From the author of The Best Medicine comes the latest Strictly Business novel—and this time, for one woman, finding the ideal man can be a pretty tall order…
Magazine columnist Quinn Sawyer has always attracted sweet, innocent, and safe men. And something tells her it’s because she’s just as harmless. So when she starts craving a guy with an edge, she realizes she may have to get one for herself.
When her boss asks for a unique pitch, Quinn’s quest to live outside her comfort zone prompts her to suggest an idea that will cause her to break her good-girl rules. And who better than Tim Jacobs to help her push her boundaries? For a while now, Quinn’s had a hot crush on the tattooed executive chef with a checkered past. If anybody can bring out her inner rebel, he can.
It’s no surprise that as Tim and Quinn cross each task off the list she’s made for herself, the sparks between them grow more and more intense. Soon there’s no denying the attraction they each feel. But Tim’s troubled past reveals an even tougher edge than Quinn expected—which means for her, falling in love might just be the greatest rebellion of all.
Hayley's second Strictly Business novel (after The Best Medicine) is a winsome, delicate contemporary romance mired by a predictable plot and overused tropes but uplifted by strong characterizations and the sensitive handling of tricky topics. After one boring date too many, magazine columnist Quinn Sawyer realizes she needs to stop playing it safe. She's assigned to write a piece on doing things she always wished she'd done, and she's stumped on how to proceed until chef Tim Jacobs, a reformed bad boy with tattoos, volunteers to be her cheerleader. Closeness develops as they check items off Quinn's list, leading to heartfelt discussions and melting away enough of Tim's mountain of guilt over his troubled past for them to begin dating. Then miscommunication and poor choices separate them, and Tim has to decide which is more terrifying: admitting he needs Quinn, or not having her in his life. After a dragging middle section, the book ends on a strong note, leaving readers with a smile and perhaps a joyful tear.