Things just got complicated.
Between long hours in the ER and failing to please her demanding father, Dr. Alexa Collins barely has time for a life, and the strain is starting to take its toll.
On a rare night out, she can’t resist getting a little crazy on the dance floor. Or playfully crooking her finger at the sinfully hot football player watching her every move. And when a dance leads to some hot, stress-relieving sex, she’s all in with Luke Thompson. He’s just the no-risk diversion she desperately needs.
When Luke proposes they spend some time together, Alexa can’t say no. Not when he’s so determined to show her how to have fun. Alexa figures it can’t hurt to have a few days with the irresistible Luke. After all, he’ll be gone soon, and her life will return to the daily grind.
Except this perfect stranger is more than she anticipated and when it’s time to say goodbye, he’ll be taking a big piece of her heart with him.
|Series:||Serendipity’s Finest (Book 4)|
Small Town Romance
|Point of View:||Third Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoints (H&h)|
|Location:||Serendipity, New York, US|
|Release Date:||6th October, 2023|
Perfect short, sweet and sexy story
Perfect Strangers is a quick novella and part of the Serendipity’s Finest series. It’s a standalone story although our heroine, Alexa, has popped up a few times in the previous books in this series and also in the original Serendipity series. The book was also originally part of the Hot Summer Nights anthology.
Dr Alexa Collins is a driven workaholic. On a rare night out, she bumps into sexy, sweet cowboy, Luke Thompson and has an instant connection. But will their one night together turn into anything more when their personalities – and lives – are so very different.
I liked our heroine, Alexa, immensely. She’s a workaholic, people pleaser and likes to do what she feels is right. It was hard not to feel sorry for her and want her to get her happily ever after. She wears her heart on her sleeve and just needed someone to put her and her needs and wants first.
If Alexa is the “grumpy” in the relationship, Luke is definitely the sunshine. He was all in with Alexa from the start and makes no bones about it. He wanted what was best for Alexa and wanted to make her happy. How could you not love a hero that’s so smitten with his woman? He’s also got that ‘aw shucks’, sexy Texan drawl thing going on that made both me and Alexa weak in the knees.
This is a short book and starts off as a one-night stand / one-day stand situation – but surprisingly, Alexa and Luke do get to know each other before they sleep together. It’s still hot and sexy – just what you want and expect from Carly Phillips. Our couple had a delicious chemistry both sexually and as friends. The perfect pairing.
If I have one complaint about this book is that of any book – this one was crying out for an epilogue. With compromises needing made for our pair to be together, I would have loved to see their lives 6 months, a year, 2 years etc into the future. And I do so love a good epilogue. It wasn’t enough to knock the book down to 4 stars but I admit it crossed my mind.
Short books sometimes lack the full story arc to make them satisfying but this was short, sweet and perfect. It had everything I want and need in a story – great characters, wonderful chemistry, good sex and enough obstacles thrown in their way to keep things interesting. I enjoyed this story and if you like Carly Phillips’ books, you will definitely enjoy it, too.
*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*
Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller. She loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.