This novella is a sexy, fun and fast read. Certainly a story worth reading. Keisha Jacobs has been taking calls from Gabe Campos for the last six months. These are not friendly – I wanna get to know you calls. They’re more the – I’m offering to buy your father’s business – calls that escalate to an in-person visit from Gabe at the worst possible time, during a snow storm. It turns out Gabe doesn’t know a lot about cars, even reading the gauges, and is forced to spend some unplanned time with Keisha. When Keisha finds out Gabe’s true motive for buying, can she save her Dad’s business and keep her attraction to the blue-eyed Gabe under wraps?
I liked both Keisha and Gabe. Keisha’s wit and snark is familiar to me (slight bit of same mindedness between her and me) and I found myself liking her more and more. I completely enjoyed that she didn’t fall for Gabe’s charm – neither over the phone nor when he shows up to town. It takes a while for their romance to form and in a novella that’s rare and well appreciated. The banter between them was flirty and suggestive. The slight touches and smiles were a fun build up to a nice and well timed crescendo.
One of things I like in any story is the influence of relationships outside of the main H/h. These relationships say a lot about personalities. Are the characters capable of love and long standing relationships regardless if it’s family or friends? I especially enjoy when either/both of the H/h have (best) friends because it just adds a nice touch and gives insight. Keisha’s best friend is a hot mess and makes her life very interesting because Keisha’s a bit of a conservative and an introvert while her BFF is neither of those things. So yes, there’s the appropriate amount of laughs about her actions. And let me not get started about her dad, which made me tear up a time or two. I would have liked to read about her mom, but it’s a novella.
Gabe’s relationship with his family, especially his mother was good to read. It’s hard to find a story where the male lead actually loves his mother and Gabe definitely does. His attraction for Keisha was enjoyable. He appreciated every curve and even her ‘fro. Gotta love it. The chemistry and plot pacing worked for me – not too fast, not too slow, it was just right.
Happy reading folks!
*ARC provided by Entangled Publishing
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Betting the Billionaire
by Avery Flynn
Release Date: April 21, 2014