Kelly by Rae Matthews (Mixed Drinks 2)
Humorous Contemporary Romance, Can stand alone
I was so excited to get my hands on Kelly! Sasha, the first book in this series of standalones, was one of my surprise favorites of 2014. I loved Rae’s sense of silly humor, combined with a group of good friends and romance.
For me, one of the keys to loving a book is loving the heroine. Even better, is when there is a group of friends I’m dying to hang with, that’s how these books are. I’m dying to meet all these girls and hang out for the weekend (with lots of booze).
Kelly was a social worker; her dream job, and all she ever wanted to do since she was 11 and a social worker helped her best friend. Life was good. New car, great job and great friends. Kelly wasn’t looking for love. Her life was perfect. Until she got laid off. They promised they’d work it out for her to come back in a couple of months, but a year later, Kelly is waiting tables at Dukes instead of her dream job, and her awesome car was repossessed. There was only one good thing about Duke’s. BACON. They add it to everything.
I cannot tell you how much I love bacon…and smelling it all day was like a little slice of heaven in the hell on earth I now call my life.”
While Kelly doesn’t normally do blind dates, she accepted one through a friend at work. When she was working, she couldn’t care less about dating. But now, someone paying for a meal is a very welcome treat. Unless he is a Star Wars freak named Benji.
Oh my God, somebody please come kidnap me. I won’t struggle, won’t scream. I will come with you quietly.”
Kelly’s prayers were answered in the form of a gorgeous guy who interrupts her date.
I couldn’t help but notice you look extremely bored.”…I’m pretty sure you are bore off your ass and that if you never hear another word about Star Wars again in your life it will be too soon.”
As he proceeds to educate Benji in proper dating technique, Kelly loves the nerve he has to do that. Plus he’s hot and smells good.
Oh hell, this man is going to give me a lady boner without even trying. He has to be one of the sexiest men I have ever had the pleasure of laying my eyes on. His words are not poetry, but the way they flow out of his mouth makes me weak.”
Despite the connection with Jesse, Kelly never uses the number he gives her. Until she gets herself into a pretty dangerous predicament, and she runs into him again. But of course, she embarrasses herself again…
Um, Ashley, you may want to avoid the bathroom for a good twenty minutes because I just dropped a giant deuce that would make a grown man cry like a baby.”
But that’s OK, he still wants her. And boy, does she want him.
- Laugh out loud funny moments.
- Realistic personalities that you want to be friends with.
- I loved every character.
- Reminded me of a Janet Evanovich book (which I loved).
- Hot cops? Yes please.
- Exciting edge of seat moments mixed with romance and comedy.
- More commas would have helped the flow.
- The cute, funny ending could have been a bit more realistic.
- Not enough of a tie-in to the first book.
- Some unfinished incidents and minor unanswered questions that most other people probably wouldn’t even notice.
Rating: 4.25-4.5 stars, 4 heat
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