Ava Jacobs is a shy accountant by day, aspiring romance writer by night—and her first novel just got published…
Romance isn’t a big component of Ava’s life. That is, her real life. As the monotonous nature of crunching numbers and drawn-out board meetings slowly eats away at her, the only bright side to her otherwise mundane routine lies on the black and white pages of her debut romance novel. Her inspiration? A long-time infatuation—Tyler Andrews.
Until the Olympic swimmer read her novel and connected the dots…
Tyler Andrews is used to being the center of attention. But when his sister throws a romance novel in his lap, he’s surprised to be the inspiration for the hot, hunky hero. He has no idea who Ava Jacobs is, but he’s not at all happy with her using his likeness to spice up her steamy scenes. When he finally tracks her down, it’s her likeness that intrigues him.
It takes just one romantic dance at a company banquet to spark disaster…
When Tyler’s manager arranges a daring publicity stunt and offers him as an auction item at Ava’s fundraising banquet, the bids come in quick and hot. Little did Ava expect the winner, a work colleague, to donate Tyler as Ava’s date. With all eyes on the Olympic athlete, Ava can’t refuse a romantic dance. But even though Tyler was the inspiration for Ava’s steamy novel, she refuses to accept his attention if it’s not real.
Will Tyler lose the one woman who caught his interest? Or will Ava push him away in an effort to prove she’s…
This second book in the swimming upstream series can be read as a standalone as I did, but I think valuable character and plot insights would be a gained by reading ‘Perfection is Just an Illusion’, book one in the series.
I liked the premise of this book, especially as it plays out. It is a modern day fairytale and an enjoyable read. If you dislike profanity, then this may not be for you but this language is integral to the two main characters personalities.
Ava is complicated and carries more than her share of emotional baggage. Faced with her dream man up close she refuses to believe something so good could be happening to her and then the problems start.
Tyler is living the dream, but he feels he is living his life according to what other people want. Meeting Ava in less than ideal circumstances makes him re-evaluate his life and want to live it his way.
The romance and sexual tension is appropriate to the new adult genre.
This is a story for the romantics.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.