Title: The Hang Up
Author: Tawna Fenske
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: First Impressions #2
Main Characters: Miriam and Jason
Release Date: June 2016
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
What the hell is she thinking? He’s the definition of off-limits. Not just because he’s a client—he spends his free time risking his life mountain climbing. The same thing that got her father killed. She’s not going to open her heart to a guy who could disappear at the drop of a…well, she’d rather not finish that thought.
She needs to leave complicated alone, but every time she sees Jason, something tells her it’s her who might fall…
I really liked this book, but the characters made the story. They were both awesome.
Jason is new to this town and the CEO's job. He meets Miriam after he's done a mudder's run. (He's so filty, she thinks he's homeless.) They're new neighbors and he lost his keys in the middle of the run, so he needs to call a locksmith. Jason used to own an outdoor adventure company, but he just sold it and became the CEO of a retail company (think REI) to help support his sister, who's a single mother of a five year old boy with cancer. Yeah, Jason is pretty much everything good in a romance book hero.
By coincidence Miriam is part of the PR firm that handles the business for Jason's new company. They sleep together before they ever realize that their lives are intertwined professionally. Also, Miriam has an aversion to adventurers...her father died from his adrenaline junkie hobbies just a year ago. She has no desire to get attached to anyone else involved in that kind of lifestyle. Two major strikes against Jason and her forming a relationship.
But this is a romance novel. You know that's not going to be the end of their story.
There was so much to love about this story. Miriam is a city girl. She goes everywhere looking perfect and wearing heels. Jason is the exact opposite and he enjoys introducing her to more of the outdoor activities that he enjoys. As a result there were some great visuals of the outdoors in this story. I also really loved Jason's nephew and his obsession with human physiology. He added a levity to the story that you wouldn't expect especially since he's the character battling a life-threatening disease in this story.
This is just really one of those light, happy stories that makes you happier for having read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.