Published by Entangled, Lovestruck on August 18, 2014
Series: Kisses in the Sand #1
Genres: adult, contemporary, General, Love & Romance, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
A temporary agreement neither could keep…
Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she's up close and personal with the world's sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?
Zane Hollander's playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She's genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional.
But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he'll just break her heart. Because nothing's more important to Zane than following the tide.
Entangled’s line of “Bliss” books always put me in a good mood. They are feel good romances- plain and simple. keeping Mr. Right Now was great! It was the perfect mixture of sweet, sassy romantic fun that I needed. I find myself turning to these happy romantic “feel good” reads when I am particularly stressed, and Keeping Mr. Right Now did the trick, planting a big smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. The plot is a rather simple one, but when it is well done it is a plot line that works spectacularly for me. Hot guy is used to getting any girl he wants and is kind of a player. He is the “big man on campus” or in this case, a world class surfer. Enter a quiet and reserved girl that is so far from his normal type. There is normally some awesome clashing of characters and lots of chemistry. Call me a sucker, but I just love watching a guy meet the girl that makes him want something more permanent.
But Keeping Mr. Right Now is so much more than just a simple cliche. Robin Bielman delves deep into her character development. I loved both Sophie and Zane. Getting to know them and watching them really get to know the person beneath the surface in each other was beautiful. Sophie became more comfortable with herself and sassier as each page went by. You could see her peeling back layer by layer and letting her quick witted and thoughtful personality shine. And Zane had a lot of family issues to deal with throughout the course of the book. Sophie got under his skin slowly, but surely and I think it took Zane completely by surprise. I loved the natural progression to their friendship and something more that Robin Bielman created. It was very fluid and organic.
Keeping Mr. Right Now stands on its’ own, but it had inklings of being the start for a standalone contemporary series that each book focuses on a different set of characters. Zane had a couple of male friends that were single and Sophie met a super awesome secondary character while she was on her job/vacation. It is a series setup that I have been noticing more and more of this year, and one that I am really loving. It is told in dual narrative so you get both the guy and girl perspective throughout. It is contemporary romance, but the main characters are young enough to fall into the New Adult Category, so it really could go either way.
I loved the insecurities that the author gave the characters, but Zane in particular. He was worried that he wouldn’t be considered smart enough for the charitable organization that wanted to work with him. (he dropped out of school to surf full time.) I thought it gave an interesting perspective and layer to Zane. I thought Robin Bielman dealt with it wonderfully, as well. If you like fantastically written fun summer romances, you will absolutely love Keeping Mr. Right Now. Even if you are not a fan of the traditional “romance” book, you should give this one a try. I think Zane and Sophie will win you over. This book is so much fun.
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