I don't even remember when I started reading 52 Book Minimum, and we have very dissimilar taste in books, but I actually kind of love reading book reviews for books that I'm never going to read, and I love people who take the time to fill their reviews with gifs. So, despite the fact that she doesn't like Squirrel Girl, I continue to read her blog all the damned time. I don't usually add to my to-read from there, though, because she reads a lot of, as she puts it, porn.
But I was recovering from the Death Flu and I read her review of The Wingman by Natasha Anders, which was glowing, and which ended with the point that it was available to Read Now on Netgalley, and here we are. I read the porn. I am a reader of porn. Your finer contemporary erotic romance.
Nah, I'm just kidding. I mean, I'll admit that I usually get my porn from fanfic, because I don't have to worry about anyone making me care about their characters. But as promised, this book was adorable. Daisy is so likeable, and her sense of herself as the not-attractive one is really well-told. She's the "other sister"--not the pretty one, not the cute one--and in their small town, that kind of thing sticks. Mason would normally never look twice at her, but when his brother wants to chat up her sister, he agrees to play you-know-what.
So, here's the thing--being hit on by the wingman is not by definition a bad thing. I mean, sure, a guy who isn't actually attracted to you was chatting you up, so maybe it's...dishonest, a little? But no, even that, you had a conversation with someone who didn't want to take you home--that's not inherently gross. I will admit, however, that the way it went down was uncool, so it makes sense that Mason feels like a heel and Daisy feels like he owes her one, and sexy hijinks ensue.
There was a decent amount of the usual stuff that makes romances eye-rolly--Mason is ex-military and pretty fond of barking orders, and I'm sorry but boundaries are not a starting place for flirtatious negotiations--but overall this was really about two people who realize they like each other and become more attracted to each other as they get to know each other. How about that, huh?
In sum, everything that Kelly said in her review, and please enjoy this picture of Daisy's dog, Peaches.
(I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley for honest review.)