“Have I been harassing you? I didn’t think of it that way.”
“It’s a fine line between harassment and aggressive flirting.”
I punched my bed. I punched my pillows and my bed. While reading you see. From utter enjoyment of this story.
I got all gooey and mostly pink. (Excuse my gushiness, cause I'm kinda soft and pink at the moment.)
“Sometimes you meet someone and you know not only are you going fuck them, but you’re going to fall asleep next to them and wake up beside them, and you’re going to be there for everything in between.”
“Some people call that falling in love.”
This was on my list of prompts I couldn't wait to read. And I just took a peek this afternoon...and well you see I finished it. You know how that story goes.
To put it succinctly, this is Cinderfella. But good Cinderfella.
Could this happen in real life? I highly doubt it but who gives a shit, it's fiction. :D
Cruz Morales has it rough. Life has shat on him and continues to do so. His mother left when he was fourteen, his father is emotionally comatose and depressed, he has to focus on taking of his family, leaving no time for himself. I get Cruz. I know Cruz. Life gives you a kick in the pants but you have to keep living, keep surviving.
He's a college student but his family situation keeps making him have to put his dreams and college education to the side to deal with reality. Enter the playboy knight who has a funny way of seducing which I enjoyed. Some readers probably won't but I thought it was fitting to the rich Malcolm.
(I loved when the main characters called each other Mr. King and Mr. Morales...I just adored that *gushes*)
A possible one night stand turns in a sort of reunion which turns into elevator camera seduction which turns in yummy words of characters who are circling around the L word but aren't quite there yet.
But they can be.
“We should go out,” he says. “See a movie, go out to eat?”
“Like, a date?” I say slowly, and he grins.
“Like a date.”
“Are we a dating sort of couple?”
“We are if we actually go on dates.”
This isn't instalove. There's time to watch feelings grow. There's a little twist that was unexpected but added more depth. The story got a little Disney-esque towards the end. But the main characters make up for any quibbles I have. (I have a few but the story just hit my buttons, I'll put them to the side. For now.)
There's hot, intense sex...that was hot but not perfect. There's some fade to black sex too but I enjoyed it just as much as the sex scene. And that first kiss scene was adoringly embarrassing.
I really loved these main characters. They made this story for me. So romantic yet with a dose of real life kinda fairy tale.
I'm going to try to breathe out these pink fumes that I've developed.
But this story is a reread for me, most definitely. Thanks to the author and team behind this story. 4.5 stars
Gonna take my happy, pink, gushy self out of here.
P.S. Cruz's job choice...that was unique and cool. Never read about a draftsman. And I loved the grandmother! :D