Genres: Contemporary Romance
HOT & Romantic: The F-Word by Sandra Marton
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So letÔÇÖs get this straight.
This is a story about romance.
Well, itÔÇÖs not a story. I mean, itÔÇÖs not something somebody made up. ItÔÇÖs about me. And yeah, in case youÔÇÖre wondering, IÔÇÖm a guy.
Surprised? Sure you are. You figure those words just donÔÇÖt go together. Romance, with a capital R. Guy, with a capital G. YouÔÇÖre probably sitting there and smirking. What could a dude possibly know about romance? You figure weÔÇÖre big on sex. But romance?
Romance is not a male thing.
And thatÔÇÖs exactly my problem.
The bottom line is that whatever you think you know about men and romance is pretty much correct. You figure weÔÇÖre big on the F-word as long as it stands for Fuck and not Forever.
Let’s do bottom line up front: I thought this was a really cute and fun book. ┬áThe only reason I didn’t make this a 4.5 star review is because while the build up was FANTASTIC, the ending felt too rushed. ┬áWe spent a great amount of time getting to know Bailey and Matthew and then all of the sudden it’s over too quickly.
So let’s get to why I did rate this a 4 star book. ┬áMatt. ┬áWe learn a lot about him in the beginning and he certainly lives up to the hype. ┬áHe’s got a great sense of humor and is a self-proclaimed┬áman’s┬áman. ┬áLove of football? ┬áCheck. ┬áBachelor pad in the city? Check. ┬áHot car and successful career? ┬áWhat he doesn’t tell you is that he’s a sweet, smushy teddy bear on the inside. ┬áProof, you ask? ┬áFor starters, he talks about how much he’s wrapped around his niece’s finger. ┬áAdd in his relationship with his sister and mother PLUS the fact that he is willing to put himself out there for his PA. ┬áI don’t know a heck of a lot of men who would do what he did for Bailey. ┬áSweetness with a capital “S”.
Bailey is pretty much an unknown entity in this book until the very end. ┬áEven though the book is told from the perspective of Matt, I thought we would have had some more clues about her and her emotions. ┬áHowever, I believe the author uses this perspective to show that while Matt is a great guy, he does sport the stereotypical blinders when it comes to the opposite sex.
If there were a way to get the author to flesh out the last portion of the book, I would totally read it again.
Matthew OÔÇÖMalley is one hell of a catch. HeÔÇÖs rich, handsome, charming, smartÔÇöand every woman whoÔÇÖs slept with him says heÔÇÖs fantastic in bed.
This is all true, but heÔÇÖs also a guy who got where he is today by working hard and by hiring the best people.
Bailey Abram is one of those people. SheÔÇÖs MatthewÔÇÖs PA. SheÔÇÖs loyal, efficient, brilliantÔÇöand sheÔÇÖs never been with a man in her life.
Suddenly, itÔÇÖs crisis time. BaileyÔÇÖs cousin is getting married and BaileyÔÇÖs mother insists she come home for the wedding. Bailey refuses. She and her cousin have a long, unpleasant history. Bailey was the straight A student. Violet was the prom queen and sheÔÇÖs never let Bailey forget it. So Bailey tells a huge lie. She canÔÇÖt come to the wedding, she says, because sheÔÇÖs going away for the weekend with a rich, gorgeous, sexy guy.
Matthew overhears this. And he sees her burst into tears when she ends the call to her mother. He hates to see Bailey so unhappy. After all, this is his PA. His dedicated paragon of efficiency. Impulsively, he offers to help. Why not go to the wedding with her? Play the part of her rich, gorgeous, sexy boyfriend?
So what if it means spending four intense days getting to know each other outside the office? So what if it means turning Bailey from a woman who dresses like somebodyÔÇÖs maiden aunt into a hot-looking babe? So what if it means teaching her how to touch him and be touched by him, kiss him and be kissed by him? There wonÔÇÖt be any real sex because itÔÇÖs only a game.
ThatÔÇÖs all it is.
Just a smoking-hot, set-fire-to-the-sheets game.