by Susan Hatler
Publication Date May 29, 2020
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Hoping for a fresh start after her ex-fiancé cheats on her before the wedding, supermodel Missy Peters moves to a new city and opens an upscale clothing boutique. When a puppy darts into traffic during her morning coffee run, Missy rushes to save the innocent pooch, only to be rescued herself when gym owner Nick Zambini pulls her out of harm’s way.
Nick is handsome, intelligent and witty, and his smile does crazy things to Missy’s belly. Ignoring her obvious attraction, she discovers their business goals are the same: to help people look and feel their best. When Nick suggests they join forces professionally, Missy is all for that enterprise, but she’s not ready to trust in more.
Will spending time with Nick entice Missy to risk her heart a second time? And will these two workaholics discover the most perfect venture of all is love?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I have known for years that I can rely on Susan Hatler for fun, romantic stories that are just perfect for a couple hours of escape. So I am always happy to grab her new books when they are available!
Thrown together when Missy rescues a puppy and Nick rescues Missy, they are instantly attracted to one another. Though Missy is determined to never trust a man and never enter into a relationship again, she figures spending time with the handsome gym owner isn’t going to hurt, right?
Nick was the ultimate swoony hero. Tall, dark, and handsome, with an Italian accent to boot. Add to that that he was a classy dresser and loved the opera (okay, I’d be fine without that one!), art, and knew how to create a romantic atmosphere. Nice!
I didn’t quite understand how Nick, if he had the impeccable fashion sense that he apparently did, would not have seen how badly his athletic wear line would clash with the boutique offerings in Missy’s store. For that to work better, he shouldn’t have had such great taste.
With everything going so well between them, it was inevitable for problems to arise; after all, how boring would the story be with no conflict. As both Missy and Nick have trust issues – she with trusting a man, him with hurt over not being trusted – you guessed it, this was the area of contention. While I could see why each reacted the way they did, I felt that Nick was a bit unreasonable when he pretty much just insisted Missy trust him with no explanation.
With both Nick and Missy being interested in fashion and art, and with both being on the wealthy side, they did come across as a little superficial and shallow, though I think that was more because of the author’s emphasis on them having an interest in those things in common rather than because of who they were.
If you enjoy short, sweet, swoony romances, make sure you consider Fashionably Date.