See Gwen’s guest post about the songs she listened to while writing this book here. There’s a giveaway, too!
Title: Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door
Author: Gwen Hayes
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Online virile.com dating columnist Dane Martin has no plans to give up his reign as bachelor extraordinaire. He has a reputation to uphold, especially with the upcoming release of his book Coming on Strong.
Holly Winters, everyone’s favorite girl next door, thanks to her blog of the same name, gives advice, but she doesn’t always take it. When she meets Dane Martin, every fiber of her being warns her to turn tail and run. Instead, she risks her future as an authority on relationships, jeopardizing her upcoming self-help book for women struggling to find commitment among the Virile sycophants.
Has the Girl Next Door tamed the most Virile man alive, or is she just another notch on the bedpost?
This novella was so, so much fun! Well-written banter, a side romance to root for, an awkward rescue mutt, and an enemies-to-lovers romance with a he said/she said rivalry going on–very reminiscent of every rom-com movie I’ve ever watched and loved 🙂
Holly and Dane’s progression from friends to lovers to something more was nicely done, and realistic. Even though it’s a novella, the time frame was not at all rushed. The excerpts from their individual blog posts were a nice touch, and revealed much about their characters and mindsets.
I only have one complaint here:
“Tell me a little bit about the man of your dreams.”
She sent him a startled look. “Well, he’s…nice.”
A huff of incredulity escaped Dane’s lungs. “Nice? The man of your dreams is nice? Try again, this time give me some of that honesty you were talking about the other night.”
“Oh, all right. But he is nice. It’s not a crime, you know. I happen to like nice men.”
Something pulled in his gut. “I’m a nice man.”
Holly laughed. “No you’re not. You’re…”
“A scoundrel?” he offered.
“I was always more of a Luke Skywalker fan than Han Solo anyway.”
“Now I know you’re lying. You better get back to this dream man of yours before I try to interest you in my light saber.”
You see my problem here, right? As if any sane person would pick Luke over Han! 😉
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.