Oh come on, the guy’s last name is Cocker?!?!?! They’re not even giving us a chance here.
What’s it About?
DREW: Having this arrogant twenty-five-year-old man as my roommate is a VERY bad idea. He’s just introduced himself, hotter than hell in August, in only a damp towel and a smirk. He mistakenly thought I was a boy because of my name, so now he won’t rent to me. I can’t stay where I’ve been – secrets are there I’m not even aware of. I know I should leave now that Jake’s turned me down. Instead I’m imploring him to give me a shot. What other choice do I have? Leave Atlanta, my dreams, and give up?
JAKE: My brothers and I come from old-money. Our dad’s Congressman Michael Cocker. So women throw themselves at us. It’s boring. We hate it. But Drew Charles is from a small Georgia town. She doesn’t know about us. She’s not impressed. I only rented to her out of pity, because I hate to see a woman cry. Then I braced myself for a nightmare…But she just hides in her room, studying. Why has that given her the starring role in all of my fantasies? And how can I convince her to make them real?
This novel certainly starts off with a bang. Or, a hot, naked-ass man wearing nothing but a towel for that matter. Not only does Jake answer the door to Drew as damn near close to his birthday suit as you can get, but the towel drops to the floor, and he proceeds to grab himself by his door knocker (if you know what I mean) to try and convince her that him having a female roommate isn’t the best idea. I will say this was the one main feature of the book I thought was pretty ridiculous. Let’s fact it, we all know how male/female roommate romance novels end, but they usually try to put up a good fight hiding their attraction for one another for a decent portion of the book, or try to prove they can just be “friends”.
These two though are practically salivating for each other from the moment he opens the door with his schlong trying to play peek-a-boo from beneath his towel. Somehow in spite of this they decide to try out being roommates. For Drew, she’s sick of Craigslist, which I cannot blame her for at all. It’s a verifiable hell-hole. She also kind of wants to prove to herself that she can resist Jake, which just sounds like the most outrageous form of torture I’ve ever encountered. As for Jake, he’s convinced at the outset that having Drew as a female roommate is a big no-no. But when she throws her own cockiness right back in the face of his, he can’t but be intrigued. And when she starts crying at the prospect of having to continue her apartment search? Well, he’s a goner. Just like his towel.
Let’s get right down to brass tax here. This book is predictable, cheesy, the writing is just ok, and Jake and Drew’s dirty talk is borderline bad porno level. But dammit if I didn’t also find the freakin’ thing entertaining. First of all, I loved that we weren’t’ dealing with a college romance here, as most roommate romance novels tend to be. Second, I absolutely loved that Drew was older than Jake, with her at 33 and him at 25. How often do you see that happen in romance novel world I ask ya? Now, if she had been able to teach him a thing or two in the bedroom it would have been fantabulous, but alas he is still the more experienced of the two.
But that’s what I really enjoyed about Drew’s character. She’s brave enough to completely start her life over on her own after discovering her husband cheated on her. She’s in a new city, in a new apartment, trying to find a job for the first time ever, and for the most part she’s able to keep her distance from Jake to focus on starting her new life out right. Now, does she eventually succumb to his dirty talk by having sex on his desk in his office at work? Sure! But it’s all part of the experience of starting over. Especially considering she’s never been with another man besides her husband. Can you really blame the girl for eventually succumbing to his lustful glances?
A Cocky Family Man
Another reason I was surprised to find I enjoyed this book was because of Jake. I usually hate overly cocky male leads, but I gotta say he didn’t annoy me as much as I assumed he would. He’s cocky, for sure, but Drew manages to give back as good as Jake puts out there. This way their verbal sparring matches become the most delectable and silly form of foreplay. But the thing which made me warm to Jake even more was his complete and total love of his family, and the fact he wasn’t afraid to admit it. When he learns he’s being transferred to another state for an undetermined amount of time for work, Jake is completely devastated at the prospect of being so far from his loved ones. He shares this openly with Drew, and we find that this cocky roomie has a sensitive side in addition to a fine back side. What can I say? It hooked me in.
Series: Cocker Brothers of Atlanta, book 1. Jake is one of 6 brothers, so there’s plenty of Cocker boys to come. Good God I still can’t get over that name.
Should you read it? If you’re looking for a funny, sexy, lighthearted read to take to the beach that you can easily finish in a day, I’d say go right ahead! If you’re looking for a deep and meaningful love story that rivals Pride and Prejudice, well then you sure as shit won’t find it here. But I’m of the firm belief that every once in a while you just need a fun read that holds your interest, and might have a surprise or two thrown in there too. It’s not all sex, as a matter of fact they only do it two or three times, and you do see a more serious side surrounding family and friendship. All in all, not the best read ever, but still entertaining.
Smut Level: Holy crap dirty talk. Jake says Drew is like a cat he wants to pet, and then he proceeds to clearly explain the metaphor going on there, in full detail. Hotlanta for sure!!
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99. Hop Hop Productions. 284 Pages.