Read Between the Lines by Rachel Lacey

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Four out of Five Stars

Summary

Books are Rosie Taft’s life. And ever since she took over her mother’s beloved Manhattan bookstore, they’ve become her home too. The only thing missing is her own real-life romance like the ones she loves to read about, and Rosie has an idea of who she might like to sweep her off her feet. She’s struck up a flirty online friendship with lesbian romance author Brie, and what could be more romantic than falling in love with her favorite author?

Jane Breslin works hard to keep her professional and personal lives neatly separated. By day, she works for the family property development business. By night, she puts her steamier side on paper under her pen name: Brie. Jane hasn’t had much luck with her own love life, but her online connection with a loyal reader makes Jane wonder if she could be the one.

When Rosie learns that her bookstore’s lease has been terminated by Jane’s family’s business, romance moves to the back burner. Even though they’re at odds, there’s no denying the sparks that fly every time they’re together. When their online identities are revealed, will Jane be able to write her way to a happy ending, or is Rosie’s heart a closed book?

Review

This was such a fun read! If you are a fan of 90’s romantic comedy films, you are going to love Read Between the Lines. Lacey acknowledges the inspiration for this novel came from the classic rom-com, You’ve Got Mail. Lacey puts her twist on things to make them fresh, fun, and exciting.

Rosie Taft runs her family bookstore, and she loves it. Books, customers, connecting with people who love books as much as she does. Everything is threatened when Jane Breslin delivers notice her family’s company won’t be renewing the lease intending to demolish the building Between the Pages was housed in.

One bright spot in all of this is the fact Rosie can talk with her favorite author Brie online over Twitter.

Brie is a timid author who hides behind her penname and doesn’t make public appearances.

Life takes a wild turn when the world of Rosie, Brie, and Jane all crash together. No matter how angry Rosie gets with Jane, she can’t fight the attraction she feels towards Jane. Even with the turmoil of what it may mean for her business, Rosie finds her self drawn closer and closer to Jane.

Rosie is the sweetest and most determined character. Her enthusiasm for books made me excited to read again (this year hasn’t been my best reading year so to be excited about reading is huge). There were a few moments she irked my nerves, but I could understand her reactions.

Jane, I have a special place in my heart for Jane. As an author, who also writes under a pen name, I felt for her. She wants to please her family, but she wants to be a full-time author as well. She wants to help, but then she ends putting her foot in her mouth. A lot of people look down on romance authors, but this genre is such an amazing genre full of readers and authors who want to see the happiness of the world.

The chemistry between the two women, even when they were enemies, was intense. They were drawn to each other when they didn’t want to be. Which made their romance all the sweeter once it blossomed.

What I enjoyed about this, from both a reader’s and writer’s perspective, was the fact that we got to see their Twitter interactions. I’m a sucker for seeing letters, texts, emails in romance novels. You could feel the flirty undertones and the anxiety of their messages back and forth.   

 

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A Temporary Situation by H.L. Day

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Four out of Five Stars

The Summary: Personal assistant Dominic is a consummate professional. Funny then, that he harbors such unprofessional feelings toward Tristan Maxwell, the CEO of the company. No, not in that way. The man may be the walking epitome of gorgeousness dressed up in a designer suit. But, Dominic’s immune. Unlike most of the workforce, he can see through the pretty facade to the arrogant, self-entitled asshole below. It’s lucky then, that the man’s easy enough to avoid.

Disaster strikes when Dominic finds himself having to work in close proximity as Tristan’s P.A. The man is infuriatingly unflappable, infuriatingly good-humored, and infuriatingly unorthodox. In short, just infuriating. A late-night rescue leading to a drunken pass only complicates matters further, especially with the discovery that Tristan is both straight and engaged.

Hatred turns to tolerance, tolerance to friendship, and friendship to mutual passion. One thing’s for sure, if Tristan sets his sights on Dominic, there’s no way Dominic has the necessary armor or willpower to keep a force of nature like Tristan at bay for long, no matter how unprofessional a relationship with the boss might be. He may just have to revise everything he previously thought and believed in for a chance at love.

The Review

Dominic is the most professional, professional while at work, unless it concerns the CEO Tristian Maxwell. Dominic doesn’t understand why the rest of his co-workers can’t see under all of Tristian’s playfulness is a cold hearted CEO who doesn’t think well of his employees. Dominic is thankful he doesn’t have work directly with Tristian. Until he does. No matter how hard Dominic tries to keep Tristian at arms-length at all times, but Tristian won’t let him.

It’s hard not to like Tristian though. He is obsessed with food, has a sense of humor and is often times in his own little world. It’s hard to ignore Mr. Fucking Perfect. Oh my, I loved that nickname from the first time Dominic uttered it internally.

These two, they had a fair share of outlandish mishaps that had me laughing out loud. There was a botched flower order, an allergic reaction, and series of communication errors. Dominic did his very best not to fall in love with Tristian. He was his boss, a fairly unconventional boss, but still that was line that he didn’t want to cross. I liked that this wasn’t an immediate fall into the boss’s arms and let him pay for everything situation. Dominic has his own standards and he isn’t going to lower them for anyone.

I loved the text messages and scenes with the two of them together. I had to know what was going to happen next, how everything was going to turn out. It was nice seeing that Tristian didn’t give up on Dominic. Everything happened quickly and intensely, but he found a way to show Dominic that he was sincere. Even when Dominic made it near impossible.

Their chemistry together was excellent. When they ended up in the same areas together, I was waiting for that moment they would acknowledge all the flirtation that had been going on. Tristian did a lot of the chasing and convincing and I wish Dominic would have just given in, just a little, before he finally did. But other than that, I loved Tristian and Dom. They were adorable and I’m glad to see there is a Christmas Novella being released as well, A Christmas Situation. That review will be next up! I’m excited to read it.

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