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Freshly sprung from the Marines, Griffin Powell is looking for some fun. Las Vegas offers the perfect playground to blow off some steam before getting to the serious work of deciding what to do with his life. He never expects that fun to include the high school crush who tutored him years ago.
Samantha Ferguson arrives in Vegas for a friend’s wedding only to get dumped by text. Desperate not to be the only single in a sea of couples, she makes an impulsive offer to the former bad boy she used to tutor in high school: Be her fake boyfriend for the weekend.
Griff knows he’s not the guy for Sam, but he can’t resist saying yes for the chance to get to know this grown-up version of the girl who once starred in all his dreams. Turns out, there’s not a lot of faking it involved. Between the single bed and the endless couples activities, new feelings flare from the old, until they both fall under the spell of Sin City.
Will what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas? Or will one impulsive weekend be the start of a brand-new forever?
Note to listeners: This is a prequel novella and does not end with a happily ever after or happy for now. Their story continues in Come a Little Closer.
Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.
This is book 3.5 in Kait Nolan’s The Men of the Misfit Inn series.
Just rip my heart out why dontcha?!?!?
Ok, ok. I’m not allowed to grumble. Nolan gave tons of notice that this is a prequel novella and doesn’t end on a HFN/HEA.
This starts as an adorable story about Sam, who tutored Griff in high school, meeting him again in Vegas where he gets to step in as her plus one for a wedding. Loved their chemistry and the fact that they discovered they had both been smitten with the other years ago. All the Vegas excursions were fun. They’re both thinking this could easily be more, but is it just a fantasy or is it real?
The ending had me in tears and I’m immediately starting Come a Little Closer.
Amy McFadden is great as usual. Nolan’s writing has all the emotions in addition to a few quirky characters and McFadden is wonderful at brining that to life in a way reading never could. I love Griff and Sam. Chloe completely cracked me up. That emotional cliffhanger.
About the author:
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.
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About the narrator:
From Amy McFadden’s website: I live in Michigan and even in the dead of winter I love to laugh so much that I never have to do situps. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t do situps anyway, but hey, laughter is the best medicine, so I must be SUPER healthy, right?
I’m an actress now, and I used to be a 2nd grade teacher. I loved that part of my life, but after doing it for a bunch of years, I was ready to move on to the next version of me. They’re not really very different versions-teachers and actresses both reach out and engage people through stories. I’m NOT a morning person, but waking up to tell stories makes mornings better-than-tolerable.
I love books and the Muppets and smart people and kind people (not necessarily in that order) and sleeping and chocolate and coffee and writers and learning and Oreo cookies and a bunch of other stuff-but I’m starting to make myself gag on all this love.
I hate a bunch of stuff, too, but who cares about that junk? It’s probably the same stuff you hate, so I won’t bore you. Except I REALLY hate listening to people eat bananas.
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My Favorite Quotes
“If you don’t come home with stories that can’t be shared in mixed company, you didn’t do it right.”
“She hadn’t known she had bodyguard fantasies before the last five minutes. Maybe it would be fun to indulge in one for the next few days.”
“If this was a dream, she didn’t want to wake up.”
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