Author: Jamie Howard
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Blurb: Haley Mitchell is tired of moping. With her broken heart repaired with a thick layer of duct tape, she’s ready to put her ex behind her and move on. After a chance encounter in a club, she’s convinced she’s met Mr. Perfect. But when he accidentally gives her the wrong number, the stranger on the other end of her texts becomes her confidant.
Kyle Lawson has always had more luck with computers than women. So when the new temp, Haley, arrives, he has the misfortune of falling for her, only to land firmly in the friend zone. But when he learns the mysterious woman he’s been texting is actually Haley, he keeps the entire thing a secret.
As things move straight from platonic to decidedly hot, Kyle must come clean about his secret texting identity and risk losing the woman he’s fallen in love with.
Review: I loved Jamie’s first book Until We Break and I really think this one was better. There was such a fun give and take and even though there were some tropes that usually annoy me, I adore the way it worked out.
Haley Mitchell is the heroine of this book and her soon-to-be interest in this story is computer nerd Kyle Lawson. She’s recently broken up with her boyfriend Luke, so she’s working long term temp jobs and living with her friend Tara. Tara’s determined to help her move on and is shoving an unready Haley into an unsuspecting dating world.
Her one successful night out clubbing netted her a guy named Bryce, who gave her his number. Unfortunately, it’s a wrong number, which she finds out days later when she texts him. This starts an endearing text-friendship with Not Bryce aka Clark. She uses this quirky friendship as a guide while swimming the scary waters of dating and a new job.
Kyle Lawson is the IT guy at his office and he’s crazy attracted to the new girl, Haley. Knowing what he knows about being new and shy, he invites her to sit with him at lunch. This starts a friendship between them that sort of competes with his new texting friendship with this woman he doesn’t know that he’s calling Lois, as in Lois Lane and Clark Kent.
As you can imagine, they’re both texting each other and dating each other in real life, which creates quite the conundrum. Which one will discover it first? And how will they be able to tell as they’re both feeling somewhat weird about having this close text-relationship at the same time as they’re exploring a real one with a co-worker.
I really like the interplay between them and how the issue was solved. There wasn’t a lot of angsty stuff which I really appreciated as I’m not a fan of the angst. The sexual scenes were hot and I loved the idea of nerdy Kyle getting the pretty girl. It was so different from the first book that I barely recognized it was the same story, so it would be perfectly fine as a stand alone. Thanks for an enjoyable read, Ms Howard!