Title: Text Me, Maybe
Author: Jolyse Barnett
Series: Single in the City #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 8th Aug
New to the Big Apple, the last thing Lexie Bloom needs is to fall for two guys at once. Especially when she can’t have either. One is her personal trainer, an Adonis way out of her league. The other? A Brit Lit professor her svelte boss insists she woo for her—via text message, no less. Little does she know, the two are the same man…
Matthew Hennessey is intrigued by his shy new client at the gym. But before he gets the chance to ask her out, he discovers she’s the one crafting the flirty texts sent to him by a woman who wouldn’t know Lord Byron from Lady Gaga. To get to know her better, he allows Lexie to play her role. She may have given up on the idea of romance, but Matthew’s bound and determined to show her love is alive and well in New York City.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Lovestruck via NetGalley
Although this book is easy and quick to read with a cute premise, it does have a bit of a problem. Namely: Matthew works everything out very early on, so spends a vast chunk of the book lying to Lexie, who is rather too oblivious for words. He justifies it all to himself because she has trust issues.
Yeah, I know.
So, if this sort of story line is one you can’t get over, this book probably isn’t for you. I’ll admit I struggled with it at times. The thing is, without the whole lies nonsense, Matthew seems like a decent guy. He’s smart, does kind things, is thoughtful, and somehow balances fitness with academia. I’m not entirely sure why so many professors seem to also work at Lexie’s gym, but it seems to create amazing results.
Lexie I found a little trickier to like. It’s not that she’s horrible or mean or unlikeable, as such, but she’s kind of bland. She has her trust issues, and she occasionally quotes literature, but she’s also pretty blind to the obvious, has some fairly odd mood swings and is rather immature throughout. I can’t really see what Matthew saw in her, to be honest, which didn’t help with my overall enjoyment of the book.
So if you’re looking for something easy that you don’t have to think to hard about, then this likely fits the bill. If, however, lying is an issue for you, you prefer your heroines to act their age a bit more or prefer a bit more depth to your romance, then this probably isn’t. Personally, I found it an okay but not particularly memorable read.
Text Me, Maybe is out August 8th.
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