Title: Stealing the Bachelor
She needs his help, but he has a price...
Having missed out on the "drop-dead-gorgeous" gene in her family, Ann Snyder decides to kick a little butt in the business world instead. That is, until her skeezy manager's "side business" has the FDA raiding her chocolate shop. Now Ann's in huge trouble...and the only person who can help her is the adorkable guy who completely humiliated her in high school.
Lawyer Eric Maxwell has been in love with Ann as long as he can remember. He figured he never stood a chance-don't the beautiful girls always prefer the bad boys to the nerds? So he makes Ann a deal. He'll provide her with free legal services...if she'll move in and help transform him from nerd-without-a-clue to bona fide bad boy.
And once the transition is complete, all he has to do is prove that he's the only bachelor for her..
Author: Sonya Weiss
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Reckoning
Series: Stealing the Heart #3
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: January 11, 2016
Genres: Romantic Comedy
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This book is a standalone, but is part of a series.
Eric and Ann knew each other in high school, and one misunderstanding had them at odds ever since. (The blurb does a good job at explaining the plot, so I won’t rehash it.) Eric is determined to have Ann, as she’s the only one he’s ever loved, but Ann’s got a lot of stuff happening in her life right now, which makes it difficult for her to think about any sort of relationship, no matter how hot her lawyer is.
This story was cute and fun, and it was easy to get swept up in it. However, there were a few issues that I came across. First, Ann moved in with Eric for a small portion of time. As her lawyer, isn’t that kind of unethical on Eric’s part? It didn’t seem plausible, but I was willing to suspend belief for the purpose of the story. Second, the entire premise of the book – that Ann was in trouble with the FBI – seemed to only pop up every once in awhile. She was pretty chill about it, thinking that everything would turn out fine and such. There wasn’t really any uncertainty; I was sure that she wouldn’t end up taking the fall for someone else…but I was really hoping for more from that plot point. I mean, come on! The FBI storms your bakery, which you’ve worked so hard for, and you don’t spend every waking minute trying to figure out where your slimy ex-manager went with all your money? Also, the deal was that she would help Eric become a “bad boy.” Aside from a few suggestions to his wardrobe, that wasn’t exactly anything brought up again in the story. But again, I was willing to overlook it and concentrate on the romance itself between Eric and Ann, which was strong and well-crafted. They were just so likable! But again I was derailed when just as suddenly as this story started, it ended.
This story was FAST. It moved quickly – days and weeks flew by so fast that I had to look back to see if I missed something. Obstacles were tossed at the couple, which they sometimes tackled and sometimes simply avoided, and at the end, I was left with a feeling of, “Wait, what? It’s done?”
Spoiler alert: They get together. (Shocker, I know, as it’s a romance…ha!)
While I was expecting a plot-driven romance, where the circumstances of their being together played more of a role in getting Ann and Eric together, what I got was a sweet, character-driven romance, where the secondary characters were strong (I’m assuming they’re the other books in the series).
Despite these flaws (which were probably only flaws to me, as I expected something quite different from what it actually is), I loved the characters and the writing style. Flirty, fun, not too much heat, and wonderfully descriptive passages that made the characters come to life. A very solid 3 and a half stars.
About the author:
Sonya Weiss is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and author. She’s addicted to great books, good movies, and Italian chocolates.
She’s passionate about causes that support abused animals and children. Her parents always supported her bringing stray animals home although the Great Dane rescue was a surprise.
Author Website: http://sonyaweiss.com/
Author Blog: http://sonyaweiss.com/blog/
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Ann unlocked the shop and stepped in. Eric closed the door behind them, and instantly, they were surrounded by silence. Though she wasn’t showing it, being in the shop, seeing it this way, had to hurt, and that made his heart ache.
She set her purse down on the counter. “There are probably enough chocolates for several dozen bags. We can each take one, and I’ll give the others away. I can take some to the diner and some to—“ Her voice ended on a broken note.
Unable to stop himself, Eric walked up behind her and put his hands on her shoulders. “I swear that I’ll fight with every breath I have to make this right for you.” He was going to offer her comfort with his words and nothing more, but his game plan changed when she turned around in his arms. The tears tracking down her face were his undoing.
“Ann.” His voice was barely above a whisper. He tightened his grip, not pulling her to him or pushing her away, leaving the next move up to her. His heart beat faster and his mouth went dry when she leaned into him, letting her head come to rest against his chest.
Raising his hand, he rested it on the back of her hair, gently stroking. She lifted her arms and slowly wrapped them around his waist. Wanting her, but not able to have her, was the sweetest agony, but he knew better than to make a move.
She lifted her head and leaned back so that she could look into his eyes. “Kiss me.”
His eyes widened. “Do you realize what you just asked me?”
“Yes.” She lowered her gaze, and a hesitant smile crossed her lips. “I didn’t think…I mean, if you don’t want to, that’s fine.”
Sliding his fingers beneath her chin, he tilted her face up to his. “I have never wanted anything more than to kiss you.”
She looked surprised by that. “But?”
“Here in the shop, the emotions and thoughts have to be running rampant through you right now. I don’t want to be your caught-in-the-moment mistake.” He smoothed her hair away from her eyes. “Ask me again when your heart isn’t overwhelmed.”
Ann pulled away, a flush creeping up her face. “What makes you think I’ll ask again?”
His heart skipped. “Because you’re my Lois Lane. You won’t be able to help yourself.”