Series: Bachelor Brotherhood #2
Published by Forever
Publication Date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
The second book in a New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank’s Bachelor Brotherhood series!
Never settle down. Ever.
Workaholic Lanie Rogers lives a completely nomadic lifestyle. Her job keeps her on the move, and relationships are a complication she doesn’t need. That is, until she meets Mr. Tall, Dark, and Hotness at a pre-wedding party. Complicated? Maybe. But lately, Lanie’s life has been missing a little something—and sexy playboy Tyler Norris offers something she definitely can’t refuse.
Tyler has always been a little too popular with women for his own good. Ever since he and his buddies vowed to remain bachelors, Tyler figured he was safe from temptation. Lanie and her gorgeous brown eyes are about to prove him so, so wrong. With one kiss, the heat is intense. After one night, it’s pure combustion. It was supposed to be a no-strings fling—until these two commitment-phobes each discover the one undeniable exception to their rule.
I really enjoyed the previous book in this series and was looking forward to reading this one. Based on the synopsis of this book, you would expect it to be a cute, fun and flirty story and you’d be correct to an extent. Tyler, the guy determined to avoid relationships and forever; Lanie, the workaholic with a nomadic lifestyle who has no time in her life for relationships and permanence; throw in some wedding activities, some klutzy moments from both main characters and you have the perfect recipe for a very entertaining and enjoyable romance fit for summer reading.
Lanie’s job for the last ten years has kept her on the road and unable to plant roots, but between her new boss whose determined to make her job even more difficult and her cousin getting married, she’s rethinking her on-the-go lifestyle. For Tyler, his parents’ marriage is all the example he needs to know that marriage is not for him, but with his friends getting paired off and his instant attraction to Lanie, he’s got food for thought. Plus, with his younger brother following the path he did as a teen into trouble, he realizes that building a relationship with him may be a better idea than staying away.
The first half of the book lived up to my expectations and had some really great moments that left me laughing really hard, but the story slowed down by the halfway mark and it became a struggle to get through. For someone who was looking to connect with others, some of Lanie’s choices did not make any sense and for the most part, her responses to conflicts and issues were odd. The half-truths, insistence on keeping her relationship with Tyler secret and the unnecessary conflict that it spawned were really not my thing.
The biggest issue for me was that the characters from the original series this one was spun off from (which I haven’t read) were such an integral part of this story that it made it hard for me to enjoy this story while trying to figure out the secondary characters and keep them straight – too much brain work, if you ask me. Also, the unending wedding activities and a bride verging on bridezilla drove me to the brink, too. All of this just made it hard to connect with the characters and really enjoy the book.
On the plus side, there were some very entertaining moments which made the story okay. To be honest, I’m really not sure what to expect from the next book and if I want to read it.