A sweet, enjoyable romance.
Former pro-athlete turned video game mogul Eric Vincent likes to be in control, something that will present a problem for the next few months. After breaking his leg in a skiing accident, he’s left immobile and in need of help from getting around to scratching and adjusting his leg. He’s fired a string nurses who’ve only managed to drive him crazy. But after being trapped in a hospital elevator with a very intuitive and proactive yet subdued stranger, he takes extreme measures to hire her.
Julie Nelson spent the past six years sacrificing her life in order to take care of her dying parents. Now that they’re both gone she’s not sure what’s next for her. She is certain of two things. One, she doesn’t want to be the live-in nanny to her four nieces and nephews. And two, she’s not about to play nurse to the short tempered Eric. That is until he offers her one million dollars to help him for the next three months. How hard can it be?
As it turns out, he’s more compelling than he is arrogant and the attraction between them isn’t something Julie was prepared for. Can they ignore the pull and desire between them being in constant proximity?
I liked the premise for this story and even though it felt flat at times and it started out at a measure pace, the character development was good. Both characters are likeable in their own right. Eric is a grouchy, gets what he wants man. He’s also smart, caring when he wants to be, with a secret and a deeply buried vulnerability the Julie can sense upon meeting him and confirms as she gets to know him.
It took a while for me to like Julie though. She seemed like an unassuming, doormat for everyone from Eric to her sister who was good settling for a life less ordinary. But I liked that she started to build back her confidence while being around Eric.
The attraction between the characters is a slow build up that leads to very steamy sexy times that round out a pleasant read.
Fooling Around is a standalone contemporary romance by Noelle Adams. It’s told from both points of view. With a happy ending.
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *