While the world is ravaged by a global pandemic, hotshot NFL running back Evan Sparks is locked in his own personal hell. With a career-ending scandal on his back, Evan hides out in his best friend’s empty San Francisco home, the full city shutdown locking him in a lonely twenty-story apartment in the sky.
Romance writer Sadie Walsh is having the worst case of writer’s block ever…until the incredible, muscular stranger staying next door gets her muse going strong. The pair of loners, never expecting to find a friend in all the madness, meet each day out on their balconies like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet.
Each new day brings unique challenges for the pair as they navigate the unknown and find solace together. They quickly figure out that as long as they have one another, they can handle anything.
Even falling in love under quarantine.
Writing together for the first time, New York Times bestselling authors Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan team up to tell a story that not only is a beautiful escape during a trying time, but a true lesson on the power of humanity’s ability to survive. Through a sexy, hopeful, strangers-to-lovers romance, the authors prove with love, trust, and faith, we can conquer anything.
In life’s uncertainty, people find solace in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. And, while, in all likelihood, the hero and heroine of Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan’s new release, Evan Sparks and Sadie Walsh, would never had connected with each other, given the reasons Evan’s hiding out in his best friend’s condo, who just happens to live next door to Sadie, but because San Francisco goes into lockdown and no one is allowed to leave their building, a surprising opportunity for them to get to know each other is created, and it’s one that Evan and Sadie take full advantage of in a number of significant ways.
The fact that their initial encounter is in the vein of Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene made this English teacher’s heart happy, and while Evan and Sadie’s situation is definitely not ill-fated like the young people of Verona, Italy, makes this new connection an interesting one while also contemplating what will happen between Evan and Sadie once the quarantine is over.
The issues brought up in the story are done so in a thoughtful and compassionate way, given the current state of affairs in society, touching on both the minor and major concerns. Both Evan and Sadie share their concerns for their families, for their friends, and for the state of things when everything is over, expressing their feelings that are very much like all of ours as we deal with COVID19.
I love that the hero and heroine’s differences give them more to talk about rather than create various points of contention. And while they’re in quarantine for 14 days, their feelings and their attraction burns slowly, but once it ignites, it’s clear just how compatible they are and how this unexpected situation offered them, not only a safe place but a chance for more.
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Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.
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