I guess it's true what they say. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Or at least I hope it stays here. The Romantic Style convention was meant to be a weekend of raucous fun with friends, sun, and enough poolside margaritas to forget about my ex. But now, instead of meeting my fans and signing books, I'm stuck with cocky divorce lawyer Nate Wexler. He's arrogant, infuriating, and I can't keep my hands off of him. Judging by the state of our hotel room, last night was wild. I just wish I could remember it.
A pair of matching tattoos. A cheap wedding veil. A half empty box of glow in the dark condoms.
What the hell just happened?
Writing a funny erotic romance novel is not easy. I have read a lot of romance novels and the ones that go for light hearted and hot fall into 3 categories: Those that work. Those that focus on the humor too much and forget to focus on the heat and passion. Those that force the humor in-between the sex, but you can tell the humor was an afterthought.
This one just works. Lila Monroe did a 5 star perfect job with “Get Lucky” and the balance of the sex, humor and character development works.
I was laughing from page one, literally. Nate and Julia have the absolute best chemistry. And, Nate really is a sexy jerk, so you understand where Julia is coming from when she makes it clear she hates him. Through his POV (and a little help from his friends) you get to know Nate and learn why he is so closed off, why he is ok with people thinking he is a jerk. So, you are able to be ok with the budding attraction between the 2 of them. Even though they aren’t ok with it at all.
I know saying something is perfect isn’t really descriptive…but in this case it was. Nate and Julia had exactly the chemistry I wanted them to have. The book had the exact balance of humor and seriousness that I wanted. I was laughing, I wanted to know what would happen to them next, what one of them would say or do next, and I wanted to continue to explore their relationship. I wanted it all. Good thing this book delivered.
What I loved about this is that it seemed real, it seemed natural. I felt like I knew them through their story, like they were both people I would want to hang out with…ok, maybe not beginning of the book Nate, but end of book Nate.
I loved that even situations that seemed like there was no way this could possibly happen had a reasonable (well, a reasonable for Vegas anyway, which is a totally different bar) explanation that not only worked but fit with the characters.
It is written with a dual POV and in a series of scenes that are some flashback and others in current time. But, it never got confusing who was speaking or when it was, last night or today. This is because Julia and Nate are so well defined, you know who is thinking what. And, the non-verbal cues of the characters tell you immediately if something is happening in the “now” or during the drunken night.
Apparently, it is possible to find a character and story hot, even while snort-laughing.
And David Tennant.
Just read the book.