Don’t Start Now by Tara September
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If you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody, don’t show up … don’t start caring about me now.
What can go wrong being stuck on a cruise ship with your ex and entering into a fake relationship with a sexy coworker? It might not be the Titanic, thank goodness, but Eve Richard’s heart is sinking by the minute and love is definitely going down.
Pulitzer-prize-winning war journalist turned small-town newspaperman, Adam Seager, has given up a lot for his work, country, and family, but not this time. He knows what he wants, and it’s his coworker, Eve. Her smile is the brightest part of his day and a daily reminder that more adventures are yet to come. When they are both assigned a travel feature on board a new cruise ship, it’s the perfect opportunity to let his feelings set sail.
Eve will never date another coworker or writer again. Been there, done that. Time to pursue her own writing dreams, even if it means bunking with the infuriating and complicated Adam Seager. So what if the butterflies he sets off in her belly can rival the waves outside their cabin. She intends to keep things strictly professional … that is, as much as they can be while also pretending to be a couple. Their relationship might be fake, but the pull to get to know more of him is real. Her reporter’s gut says there is more to uncover than meets the eye. But what will happen when they are back on dry land?
Operation Garden of Eden was a go, and he had seven days to make headway or return home a lonely failure. What did he have to lose?
Eve puts up boundaries. Adam breaks them down. Eve says no relationships with co-workers. Adam’s playing for keeps.
Eve is a travel writer for a newspaper. Adam is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning war journalist who has never been on a cruise. When her pompous ex-fiancé shows up, Adam agrees to a fake relationship and the sexy hot flirting begins.
Eve’s happy enthusiasm for life is a great compliment to Adam’s serious past and his avoidance of opening up. Eve is a little in awe of Adam and his accomplishments so she is surprised at Adam’s confession that he is attracted to her. Her self-confidence was damaged due to her douche of an ex, but she has found a true fan in Adam. I love Adam’s teasing humor and his unending support of Eve’s career. He is sincere and extremely noble as we discover toward the end of the book.
I am delighted to recommend this absolutely adorable romantic comedy. There is the right amount of romance and lightheartedness as well as more serious undertones without going over the top.
Thank you to Ms. September for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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Tara September is a multi-award-winning contemporary romance author living in Southwest Florida. Blogger and former PR executive for The Walt Disney Company, Tara holds a Master’s degree in journalism & communications from New York University. For over a decade, Tara has penned a popular lifestyle, travel and parenting blog at TaraMetBlog.com.
An avid romance reader though, she has been daydreaming about being an author since she was a kid. Dozens of bad dates and adventures later, she still finds it impossible that she met her husband on a NYC subway. They now have identical twin boys and four cats underfoot/on her laptop/everywhere. Fueled by an IV of green tea and an outrageous stock of champagne, she’s finally writing the happily ever after tales she’s been dreaming about.