Online dating columnist Dane Martin (www.virile.com) 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 dating advice to women struggling to find commitment among the Virile sycophants. Dane is exactly the kind of guy she cautions her readers away from.
When a publicity stunt goes awry and the opposites must pretend to be dating, all bets are off. Has the Girl Next Door tamed the most Virile man alive, or is she just another notch on the bedpost?
Previously published as Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door. Now with bonus epilogue!
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 🙂
(And I’ve watched more than my fair share, so I would know.)
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.
The new epilogue (not originally included with Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door) cranks up the adorableness about a thousandfold, and has me totally ready for my next visit to Silver Pines!
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.”
You see my problem here, right? As if any sane person would pick Luke over Han… 😉
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.