Series: Charleston, Book 1
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Romance, Romantic Comedy
Synopsis: Meet Trystan Montgomery. Suit monkey, commitment-phobic serial dater. No more than three dates, unless he hasn’t … you know.
What a disaster! I only just made my flight to New York to help my uncle, and the phone I’m holding is not mine! It seems to belong to some commitment-phobic serial dater who’s never made it past four dates (according to the constant notifications he’s getting from his fake dating profile…) And worse? I have a sinking feeling it’s that hot suit-monkey with the arctic grey eyes I just had a run-in with at the airport. Somehow I have to persuade him not to get a new phone until I get back. My whole life is on that phone. It’s only a few days. Surely we can handle it.
This is a joke, right? My life could not get more f*cked up. I’m in the middle of selling my company and on my way to a funeral and that hot mess hippie-chick stole my freaking phone. I’m not sure how she convinced me not to immediately walk into a smart phone store and get a new one, but now she’s going to have to play stand in and distract me while I deal with my long-avoided and estranged family. I don’t have my dating apps after all, and frankly she’s pretty funny. And sexy. And why can’t I stop texting her? And now we’re talking. And … look, I’ll admit that I usually run for the hills the morning after, but the morning after phone sex? That’s not really real, right?
Review: I really wanted to like this book more, and I was disappointed that I didn’t. It fell into the “good” category for me. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read with some witty dialogue and steamy, sexy parts. I liked the idea of the main characters being forced to interact, thereby getting to know one another, when they accidentally switched phones in an airport. The story has a long-distance relationship spin, and so many of the text, email, and phone conversations were entertaining and endearing. Some were downright hot. Yet, the obvious snooping on a stranger’s phone to learn about, and then judge, them that both main characters engaged in was annoying as it created conflict that seemed forced and immature. My biggest struggle with this book was my difficulty caring about these characters. In the beginning, I felt Trystan was a complete ass and I didn’t like him at all. At about 1/3 of the way into the book I suddenly found myself liking him more than Emmy. I initially liked Emmy a lot and I appreciated her relationship with her Uncle David. As the story progressed, Emmy’s constant whining, irrational jealousy, and emotional flip-flopping became frustrating. Although there were story elements that were not to my taste, there were several parts of this book that are heartwarming and fun.