Going All the Way by Cynthia Cooke
Published by Entangled Publishing on February 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Love is the worst complication…
After a failed marriage and quitting her high-pressure job, Carrie Steinhem is ready for uncomplicated fun. Love? Not what she’s looking for. She’d rather crash a wedding with her friends and find a hot hookup. The bride’s father is onto her, though. But just as her night out veers toward public embarrassment, a sizzling stranger sweeps in and claims Carrie as his date.
Potential hookup? Check. If she doesn’t get cold feet first.
Ryan Burton is on the fast track to a promotion…assuming he can avoid distractions and nail this new account. Except the woman he rescued at a friend’s wedding ends up not only being his new neighbor—she’s his client’s ex-wife. And his client has every intention of winning her back.
Carrie and Ryan would love to leave complicated alone, but when two people share a duplex and irresistible chemistry, temptation—and love—is right around the corner…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
***Update: Out of Print
This story didn’t completely work for me. My main problem is the fact that we are told most of the story… Does this sound ridiculous to you? Now that I’ve put it in writing it kind of sounds stupid, so let me explain– if we put all of the dialogue together, I’m not sure it would fill one whole chapter. The actual interaction between the main characters was intermingled with paragraphs, and paragraphs, and even more paragraphs of inner monologue. Truthfully I ended up skimming a lot. While I can’t say I didn’t like the story because I did like the idea of the story, the execution just didn’t do it for me.
The basics of the story are:
Ryan is a consultant with his family’s company. They help out other companies in trouble and he specializes in marketing and advertising and is currently unknowingly working for Carrie’s ex-husband’s company.
Carrie is moving back to San Francisco after two years of being in New York. Her divorce pushed her to leave, but now it’s time to come home. Out celebrating with friends she ends up almost having a sexy interlude in a closet with a hot stranger, but she bails out at the very last minute.
The next day she meets her new neighbor in the other half of her duplex and guess who it is? When she finds out why he is staying there (her ex owns the other half of the building) and who he is working with… well, things start to get more complicated.
Carrie and Ryan start to spend time together but issues keep getting in their way. The issues became tiresome with the constant back and forth ad nauseam: when it wasn’t his work, it was her ex, or them both being cowards about exploring their feelings, or even their working together. The relationship issues just took over the whole book. It was too much.
While it didn’t work for me personally, if you don’t mind the whole up-in-their-heads thing this could totally work for you.
Sparkles’ Rating: 2.5 It-is-me-not-you Stars
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