Sunday, May 3, 2015

Love After All by @jaciburton #Review @BerkleyRomance

High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”

Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.

Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.

Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…

If you could build the perfect man, what qualities would you want? Chelsea knows exactly what she doesn’t want anymore, and unfortunately the one man who gets her motor running is everything she doesn’t want in a man now that she has the perfect list.

The only problem…Sebastian “Bash” Palmer is fun. He knows how to treat a lady right, he’s seriously crushing on Chelsea. I like these two, they both don’t really want a permanent relationship, and in fact Bash offers to help her find the right man.

I loved when they both decided that a little fling while she waits to look for Mr. Perfect can’t hurt, and neither of them see the trap they’re falling into. A trap of love, especially when you throw in the image of a tough bar owner, cuddling a tiny Chihuahua, it made me swoon just a bit.

I definitely enjoyed this one, I got a bit annoyed at the contrived conflict near the end, but I also realize that they needed some conflict so they could both get over the unrealistic expectations of what a relationship should be.

Overall, the author does a good job with these two, and it was nice to catch up with past characters. I will definitely look for more fun and quirky contemporaries from her.

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