My Copy: Sent from author
Alan Hyatt could do his job in his sleep, and when the Goddard Project sends him to investigate a case of high-tech espionage in the Vancouver film industry, he finds a perfect reason to work in bed. But sizzling actress Jillian Carlyle also happens to be his landlady, and she’s got a hard-and-fast (so to speak) rule that keeps her from dating her renters. While Alan’s cover as a reporter gets him close to all the suspects on the set of Jillian’s sci-fi show, playing a background actor at her suggestion to get his story? Well, that’s something else–but he’s not about to turn down a red-hot redhead, even if she keeps throwing him curves…
Jillian just can’t understand it. Sure, Alan is six-feet-something of chiseled ruggedness with gray eyes and an irresistible growl in his voice. But hello? She doesn’t do relationships–even of the casual kind–with men who impact more than her senses. No one is getting a chance at her heart. Especially not one of her renters. Still, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying Alan from afar–but not too far, or she wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate his rock-hard abs when he’s working out in the home gym. If only he didn’t make her feel safe and oh so right when they touched…
What’s funny about this book is that I liked the secondary characters more than the main ones. I just never connected with Jillian and Alan. Alan is smart, looks like a God and is great at his job sure…but I just didn’t see him and Jillian together. Perhaps it was because Jillian spends the majority of the book swearing her and Alan aren’t going to hook up because he is a boarder (undercover) at her house and her main rule is no sex with the room mates. I mean, how many times can one girl say that to herself before something has to give? About a million apparently. I desperately wanted something to happen…anything to happen between them past the looks they gave each other. There just seemed to be way to much downtime between important plot points. I often had the urge to skip ahead to find out when/if something was going to happen.
Now Gavin? Yeah I liked him. He is completely spunky and fabulous in that way only a gay best friend can be. He says what he wants, hits on who he wants and doesn’t give a damn what anyone else thinks. He is a fashion ICON..well maybe in his own mind anyway. I loved him. I was rooting for him and Perry throughout the entire book. I loved his sense of humor!
The writing in this particular book just seemed a bit off from what I’ve read in the past by Lucy. There seemed to be a disconnect from the readers. The plot was good and unique but I felt like I was being told everything second-hand instead of feeling it first hand.
I wanted to like this book…but it fell short for me. I think this easily could have been a novella instead of a full length novel. Overall I found it to be decent read, one that wasn’t my favorite but still, I didn’t put it down and I did finish it…so Im giving Deal With This by Lucy Monroe 2.75 stars!