Overnight Wife by Penny Wylder

Published on: 13 August 2019
Type: Stand-alone, no cliffhanger
AuthorPenny Wylder
Read : 27 January 2020
Shelved : 28 January 2020
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Get it: Amazon

I accidentally married my new boss.
I’ve always been the ‘good girl’ in my friend group. But when my bestie dares me to let loose on my last free weekend before I start my dream job, I give in.
It’s only one night in Vegas. What’s the worst that could happen?
Here’s a hint:
Too many vodka tonics.
Grinding against a stranger’s hot, muscled body.
A whispered demand to join him in his hotel room.
Multiple you-know-whats.
One major hangover…
And a ring on my finger the next morning that I don’t remember saying yes to.
Marrying someone I just met is a huge mistake. But you know what’s worse?
Flipping him off as I threaten a restraining order…
Then discovering he’s my new boss. 

Mara Greene: recently hired stage design coordinator for Pitfire Media. She went to Vegas with her friend, Lea, to

John Walloway: the extremely young and available CEO of Pitfire Media, a huge media company, where Mara recently got hired at.

“A girl like you deserves top-shelf everything.”

John, Overnight Wife

The relationship is quite fast. A lot of previous readers find it too simple, skipped parts of characters…but please note it’s supposed to be a simple plot of about 171 pages. It is not enough to really dive into John and Mara’s background and later relationship.

I always liked how Penny writes though there are other books of her’s that I liked more, this one is good enough. I think we try to find new and exciting stories outside the realm of rational reality when finding love is sometimes simple when everyone is on board and trusts the other. Yes, it’s insta-love/lust but what better love is there if everything seems to fit for the two of them?

This may not be for everyone’s taste but I love stories of strong semi-rational (who goes to Vegas to party then ends up married to the love of their life? not many, I assure you.) women who do not become insecure adults at a drop of a hat when one of the partners becomes dominant possessive and honest. It’s an easy read to enjoy the moment for John and Mara. Take it as that.

I would have appreciated more depth of the characters to better connect with them but I can see since this is a somewhat a “rushed wedding” that it warrants a few skips in detail of the characters. The family dynamics were skimmed quickly and focus was more on Mara and John.

I’m glad to see that Mara has a more rational thought about all that she had to go through. Of course, there is the initial shock/hesitation but upon further getting-to-know John, they seem to be perfectly matched. John is good at trying to abide by Mara’s request is honesty. Both are honest but with external people (Bianca) coming into play and nosy family members, it does put a strain in their already fragile, new relationship.

Moral of the Story: One can have success in her career and a balanced family life as long as she has the support and love of her partner.

Penny Wylder, A USA Today Bestselling author and #1 Amazon bestselling author, writes what you’d expect– wild romances. Happily Ever Afters are always better when they’re a little dirty, so if you’re looking for a page turner that will make you feel naughty in all the right places, jump right in and leave your panties at the door!

The Roommate Agreement by Emma Hart

Published on: 24 March 2019
Published by: Self-published by Staci Hart
AuthorEmma Hart
Series: Standalone, HEA
Read : 24 January 2020
Shelved : 26 January 2020
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Let your homeless best friend stay with you, he said. Being roommates will be fun, he said.
It’s only temporary, he said.

He never said I’d fall for him.

You know what isn’t ‘temporary?’ The endless stream of dirty socks in my bathroom and empty food packets under the sofa—and don’t even get me started on the hot guys who take over my living room every Sunday to watch sports.
I can’t take anymore.

So I propose a roommate agreement. One that will bring peace and order back to my life, complete with rules that might just stop my newfound crush on my best friend in its tracks.
After all, there’s only so many times you can see your best friend naked before you start to lose your mind.

Rules. They’re meant to be broken… Aren’t they?

The Characters.

Jay is a 26 year old man who is sharing a flat with Shelby. From the start of the book, he’s a big mess. I’m frustrated with him and no matter how much he can see Shelby pick up after him, he still acts like he’s the “entitled one” in the flat. He works at a gym and is all muscle versus being considerate.

Shelby is a saint for having to deal with Jay and his ‘inconsiderate ways’. She is the responsible one in the flat and I can see her being taken advantaged of in general. She’s an introvert, except with telling Jay off.

The Verdict.

I liked Emma Hart’s works in the past so was excited to read this…till I realized that it’s quite different from her past works. This book just didn’t work for me in the end and I’m frustrated with myself on this.

I appreciate her reference to the Big Bang Theory and other past song fits of the 80’s/90’s like Backstreet Boys. The funny moments and flashbacks were great but even that took me so much effort to finish. There were so many times I wanted to just stop and give it up. I had to put it down and just stop to find the inspiration to continue on.

I really feel for the characters but it was dragging in plot development for the protagonist. I was even more interested in the supporting characters of Sean and Brie. It got better 3/4th of the book which really made me want to finish it (at last). I love how the parents in the end had their own plot twist…even grandma came into the action. Those parts made it worth chugging along the book.

In the end, I’m glad that both, Jay and Shelby, learned to grow up and face the reality of their developing relationship. It’s cute but needs better “connection” – deeper character development. 

Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels and has been translated into several different languages. She first put fingers to keys at the age of eighteen after her husband told her she read too much and should write her own.
Four years later, she’s still figuring out what he meant when he said she ‘read too much.’

She prides herself on writing smart smut that’s filled with dry wit, snappy, sarcastic comebacks, but lots of heart… And sex. Sometimes, she kills people. (Disclaimer: In books. But if you bug her, she’ll use your name for the victims.)

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