Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Gift of Gray by Jan Romes

Title:  The Gift of Gray
AuthorJan Romes
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Gray and Alexis
Release Date: May 2012
ISBN: 9781612171647

Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Links to Purchase:

Sexual Intensity: spicy

I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Alexis Kelly will do anything for her best friends - even work as a masseue at their weekend matchmaking ranch. Besides, she needs the cash and a distraction from the mistakes she made in the name of self-preservation.
Gray Patterson is a grouchy advertising executive with perfectionist tendencies. He's tired of going home to an empty apartment but has little time to date, so he shucks convention in search of a soul mate.
The second Alexis and Gray meet, their personalities collide, but there are also some amazing sparks. Over the course of the weekend, they dodge the convoluted attraction until it begs to be acknowledged. Their relationship takes a major hit when another client reveals Alexis's haunting baggage.
Will chemistry and a peek at love be enough to repair the damage?
Rating: Spicy
Page Count: 98
Word Count: 26624
978-1-61217-164-7 Digital

My Review:

This is an interesting premise for a book. Alexis is filling in part-time at her friends Adirondack retreat. This all-inclusive bed and breakfast caters to the rich and busy. Their specialty is to hook up couples (within a weekend) who want to become married, but are too busy to find their perfect mate. Bizarre, right? But this $5000/weekend inn has an 80% success (i.e. marriage) I said, interesting premise.

Alex is there filling in for the masseuse, even though she's not really a masseuse. She needs the money. Unfortunately, she fell for the wrong guy and he left her with the mortgage on the condo they bought together...something that her secretarial salary doesn't quite cover.

Her first customer is Gray, one of the guests at the inn. He's belligerent, rude, and doesn't think twice about complaining....about everything. Of course, he realizes right away that Alexis is not a real masseuse, but he finds her much more intriguing than any of the guests at the inn.

Okay, yes, there are absolutely several implausible details to this story line, but regardless of that I found this book to be fun and charming. It's a short little read that takes place during Christmastime when the snow is falling. It appealed to my romantic heart. There are enough minor twists and turns in the story to keep it interesting. I liked Alex and her stubborn pride. I liked how gruff Gray could be. He comes across as this harsh, demanding guy, but he's actually lonely. He wants a wife and family in his life. You gotta love that kind of vulnerability in a purely alpha male.

Jeb & Tish are the owners of the inn and they've been friends with Alex their entire lives. I loved the elements they added to the story. They provide Alex with a safe place and they absolutely put her and her friendship above the business needs of their inn....and you have to respect that...even if it isn't good business sense.

This was definitely a fun book. I'd read this author again!

1 comment:

Jan Romes said...

Thanks so much for the awesome review, Christi!! :-))