Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance Novella
Carter doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happily ever after. When he goes to Vegas for his brother’s bachelor party, the last thing he expects is Brynne, the beautiful cocktail waitress who nurses his hangover with a drink just as bubbly and sweet as she is.
Brynne’s optimism and unfailing faith in love is a breath of fresh air, and it makes him think maybe he’s had it wrong all along.
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. And Carter’s heart? It might be taking up permanent residence there.
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Brynne Watson, 24, is a cocktail waitress in Vegas working the hang-over shift. Carter Hayes, 27, is hung-over. He’s also struggling with his outlook on love and marriage in the wake of his brother’s nuptials. But his doubts and gloom are about to be tested when the pessimist meets the optimist.
Brynne was a breath of fresh air. Not just for Carter but in the grand scheme of heroines of the romance world. She doesn’t let life get her down, but she’s not naïve either. She knows the odds but she’s always willing to take the gamble. If you enjoy upbeat and smart heroines, Brynne should be a winner for you.
Carter, I warmed to him right away. There was just something about his mix of cynicism and vulnerability that was endearing. He was really cute.
Even though it was just supposed to be a hook-up for them, it wasn’t hard to sense that something so much more was brewing. I was getting butterflies too.
“‘The truth is, I’ve known you for less than two hours and you’re already one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met.’”
Told via their dual first person POV, Carter and Brynne manage to rock those butterfly moments with sweet I’m-falling-for-you lovemaking and wall pounding I-gotta-have-you-now sex all in one afternoon.
“‘I think we might’ve just discovered a kink we didn’t know we had.’”
And then it’s topped off with a tug on your heartstrings scene.
I think novellas can be a challenge when it comes to developing the characters; every scene, every nuisance has to count. And it does here. It works. I was pulled in from the very start and stayed engaged as the tale pulls off a combined insta-lust and insta-love in a way that captures a convincing “love at first sight” experience.
When they finally allowed themselves to play twenty questions, I really wanted them to keep going because I wanted to get to know them more too. None the less, the “reveal” or the question I’d wondered different times was a cute and fitting answer.
Lastly, this isn’t something I usually comment on, although I do notice it having once worked in publishing, but the formatting here was nicely done. The chapter headings very visually appealing.
All in all, a sweet, safe, and super hot Vegas romance.
Jamie Schlosser grew up on a farm in Illinois surrounded by cornfields. Although she no longer lives in the country, her dream is to return to rural living someday. As a stay-at-home mom, she spends most of her days running back and forth between her two wonderful kids and her laptop. She loves her family, iced coffee, and happily-everafters.