Last week dear Ana (@anacoqui) reviewed on her blog, Alexa Rowan contemporary debut, Winning Her Over. I liked her review so much that I bought the book right away (limited time at $0,99!). I’m so glad I took on her recommendation, I had a great time reading it.
What is it about?
Brenna Nakamura – massage therapist – meets Calvin Wilcox – hot shot attorney – when she goes to his hotel room to give him a massage. He lives in DC but is in Boston for a two-week trial. The massage session occurs normally, but the attraction between them is strong. Cal asks her if they could go out for a coffee but she refuses because she doesn’t date her clients. Later that week they meet again – outside her workplace – and Cal asks her to go to dinner with him. This time, she accepts and their relationship begin. Friends-with-benefits at first, but things get a bit more complicated than that.
There’s much to like in this book. Both Bren and Cal are hardworking people who go after their dreams. Brenna left a very good job in management consulting, that paid really well but it sucked her life away. Now, she struggles to keep her massage business afloat but is very happy with her profession and life in general. Cal has been working non-stop for the last 8 years to become a partner and finally that dream is closer to become a reality.
With so much going on in their careers, they don’t want the complications of a serious relationship, but what they have is good and they try to be together as much as possible. Cal even flies every weekend from DC to see her.
I liked how their relationship was build up, their problems are believable and that made the story more appealing to me. The final conflict was also well done. Brenna wanted more but Cal struggled with his feelings and how Bren’s profession would reflect on his career. Yeah, bad move Cal, BAD MOVE. But he redeems himself nicely, his grovel was heartfelt and very cute.
I wish the book was longer. The author would have more time to develop the story and its characters. With more depth I’m sure the story would be even more strong. It wouldn’t be hard to give it an A.
If you’re looking for a good contemporary, with strong and believable characters and a hero who knows how to grovel properly, you’re in for a treat.
Winning Her Over (BigLaw Romance #1) by Alexa Rowan
Release date: May 9, 2016