Temporarily Yours (Shillings Agency #1) by Jen McLaughlin – Review

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This soldier’s the perfect hoax…if she doesn’t fall for him first.

Stats whiz Kayla Moriarity knows her way around numbers and algorithms. Men, on the other hand, are unsolvable equations. Now Kayla’s en route to her sister’s wedding—alone and without the fictional boyfriend she invented for her family. Fortunately, her plane comes complete with complimentary cocktails and a ridiculously hot ex-marine in the seat beside her. And that’s all it takes for Kayla’s inhibitions to go sailing out the airlock…

Cooper Shillings has soft spot for people in trouble, but he certainly wasn’t expecting to land in it himself—and definitely not while getting naughty mid-air with a sexy southern belle. When he hears Kayla’s predicament, however, he offers his services as a stand-in boyfriend. After all, he’s heading overseas soon…and how could he refuse a little no-strings wickedness?

It’s the perfect plan. And all Kayla has to do is ensure her family falls for the ultimate bluff, without falling for it—and Cooper—in the process…

MY REVIEW:

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Cooper and Kayla! Diane Alberts had me hooked with her sweet, hot, sexy, romantic story TEMPORARILY YOURS right from the start of this book and I enjoyed every single word! Ms. Alberts is a new to me author and OMG did she make a fan out of me!

Let’s start with the adorable, sexy, smokin’ hot, ex-Marine that is Cooper Shillings. He is not just dreamy, but a good guy who stepped right up to be by Kayla’s side and help her. Cooper is one of those guys who just has natural born hero in his DNA. He sees someone hurting or in need and he takes it on as his responsibility to make it right. When he learns Kayla is in need of a “fake” boyfriend to get through the weekend of her sister’s wedding he doesn’t hesitate to step up to be that guy for her. Why not spend the few days he has before heading overseas helping out a beautiful woman who makes his heart race especially when it’s all she wants from him too.

Cooper finds Kayla beautiful and sexy, but he also falls hard for the irresistibly quirky and spunky woman she is. Kayla is intelligent, independent, and with all the statistics floating around in her brain not the kind of woman to hold out much hope for her own happily ever after. She is perfectly happy with her single life, thank you very much. If only her parents and family would understand that about her and stop making her feel like an epic failure to them for not having a man in her life. Thus the fictional boyfriend she now needs to produce and as long as they both know it’s just for the weekend why not indulge in the sweetness and hard-body that is Cooper, right?

Cooper and Kayla meet in the airport waiting for their flight to Charlotte where Kayla is headed for her little sister’s wedding and Cooper is about to start a new security job that is sending him out of the country for an indefinite period and almost immediately. They hit it off right away and with a little maneuvering on Cooper’s part sit next to each other in first class on the plane. Their intense attraction is immediate and impossible for either of them to resist. Let’s just say Cooper goes above and beyond to distract Kayla and keep her mind off her terror of flying. And just when I was calming myself down over the heart-pounding hotness of the scene on the plane, they can’t stop themselves from finishing what they started on the plane when they get to the airport parking lot. That scene just pretty much melted me it was so scorching! From there they spend the night getting to know each other even better before Kayla has to show up the next day at her parents home for the wedding festivities. Despite both of their intentions, fears, and issues with believing they are not at a place in their lives to have a serious relationship, they fall in love. Of course, there are a few bumps and things to resolve on the way, but that just makes the story so much more interesting to read.

Ms. Alberts story flows with witty writing, well-developed and multi-layered characters, funny situations and characters, sad back stories that makes you love Cooper and Kayla even more, and a misunderstanding or two that brought a couple of tears to my eyes when it kept the lovers apart. But mostly it’s just a sweet and very romantic story of two wonderful people meeting the love of their life in the oddest of situations and everything falling into place to give them their HEA. I had a smile on my face and a sigh in my heart the entire time I was reading it. 5 dreamy stars for this fabulous book!

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