Series: Real Love #1
Published by Random House Publishing, Loveswept on July 25th 2017
Source: Netgalley, Provided by Publisher
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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.
Considering my bad luck lately with Romance books, I was kind of dreading going into this one. That quickly changed when I realized my favorite trope being used. Eye Candy is a friends-to-lovers story mixed with an office romance that surprisingly made things even better.
Jackie and Vince are both divorcees with their own jaded pasts to work through. This made their issues all the more real for me while reading about their disagreements and their fights. There’s nothing I hate more than pointless drama between couples and though these two certainly had some issues they were completely understandable and even relatable.
I found the characters charismatic, intelligent and adorable. I loved the dual perspective; another surprise for me because I usually hate those. Both their points of views were easily distinguishable and interesting. The dialogue was witty and believable; there was no excess of detail or sappy monologues. The best way I can sum this up is that it was simple yet incredibly fun.
The smut was really good too and it didn’t take over the entire story. I had the time to fall in love with the characters personalities and not just their incredible chemistry. It all was very domestic actually, WHICH I LOVED. I love reading about simple domestic scenes because it feels so intimate. Sex is good and all but I like knowing that they get along well enough to maintain a relationship.
All in all, I wasn’t blown away but I felt so satisfied by this cute Romance. I’m looking forward to reading Davis’s part of the story and even more of this author’s work!
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