enjoyed this and will probably go read the rest of the series.