From New York Times Bestseller, Kendall Ryan, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
My tempting, and very alpha friend Sterling Quinn is someone I consider off-limits.
It’s not just that we’re friends, he’s also cocky, confident, and British, which means he’s a walking aphrodisiac.
But lately he’s been giving me the look. You know the one. When he thinks I’m not paying attention, and his gaze lingers for too long.
And then we start working together, and that’s when the sexual tension between us gets so thick, I want to hack through it with a machete. I want to make all these deep feelings I’ve harbored for him disappear, because there’s no way this can end well.
The lines between business and pleasure become irrevocably blurred, and I’m stuck between a rock, and Sterling’s very, very hard place.
Rather than keep a level head about our growing attraction, Sterling wants to go all in, showing me just how explosive we can be together.
But I’ve been around long enough to know that this British bad boy is more than my heart can handle. I’m not about to be cast aside like yesterday’s underwear when he’s done having fun.
Sterling’s never been told no, and he’s not about to put his ego aside and play by my rules. But I never thought he’d fight so dirty.
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The irony of Sterling Quinn’s situation in The Fix-Up is the perfect backdrop for Kendall Ryan’s newest release. He’s the self-proclaimed single guy who doesn’t believe in happily ever afters, and Camryn Palmer’s the PR Executive who’s looking for her lobster and lasting love and now has to play matchmaker for the guy she’s always had the hots for in order to marry him off in under six months, so he can claim his millionaire inheritance.
If you think that sounds like a no-win situation, you’d be right, but what makes it even more tumultuous is the fact that this fix-up assignment is standing in the way of what could be a perfect chance for Sterling and Camryn to explore what’s between them; because even if they tell themselves that they have to keep things strictly professional, that task becomes too difficult when feelings come into play and Sterling finds himself falling for his matchmaker and not one of the possible future Mrs. Sterling Quinns.
I seriously don’t know how Kendall Ryan deals with all these hot alpha males that she creates! Sterling Quinn is a cocky playboy whose British accent oozes sex and turns women into goo. I swear I could listen to his dirty talk every second of the day! I love how Ryan portrays Sterling as this jaded 28 year old man who has a messed up view of love/marriage and then forces him to confront his issues with the very institution he despises by requiring him to find a wife in order to claim his inheritance.
It was interesting to see Sterling’s focus change from a single guy to a future husband, and while the reality of the situation is not the best avenue to find an actual love match, Sterling has never half-assed anything, so when his hand is forced, he attempts to act on his own accord, which will both help and hinder his progress and his prospective life mate.
Kendall Ryan illustrates Camryn’s thoughts and feelings about Sterling’s predicament in a way that allows readers to truly understand the awkward position that she finds herself in when it comes to finding a match for a guy that she wants regardless if she willingly admits it or not. Camryn’s personal and professional life is in turmoil, and there’s not an easy solution to either area because they’re currently overlapping, which means that when this job ends, it’s unclear what else will be finished as well.
The Fix-Up is a fantastic romantic comedy. It’s humorous, sexy, sweet, and a bit dramatic. It’s a read in one sitting kind of book because readers will need to know if Sterling goes through with his matchmaking predicament or if he chooses to make his own match, resulting in thousands of broken hearts, but not the most important one to him.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Poison Apples
I twist the doorknob, and finding it unlocked, let myself inside.
Sterling’s place is compact, but modern and classy. It suits him. After a quick glance around the living space, I spot him on the balcony outside, just beyond the glass doors at the far end of the living room. He’s facing away from me, his hands gripping the railing, his head bowed.
My smile from moments ago is gone. Seeing him like this—looking distraught—brings the reality of our situation crashing back.
Sterling suddenly turns and we lock eyes. A thousand emotions are revealed in his eyes, but mostly there’s anger. There’s also a sadness in his gaze that I’ve never seen. It’s haunting.
I swallow a lump in my throat, wondering what’s going on.
“Sterling?” I ask, slowly approaching the balcony.
It’s beautiful—plush pillows and twinkling lights, and a chilled bottle of white wine all nestled together in a romantic picnic for two.
He lets out a heavy sigh and runs one hand through his hair.
“This is beautiful,” I say since he hasn’t spoken, hasn’t even moved from the spot where he’s rooted, and his stony silence is killing me. “Are you okay?”
“Just fine,” he says curtly, his gaze looking past me.
He doesn’t seem fine. He seems off. Why go through all the effort if he’s just going to act sullen and withdrawn?
And what could have possibly changed in the twenty-four hours since we last spoke on the phone? He seemed so excited—like he hadn’t a care in the world. Now it seems he doesn’t want me here.
“If this is a bad time, if tonight doesn’t work . . .” I trail off, my voice suddenly shaky.
“The meal’s already prepared.” He brushes past me, headed toward the kitchen.
Unsure what to do, I follow behind him.
He’s acting like an asshole, and I suddenly feel so stupid for getting all done up tonight. I’m not going to stand around and embarrass myself by begging for his attention.
“You know what? Never mind. This was a bad idea, anyway. I’ll see myself out.” I turn and head for the front door, anger and rejection dueling inside me.
It takes all of three seconds before Sterling’s long strides catch him up to me by the door. His grip around my wrist stops me. “Wait.”
I turn and face him. I’m halfway between wanting to flee and staying to hear his explanation.
He releases a heavy exhale. “I received a phone call just before you arrived.”
With him so near, the combination of his clean soap and his spicy cologne intoxicates me. Memories of our intimate dinner rush back. But apparently tonight is not meant to be a repeat. Waiting to see what he’ll say next, I inhale and hold my breath.
When he doesn’t continue, I ask, “Is everything okay?”
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
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