One fake relationship . . .
Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and—ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago—hailed a hero. Except she doesn’t feel like a hero. She can’t even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she’s powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exactly what’s needed to keep her small town’s matchmakers at bay during the upcoming wedding season. If only her attraction to Wes were as easy to ignore.
Too many real kisses . . .
Wes Dalton doesn’t have many regrets, and that includes his night with Ginny. But he’s always hoped to strengthen his relationship with his estranged family. When his father’s health takes a bad turn, Wes puts his life on hold and moves to the meddling seaside town of Cape Hope. With his barriers in place—and a beautiful woman to help him hold them up—he’s prepared for anything. Or so he thinks. Despite his determination to leave as soon as the summer is over, those fake kisses are starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing.
Now I love a good romance novel, with or without sexual shenannigans. My only real requirements are that I care about the characters, that everying isn’t massively predictable (though you always want a happy ever after, right?) that the writing isnt cheesy and that I get the warm and fuzzies at the end.
I’m pleased to tell you that this book delivers….and even throws in a couple of twists to keep you guessing. Yes, you know as soon as the one night stand happens, that Ginny is going to bump into Wes back at home. There would be no story otherwise. But the rest of the tale is one which has elements of both light and dark, humour and sadness and ….. the L word. There. I said it.
Of course, at times I wanted to smack Ginny and Wes’ heads together! I just felt like shouting “oh come on, get it together already!”. Naturally, I refrained. It’s not good to be caught talking to your book apparently.
However, that only demonstrates how deeply I was involved in the story. I was really transported to Cape Hope, with it’s beach and lighthouse and boardwalk. I even liked how we saw the story from both points of view.
So, what mark do I give this book? That’s a toughie. For me, if I was reviewing in the normal up to 5* situation, this would fall between 4 and 5* in my view. So I suggest a mark of B+/A-. I know, I know, I’m sitting on the fence here. Tell you what, why not try it for yourself and make your own mind up??
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The book is released on 12th May 2014. You can find Elyssa here: http://elyssapatrick.wordpress.com/