Between love and hate, there’s a whole lot of trouble…
Chad Lake only showed up at his sister’s party for the free food, but when he spots an uptight nerd at the edge of the crowd, he can’t resist trying to ruffle the guy’s perfect bow tie and impeccable hair. The hottie’s ready for him, though, and in the end, it’s Chad who’s left wide-eyed, his ears still ringing with the filthy things Bow Tie whispered in his ear. No one gets the upper hand on Chad. Ever.
Owen Hawkins has heard all about the cocky Adonis from Chad’s sister—the same sister who holds Owen’s career advancement in her hands. He has every intention of steering clear of the other man…until Chad’s sexy taunts push him too far. There’s something intriguing about Chad, and even though Owen knows that getting tangled up with the infuriating man is trouble, he can’t seem to stay away…
Review: I’ve loved geeks since long before Big Bang Theory made loving geeks acceptable. In high school, I always went for the nerd (as we called them then) – the guy wearing glasses, with the brains. They’ve always attracted me far more than the bad boy or the uniformed hero and there are far too few books written about them. Plus, the whole concept of the bow tie was absolutely adorable and I will never look at another bow tie in the same way again.
Chad, the first character introduced, is a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kind of guy. He lives by the one night stand (or at most, a short-term affair) and flits from job to job without a second glance. But he also yearns for more and once he meets Owen, he realizes just what that more might be – a family and a career (as opposed to a job). Chad is the consummate playboy so it is heartening to see the changes in him and watch him fall in love over the course of the book.
Owen is the geek with the glasses and bow tie. He is terribly shy around new people or in crowds, which only adds to his geekiness. This makes him utterly charming in my eyes. When Owen cares about someone, he also cares about everyone that person cares about and everything in else their lives. Even though he is hesitant to begin a relationship with his boss’ brother, Owen already cares about Chad through his sister so the relationship essentially started before they’d even met. Owen also experiences personal growth during the book and it was nice to watch him come out of his shell just a bit.
Both characters have relationship flaws. They are both afraid of them – of entering into them, of the seriousness of them, of maintaining them. This is reality, folks, and so much more personal than those romance novels where the leads fall in love, overcome a couple of obstacles that have nothing to do with personal growth, and live happily ever after. I see a few more obstacles in Chad and Owen’s future but I have no doubt that they will be happy. Happy together.