I haven't been reading too much contemporary romance lately but I really liked the sound of this one! A nice fake romance with a touch of familial animosity thrown into the mix... How could I resist?
Stay away from the Daly brothers.
We were raised to know them as users. Manipulators. But I only ever saw Connor as the enigmatic senior hottie who dropped into fifth period to teach us about the perils of drunk driving.
So when my first big girl job out of college ends up with us working at the same company, it’s heart throb city all over again. Except he’s way ahead of the game. Successful, talented, put together. I’m just a frumpy twenty-something in a quarter life crisis who doesn’t know a glue stick from a makeup highlighter.
He would never want me, even though he’s all I ever wanted in secret. So when we cross paths one night at the bar and one drink leads to another, he slaps me with an offer I can’t refuse.
Accompany him back to Bayshore, flight included.
Only stipulation? Pose as his girlfriend.
Our families will flip, but I’m not strong enough to say no to those baby blues, especially if it means I’ll have a chance to spend the next two weeks with my adolescent heartthrob.
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~ 244 pages
It's book two in a series about brothers but it was definitely able to be read as a standalone!
The basic premise of the story is simple; Two people from the same town (whose parents hate each other) work for the same company (but don't interact) until one day, in a bar when they're drunk, one of them (Conner) convinces the other one (Kinsley) to come home with him and to act as his girlfriend so he can essentially score points in his family's constant game of one-up-ship.
Kinsley agrees because she's always had a massive crush on Connor and off we go!
The story doesn't beat around the bush, two chapters and they're at his parent's front door and the ruse has begun.
I appreciated this.
I also appreciated their banter, their chemistry and how easy it was to sink into the story and just enjoy it.
I (mostly) liked Conner and I (mostly) liked Kinsley and I liked how the majority of the book was drama free. It was shaping up to be a nice solid 4-star romance for me... Then the shit storm of an ending hit.
Connor went from being this sweet, lovely and attentive guy to the biggest cock rocket on the planet for a completely unacceptable reason!
He essentially poured petrol all over his relationship, set it on fire, and skipped off into the sunset so he didn't have to see the devastation he wrought only to change his mind, come back, and then wonder why the earth is scorched! Muppet.
Then I lost pretty much any respect for Kinsley when she allowed him back into her life after treating her like that!
I give the author props for making me feel it for I felt gutted for Kinsley, and spitting mad at Connor, and I just wanted it to get better and for them to be happy but the self-respecting part of me cannot accept how easy he got off the hook!
Make Me Fall was my first book by Ember Leigh and despite the wtfery of the ending, I'd read more her for I liked the easy flow of her writing.
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Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides near Lake Erie with her Argentinean husband, where they run an Argentinian-American food truck. In addition to romance novels, Ember also writes travel memoirs and occasionally updates a couple of blogs. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, hops around the world, and eats lots of vegetables.
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