Author: Erica Lucke Dean
Published: April 29, 2013
Stars: 3 out of 5
Banker Katie James has a serious thing for romance novels. She’d almost rather settle for a fictional boyfriend than risk her heart on a flesh-and-blood man. Besides, the only real guy she’s remotely interested in is her rich, unattainable client, the mysterious Cooper Maxwell.
Looking less like the ultra-conservative man she knows and more like a drop-dead sexy character from one of her books, Cooper crashes Katie’s 29th birthday party. But one too many drinks lands Katie in uncharted territory… Cooper’s bedroom!
Drunk on love, Katie dives headfirst into the relationship only to discover that Cooper is keeping secrets… dangerous ones. As if things couldn’t get worse, her meddling mother makes a surprise visit, digging up a whole new set of problems.
I wasn’t sure what to think of this book. I mean the main character, Katie, her ideal man is from a vampire romance novel. But I thought I would give it a shot and really the book wasn’t bad. That is of course with a few stipulations:
I wasn’t even through the second chapter before I was holding my breath, bringing the book closer to my face, waiting for the tension to crest- haha, and what happened, the only word I can think of is Holy Crap. For me, the beginning and ending of the book were the best part. I will admit I contemplated putting the book down but I am glad I stuck it out because the ending was kind of gushy awesome.
Katie’s character has extremely low self esteem and talks about her weight a bit too much. This was really difficult for me to read because I can’t stand characters like that. She talks about her weight/being unattractive/etc to the point where I’m surprised Cooper likes her. Most guys don’t like to have to constantly reassure their date or have to listen to their insecurities. I would say Katie is a bit naive coming across younger with little experience in romantic gestures and dating. Especially her interactions with her work colleagues. It reminded me more of the gossip done in your late teens.
Even though Cooper is very much a romantic gentleman, he is extremely secretive when it comes to his job. Although this secrecy was kind of fun, the way Katie reacted towards it seemed childish. I mean, she is a grown adult in an adult relationship. Yet she feels the only way to get answers about what Cooper does for a living is to snoop around.
As the story continues, the reaction between Katie and Cooper is intense, if not overly exaggerated. I couldn’t help at times roll my eyes at how Katie became overly emotional with Coopers romantic jesters. Katie and Cooper both move extremely fast once they established or maybe the better word is acknowledged the other persons desires for each other. I understand they have known each other for over a year but I felt it was a little over the top/not realistic how fast their relationship developed. All under a week, words of ‘I love you’ and expensive gifts were exchanged.
So why did I like the book, a couple reasons. Like I mentioned above, the beginning and the last 30% of the book it’s pretty awesome. The story itself is meant to be a light fun read. Do not go into this book looking for something serious, you will just be disappointed. Instead, take it for what it is and relax enough to laugh at the situations Katie finds herself in.
Overall, this book middle of the road for me. At times I felt like I was reading a soap opera and those aren’t really my thing. The book has a lot of sex scenes or talks about sex and sometimes I felt like that took away from the plot. The plot is intriguing but it takes a little bit to figure things out.