This is the second book in Morgan’s Montgomery Manor series and focuses on flirt Jake Montgomery and the apparent flighty Rebecca Clare. Rebecca is a wild kind of character which is not the sort of woman I thought would be the one to be with Jake. Jake appeared to be irresponsible in the first book but seems to have grown in this second one.
Becca lives a life in high society and that life can be overly frustrating. Paparazzi follow her daily and scandal is not unfamiliar to her. She’s used to being the black sheep in her family and calling a lot of attention to herself. The trope of pretending to be engaged is used here as Jake and Becca end up in this situation. It works very well here and I love Jake’s comedic presence in this book.
Jake and Becca’s personalities bounce off each other well and it’s not expected but Becca’s openness and their sweet friendship works throughout the book. This is a light and easy romance and I enjoyed it even more than the first book. I look forward to more from this series.
ARC received in return for an honest review via Netgalley.
Tamara Morgan’s fun, contemporary romance If I Stay is out this week and we’re hosting the blog tour leg today. At the bottom of the post will be a link to a rafflecopter giveaway so make sure to enter that!
Ryan Lucas would rather be anywhere but Ransom Creek, Connecticut. After losing his high-adrenaline career as a Hollywood stunt driver, he’s had to tuck his tail between his legs and take up employment as a chauffeur for the Montgomerys, a wealthy hotelier family.
Amy Sanders has returned home to Ransom Creek to take over her mother’s former position as nanny to the Montgomerys—bringing her close to dashing Jake Montgomery once again. She grew up with a major crush on Jake, and it’s not easy to leave those feelings behind, even though her friendship with the hard-edged family chauffeur, Ryan, has a sizzling undercurrent of undeniable attraction.
Amy’s determined to prove to Ryan that life at Montgomery Manor isn’t all bad, but each time they draw closer Jake swoops in. Amy is torn between two men—and two worlds. And Ryan is rapidly coming to learn that if he wants to make Amy his, he’ll have to prove to her that life downstairs can be everything they both want.
This is a pretty light-hearted romance which I always appreciate. There is a very obvious love triangle set up here that is very quickly dismantled which both surprised me and made me very happy as I’m not a big fan of them because they’re used so much. I really liked the use of this triangle here because it was for a very good reason – it brought Amy and Ryan closer together and brought about the mystery of the book.
I also really love that there is more than just a romance in this book – there’s the romance, comedy, and a bit of a mystery too. All of that together creates a fun atmosphere to the entire thing. There is both minor and major conflicts with the characters and I really enjoyed the secondary characters too. I can’t wait to read their books as well.
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I’ve really enjoyed the Tamara Morgan books that I’ve read and this one is definitely no different. This is the third in her Getting Physical series of books but I can attest that they do not need to be read in any particular order. Somehow I picked up the second book first and the first book second, and while the characters are connected they were not so connected that I couldn’t figure out what was going on. It didn’t dampen my reading enjoyment in the slightest.
Kendra Khuso is a highly confident woman who loves her job and is focused mainly on building her business that she’s built with her partners. While her traditional Indian family doesn’t exactly agree with her lifestyle she doesn’t care and chooses to regard men as much more of a casual part of her life. When one of those casual parts of her life, Lincoln, is in trouble and needs her, she doesn’t hesitate to step in and help – thanks to her big heart. She’s introduced to Noah Walker, who lives completely off the grid and is unwilling to act on the lighting bolt of attraction they feel for each other because Lincoln is his best friend and has been in love with Kendra for about a year.
There are quite a few things I loved about this book. First of all Kendra is a character of color, which I consider a great thing as that’s not an extremely common aspect in popular romance novels. However, the cover seemed a little whitewashed for me. I do know that there are always things behind the scenes with getting covers so I have no idea what happened with that. Kendra is a character that is completely confident, high maintenance and loves the plastic surgery that she’s had done. It’s a refreshing change from a more typical self conscious type of woman who wants to change to please the man she’s with. Kendra knows who she is and doesn’t really have that desire to change, which I loved.
The conflict in the book is one that makes sense and is realistic which was another refreshing change of pace. I love reading romance books with plots that could actually happen. Noah is extremely attracted to Kendra but doesn’t want to betray his friendship with Lincoln. Instead of having hijinx and mis-communications ensue, Noah discusses this with Kendra so that everyone is aware of the issues and why there can’t be any relationship between the two. Kendra can’t accept that and doesn’t really understand the way he lives or why he chooses to seclude himself away from everyone.
It was hard to see how these two could make their differences work out. Both are stubborn and like what they like but their attraction to each other is impossible to ignore. There’s a lot of passion and tension building up throughout the book due to that, which is always fun and when it explodes it does so in a spectacular fashion.
I thought this was a very well written, fun book. The ending in particular was great. There is a moment that I really wish I could quote here because it was incredibly sweet and made me actually tear up but I don’t want to give it away. Trust me, you should read this book!