UNTIL YOU by Denise Grover Swank (May 30, 2017; Forever Mass Market Paperback; $7.99; Bachelor Brotherhood Book 2)
“Swank’s fluffy, feel-good storytelling proclaims the primacy of love as a force to which everyone should surrender-the bachelors destined to star in future installments haven’t got a chance.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Only You
Never settle down. Ever.
Workaholic Lanie Rogers lives a completely nomadic lifestyle. Her job keeps her on the move, and relationships are a complication she doesn’t need. That is, until she meets Mr. Tall, Dark, and Hotness at a pre-wedding party. Complicated? Maybe. But lately, Lanie’s life has been missing a little something—and sexy playboy Tyler Norris offers something she definitely can’t refuse.
Tyler has always been a little too popular with women for his own good. Ever since he and his buddies vowed to remain bachelors, Tyler figured he was safe from temptation. Lanie and her gorgeous brown eyes are about to prove him so, so wrong. With one kiss, the heat is intense. After one night, it’s pure combustion. It was supposed to be a no-strings fling—until these two commitment-phobes each discover the one undeniable exception to their rule.
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Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Until You is a lovely story about finding true love at the most unexpected time and place. The pre-wedding setting was charming, and I loved the characters, even if I just wanted to knock some sense into them at times! The heroes, Tyler Norris and Lanie Rogers, are perfect strangers and temporary partners: Tyler is a groomsman and Lanie is a bridesmaid in the same wedding.
Tyler is a self-proclaimed life-long bachelor and hates weddings. And yet he couldn’t refuse to attend the multiple rehearsals and photo shoots in preparation for his friend Randy’s marriage with Lanie’s cousin Britt. Despite his professional success and his image as a tenacious attorney, Tyler is insecure and vulnerable. He feels incapable of loving, but has decided to take a break from his womanizing ways.
Lanie is conflicted, confused and finds herself standing at a major crossroad in her life. She has lived a nomadic life, because of her job, and was too busy to get involved with someone. She is a workaholic, but feels stuck in a job with no progression or fullfilment. She wants to reconsider her priorities and is ready for a change in her career and her way of life.
Tyler and Lanie’s attraction is instant, their relationship is a whirlwind. They are both non-committal and neither one of them has any expectations in what should be a short-term arrangement, a fling that they want to keep secret. But their life is turned upside-down, they can’t stay away from each other. Their intense chemistry was palpable.
The characters were well-portrayed and relatable, but I would have enjoyed more plot development. The pre-wedding setting was nice, and yet a bit too repetitive in my opinion. I felt that Lanie and Tyler’s romantic relationship could be more developed, it seemed that Lanie’s career problems took center stage at times. Tyler definitely grew on me, I loved the way he was able to rekindle his relationship with his younger brothers and mend broken family ties. Not to mention that his final grand romantic gesture definitely won me over! I enjoyed the author’s strong and fluid writing style, it was my first read by her. I’ll definitely check out her previous books. Overall, Until You is a light, sweet and sexy contemporary romance and a great summer read.
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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese, which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty (in her own mind) Facebook comments and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe
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