Published by Independently Published on 01/22/2021
Reese dreams of seeing her name in lights on Broadway, but so far she has only graced the used car parking lots of rural Wisconsin. With her window of opportunity shrinking fast, a miracle happens. She wins an audition with Bernard Bexley, Broadway’s most respected dance choreographer. When disaster strikes and Reese misses the audition, she has to find another way in front of Bernard, otherwise face the disappointment back home.
Following the sage advice of a Times Square Pikachu—Reese seeks out Bernard’s son, prepared to beg for his aid, never expecting mega sparks to fly between her and the gentle giant baker. With Reese’s heart now involved, she refuses to use Leo to her advantage and tries to walk away before her ulterior motives are exposed, but gravity continues to draw them back together…until it’s impossible to stay apart.
But Reese’s lie of omission can only stay buried for so long. When Leo finds out how their relationship started, will Reese keep her ultimate role as Leo’s leading lady? Or will the curtain fall on their real-life fairytale?
CW – there is a lie at the centre of this as the heroine does lie about her motivations for going to his shop. This was for the best intentions however it does go on a little too long and is the central conflict.
This may be my favourite Tessa Bailey book; I loved it. It’s a low angst, high heat story that is cute as hell.
It also has a unicorn hero; a grumpy, cinnamon roll hero who EXCELS at the dirty talk.
Reece turns up at Leo’s cake shop to try convince him to introduce her to his famous father. Sparks fly at soon as their eyes lock and suddenly she finds herself lying so he doesn’t think she only sought him out to use him.
The problem with a lie is that sometimes it expands, leaving a person with no way of climbing out of the hole you dig yourself in.
Reece has no intention of meeting Leo again but she simply can’t resist – with very little time at all, they are sleeping together and very quickly falling in lust. But, we all know that secret is going to come out and bite Reece on the arse. Can Leo get past being lied to?
Reece is a great heroine. She knows what she wants but she proves that she has limits to what she will do to get i,t which, actually, made me like her more. I struggled with how she kept adding to the lie to keep it believable but I also understood it – I just wondered how long she could keep it up.
Leo. Well, Leo is amazing. A grumpy, solid looking chef, who has the kind of dirty mouth that only Tessa Bailey can write, he is an absolute teddy bear. I should have known he would be with his penchance for deserts. From taking her home for a nap because she needed it (I mean, it didn’t turn out to be a nap but the intention was real) to grand gesture at the end (Oh. My. God) he was an absolute sweet heart for Reece. I adored him and he made this book not only a re-read but a KU purchase (I have a rule; if I read it more than twice, I buy it).
A very hot, very sweet, contemporary romance that I’ve already read twice and is now firmly on the reread shelf.