Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I was trying to live every woman's dream, except my reality has been nothing but a nightmare job and a divorce at the age of thirty-two. Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, my ex-husband, Rick, moved in next door with his life-size Barbie doll. So, that's been fun.
Then, life pitched me a curve-ball in the form of a retired major-league baseball player, Logan Grier. With his panty-dropping smile, he’s like an expertly photoshopped version of David Beckham, and he's single. Could life be perfect after all? Of course not. As always, there had to be a catch. Logan had a secret, and I couldn’t help feeling like the truth was dangling right in front of my face.
With Rick’s daily agenda of torturing me, Logan has been an enticing distraction, despite the little fact that he’s my temporary employee. Plus, I didn’t exactly care that his flirty behavior may have been a plan to get in good with the boss. In any case, I was willing to toss a few balls with him, seeing as my playing field hadn’t had any action in over a year.
That’s when it happened…my two worlds collided. Hot temp met the ex, and a full-on bromance was born, but that’s only the beginning.
The “man flu” has come out of nowhere and hit both Logan and Rick with a virus they’re claiming to be worse than childbirth. In fact, they’re pretty sure their end is near.
Will the “man flu” be the kiss of death, or will it be my window for an opportunistic change?
Shari Ryan continues to dazzle me. Her story lines are always unique and the range in her story telling is vast. From gritty in Raine’s Haven, to romantic and angsty with A Missing Heart, to light and humorous with Manservant. With Man Flu, she offers up a story that covers all of the above.
Hannah is one of my favorite of Shari’s heroines. She has a distinct sense of herself and calls it as she see’s it. So when she finds herself with a hot temp, a man who doesn’t really seem to belong in the office environment, she’s perplexed about what to do with him. It doesn’t take Logan long to insert himself into her personal life, upsetting the tenuous balance she’s created. This week in the life of Hannah is crazy. With a self absorbed ex who seems to have moved next door only to screw with her, a young daughter, and a demanding job, her struggles are real. Logan brings with him a potential future she didn’t dare to dream of.
This book offers a great escape. It’s sexy and funny and Hannah is easy to relate to and her voice is simply stellar. I love how she so honestly considers her role as a mother:
” Why am I constantly reminding her how to not be like me? I feel like I read something when I was pregnant about every child being born as a cave-person, and it’s our job as parents to teach them how to act like civilized human beings in the twenty-first century. Considering I still haven’t figured out how to act this way, how the hell am I expected to raise another human to act civilized?”
Logan is charming and the lengths he will go to for Hannah are pretty outstanding. This Beefcake Batman won me over with hi first interaction with Cora, Hannah’s daughter. The secondary characters, co-worker Brielle and Hannah’s ex Rick (and his tart), add both comedy and drama. Don’t miss this well rounded read. You’ll laugh, gasp, feel flushed and cringe in fear of the sick.
~Review by Cyndi
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