22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.
Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.
Aric Serrano is definitely not safe.
He’s six-feet-four-inches of missing-Hemsworth-brother-hotness and plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. Then he meets his new co-anchor.
Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could simply ignore Aric—he’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid these days. But that becomes impossible when she’s forced to work closely with him on the weekend news. Now the attraction between them is growing even faster than the ratings, and what happens behind the scenes is the real news.
*** Three Stars
I was super excited to read the synopsis for this book and to be approved for an ARC on NetGalley. Being a journalist myself, there aren’t enough romance heroines in journalism – we live exciting lives!
So I delved into this book with maybe some high expectations and overall, this was a nice book. Nice was a good word to describe the plot, the heroine, the hero, everything. Sometimes it felt too nice – at least, halfway through, everyone seemed too good to be true. Even Heidi, with her relationship hangups and loveless “on a break” relationship with Hale (what a name!) was ultimately innocent and didn’t seem to have too much depth.
I think I would have liked to see Heidi be more feisty, especially for a news reporter. It’s a tough job where you’re chasing some unpleasant stories sometimes with some unpleasant people to deal with. I think in the real world Heidi would get eaten alive in the news industry. I was never quite sure why Aric was so drawn to her except for that he thought she was beautiful – and her reasons for resisting him were hard to grasp for half of the book since the details of her previous relationship that broke her heart were vague. (The reveal does make her easier to sympathize with). As for Aric, he was Mr. Perfect – I kind of pictured a Ken doll when picturing him. Did he have a single flaw?
Despite the qualms I did have, this was well written, the characters are likable, and the romance is sweet. It is very, very light reading and great for a day when you don’t want something heavy, just a mindless romance.