Sunday, February 26, 2017

Review: Single Dad Next Door by Penelope Bloom

Title: Single Dad Next Door
Author: Penelope Bloom
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/Adult
Series: None
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via KindleUnlimited
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisMy grandfather left me his business with one insane condition: 
I need a wife and two kids. Too bad I’m a divorced single dad.
Cue my ex-wife’s best friend moving in next door.
And then mix in a few bad decisions.
What do you get? A complicated, sexy mess.


The list of reasons I should stay away from my neighbor is about as long as his… wrench. He’s a dirty mechanic, he’s a single dad, and he can’t seem to keep his shirt on for more than five minutes. 

Did I mention his ex wife is my best friend? Yeah. Reid Riggins is absolutely, one hundred percent, the last person in the world I should get involved with. Even if he is heart-stoppingly gorgeous with strong, powerful hands that could rip my clothes off with ease. 

Not that I’ve imagined that, of course. 

The point is I don’t want anything to do with him. He can stay in his stupid garage with his stupidly cute son and hit things with wrenches all day. He can keep on wearing those blue jeans that fit him just right for all I care. 

Except I may have told a white lie to my eccentric, rich parents. I may have told them I’m engaged to a wealthy businessman, and now they want to meet my fake fiance. Unfortunately, Reid might be the only guy who’s willing to play along. 

No problem. It’s just for a few days. Just to get them off my back. What could go wrong? 

**This is a full-length, standalone fake marriage romance. No cheating or cliffhangers, and as always, Happily Ever After guaranteed.

To seduce or not to seduce... That is the question.

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Reid is an at impasse. The deadline is quickly closing in on the deed to his car shop. If he doesn't marry and produce another child soon, he will lose his garage and livelihood. So when his ex-wife's best friend moves in next door, he has a terrible idea that charming her into marrying him just might be the answer to his problem.

Sandra would like nothing more than to meet a nice guy and start a family. And no matter how attracted she is to Reid, she knows that he's not the guy for her. Not only is he off-limits as her best friend's ex, but he's also never been particularly kind to her. Or anyone. But after a drunken night with the hot mechanic leaves her wondering if she might be pregnant, she can't decide if it would be a good thing or a bad thing.

I really enjoyed this book despite my own reservations in the beginning. The prequel actually set me up for failure. From the peek I got into Reid's head, I didn't like him very much. The idea that a man would purposefully seduce a woman, just to fulfill an obligation in a dead relative's will, rubbed me the wrong way. I am glad that Reid's character proved me wrong in the end.

The plot and romance were well-balanced in this story. So was the struggle between our characters and their "forbidden" thoughts. Reid's was his inkling to sway Sandra into a relationship under false pretenses. Sandra's was her secret thrill at the idea of accidentally becoming pregnant by Reid since she longed for a baby.

There was a good amount of character development and even the secondary characters got a nice amount of "screen time", if you will. I laughed my ass off throughout the entire scene when Sandra's parents came to visit and fell completely in love with Reid's son. This was a really fun read!

In closing...
A happy ending and a wild ride to get there. Four suns!

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