From New York Times Bestseller, Kendall Ryan, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
My tempting, and very alpha friend Sterling Quinn is someone I consider off-limits.
It’s not just that we’re friends, he’s also cocky, confident, and British, which means he’s a walking aphrodisiac.
But lately he’s been giving me the look. You know the one. When he thinks I’m not paying attention, and his gaze lingers for too long.
And then we start working together, and that’s when the sexual tension between us gets so thick, I want to hack through it with a machete. I want to make all these deep feelings I’ve harbored for him disappear, because there’s no way this can end well.
The lines between business and pleasure become irrevocably blurred, and I’m stuck between a rock, and Sterling’s very, very hard place.
Rather than keep a level head about our growing attraction, Sterling wants to go all in, showing me just how explosive we can be together.
But I’ve been around long enough to know that this British bad boy is more than my heart can handle. I’m not about to be cast aside like yesterday’s underwear when he’s done having fun.
Sterling’s never been told no, and he’s not about to put his ego aside and play by my rules. But I never thought he’d fight so dirty.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 Finding My Lobster Stars ~
This is what I have come to expect from a Kendall Ryan book. It was fun, sexy and an extremely enjoyable read.
The Fix Up is a standalone novel that spins off of her Hitched series. I don’t believe you need to read Hitched Volumes 1-3 before enjoying this book. You do meet Camryn and Sterling in those books, but you won’t be missing anything by not reading those first. If you are a person like me who needs to meet and follow the characters throughout their whole journey then you should read Hitched first.
I fell in love with Sterling in Hitched. He is one of the main reasons I liked those books and he was so much better in his own story. I have to be honest and say I loved The Fix Up so much more than Hitched. A lot of that is because of Camryn and Sterling. They are funny, sassy, sexy and overall lovable characters. As we always get with a Kendall Ryan book, the writing was great. She gave us an interesting storyline (even though similar to the Hitched Series). It was it’s own story and I like that. The flow and pace was spot on. This book moved right along and never dragged, but it also didn’t feel too rushed either.
In The Fix Up we follow Sterling and Camryn. Like I said we are introduced to their characters in the Hitched Series. Sterling a British divorce lawyer who is determined to stay a playboy forever and the Best Friend of Noah. Camryn is the best friend of Olivia (Noah’s wife) and she works for Olivia in public relations. Sterling’s life is turned upside down when he is told that he gains to inherit millions of dollars, but he has to get married in six months in order to get the money. Knowing that money could help with his mom, Sterling goes forward with the project of finding a wife. In comes Camryn….she is put in charge of helping Sterling find his wife. What happens when lines blur?? Will Sterling marry for the money or will he find someone to really love?? Find out those answers by reading this book.
I really loved Sterling and Camryn as characters. I could see myself being friends with both of them. I loved seeing the more personal side of Sterling. There was so much more to the playboy bachelor. I was glad Kendall gave us that inside look to him. I also liked Camryn, even though towards the end I wanted to smack her. Both her and Sterling needed to work on their communication skills at times.
I would definitely recommend The Fix Up to anyone who is a fan of Kendall Ryan’s….I think this is one of her best books yet. Also if you are a fan of a friends to lovers story, that will have you laughing, swooning, and in the end smiling…this is a book you don’t want to miss!!!
I twist the doorknob, and finding it unlocked, let myself inside.
Sterling’s place is compact, but modern and classy. It suits him. After a quick glance around the living space, I spot him on the balcony outside, just beyond the glass doors at the far end of the living room. He’s facing away from me, his hands gripping the railing, his head bowed.
My smile from moments ago is gone. Seeing him like this—looking distraught—brings the reality of our situation crashing back.
Sterling suddenly turns and we lock eyes. A thousand emotions are revealed in his eyes, but mostly there’s anger. There’s also a sadness in his gaze that I’ve never seen. It’s haunting.
I swallow a lump in my throat, wondering what’s going on.
“Sterling?” I ask, slowly approaching the balcony.
It’s beautiful—plush pillows and twinkling lights, and a chilled bottle of white wine all nestled together in a romantic picnic for two.
He lets out a heavy sigh and runs one hand through his hair.
“This is beautiful,” I say since he hasn’t spoken, hasn’t even moved from the spot where he’s rooted, and his stony silence is killing me. “Are you okay?”
“Just fine,” he says curtly, his gaze looking past me.
He doesn’t seem fine. He seems off. Why go through all the effort if he’s just going to act sullen and withdrawn?
And what could have possibly changed in the twenty-four hours since we last spoke on the phone? He seemed so excited—like he hadn’t a care in the world. Now it seems he doesn’t want me here.
“If this is a bad time, if tonight doesn’t work . . .” I trail off, my voice suddenly shaky.
“The meal’s already prepared.” He brushes past me, headed toward the kitchen.
Unsure what to do, I follow behind him.
He’s acting like an asshole, and I suddenly feel so stupid for getting all done up tonight. I’m not going to stand around and embarrass myself by begging for his attention.
“You know what? Never mind. This was a bad idea, anyway. I’ll see myself out.” I turn and head for the front door, anger and rejection dueling inside me.
It takes all of three seconds before Sterling’s long strides catch him up to me by the door. His grip around my wrist stops me. “Wait.”
I turn and face him. I’m halfway between wanting to flee and staying to hear his explanation.
He releases a heavy exhale. “I received a phone call just before you arrived.”
With him so near, the combination of his clean soap and his spicy cologne intoxicates me. Memories of our intimate dinner rush back. But apparently tonight is not meant to be a repeat. Waiting to see what he’ll say next, I inhale and hold my breath.
When he doesn’t continue, I ask, “Is everything okay?”
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
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