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Time Out, Valentine by Melinda Dozier

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  • Lexi’s life is one big dump. Or so she thinks. To keep her mind off her latest breakup, she stays busy with work. It’s no big deal, since writing for Time Out Portland Magazine is a blast…except for the one small snag – Grant Reeds.
     
    Grant, a shy but sexy computer geek, is new to Time Out, working as the Networking Director for the online magazine. Even though Lexi thinks he doesn’t notice her, he sure as hell does. The owners have a plan for their upcoming Valentine’s Special, pairing up the two to explore romantic date ideas around the city.
     
    Soon, Lexi and Grant learn that the old adage, “Opposites Attract,” can ring true.

    Excerpt:

    ...a new crowd rushed to the dance floor, leaving them more alone in the back of the room. Thank God.

    It was stifling hot. He tugged his collar from his neck and rolled the sleeves of his white button-up. His glasses slid down his nose, forcing him to take them off and put them in his shirt pocket.

    Luckily in that part of the room, the music wasn’t so loud that they had to scream to converse. He only raised his voice a fraction to ask her the question he’d been wondering since they set foot in the place. “So, you think this is romantic enough for a Valentine’s date?”

    She batted her long lashes in his direction and smirked. “There’re low lights.”

    “Yeah and loud music, people all around.” To help prove his point, someone bumped him in the back, pushing him closer to Lexi. His hand circled her waist and rested on her hip.

    She sipped the drink, moving the umbrella with her other hand, then licked her lips. “It’s the place to be. All trendy couples find their way here.” She cocked her head. “What would make it more romantic? Kissing?”

    A slow smile formed, and he faced her. Not a bad idea. “Actually, yeah.” He placed his bottle on the table behind them, cracked his knuckles, and stretched his neck.

    She laughed nervously, putting her weight on another sexy as hell foot. “What? You’re gonna kiss me? For real?”

    “We need romance.” He grabbed her cup and put it next to his bottle. His gaze dropped to her mouth.

    “You kissing me won’t—”

    He placed his thumb on her lips. “Shhh. Stop talking so we can be romantic.”

Reviews

Grade 
02/03/2017

Fun sexy read!

Like to read about hot, sexy geeky men with glasses. The magazine they worked for pairs Lexie and Grant up to write about romance and dating. Their selflessness from the start to try out each others' date suggestions endeared me to both. Looking forward to more stories by this author.

    Grade 
    01/22/2015

    Review

    So much fun! The heat between Lexi and Grant is a palpable tension that the reader feels from page one in this fun romp of a story! Lexi's been hurt in the past and swears off men, but who can resist sweet, geeky Grant? Besides, one kiss from him... yowza!

    Be prepared for some fun dates and sizzling love scenes! These two are hot! I spent an enjoyable evening watching their love unfold and it was time well spent! Highly recommend this title and can't wait for this author's next!

      Grade 
      01/21/2015

      Review

      I received an ARC for an honest review.

      I'm going more toward a 3.5, but listed at 4 due to pure cuteness.

      What a great concept for the plot! Fellow co-workers for an online magazine get thrown together by their bosses to write stories on the best places in their city to 'date' for Valentine's Day. HOW they come up with their story is completely up to them. For the characters in Time Out, that means actually going out on dates. And, falling in love, of course!

      Ms. Dozier put together a quick, easy-to-read contemporary romance. A bit quirky, the characters were definitely chuckle worthy a few times.

      My issue which pulls me more toward that 3.5 is there are a handful of dialogue / cliche moments where I really felt Ms. Dozier could have made a little more impact.

      If you're looking for an easy, light-hearted read, this is a story you must pick up!

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