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Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on May 29, 2015
Genres: Romance, Romantic Comedy
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Bristow Sparks, an interior designer in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, has just landed the contract of a lifetime, working for the Cherry Wyeland, volatile reality star and CEO of Wine-A-Lot. Designing for a crazy person is an around-the-clock commitment. It frays Bristow’s nerves and forces her to compromise in unimaginable ways, but, given that the finished product will be featured on The Decorating Network, she must succeed.
While her professional life is hot, her personal life is barely room temperature. After surviving the relentless media spotlight because of a personal tragedy and a traitorous ex-boyfriend, Bristow flies so far under the radar she can’t even be detected. A homebody to the core, she binges on episodes of the Showtime series, Dexter, lives in sweatpants, and is addicted to exercise and Oreos.
As for relationships? She has fallen hard and fast for witty and adventurous Jack Hoffmann. However, after their disastrous first date where Bristow collides with a park bench among other mortifying mishaps, they are unfortunately just friends. At least there’s one male sharing her bed, even if it’s only Vegas, her theatrical golden retriever.
For her twenty-ninth birthday, Bristow goes out of her comfort zone and gets a makeover at an elite spa. Post-Brazilian wax and in excruciating pain, Bristow realizes that she’s been in a post-traumatic state for years. She vows to start taking risks again. When she finally goes after what and whom she wants, no matter the cost, tragedy strikes again . . .
Bristow Sparks is a nobody wallflower and that is exactly how she likes it. Three years after a family tragedy thrust her in the spotlight she is more than content to blend into the background. Then she meets Dr. Jack Hoffmann and is instantly attracted. Unsure of how to proceed she decides that being friends with Jack is the best course of action. Between dealing with a crazy client, a crazy family and crazy lust Bristow may just go crazy herself.
This book had many good elements and one issue that made me constantly frustrated with the main character. The story was well paced and the supporting characters were well fleshed out. I loved the tension and the play between Bristow and Jack. My main issue was that Bristow was portrayed as thoughtful and analytical and yet all of the drama could have been avoided if she answered her phone. I know there needs to be drama to carry the story forward but to put it all down to the phone just grated at me. However, that aside, this was a fun fast read perfect for the summer.