Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Getting Worked Up by Erin Nicholas

From the publisher:
Phoebe Sherwood is in love with the perfect man. Well, except for the fact that he’s in love with someone else. But Phoebe isn’t the type to let a little detail like that keep her from getting what she wants. 

And as she’s plotting how to get him back, she meets the perfect solution—Joe Spencer. The city boy is in town to retrieve his sort-of fiancé—the woman who stole Phoebe’s man— and when he hears Phoebe’s plan to reclaim their respective soul mates, he’s in. 

Bright and sparkly. That’s Joe’s first impression of Phoebe. He’s always been attracted to sparkly things—like neon casino signs, sequined evening gowns and Porsches. In fact, his affinity for those things, and the trouble they can cause, are exactly why he’s determined to change his habits and settle down. 

But if he’s going to win his girl back, he’s going to need to learn a new way of life. Country line dancing, guzzling homemade moonshine and getting rid of his custom-made suits are what it takes to fit into Sapphire Falls… and he’s got some work to do. 

Thank goodness Phoebe is the perfect coach. 

And everything will be just fine… as long as they can keep their hands off of each other and remember which hearts they are trying to win over. 

Wild and wonton Joe Spencer has lost his best friend to another man. In an effort to get her back, Joe heads to the small farming town of Sapphire Falls.

Phoebe Sherwood needs a plan to get her best friend and love, Matt, back from his soon-to-be fiancé, Nadia. Enter sexy city boy Joe Spencer. After learning the reason for the hot new boy’s arrival, Phoebe seizes her opportunity. All she has to do is convince Joe that two are better than one. Working together, they have better odds of breaking up the soon-to-be affianced and getting back their soon-to-be other half. Easy enough, right?

Joe soon realizes it is not going to be as easy as he thought. Merely saying I love you isn’t going to bring Nadia running back to him. She loves Sapphire Falls and its simple, laid-back ways. He must ditch his high-rolling city-boy ways if he is to fit in with this moonshine-drinking crowd. Who better to teach him this than Sapphire Falls’s hometown girl Phoebe Sherwood? But what happens when Joe sheds his chinos and suit jacket for blue jeans and T-shirt, which just so happens to fit perfectly snug across his athletic chest? Will he change enough to get Nadia back, or will he get distracted along the way?

I only had one slight quibble with Getting Worked Up. Unlike Adrianne and Mason (from Getting Out of Hand, Sapphire Falls book 1) who had a totally hot inta-lust connection, I felt Joe fell for Phoebe a too quickly. He came to town to win back his best friend (even though he does not love her) but he is taken by Phoebe the minute he sees her. It all seemed a bit sudden for me. However, I was able to get past that rather quickly and devour every morsel of the story.

Once again, Erin Nicholas had me wishing I lived in Sapphire Falls and was best friends with the characters; both are just so much fun! Living in a small town myself, I know how gossip spreads, how everyone knows everyone, and the importance of the annual festival. Shoot, I have a friend who I swear is related to half of the town, just like Phoebe. Nicholas paints such a real and vibrant picture of small-town life it is almost as if I can picture my small town being Sapphire Falls (minus all the hot men). Getting Worked Up was a book I wanted to reread as soon as I finished because the minute I turned the last page, I felt bereft of my friends, my town, and Phoebe and Joe.

If you are looking for a story with remarkable—and hot as hell—characters, a story that will make your pulse beat a bit faster, a setting that is a character itself, or simply a pleasurable read you won’t want to put down, then I invite you to visit Sapphire Falls.

*FTC Disclaimer: Review copy provided by the author

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