Contemporary romance is on the blog today with Tawna Fenske and the second book in her First Impressions series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $20 Amazon Gift Card. But first
The Hang Up
Tawna Fenske has a knack for creating characters that could be over the top with too many quirky traits or dialogue that seems to lean to humor rather than purpose, but just before I’d start to roll my eyes, she hits us with a moment that explains it all, and brings the characters into a new light.
Jason is a mountain-climbing CEO with an edge who wants to clean his image. After all – he’s NOT all bad boy, there is his nephew Henry, who he dotes on and nothing is more important than Henry and his sister’s health and well-being. So he doesn’t always bother to dress in the latest and greatest, and yeah, he was mistaken for a homeless man once, but he’s not worried about what people think.
Miriam is a PR guru, and a bit tougher to get to know. She’s a bit of the ‘all business all the time” sort of girl, and she’s often quick to step in to “fix” situations. Her mistaking her newest neighbor for a homeless man isn’t so terrible, until he happens to be the CEO of a company that is one of her biggest clients. Fortunately for her, Jason is actually not offended, and finds her amusing and intriguing.
These two are really cute together, and get better as Miriam starts to loosen up and treat her client as a friend… then more. Their chemistry is solid, their dialogue is often skewed in a way that puts her, Miss Carefully Chosen Words and Reactions, at a disadvantage, which is endearing once she starts to realize it is not a battle, but a friendship with potential.
Secondary characters, especially Henry with his spot-on observations and no-nonsense utterances add to the story in ways that only a child can, as the adults struggle to explain themselves and their relationship – forcing them to face questions and issues they may otherwise have ignored. Once the flow and story took off – it TOOK OFF – and I whipped through the pages, dying to know what would happen next. A bit of a rush to the end left me with a few questions, but this book did contain moments with characters from the earlier book – so perhaps the tale of Jason and Miriam will have a ‘check in moment’ that will solidify their happy ending. A great tale for someone who wants a little laughter and lightness in their romance.
Title: The Hang Up
Author: Tawna Fenske
Series: First Impressions #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Entangled Publishing, Entangled: Lovestruck
Published on: 13 June, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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PR specialist Miriam Ashley makes her living cleaning up bad boys. Mountain climber-turned-CEO Jason Sanders should be an easy fix. And with a nephew to care for, he’s motivated. The problem? Every time she tries to help Jason get his head in the boardroom, they end up in the bedroom.
What the hell is she thinking? He’s the definition of off-limits. Not just because he’s a client—he spends his free time risking his life mountain climbing. The same thing that got her father killed. She’s not going to open her heart to a guy who could disappear at the drop of a…well, she’d rather not finish that thought.
She needs to leave complicated alone, but every time she sees Jason, something tells her it’s her who might fall…
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.