Now that Erik is attending preschool, I am getting back into reading more - and I'm loving that I'm discovering so many wonderful new to me authors! This time, I received an e-ARC of Borrowing Alex by Cindy Procter-King from Netgalley.com. Borrowing Alex is available as an e-book for now and comes out today (September 30th). Later in October, the paperback edition will be released and Cindy will be visiting Acting Balanced for a Q & A session!
Nikki St. James wants to get married more than anything. But what’s she to do when her fiancé spends his days sucking up to her rich father instead of helping with the simple task of, oh, setting a date? Why...fake a fling with the best man, of course!
Nikki is the first to admit that ambushing Alex Hart and whisking him off to secluded Lake Eden is a tad desperate. But maybe pretending she’s hot for the handsome history professor will kick-start the attention of her future groom. Besides, a sojourn at a lakeside cabin is exactly what uptight Alex needs. Not that Nikki cares what he needs or how sexy he is....
Alex is not on-board with Nikki’s plan. Yeah, he’d love a break from his quest to achieve tenure at warp speed, but getting kidnapped by a crazy blonde hardly tops his to-do list. If what he’s heard is true and Nikki is perfectly happy with her “open” engagement to his former college roommate, why bother getting married?
Quickly, he realizes Nikki isn't a wild party girl at all. She’s cute, sweet and faithful. Against his common sense, he’s falling for her. Should he spill the beans about her cheating fiancé? Or will he ruin his own chance for a happy ending?
**BORROWING ALEX was previously published by Amber Quill Press in 2007 and has been revised and updated for the 2013 Blue Orchard Books edition. This second edition also includes two additional scenes.My Take:
I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to like Nikki when the book started... the premise seemed ill-conceived and kind of convoluted to be honest... but once you got past the 'capture' and initial struggle, the book became a really good read and the characters grew from 'cartoony' to fully fleshed out and the story became much more three dimensional as it went on. I love the interplay of the characters in the middle of the book when they challenge each others preconceptions about the other. I love the way the scenario creates tension and chemistry between the characters once you get through the opening sequence.
I recommend Borrowing Alex to anyone looking for a quick, fun, romantic read with some great sexual tension and a good build-up!
About Cindy Procter-King:
Cindy Procter-King earned a B.A. in English Lit. before unleashing herself on the unsuspecting workforce. She quickly realized her aversion to fluorescent lights and the numbers 9-2-5 wouldn’t earn her kudos from her various bosses. So she moved to a tiny forestry town where she couldn’t find a job - unless you count a stint as a prison secretary. There, she began writing novels, and she hasn’t looked back.
Cindy is a Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart finalist and author of poignant contemporary romances and rollicking romantic comedies. Her mission in life is to see her surname spelled properly with an E. That’s P-r-o-c-t-E-r. So take heed. Cindy lives in beautiful British Columbia with her family, a cat obsessed with dripping tap water, and Allie McBeagle.
You can keep up with Cindy by checking out her Website http://www.cindyprocter-king.com, Blog http://www.museinterrupted.com, Facebook http://www.facebook.com/