on July 25th 2017
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Don't trust lust at first sight. One woman chooses reality over fantasy in this friends-to-lovers romance, a steamy standalone by "an author to keep your eye on" (Katee Robert).
As an adult woman--and the vice president of a marketing firm--I shouldn't be waiting by my office window to ogle the mystery man who jogs by every morning at 11:45. Sure, he's a gorgeous, perfect specimen of the human race, but I can't bring myself to hit on a total stranger. However, my best friend-slash-colleague Vince Carson thinks I should do more than talk to the guy. In fact, he's borderline obsessive about "getting me laid." (His words.) But the more time we spend together, the more it's clear: The one I'm falling for is Vince.
Jackie Butler's got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn't bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can't ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything's going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible.
~~Reviewed by Jen~~
Jacqueline Butler and Vince Carson are Co-VP‘s at a successful advertising firm and best friends. Both have settled for a comfortable dating limbo since their divorces. But when Jacqueline’s daily gawking at a hot jogger, who runs by her office window, is the catalyst to get her to move out into the world again it could be the one to open her eyes and arms to the perfect man right in front of her all along.
In the first book in her Real Love series Eye Candy Jessica Lemmon not only managed to land a great HEA and set the stage for some tantalizing upcoming stories but she continued to show readers just how good a writer she is. This story took off slow and steady, really exemplifying the life slump her leads Jackie and Vince were in. Ms. Lemmon skillfully guided her characters through the dangerous waters of friends to lovers in an insightful and caring way but not without an abundance of amusing and often touching mishaps. Something you can always count on with this author is getting inside the heads of her characters, an experience you do not want to miss as it is like no other and is always so fulfilling. Vince moments showcased Jessica Lemmon’s remarkable ability to tap into the mindset of the collective inner dude. Jackie was smart, sensitive and the friend Vince was lucky enough to have and the one we all hope to have at our back. When this couple stepped out of their comfortable friend zone their insecurities and hope heated the pages and removed any options of putting this book down by readers. Significant interactions and well-developed characters filled this work with wonderful moments but it was the sum of the whole not its pieces that make this story a standout compelling read.
*I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.*