In this saucy, sexy, laugh-out-loud romp, a lingerie shop owner and single mom falls for the hunky cop who just happens to holster his own perfectly sized weapon.
Bryn, co-owner of Classy ‘n’ Sassy Lingerie shop with her best friend Mia, is ready to get back out in the dating world after losing her husband to the war overseas. Diving into bad first dates, online set-ups, and guys who just can’t get the message, Bryn can’t stop thinking about Eli, the sexy neighborhood cop who’s also a great dad. But between Bryn’s dead husband and Eli’s messy divorce, will these two have what it takes to overcome their baggage and fan the flames between them?
This is a book filled with awkwardness. Bryn and Eli have many awkward moments together–some really, really awkward moments–and for much of the book, I thought Eli too passive of a character and Bryn too aggressive. Neither were bad characters, but neither were they great characters, and yet, I found myself unable to stop reading about them. I wanted to know what happened between them, which made this a very strange but admittedly likable read for me.
Bryn starts out the book unable to stop thinking of her deceased husband, so much so it interferes with what she has going on with Eli. Then when Eli makes things awkward for them, Bryn backs off and decides they are better off as friends. Yet, even as she dates these other men, she can’t stop thinking about Eli, but neither can she allow herself to be with Eli. That is, until Eli steps up and makes it clear just how much he does want Bryn. After that, I was all about Eli. He more than proved he was a good man, with a good heart, and that he’s exactly the kind of guy Bryn and her kids need.
As I said, this was a strange read for me. I only meant to read a couple of chapters before bed, but somehow, I wound up staying up past my bedtime to finish the story. I just could not stop reading, no matter how much I tried. So, all in all, this book was a good read, with good characters, and a good storyline.
Characterization: 3 stars
Storyline: 3 stars
Writing: 4 stars
Ease of Read: 4 stars
Overall enjoyment: 4 stars
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Stephanie Haefner is a wife, mother of two, and contemporary romance novelist from Buffalo, NY. A member of Romance Writers of America and the Western New York Romance Writers subchapter, she loves creating sassy heroines and tossing them into sexy circumstances. When not writing, she celebrates her sassiness with dance and zumba classes, and her nerdiness with boybands and Disney World.