The Blurb: He’s Mr. Right Now, but for how long?
When Russ suffers a Thanksgiving disaster, his gorgeous neighbor Esteban is there to save the day. And after an innocent mix-up leads to the former Hollywood hottie playing the role of Russ’s date, Russ thinks scoring Esteban as his fake boyfriend is a huge win. The newly discharged marine is healing inside and out and could use some holiday cheer.
For his part, Esteban is intrigued by his big, bad neighbor. He likes how his matchmaking cat brings out an unexpected caring side of Russ. Desire flares as the reasons to continue their ruse pile up for both men.
And pretending feels so good. From chocolaty kisses to late night cuddles, their burgeoning friendship is getting cozier and cozier. But as the end date for their little deception looms, all the real feelings they’ve tried to ignore come tumbling in. Each must decide whether they have what it takes to ring in the New Year as a couple.
Mr. Right Now is a stand-alone holiday novella with sweet, low-angst feels, spicy love scenes, and foodie inspired, quirky Oregon romance with a military flavor. Happy ending guaranteed with no cliffhangers!
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🎀 MMy Thoughts and Review:
This one ticked a lot of boxes for me. First, our MC is a Marine Vet. As a Marine Mom, that made my heart happy. Second, the backdrop takes place in Portland. Never been, but I do dream of a small cottage near there some day. Finally, this holiday story is begins with my favorite Holiday…Thanksgiving! **sigh… 🌾
So our Marine Vet, Russ finds himself in a bit of a pickle because he has been chosen to host Thanksgiving dinner for his family. The guy he has been dating was going to prepare the food, but decided to break up with Russ on the Eve of the Holiday.
After finding Russ tossing out his frying pan, Esteban, his extremely handsome neighbor offers to lend a hand. When Russ’ family arrives they mistake Esteban for Russ’ boyfriend. Oops!
One case of mistaken identity turns into a snowball effect of fake boyfriend turned friends turned friends to lovers turned to true relationship boyfriends turned to a happily ever after to make you go all gooey inside.
I enjoyed this sweet low angst novella. The characters were charming, the pace steady, and the story itself perfect for the Holiday Season from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.
I received an ARC of this book from LesCourt and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.⛄