Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Buttoned-up financial consultant Grace Song lives life by her own strict rules. Spontaneity leads to chaos. Always play it safe. So when she shares a Manhattan cab with a handsome stranger and they accidentally swap cell phones, her first instinct is to track him down and put things right. Stay on track. Stick with the plan.
But when beyond-gorgeous Zack Camden answers the door draped only in a towel, Grace is suddenly inspired to ditch her rules for a day…and a night. Indulging in one delicious encounter with a perfect stranger is just the break she needs. But one turns into two, then three mind-blowing nights—and soon Grace is in danger of breaking the biggest rule of them all—never fall in love…
I’m a big fan of Maisey Yates, so even though I don’t normally love novellas, I decided to give this one a try, and I am really glad that I did. This was a short romance, so normally I wouldn’t expect to form strong connections to the characters in them, but I did, and I loved both Grace and Zack.
I do love the way that Grace and Zack met, in a NYC cab where they have a couple of minutes of awkward conversation followed by the accidental swapping of cell phones. Since Grace is crazy obsessed with her job and losing her phone is basically the same thing as having her office blown up, she has to get it back from the strange cowboy-man she met in the cab. And when she shows up at his hotel to switch the phones back, he of course, answers the door in a towel, so you know what is going to come next right?
So the reason why I like the two of them so much together is that they both carry their own set of baggage, but are still making their ways through life in spite of it. Grace is working at a job that really doesn’t appreciate her, and there is even one conversation with her boss early on in the book where basically she is blamed by her boss for not making her client feel appreciated, even though he was basically sexually harassing her. I don’t think I would want to work for a company like that ever, and I don’t think Grace wants to either, but she feels a sense of obligation so she sticks it out with them.
Zack on the other hand is dealing with much more heavy baggage, I’m not going to go into specifics but I will say that it is truly a tragic past that he is living with. I thought it was kind of great how Grace starts to open him up to life again. They find a comfortable rhythm with each other, even if he is not willing to go into anything more series or with any more feeling then the casual relationship they have.
I think the reason why I liked this book so much is that these two people helped each other move on with their lives and start to really live life again (more so for Zack than for Grace). It was an easy read, and the chemistry between them is really nice too. It definitely left me a heartwarming feeling at the end of the book, so if that is the kind of book you are looking for then you should totally check out Maisey’s latest novella.