Her Leading Man by Maggie Dallen Release Date: February 14, 2017 Publisher: Lyrical Shine Book #1 in A Reel Romance series Number of pages: 182 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 1/30/17 to 1/31/17
I want to be BFFs with this book. It had a rough start for me, but I truly think the few sharp edges I encountered will be smoothed out in final editing. Once the story got going I forgot about those hiccups and just strapped in for the ride.
The first chapter of this book had me thinking there was NO WAY the author was going to be able to make Ben likeable. Talk about a jerk! Sure he was drunk, but why would you get drunk on a first date? Especially if you knew you acted like a douche when you drank too much? Ugh! I couldn’t stand him and felt so bad for Caitlyn. The way the author, Maggie Dallen, was able to turn things around says a lot for her writing talent. Now I can’t wait to read her other books to see if she’s such a master all the time.
The chemistry and interplay between Caitlyn and Ben, before there is even any physical contact, is like to cause a 5-alarm fire. The build up to their first kiss had the butterflies in my stomach in a flurry! There’s a snafu that happens during that interlude, which took the butterflies from 60-0 in no time flat. Once again I couldn’t figure out if Ben is just a jerk or an idiot. (Spoiler: he’s an idiot)
Once Ben and Cait come to their agreement I couldn’t help but fall in love with them as a couple. They were fun and sweet with each other and it just melted my heart. Of course, I could also read the writing on the wall and knew the euphoria couldn’t last. And the way the fallout is written had me mad at neither of them. There are a lot of books that have me rolling my eyes or yelling at a character because of an action (or inaction). I somehow sided with them both!
I could not put this book down. It was fun and sexy and funny and smart. I love Caitlyn’s group of friends and their love for the old movie theater and old movies. I want there to be a story for Ben’s friend Gregory because he certainly captured my attention. This book had everything a contemporary romance should have and an HEA that did not disappoint. Beside a few rough edges in the beginning and a bit of a timeline issue (that may well be my own obsession over timelines in books and not really anything that anyone else will even notice), I found this to be a perfect read.