Series: Shillings Agency #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 174 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen (February 3, 2014)
This soldier’s the perfect hoax…if she doesn’t fall for him first.
Stats whiz Kayla Moriarity knows her way around numbers and algorithms. Men, on the other hand, are unsolvable equations. Now Kayla’s en route to her sister’s wedding—alone and without the fictional boyfriend she invented for her family. Fortunately, her plane comes complete with complimentary cocktails and a ridiculously hot ex-marine in the seat beside her. And that’s all it takes for Kayla’s inhibitions to go sailing out the airlock...
Cooper Shillings has soft spot for people in trouble, but he certainly wasn’t expecting to land in it himself—and definitely not while getting naughty mid-air with a sexy southern belle. When he hears Kayla’s predicament, however, he offers his services as a stand-in boyfriend. After all, he’s heading overseas soon...and how could he refuse a little no-strings wickedness?
It’s the perfect plan. And all Kayla has to do is ensure her family falls for the ultimate bluff, without falling for it—and Cooper—in the process...
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Confession: This is my first Diane Alberts book. Yes, her other books are floating around the Kindle but this is the first one I've read so far and it is smokin' hot.
Kayla Moriarity is on her way home for her sister's wedding. The only problem? She's freaking afraid of flying. After all, she's an actuary and the odds of the plane going down isn't all that comforting. She plans on having one drink and taking some sleeping pills so she doesn't have to deal with the anxiety of being up in the air.
Distraction comes in the rock hard form of one sexy ex-marine named Cooper Shillings. Cooper is on his way to a new job with a few days to spare. And wouldn't you know it? He's on the same flight Kayla is on. After a giggletastic meet-cute—Cooper getting stabbed with a candy cane and literally falling at Kayla's feet—the sexual tension between the two burn hotter than jet fuel.
Cooper distracts Kayla with a helping hand—hello almost mile high club!—and feels a connection. Dirty, dirty boy. He can't seem to let her go so when he hears that Kayla made up her boyfriend to get her mother off her case, he volunteers to be that boyfriend.
It's only temporary, right? Cooper would pretend to be her loving boyfriend, they would have multiple-orgasm inducing no-strings attached sex, and the focus would shift to Kayla's little sister during the wedding instead of everyone asking Kayla why she doesn't have a man.
All goes according to plan until...
Kayla is willing to give it a go but Cooper doesn't want to get involved for reals with Kayla. He's going oversees and he might not come back alive. He doesn't want to put her through that since he saw what it did to his best friend's wife.
And oh! The Grand Gesture. I may or may not have done exactly what the gif above is doing.
Temporarily Yours reminded me a bit of The Wedding Date with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney and Holiday Engagement with Bonnie Somerville and Jordan Bridges except with a lot more smexing. And by a lot...on a plane, in a car, on a bed, in the shower, against the sink, by the football field. It's like the X-rated version of Green Eggs and Ham of sexing.
I would do him here or there, I would do him anywhere...
I've become a fan of the whole temporary arrangement trope and Diane Alberts put a super sexy spin on it in her latest release. Two things I liked about this book...
- It's hella sexy. Yes, I said hella sexy. So be sure to have something cold nearby because The Down and Dirty Deed happens everywhere and it's ridiculously toe curling. Probably not a good idea to read it in a public place.
- The heroine is an actuary which made me squeal because I actually know what an actuary is. I loved that she wasn't just another chef, secretary, teacher, or attorney. Not that there's anything with those professions. It was a total breath of fresh air to find a heroine with a job that hasn't been mentioned in any books I've ever read.
Who was this man, and what planet did he come from? In her experience, men like Cooper weren't real. They existed purely in the pages of romance novels and chick flicks.