Secret aspiring comedian Autumn Reynolds is a girl gone… not wild exactly. More like lazy. Since her boyfriend abandoned her in New York City for a bunch of improv groupies, she’s had two priorities: sucking the nitrous out of whipped cream cans and making sex comics about her mysterious landlord.
Blake hates people– and sunlight –with good reason. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself lusting after his upstairs tenant, a sunny, Australian people-pleaser down on her luck. Turns out his ability to terrify with a single scowl comes with an advantage. Autumn seems to like it. A lot. As evidenced by the prisoner-captive comic Blake was never meant to see.
As they embark on a three-date arrangement, the rules are clear; filthy, ground breaking sex, no feelings or commitment required. When chemistry is this strong, though, attachment follows. As Blake and Autumn attempt to negotiate their New York romance, their prior histories and secret dreams come to the foreground. How long can these polar opposites remain Captivated, when all signs point to disaster?
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Author: Eve Dangerfield + Tessa Bailey
I didn’t know how used to I got to fast-burning reads until I read this book. Again. And again. Nowadays it’s all about fitting in those hot romances that you can squeeze in because life is just so busy, but then you come across one of these books, and you’re just forced to slam on the brakes and really take it in. It’s one of the endearing things about this book, really. You get the heated and funny bits but you also get time to spend with both of the characters. Now let’s talk about them.
They’re total weirdos. And I love them for it. They’re both kinky matches made in heaven but they’re also totally different. They’ve lived different lives that have made them the way they are, they have different jobs that give them different social lives, and they’re as physically opposite as they are in personality. Autie’s a sunny-personality-queen-of-sarcasm type who’s moved to New York and is now stranded there with a job she isn’t as passionate about as stand-up comedy, and she’s a real spazz. Like, a lot of times. It’s endearing, and it’s part of her character. I love that she got to explore a part of herself with someone like Blake. He was trustworthy, sincerely honest, and he cared for her. Maybe a little too much for her comfort, but still someone who was there. She had a real problem with sticking up for herself and it was just nice to see that she had a Blake to push her to her limits.
Blake’s just as endearing with his grouchiness, and the fact that he’s a recluse just makes it better. But don’t get me wrong, I love it when he opens up a little more. It means he’s healing, you know? And Autie’s presence in his life was a good kicker for what he really needed to do, so I loved that he got to help himself in the process of him helping her. Their issues were really sad, at times, and there will forever be one issue that I won’t be able to understand (lol) but they worked through it in the end, you know? So it does work out. It was just… rough. For me. lol.
This was an incredibly steamy read but in spite of it all, it was also a really good book that let you delve into the characters. The first two chapters were pretty thick with their issues but then you got to their agreed dates, and it was embarrassing and turmoil moments from there. They’re growing. They’re bonding. It was an overall good read for the weekend that allowed me to really slow down and enjoy them when I could. If you like romances with kink and complicated characters, it’s definitely a book for you.