Monday, December 7, 2020

Review - Loverboy by Sarina Bowen

by Sarina Bowen
Series: The Company, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2020

Secrets, desires, and exquisite pie. It’s all in a day’s work at The Company.

Growing up, I was the rough guy from the wrong neighborhood who couldn’t catch a break. Posy was the pampered girl I tried to impress. But I managed to steal only a single kiss before I had to skip town.

Now I’m back, and the tables are turned. Posy runs a struggling pie shop. I’m the VP of a secretive billion-dollar security company.

Not that I can tell her.

There’s a murderer on the loose in New York, and he seems to spend a lot of time at Posy’s shop. I can’t let on that I’m here to bring him down before he can harm a hair on her pretty head.

Going undercover as Posy’s new barista wasn’t my idea. I don’t even drink coffee. But now I have to call her “boss,” and do everything the curvy perfectionist asks of me. I’d forgotten how much we infuriate each other, and that she somehow fills me with both irritation and desire in the same breath.

There’s nobody more skilled at stealth ops than me. I can bring this killer down. Right after I take a cold shower. And just as soon I figure out how to make a skinny peppermint latte with milk poured in the shape of a kitten…

I always enjoy a second chance romance and was all in for watching Gunnar and Posy find theirs. I enjoyed the set-up of the this story but it just felt like there was too much going on at times to really connect to the characters as much as I wanted to.

As individual characters, both Gunnar and Posy were awesome. Posy has dealt with so many people in her life who have let her down, but she still has such an optimistic view of things and you can’t help but like her. Gunnar has his reasons for not wanting to be in New York, but given the opportunity to reconnect with Posy and close a case has him pushing those issues aside, and it’s hard not to fall in love with his sense of humor, his loyalty to his friends, and all that charm and charisma he wields. Together these two had so many great moments – they made me laugh, they could make the sparks fly with the tension between them, and, despite a past that had them both assuming things about the other, you could tell these two really cared about one another.

Overall, I enjoyed this book but I did have a hard time connecting with the characters as a couple until the end of the story, which I think was a result of all that was going on. I think that with so much humor and romcom type of things on the pages, it was hard to switch gears to the romantic suspense aspect when the plot shifted to the investigation that Gunnar was working on and the issues that Posy was having. I did like that Posy wanted to help and protect Gunnar, and appreciated that she was able to keep her sense of humor and optimistic outlook in so many situations, especially knowing some of the things she had gone through, and I think by the end that is what finally won me over to them together.

There seems to be a rich cast of characters in The Company that deserve their own stories and I liked having them featured throughout the book. Sarina Bowen’s writing style and voice make this book so easy to read, and even though this couple may not have been my favorite of hers, the overall story was entertaining and had so many of the things I love about Sarina Bowen books – emotion, heart, humor, and heat.

Sarina Bowen is an author whose books I would recommend to anyone!

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