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Blog Tour: Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking For Love by Kim Fielding

Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love | Kim Fielding

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Imprint: Carina Adores

Release Date: December 29, 2020

Buy Links:

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781335971999

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Blurb

Some people search their whole lives to find love. He just wants to avoid it.

Teddy Spenser spends his days selling design ideas to higher-ups, living or dying on each new pitch. Stodgy engineer types like Romeo Blue, his nemesis—if you can call someone who barely talks to you a nemesis—are a necessary evil. A cute necessary evil.

Working together is bad enough, but when their boss puts them both on a new high-stakes project, “working together” suddenly means:
• sitting uncomfortably close on the same plane,
• staying in the same hotel room—with only one bed—and
• spending every waking minute together.

Turns out Mr. Starched Shirt has some hidden depths, and it’s getting harder to ignore the spark Teddy feels with every brush of their hands, with every knowing look.

He might not have been looking for this connection with Romeo, but will he ever be ready to let him go?

Excerpt

“Hey.”

Teddy hadn’t noticed anyone come up behind him, and he startled so violently that he almost knocked over his coffee. He spun the chair around and discovered Romeo Blue looking down at him, stone-faced.

“What?” Teddy knew he was scowling and didn’t care.

“Can we speak in my office, please?” As usual, Romeo’s voice was low, his words clipped. As if he refused to spare much energy to speak to Teddy.

“I’m busy right now.”

“As soon as you can then.” Romeo spun and marched back to his office, leaving its door slightly ajar.

Teddy could have followed him; Imani’s numbers weren’t so urgent that they couldn’t wait awhile. But he remained stubbornly at his desk even though he could no longer focus on the computer screen. Romeo Blue. Teddy had googled him once, just for the hell of it—not at all to dispel lingering notions that his coworker was a spy working under a really stupid alias. It turned out that Lenny Kravitz used Romeo Blue as a stage name back in the eighties, and that was more than a little weird since this Romeo resembled a young Lenny Kravitz, albeit with a darker complexion and a different clothing aesthetic. Kravitz probably didn’t wear suits from Zara. And to be honest, although Kravitz was gorgeous, Romeo was even more so, with perfect eyebrows, velvety eyes, and a mouth that—

“Nope!” Teddy stood abruptly and grabbed his coffee mug. He needed a refill.

He finished off that cup, visited the depressing bathroom he’d been fruitlessly begging Lauren to redecorate, and chatted briefly with the cute copy-machine repair-man before finally knocking on Romeo’s open door and stepping inside. And then, as always when he entered this room, Teddy glowered.

It was a fraction of the size of Lauren’s office, with barely enough room for a desk, two chairs, and a computer stand. Despite that, it was a real office instead of a cubicle. But what truly annoyed Teddy was that Romeo hadn’t even bothered to decorate the space. There wasn’t a single knickknack or picture, and the mismatched office supplies—a black stapler and taupe tape dispenser—appeared to be from the discount bin at Staples. The only touches of personality were the three computer monitors—three of them, for God’s sake—and, of course, Romeo himself.
Maybe Romeo thought himself so decorative that his mere presence sufficed. Or he didn’t want any other objects to detract from his glory.

Also, he smelled like sandalwood, bergamot, and vanilla. Dammit.

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Another brilliant Christmas romance to add to the collection

CoverOperation Fake Relationship by Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another brilliant Jay Northcote Christmas romance to add to the collection.

It’s perhaps a little more angsty than some of his previous ones, but it works all the better for it.

One of my favourite tropes is friends to lovers, there’s just something inherently special I think about that moment when you realise feelings have changed.

Add in a fake relationship sub plot and a close proximity setting and you have all the necessary ingredients for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

I wasn’t sure I was going to be happy at first. I was a bit peed off at Nick when he was behaving like a petulant child in spite of his dad’s obvious efforts to try and patch things up.

But then I figured he’d got enough reason stored up from his previous strained relationship with his dad to allow him a bit of leeway.

I was glad it didn’t linger though and I appreciated the gentle nudge from Jackson to take the olive branch while it was available.

The steam level is on the lighter side, but they have such a wonderfully strong friendship, I didn’t find myself obviously missing it.

I also appreciated the way the fact Jackson is black wasn’t made into a big deal. The information is given to the reader almost as an aside and there’s no heavy lifting given to that element of the narrative.

There’s a nice rounding out of both location and plot with the secondary characters and an Epilogue which is very sweet and funny at the same time.

Definitely one to add to the festive reading list.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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I loved this “Aussie out of water” festive romance from N.R.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG that was so cute!

It’s like N.R. took the best bits about the feelings that spending time with your loved ones creates and turned it into book form.

This whole book just made me happy, it absolutely is a Hallmark Christmas film in words.

From the moment Hamish was dumped in a strange part of America in the snow, to the awesomely romantic Epilogue, I had a massive smile on my face.

Throw in a cute dog, TV and movie quote conversations, (although I’m probably the only person on the planet never to have watched either Ru Paul’s Drag Race or Schitt’s Creek), and you get a festive romance filled with joy.

I loved everything about it, from Hamish to Ren, Liv and Josh, the picture perfect Montana town and the community spirit.

My only side eye was regarding Hamish’s dislike of trifle 🤣 however I’ve cleared this up with the author and we’re in agreement over the sherry versions = a yack bucket.

Read this book and experience all the best magic bits of this time of year.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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