TAKE THE LEAP
She’s got her feet planted on the ground. He’ll teach her to fly.
Jessica, a curvy, driven, neat freak lawyer, is ecstatic when she finally gets her dream job—even though it’s taking her away from her hometown. When she meets over-the-top, man-mountain Mikey, a fitness buff and veterinarian with a messy life in all senses of the word, she thinks she just walked into the second-most exciting adventure of her life.
His larger-than-life personality fascinates her, but also shakes the foundations of her quiet, introverted self, knocking her off-kilter. It’s a bad idea to let him take her on as a weight-loss client. It’s an even worse idea to get involved with him since he’s her manwhore roommate…and she’s seen him in action.
If they give into their undeniable attraction, is it just a train wreck waiting to happen? Or will their desire fuel a chance at real love?
If you love steamy romance, be sure to check out the fourth standalone in the Giving You series.
Wow. This book was something else. Leslie McAdam knocked this book straight out of the park.
Our story starts with Jessica, who has gotten a dream job offer, but is hesitant to take it. She ends up meeting Mikey through Craigslist as she’s looking for an apartment. When these two meet for the first time, its absolute hilarity.
As a reader, I really felt for Jessica. I think there are definitely parts of my personality that could be Jessica and I really aligned with her character. Jessica hasn’t left home before and she’s nervous but also really insecure about her weight and overall appearance. One thing I loved about this was how the author actually included Jessica’s size (in terms of clothing). I’ve read other books where the main character might be described as curvy or luscious, but I never really know what that means. Knowing Jessica’s size and the struggles she encountered while looking for new clothes, or going to the gym, helped bring her to life for me.
Mikey is just the sweetest guy. Do you ever have friendships with someone and you just connect? You could barely know each other, but somehow, you’re on the same wavelength? That is Mikey and Jessica. They both really bring out the best in each other. Mikey is kind, but also very sincere to Jessica. It’s not ever condescending or patronizing. I think Mikey was one of those characters that, as I got to know him, you could actually see his heart shining through the pages.
The sexual tension in this book is bananas! There is this office scene…oh my lord. I think I am still blushing. Trust me, you will LOVE it.
Mikey and Jessica are both dealing with some very heavy issues. With that said, I loved how the author portrayed heavier topics. It doesn’t overtake the story, and at the same time, the characters don’t just magically heal themselves. Tears are shed, realizations are had. But our characters are still moving forward, and taking things one day at a time.
I cannot recommend this book enough. I absolutely adored it. Mikey and Jessica are so real and heartwarming. Leslie McAdam wrote this book beautifully and I know that I will be re-reading it again and again.
About the Author:
Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement (that’s what editors are for!). Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.
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