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Monday, March 5, 2012

An Unexpected Love by Claire Matthews

An Unexpected Love by Claire Matthews
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (69 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia

Happily ever after is part of the equation...but something’s not adding up.

Investment analyst Lexi Watts has a social life, but thanks to her demanding job, no love life. After a twelve-hour day going toe-to-toe with her demanding boss, Dan Yeager, she barely has the energy to make her usual stop by her favorite pub for a pint and dinner. Except this night is different. Tonight, the firm’s golden boy, Jack Brogan—a.k.a. the man of her dreams—is in the pub. Drunk, lonely and available.

After she takes him home and tucks him into bed, she finds herself joining him there more and more often. A dream come true, yet she can’t quite put her finger on what’s missing.

The pieces fall into place one night when she’s a victim of a mugging. And it’s not Jack who comes to her rescue, but Dan. Giving Lexi a surprising glimpse of the real man behind his volatile, irascible office persona.

And suddenly Lexi’s once nonexistent love life has become complicated beyond belief…

Sex in the city can be a lot of fun, but sex in the city with a work colleague... maybe not so much. Especially when he starts treating you like a booty call.

Lexi Watts initially thought all she'd get from from Jack Brogan was one unforgettable night with the man she's been lusting after for years. Well, she got more than that when he decides they should continue having incredible nights together whenever he calls. Lexi feels torn and begins questioning whether it's lusty excitement with a possibility of more or just a booty call. Realization comes to Lexi in the form of a mugging and who her thoughts immediately turn to as a possible rescuer.

The story is short, but gets straight to the point in Lexi's turmoil over a lust versus love type relationship. She is confused over her lustful feelings for the charmingly suave Jack and pursues a relationship with him. Problem is he’s only interested in a physical attachment. Knowing she deserves better, Lexi suddenly has reason to see the man behind the gruff, strict boss. She's witnessed a deeper side to him, but can the dream and reality reconcile into one man?

An Unexpected Love is quick-paced, but unexpectedly choppy between scenes. There is a nice heat to the not-erotically-graphic sex scenes, but the romantic development wasn't fully fleshed out. However, I enjoyed reading it and belive the story will be appealing to readers looking for a light contemporary story about a single girl in the big city looking for love.

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