Sawyer Sterling needs a girlfriend. With the family cabin up for grabs, he’s desperate to prove that he could be the guy to “pass it on.” Of course, Sawyer also has a tendency to treat relationships like a contagious stomach flu that should be avoided at all costs. Now he needs a girlfriend-for-hire. Someone he can trust. Someone he could never, ever fall for…
Someone like his best friend’s sister.
Sawyer’s offer is exactly what Olivia Morgan needs. After traveling around the world for the last five years, the promise of a job and free accommodations is heaven. And sure, maybe Sawyer’s a super-hot, charming guy with dimples made for kissing, but he’s not willing to be the guy—or relationship—she needs.
Miss Riki’s Review:
This was another great read form Entangled’s Lovestruck line. It reads like the perfect romantic comedy, with plenty of laugh out loud moments and of course, sexytimes. The book puts a delightful new spin on two of my favorite romance tropes. There’s the love interest falling in love with his best friend’s little sister trope (so cute!), as well as the pretend romance trope. Both are wonderfully executed in this novel.
I loved Sawyer as the leading man in this story. He’s a workaholic, but there’s more to his workaholic ways than just a quest to become rich. He has a persuasive backstory that compels him to be the best in all he does. Wanting the family cabin is more to him than just wanting land or property- it’s about his past and the comfort that those memories give him. He’s a confirmed bachelor, but it quickly becomes clear that it’s only because he hasn’t met his match….
Until Olivia. Olivia has also sworn off relationships for the time being, but for different reasons. After her fiancée leaves her, she escapes by travelling the world, where she picks up life experience, but not the kind that will land her a job back home. When Sawyer agrees to hire her and provide a place for her to live in exchange for being his pretend girlfriend, the opportunity is too good to pass up. What I loved the most about Olivia’s backstory was how it set her up with agency later in the book. All that travel and experience with other cultures comes in handy, and I loved that she gets the chance to show off a little and ultimately saves the day for Sawyer.
Heather Thurmeier takes familiar romance tropes up a notch by giving her hero and heroine smart, compelling backstories to go along with the obvious physical chemistry. As a reader, I actually liked these characters so much on their own that it was inevitable to love them together.
This was a great read. I’m adding Heather Thurmeier to my list of auto-buy authors. This book was so well written, I’d read whatever she writes.