If my office had a Valentine’s Day dance I think I’d have a chat with HR. It’s not that I don’t like the idea of fun, it’s just that the idea of standing awkwardly around an empty dance floor and making small talk with colleagues that I only somewhat get along with fills me with anxiety. Hostile working conditions!
What’s it About?
When Erika’s ex becomes her boss less than a year after dumping her by text, she gets desperate to find a date to the corporate Valentine’s dance so he doesn’t suspect she still has feelings for him. Though not a fan of texting for the obvious reason, she doesn’t have much choice but to tap the keypad in order to gain the attention of the only viable candidate from the classified ads.
Grayson made the mistake of listening to his brother a year ago and has regretted what he did to Erika ever since. But his brother’s next suggestion just might be his salvation when he takes out an ad for a Valentine’s date…and Erika answers. Using a pseudo name and keeping contact to text messages only, Grayson’s plans to make Erika fall back in love with him appears to be working…until the date of the dance draws near, and she pushes a meeting—face to face.
What an awesomely unique concept for a romance novel! I mean, it’s not every day that you read about how our romantic lead is the ex-boyfriend who broke up with our heroine in a pretty piss-poor way. Both Erika and Grayson are trying to move on from one another, but when she answers his personal ad for a date to the office party, he sees it as a sign that they belong together. The author does a really good job of making us see Grayson’s text message break-up as an extremely unfortunate mistake, and you’ll be surprised to find yourself rooting for the guy to succeed in winning Erika back.
A Silly Premise
My absolute favorite part of this novel, aside from the unique concept of having exes falling back in love with each other, was the fact that Erika is a positively terrible liar. The premise of the book is kind of silly when you think about it: she wants to find a date for the office Valentine’s dance to make Grayson jealous. Sort of like a high school drama. However, her inability to lie about her fake boyfriend, Sunny Flowers, who works in a staple factory sort of poked fun at the whole situation rather than take it too seriously.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: A Candy Hearts Romance
Should you read it? Do I think these two will live happily ever after forever and ever? Probably not, but it’s still a sweet, light-hearted read which will make you giggle.
Smut Level: We only have one passionate kiss.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $1.99 Kindle Price. The Wild Rose Press, Inc. 64 Pages.