Published by Loveswept on July 25th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Barnes & Noble
Jacqueline: As an adult woman--and the vice president of a marketing firm--I shouldn't be waiting by my office window to ogle the mystery man who jogs by every morning at 11:45. Sure, he's a gorgeous, perfect specimen of the human race, but I can't bring myself to hit on a total stranger. However, my best friend-slash-colleague Vince Carson thinks I should do more than talk to the guy. In fact, he's borderline obsessive about "getting me laid." (His words.) But the more time we spend together, the more it's clear: The one I'm falling for is Vince.
Vince: Jackie Butler's got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn't bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can't ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything's going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible.
I love the friends-to-lovers tripe, I don’t love the I’ll-teach-you-to-get-the-other-guy trope. So I wasn’t sure what which opinion would win out, but I had to read this book. Who among us hasn’t seen that runner glide by our window and wanted to follow him? Jacqueline certainly does want to, but she can’t bring herself to do it.
Enter Vince, her best friend and co-Vice President at the marketing firm where they both work. He’s divorced, and knows he wants to be more than friends with Jackie, but doesn’t know how to go about it. He’s biding his time, but when he sees how intent she is on meeting Runner Guy, he realizes he needs to act. For some reason, he decides that this action should come in the form of teaching her how to pick up the other guy, which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but it works out in the end, so we’ll just move on from that point.
This was a really cute, quick read. Jacqueline and Vince are hot, though a little frustrating at times. A lot of the drama and conflict came from general misunderstandings which could have been avoided if they had communicated with each other a little more. I appreciated the dual perspective, though. For some reason, several of the books I’ve read recently have been from only one, and I always prefer to know where everyone is coming from. Bottom line – go grab this one. And get ready for the next in the series. I have a feeling Vince’s drinking buddy is in for quite a ride.