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It’s time for Austin Beier to grow up. His car is falling apart, his roommates are less than ideal, and he’s just been fired for the umpteenth time. His love life hasn’t evolved past bathroom hookups at his favorite clubs. Forced to borrow money from his father yet again, Austin is walloped by an epiphany—he needs someone to mentor him into maturity. And who better to teach him how to be an adult than Ben, his father’s office manager? Cute in a nerdy sort of way and only a few years older than Austin, Ben is a master of organization and responsibility. But as he gets to know Ben better, Austin learns that whether you’re eight or twenty-eight, growing up is never easy.
So I was riding right along, really enjoying this book, thinking it was gonna turn into one of those feel-good ones that I’d keep around and reread on a rainy day.
Austin can’t keep a job. He can’t say no to partying and drinking. He waits until he’s out of money to worry about being…out of money. But he’s smart. And he has instincts. And he’s sweet. So, tired of disappointing those around him (especially his dad), he calls on his dad’s long-time employee, dependable Ben. Ben has a rough history of his own that forced him to be the straight-laced, clean-cut GROWN UP he is today. He’s the perfect guy to help Austin.
And suddenly there are sparks. And there’s the “now I’ll help you have some fun in return” angle. And there’s the predictable eventual attraction.
The opposites attract angle I adore. And though Austin is kind of a screw-up, he’s not a jerk about it and I actually liked him. And there’s not really anyone offensive in this book at all…his dad is awesome, his boss is awesome, his romantic counterpart is awesome, and even his roommates who were kinda deadbeats were still a little awesome.
It was all pretty standard, but written with the quality you can depend on from Kim Fielding. And then suddenly everything wraps up in 2 pages. Ok, that might be an exaggeration. But it felt like it all just found it’s way to conclusion so quickly. Like the author had a deadline so just submitted the end of the story in an outline form…or just gave up on letting it work it’s way out. And though I knew it would be predictable, I didn’t think it would be so abrupt.
Alas, strong start, quick finish, so-so book.
***that cover, tho…yowza***
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 97 pages
Release Date: March 18, 2015
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner