Reviewed By Aethena Drake
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
This book is short and sweet, opposites attract, romance with a bit of snark and a dash of humor. Ben and Wilder are decidedly different personalities. Wilder’s laid back attitude instantly clashes with Ben’s uptight demeanor, but that doesn’t stop their immediate attraction. Acting on that attraction leaves Wilder and Ben exposed by the paparazzi. In order to circumnavigate a potential scandal, Ben and Wilder are forced to behave like boyfriends for the press. The more Ben and Wilder get to know one another, the harder it is for them to find reasons to hate one another.
The setting was captivating. Growing up in a redneck tourist town, you get used to being judged by people who don’t quite understand the beauty of your home. The author does a wonderful job of using the unique nature of Myrtle Beach to encourage the reader to empathize with Wilder’s inherent distrust of Ben as an outsider.
Developing a character’s personality in a short book can be challenging, but the author develops two very distinct and interesting main characters in just the first few chapters. Wilder’s idiosyncrasies reflect the nature of the place where he has grown up. Being forced to spend time on Wilder’s home turf evolves Ben’s character in interesting ways, and moves the plot in a slightly unexpected way. The story was engaging and the resolution had just the right amount of warm fuzz balls. Yes, fuzzballs!
I recommend this book for anyone who wants a quick, well polished, happily ever after, story with a bit of spice and a whole lot of southern sass!