Happy Hour, an all-new hilarious enemies to lovers romance from USA Today bestselling duo Piper Rayne is available NOW!
The perfect man for her is the one she hates most. #gofigure
Dating is hard.
Dating in your thirties is even harder.
Dating in Chicago is harder still.
I haven’t given up on finding my happily-ever-after, but in the age of swiping right and Netflix and chill, I’m wondering if everything is as temporary as my marriage turned out to be.
Truth is, there is one guy I can’t get my mind off of.
Roarke Baldwin has salt and pepper hair I’ve dreamed of running my hands through and I’m pretty sure that if I checked he really does have a six pack of abs underneath his suit. And I’ve always wondered what that stubble on his face would feel like between my thighs.
The problem? He’s the one man I hate more than my ex-husband…
His divorce attorney.
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I press the numbers on my phone with shaky fingers, bringing the receiver up to my ear and release a deep breath.
He picks up after one ring. “I thought we were friends? Having your assistant call my assistant. Tsk. Tsk, Ms. Crowley.”
Aggravation fuses together every cell in my body until I become an impenetrable wall.
“First, we are not friends. Second, I would prefer to talk to you via our office phones.”
There’s a brief second of silence where he’s probably realizing I called him through my office line.
“Ahh… so now you have my number and I don’t have yours? That seems terribly unfair.”
“I didn’t realize you cared about fairness?” I lean back in my chair and cross my legs.
“You don’t know that much about me. It’s not like you know me intimately.” He lowers his voice on the last word and drags it out.
I roll my eyes, happy we’re not face-to-face so he can’t see the flush in my cheeks.
“You may have witnessed how I own the courtroom, but you know nothing about my private life. For instance, you don’t know if I like thrillers or comedies. Whether I prefer sorbet to ice cream or if I wear boxers or briefs.”
“I don’t need to know those things,” I say with frustration, shutting my eyes to rid the vision from my head of him in tight black boxer briefs—since that’s my preference.
“You want to know though.” A sexual innuendo pours out of his mouth and hits its mark between my thighs.
“There you go making assumptions about my wants.” I pick up my pen, shuffling through paperwork. Anything to distract me from this ache.
“I not only know what you want, I know what you need, Ms. Crowley.”
I smack my hand down on my desk. “Okay Rico Suave, let’s talk about this venue you have access to and keep the discussion of undergarments for another time.”
A beeping sound interrupts us.
“Hold all my calls please, Kristen.” Then nothing for a moment. “Sorry about that but you know how busy I am.”
“Yes, I’m sure destroying people’s lives takes a lot of time. So let’s stop the sexual innuendos and get down to business.”
“Let’s meet tonight. You frequent Torrio’s. I frequent Torrio’s. Let’s do something crazy and have a drink together.”
“I don’t need a drink at Torrio’s, Mr. Baldwin, I need a venue to house my gala. Now tell me your terms and I want the details of this venue you insist you can secure. I refuse to meet you until you supply me with that information.” I uncross my legs and tap my foot on the floor under me.
“So demanding. I like it.” I can hear him shuffling papers in the background. “I’ll have my assistant message your assistant with all the details of the venue. I’m sure it will be of your liking. Then we’ll meet tonight at Torrio’s. Seven sharp. Consider it our own personal happy hour.”
“I’m not committing to anything until I see the venue.”
“Then I’ll see you at seven.” The phone clicks and I stare at the receiver in my hand.
“Prick,” I murmur.
A knock sounds on my door.
Rating: 4 stars
I do enjoy a story with strong female characters and Happy Hour has a wonderful selection of different but equally strong and interesting women in the forefront of the story. Then of course there is the leading man, an alpha male and we all know how much I like one of those!
The couple that this book focuses on is a truly unusual match.
Hannah Crowley, born into money, but determined to make her own choices and not be someone’s trophy wife (as her mother intended her to be.) Intelligent and resourceful, Hannah runs her own successful foundation to help women (supported by her funny, supportive and no nonsense 2 friends Chelsea and Victoria.) She is a divorcee whose awful ex-husband got a lot from a marriage that he did not put a lot into, thanks in no small part to having an extremely effective and successful attorney .
The we have our alpha male, Roarke Baldwin, sexy, successful, a totally self made man who happens to also have been the attorney that helped Hannah’s ex do so well out of the divorce.
You could understand Hannah being less than inclined to give Roarke any of her time but Roarke isn’t who she assumes and when he makes her an offer she cannot refuse she begins to see that there is more to him than cold, efficient, divorce attorney.
I really did enjoy this story. Roarke may be an alpha male in every sense of the word but he is not a bullying type alpha, he is intelligent, successful, strong, respectful and sexy. You don’t need to bully your way through life when you have all of those attributes. He does not apologise to Hannah for representing her ex in their divorce, he explains that he simply achieved what the law stated his client was entitled to. (Not a great consolation when you are the one that the law has left with the short end of the straw)
Hannah’s trust has been damaged by her unfaithful, manipulative generally horrible ex and this does not make it easy for her to see any man as trustworthy and reliable, especially Rourke, with their complicated and conflicted history.
This was an enjoyable, well penned story that didn’t gloss over the issues that would naturally arise. Happy Hour has healthy dose of romance, personal development and humour. The characters are interesting and there are a few times that you think you have a predictable situation and find out that your don’t, which I do like in a book.
Piper Rayne have taken a initially impossible situation and examined the possibilities. Great stuff!
Thanks to Piper Rayne and Social Butterfly PR for granting me an ARC copy of Happy Hour. This is my honest review.
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About Piper Rayne:
Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.
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