NOT MY ROMEO
by Kylie Gilmore
(Clover Park #6)
Published June 24th 2015
by Extra Fancy Books
Confirmed bachelor Vince Marino wants nothing more than to win the Clover Park library project and earn partner in his father’s construction company. But a last-minute bid by Sophia Capello, the jaw-dropping daughter of his father’s life-long rival, throws Vince out of the running.
Sophia has to get Capello Construction back on track after her father left them near bankruptcy. Except she’s way out of her league in the construction world, which is why she takes a big risk and proposes a partnership with the hotheaded and handsome Vince. After she wins the project.
Vince’s cockiness combined with Sophia’s determination forges an alliance filled with explosive and tempting tension. But what will happen when Vince, who doesn’t believe in mixing business with pleasure, discovers Sophia has never truly experienced passion? Will he stick to his rule and protect everything he’s worked so hard for? Or will he find the temptation of showing Sophia what she’s been missing too much?
“So tell me more about this fictional rake you get off on,” Vince said as he drove Sophia home.
She straightened. “I don’t get off on rakes.”
“What gets you off?”
She got mad. He could tell by the way she took a few deep breaths, and her lips were practically a flat line. He suppressed a laugh that he knew would just piss her off.
“I am not having this conversation with you,” she bit out.
It occurred to him that maybe she didn’t get off at all, which was concerning. A beautiful healthy woman like Sophia never experiencing ecstasy.
“Did your last boyfriend get you off?” he asked.
“Simon?” she asked like he knew all about her ex-boyfriends.
“Yeah,” he said just so she’d keep talking.
“Not really.” She said it with such sadness that it really started to bug him. Someone like Sophia never feeling passion. It couldn’t be. She was full of fire. It wasn’t healthy not to get that out.
“What about the guy before that?” he asked.
“Brian?” she asked. Even their names sounded pansy ass.
She hesitated. “Almost.”
“Almost?” He let out a huge breath of exasperation. What was wrong with these guys? What was wrong with Sophia that she’d settle for less? “Guy before that.”
“Tim?” Another pansy-ass name. He was sensing a pattern here.
“The rich donor guy?”
“Anonymous actor. He, uh, plays for the other team now.” She waved a hand in the air. “So, you know, no.”
He bit back a groan. “Sophia.”
“I know, but he said he was confused for a while. It wasn’t me.”
He pulled over to the side of the road somewhere in Clover Park. “Has any guy ever gotten you off? I’m talking fingers fisting in the sheets, raw, screaming top-of-your-lungs orgasm?”
She flushed, but she still answered. “No.”
He stared at her. She stared back, a defiant gleam in her eyes, an unquestionable challenge.
“You want me to show you?” he asked. The words were out of his mouth before his brain had a chance to kick in. Vince was in trouble.
Because he desperately wanted the answer to be yes.
Another great story in Kylie Gilmore’s Clover Park series. This time it’s the very macho, handsome, blue collar worker with a sexy body earned through hard work at his family’s construction company, Vince Marino. He oozes with sexuality and uses it to entertain himself with one night stands. His goal is to become full partner with his father and believes winning the library job will be the proof his father needs to agree it’s time.
Sophia Capello is smart, beautiful, educated, spunky, and desperately determined to save her father’s construction company from his disastrous business decision. The library job is just the opportunity she needs to turn things around and she’s willing to use every asset she has to win the project away from Marino Construction, including her super model body and good looks.
NOT MY ROMEO is a fun take on the Romeo and Juliet theme with patriarchs of the Marinos and the Capellos being lifelong enemies and competitors. Vince and Sophia seem ready to take up the feud as they compete for the Clover Park Library project, but the pesky and uncontrollable attraction they have for each other paves the road for them to decide to work together, despite their fathers.
As in all the books in the Clover Park series there are plenty of laughs, great characters, fun dialogue, and some steamy scenes between the H/h. I loved the family scenes at the Marino house dinners and how the most dedicated player of the brothers falls hard for the last girl he should even be looking at. Likewise, the cultured Sophia could not resist Vince, who is nothing like any man she’s dated before, lacks certain social skills, and is proud of the fact he’s never had a second date. Opposites and competitors, but oh my the chemistry! 4 stars
~Complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review~
~Sneak Peek Ahead~
The Clover Park Series and Clover Park STUDS continue!
August 2015: Clover Park #7 REV ME UP (Nico & Lily)
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January 2016: Clover Park #8 AN AMBITIOUS ENGAGEMENT (Luke & Kennedy)
Spring 2016: Clover Park #9 CLUTCH PLAYER (Jared & Emily)
Summer 2016: Clover Park #10 A TEMPTING FRIENDSHIP (Angel & Julia)
Fall 2016: STUD UNLEASHED: IAN (Ian & Kate novel)
Winter 2016: STUD UNLEASHED: DANIEL (Stud Barry’s brother & mystery woman)
~About this Author~
KYLIE GILMORE was lucky enough to discover romance novels at a young age as they were strewn all over the house (thanks, Mom!). She writes quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor. Her Clover Park series features the O’Hare brothers, three guys you’d definitely have a drink with and maybe a little more.
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.
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