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on September 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: ARC from publisher
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I'm Payton Blake. Just another twenty-something girl, living the dream.
That’s what I tell myself every morning. That I’m successful, self-aware, and well-balanced.
It's just a tiny fib. I would be all of those things, if I had friends who didn’t work with me at the bank. And if I made it to pilates more than once a quarter. And if watermelon slushies weren't the main source of nutrients in my diet. It wouldn’t hurt if I’d had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn’t count.)
But when you know where you're going, you don’t need to enjoy the ride. Right?
Even if some teeny part of me did want to fool around, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call. Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. And yeah, his eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in a ‘what-are-you-in-a-band?’ kind of way. And fighting with him gets me going faster than Jorge on bezerker mode…He’s still colder than a cactus and twice as prickly. And I’m not talking about his face, because the guy’s barely old enough to shave.
It’d really be best if we just ignored each other. Which is a problem, because Max Donovan is my new biggest client.
So what happens when the girl who lives to work meets the guy who was born to play?
This was REALLY good. Not super unique as a story, but I was in the mood for it. Definitely difficult to stop reading. Hilarious at times. Very steamy. Emotional. I mean, it had everything. I also liked how things didn’t always wrap up nicely or go the way you thought they would. Life isn’t perfect. Things fall apart. Sometimes you’re just setting out on an adventure to see what you can do about it. This book reflects that.
I liked Payton. She did not stand for bullshit. She knew when to say no and did not give in easily. She knew which things she would not compromise. But she also knew which things were worth fighting for. She was admirable as a character. And she was unendingly selfless.
Max was certainly no Prince Charming. He was moodier than most leading men. I did like that he was an adult the whole time, though. He didn’t lose his head and swoon over her. He didn’t grovel or break down when he screwed up. He may have gotten angry a few times too many, but ultimately he made the right decisions trying to fix the problem. They were both good at being adults about it. I appreciated that.
The sub-plots were nice too, and added levels of importance to the characters and the main plot. Everything fit together to make one cohesive story. It was different from others I’ve read, though. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it probably had to do with the fact that there were a lot more serious moments and discussions without it being like a tragic-hero sort of thing. It was more a real-life sort of thing. Like it isn’t going to end in a happily-ever-after—that’s just not realistic. Sometimes you just don’t know what will happen. But you want to find out.
reaction upon finishing
ahhhhh super good
this book in one word