Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Escape Publishing
My Copy: Sent
Samantha Evans’s life is going to hell. Not only has she rage-quit her beloved, high-powered job, but she is suddenly afflicted by hormones, free time, and an unavoidable, unignorable, undeniably gorgeous irritant in the form of Nick Hawke, her extreme sports star neighbour, who has come home to take over the reins of his grandmother’s second-hand bookshop. Sam needs something to keep her from begging for her old job back until she’s good and sure her boss understands how wrong he was, and taking a low-risk, low-stress job helping Nick at the bookstore might be just the thing. After all, it’s not like Nick is the right guy to help her with her hormones. He’ll just be fun to look at while she searches for the one.
Nick has six months to get over an injury before Everest and a big, fat contract beckon. That means no sports, no danger and, above all else, no risks. It means playing it safe. And Nick Hawke doesn’t do safe. So he’s going to need something to stave off the boredom while selling books he doesn’t read to people who wouldn’t know a carabineer from a crochet hook. What could be safer than hiring a cranky, unemployed accountant to help run the bookstore? Sam is efficient and methodical and messing up her neat, post-it note world could be a fun way to pass the time….
A humor filled romance that will appeal to many readers. The hero and heroine are miles apart on what they want in a relationship but it is fun to see how they bridge the gap to find love.
Samantha Evans has a high paying high demanding job and loves it, that is until her boss employs his nephew who does not have the knowledge or experience she has, but promotes him anyway, so she quits soon after. She believes that her boss will eventually want her back to clean up the mess but in the meantime she is looking for something temporary while she makes plans for the future, you see not only is her work life a mess but her love life has disappeared and her biological clock is ticking loud and clear.
Nick Hawke is an extreme sports star who is in several documentaries where he travels to exotic locations; he is healing from an injury and getting ready to climb Everest in a few months. His grandmother Birdie was a well loved bookstore owner who was one of Sam’s great friends, so while he is healing he takes over the store and hires the unemployed Sam to help. While working there, she and Nick become good friends, she tells him about her “talking eggs” and he tries to help by setting her up on a few blind dates. The more time they spend together, the more these two polar opposites re-evaluate what they want in life, and when he helps her overcome some sexual issues, his 100% guarantee is just what she is looking for.
This is a cute story with witty dialog and humorous situations.
Sam is charming, she knows what she wants and believes she can have it all as long as everything fits neatly into her plans, but when she tells Nick, he has to hold in his laughter as he is one of seven children and knows that kids do not fit neatly anywhere. Sam frequently mentions her “talking eggs” and how they are driving her decisions lately and gets Nick involved trying to find the perfect man for her. There are several hilarious blind date disasters that had me smiling and Nick was only too happy to hear about them the next day. Sam may be confident in her job but she definitely needs some help with her body image and sexuality which Nick is only too happy to assist with.
Nick is too cute, he is a carefree travel junkie that happened to be at the right place to land documentary jobs where he does extreme sports adventures and get paid very well. While taking time to heal from a back injury he re-opens his grandmother’s book store and enjoys it more than he would like to admit. He is sexy and finds Sam hard to resist but knows she is not looking for anything short term (remember the talking eggs). I like how the two become fast friends from the beginning; they talk about everything and enjoy each other’s company. There is also an interesting scene that brings these two even more into what could really happen between friends, when they finally connect she starts to think too much which hampers her enjoyment and then she runs, she really does have some hang-ups but happily for her and Nick, he is willing to help.
I enjoyed the secondary characters; Sam’s sister makes a perfect “devil” on her shoulder to push her along and the friends she makes at the bookstore add a lot to the story, as they eat lamington’s (an Australian sponge cake, I had to look it up) and try to save the tearoom that makes this wonderful dessert. The plot pace works well, there is not much drama between the characters as this sweet romance builds from a great friendship to a passionate love and I enjoyed it immensely.
I give Risky Business by Amy Andrews 4 stars!
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