Published by Poppy Dunne on March 22, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The first time I saw Will Munroe I had him pegged as a typical LA douchebag—a little too handsome, a little too rich, a little too into his probiotic kale smoothies.
The next time I ran into him—at his daughter’s parent/teacher conference (me: teacher, he: parent)—I noticed his steel grey eyes, his hard chest under a crisp white button down, and his suggestively bare ring finger. I was hooked.
If life really imitated art, he’d have swept me off my feet and taken me right there on the principal's desk. Instead, we are stuck in our assigned roles. He’s the workaholic single dad of a precocious girl child, and I’m her fiery substitute teacher. Never the two shall meet. Enter one zany, yurt-dwelling ex-wife, a stock market that never sleeps, and some over-the-top, A-list fundraisers, and I've got plenty of drama ahead. Better to keep my hands to myself.
But when Will asks me out for a pancake breakfast, how can I resist? My heart (and my stomach) say yes, but am I willing to risk my job for a short stack and a romp in the hay? A slow, sensual, mind-blowing romp in the hay…
But where there’s a Will…
Chelle Richardson is 28 years old with a B.A. in Communications from Northwestern. In the five years since graduating she’s traveled to different schools and towns putting on theater productions, her suitcase always packed and ready for the next one. That wouldn’t be a problem except she promised her parents, if she didn’t have a permanent teaching position by the time she was 29, she’d pack her belongings and join them in the family business.
While some kids dream of running away to join the circus, Chelle had always dreamed of running away to join an accounting family. She craves a stable life. Chelle actually grew up in the circus, her parents are professional clowns, and she isn’t too thrilled with returning home. She finds herself in Los Angeles, a few months before her birthday, at the Bay of Dreams day school, ready to put on a new production. The ritzy elementary school caters to over-privileged rich kids that take yoga classes, have Tibetan chants and chakra cleansings.
While out on a run in Laurel Canyon with her dog, Archie – a cute little mix breed — they run into a bullmastiff, Bruno, and his owner. Said owner is a Bluetooth-wearing, deal making (by the sound of his conversation), cross fit sweaty god. After exchanging a few words, Chelle leaves hot guy in the dust, convinced she’ll never see him again. Funny how the Universe works!
Seems hot guy is William Munroe III, a thirty-two-year-old dad to Amelia, a ten-year old student, at Bay of Dreams. Will and his ex-wife, Suzonne, don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to Amelia. He’s more let-her-eat ice cream and bacon dad, while and she’s literally a living in a communal yurt, tonic-cleansing and vegan mom.
Will is called into the principal’s office because it seems that Amelia is in need of a spiritual cleansing, otherwise known as student counseling. It seems she got a little over zealous to ‘Bootylicious’ in her theater class and to his surprise, Chelle is her new substitute teacher. He’s soon roped in by Amelia to be a volunteer parent for the new production of Oliver. As Chelle and Will are thrown closer and closer together, the funniest things start to happen and we’re along for the ride.
“What are you thinking about right now?” he asks, his voice deep and rich with curiosity.
“Seltzer,” I answer truthfully. We drive in silence for a few moments longer.
“You’re strange.” He thinks a moment. “That’s sexy.”
“If I had a nickel for every time I’ve Heard that, I’d have a dime. But it’s appreciated all the same, and I slide my hand over his. He winks at me, and I feel heat pool through me, spread to my limbs. I’m relaxeed. I’m secure.”
“It’s party time.”
This little gem packs a wallop, it was a refreshing surprise! There are plenty of laugh out loud moments. From the witty, quirky things that comes out of Chelle’s mouth to the heartwarming way that Will understands Amelia’s tender heart. What is sexier than a hot dad? A single, ready to mingle Dad, that’s what! When these two are thrown together their banter is quick and hilarious, not to mention they ace their chemistry class.