Good Girls Don't Kiss and Tell
Series: Rock Canyon Romance #6
Author: Codi Gary
Publisher: NYLA Publishing
Red's Rating: 5 Heartwarming ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
They used to be enemies…
Gracie McAllister has never been the relationship type…until now. After a brutal visit from her happily married parents, Gracie is looking for Mr. Right…not Mr. Right Now. And despite their recent truce, there is no way sexy Eric Henderson is anything but.
Now they’re allies…
Eric has always had a thing for Gracie, but they could never manage to get on the same page long enough to explore the heat between them. When Eric gets the opportunity of a lifetime, he asks Gracie for help…and swears her to secrecy.
But is that all?
Now the whole town thinks their romance is real, but it’s just a business arrangement. There’s no way they’re actually falling in love…right?
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MEET THE AUTHOR:
An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.
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Here Is My Review:
With her parents impending visit looming over her head Gracie McCallister decides she needs a man in her life and fast, so she does what any logical single woman would do and turns to her best guy friend for help, but quickly finds there is no way they can pull off a fake relationship. Now she is left in desperate need of a man, so fate steps in and puts one in her path, only it happens to be the most irritating man she knows, Eric Henderson. They have been at odds forever, but it just so happens they both need a significant other at the same time, so they decide to put their differences aside and strike a deal... but before long what started off as a farce quickly becomes real!
Eric Henderson has secretly harbored a crush on the stubborn, but oh so beautiful, Gracie McCallister for years, they run the same social circles, but anytime they are near one another they always wind up in a battle. He knows that they could be good together, but Gracie seems completely oblivious to the fact that he likes her, not to mention that she gives off an unattainable air, so he has just sat idly by waiting for the right time to swoop in and make his move... and sadly it has been a very long and torturous wait! But when he finds out that Gracie needs a fake man in her life to keep her overbearing parents at bay, he convinces her he is the perfect man for the job, especially since there is no chance of anything becoming real. Little does she know though he has ulterior motives, motives that hopefully will finally having him get his girl!
I don't think there is anything I can say that will do this wonderful story justice, other than this is a book you MUST read, and it is a touching story filled with endearing characters that are destined leave an indelible impression on your heart!! Ms. Gary has definitely created a true literary gem with this one, the moment I cracked the book open I was hooked, and knew there was no way that I was coming up for air until I had devoured every last page. These characters completely stole my heart, they moved me to tears, had me smiling and laughing out aloud a time or too, and treated me to some steamy between the sheets action that left my toes curled!! I loved my first visit to Rock Canyon, and now I can't wait to find time to make a return visit and get better acquainted with more of these charming characters!! Highly recommend this one, it is sure to leave you with a happy heart!!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Here Is A Special Excerpt:
“Guess Gracie’s new boyfriend bailed,” Mike said.
Eric raised an eyebrow. “Who? That lawyer?”
“How do you know about the lawyer?” Mike asked.
“I met him at the Halloween Ball.”
Mike ran a hand through his brown hair, ruffling the short strands. “Yeah, I guess she invited him, and he said he would come. Must have gotten cold feet.”
“Or he’s bringing his own car in case he needs to escape,” Travis said.
Gabe tossed his beer can into the trash. “Now, who would want to escape all this fun?”
Eric was contemplating a speedy exit himself when he heard his mother yelling his name.
The guys started heckling him about his mommy calling him, and Eric flipped them the bird as he walked up the driveway to the house. He came up behind Gracie while she was headfirst in the back of her CRV, wearing a lacy white dress, tights, and cowboy boots. Her blonde hair traveled past her shoulders now, covering up the collar of her jean jacket and he had to admit that he liked it better than the shorter do she usually sported.
“Need some help?” he asked.
She jumped a mile in the air with a scream and dropped the brightly wrapped package in her hands.
“Geez, do you have to sneak up on people? Do you understand that if I was holding Gemma and Travis’s cake, you would have been the reason it was smashed to bits?”
Eric held up his hands in surrender. “I was just offering to carry stuff in for you. No need to bite my head off.”
Gracie’s cheeks turned a deeper shade of red, and he hated that he noticed how it brought out the green of her eyes.
“I’m sorry. It’s been a rough day. I didn’t mean to take it out on you.”
Eric was surprised by her apology. Most of the time, she would snap back at him, something snarky that would set his teeth on edge. He wondered if she was coming down with something.
“It’s fine, we all have them. Do you want some help or what?”
Gracie tucked a stray curl behind her ear, revealing the smooth line of her throat.
Christ, get it together, Henderson.
“Sure, can you grab the presents while I get the cake?”
He reached past her to pick up the packages, and their shoulders bumped. He was close enough to smell the fruity scent of her hair and notice the shine in the blonde strands, almost as though she sprayed it with glitter.
“Are you having fun?” she asked abruptly.
Eric couldn’t stop his laugh. “At a baby shower? Sure, I’m having a blast.”
“Oh come on, it hasn’t even started, so it can’t be that bad.”
He shot her a challenging look. “All my friends are wearing diapers that may or may not have fake poo in them on their shirts.”
Gracie juggled the plastic cake container into her arms, shaking her head. “It’s a game. Two of the diapers have a brown circle in them, and if you have one of them, you get a prize. How is winning ever a bad thing?”
Eric closed the hatch for her. “This kind of thing is just not meant for men. You ladies would have more fun sitting around giggling, and oohing and awing over baby clothes without us.”
“Oh my God, how sexist are you? We don’t all do that.”
They walked into the house to find Gemma showing the ladies who were already there some of the things she’d bought for the baby. When she held up a matching set of white shoes, the whole room erupted with cooing sounds.
Eric turned to face her with a grin. “You were saying?”