Review: Men Like This (The Long Shot Romance #1) by Roxanne Smith

April 10, 2015 Review 1

Review: Men Like This (The Long Shot Romance #1) by Roxanne Smith

Can she trust a man who pretends for a living?

Horror author Quinn Buzzly knows all about the dark side, but when she meets actor Jack Decker, she’s moved to explore something completely different—at least on paper. With his sexy good looks, intriguing manner, and charming Irish-tinged English accent, Jack is the perfect model for her next hero. Quinn decides to spend one year in London writing a historical romance inspired by him. Until real life butts in…

Jack’s jealous ex-fiancée sparks a media storm when she accuses him and Quinn of having an affair. But Jack knows how to play this game. At his insistence, Quinn agrees to go along with the faux romance until the chatter subsides. Then they’ll stage a quiet breakup and go their separate ways. Yet Jack is a shameless—and irresistibly convincing—flirt, and Quinn has to remind herself it’s an act. Or is it? If Jack means business, he’ll have to find the words to convince a wordsmith that their love is the real thing…

Title: Men Like This
Author: Roxanne Smith
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Relapse in Paradise
Series: The Long Shot Romance #1
Published by Lyrical Press
Source: Publisher
Published: April 14, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 260
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: half-flame

I am shocked.  Two people who each make a living with words – one as a writer, one as an actor – still missed out on communication 101. *grin* It made these two famous individuals delightfully human. I loved it.

Of course it did not help having so much helpful support from friends, family and everybody else.  Such is the life of the famous.  Everyone thinks they have the right to butt their nose in.  Little wonder lack of communication can happen among the main characters.  They have so many people whispering, or shouting, in their ears.  Hard to hear.

I rather enjoyed this couple, Quinn and Jack.

Quinn is a writer of grisly murder horror stories.  She got excited about a display of maggots.  Really.  There is a whole discussion about it after a visit to the Natural History Museum in London.  Doesn’t that sound like a fun date?  She is also recently divorced from a lying, cheating, douche-canoe!  If it wasn’t for her fourteen year old son, Seth, she would totally wash her hand of him.

Quinn meets Jack one night when her soon to be former manager takes her to a fancy Hollywood club, that she hates, in a bid to seduce her.  Jack kind of comes to her rescue and saves her evening.  I have to say, we all need a little Jack in our lives – and I don’t mean the drink.  I loved him.  He may have been an actor, but he was real and sweet.  He loved his mother.  He cops to being a bit of a “mama’s boy” even.  Definitely my book boyfriend for the week. *sigh*

Although Quinn still has a great distrust in men and relationships and asks that he be gone by morning, Jack left behind some manger inspiration for . . . You guessed it.  A romantic book boyfriend.  Honestly, from the little peaks we were allowed of that book, I would have liked to read it.  But alas, there is only this one.

The chaos stirred up by ex’s in this was epic.  And with a sister like this one, who needs an enemy.  I will be most interested to see how the author redeems this rather unlikable character in the next book.  It promises to be just a fun and interesting as I found this one.

Not only was there a wonderful, well developed cast of characters, but the story moved along at a very nice clip.  There was nice mix of drama and alone-getting-to-know-you time for Quinn and Jack.  I found the story to be completely engaging, even though the couple times they had sex it was behind a closed door.  It made no difference, I didn’t want to put it down.

I think this is another one of those stories that the fans of Notting Hill will enjoy.  Unlikely couple completely falling for each other.  It was sweet and wonderful.

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