Annika is done with waiting…
She’s known since kindergarten that Leo is the one and as soon as she gets to New York, their shared future will begin. But she arrives to find out that Leo is avoiding her and has to make a deal with Leo’s grumpy but hot roommate, Thom. It’s amazing that he can make her simmer with just a glance—never mind that she forgets all about Leo in Thom’s presence. When she learns that Leo has dumped her for someone else, Annika realizes she has no tears to shed. Seducing Thom seems like the ideal way to make up for lost time—but can she persuade him that all she wants is to feel alive again?
Thom is prepared to wait for the good stuff…
He’s learned the hard way that romance on the rebound never works—and he won’t be burned again. He never would have expected to even like Leo’s fiancée, much less to find Annika just about perfect. Temptation is impossible to resist: not only are they sharing a small apartment, but they’re working together at F5F for the same two weeks—and Annika makes steady progress over his objections. Just when Thom realizes he’s falling fast, Leo tries for a reconciliation. It’s the same story all over again—but this time, can he convince Annika to choose a future with him?
relatable characters and great dialogue
When Annika arrives in NY, ready to finally move in with her long time (20 years!) fiancée Leo, she is appalled to find that he has been cheating on her for years. Left with nowhere to stay, she forges an agreement with Leo’s snippy roommate Thom to stay in the small apartment for the two weeks needed to finish a work project. Neither of them expect to experience the fiery attraction that they do. And when they find out they are both working on a rock climbing project at F5F, sparks really begin to fly. But Thom has been burned before by being the rebound guy. It is left to Annika to prove that this time is for real. This story is contemporary, even referencing the Covid pandemic, so is very timely. Ms. Cooke writes lovely stories, with relatable characters and great dialogue. A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.