by Natasha Anders
She was supposed to be his one-night distraction. But their attraction is undeniable.
Introverted Daisy McGregor is used to being a wallflower, but what she lacks in style, she makes up for with an acerbic wit, a passion for life, and a deep devotion to her family. So she’ll suffer through her sister Dahlia’s bachelorette party and accept the cloud of pity for going stag to the wedding.
Out at the pub, sexy bad boy Mason Carlisle is a reluctant wingman tasked with entertaining Daisy while his brother flirts with her oldest sister, Daffodil. When the plan fails and Mason’s true intent is revealed, he feels intense guilt—and a sensual spark of desire for the unlikeliest of women.
Daisy decides to use this unfortunate encounter to her advantage: to make it up to her, Mason will be another kind of wingman, playing the role of her boyfriend and wedding date. Will their ruse unravel completely—or will Mason and Daisy’s undeniable attraction ignite a scorching love affair that knows no rules?
Mason is asked by his brother Spence to keep Daisy, the other McGregor sister, busy while Spence talks to her older sister Daffodil. Mason doesn't feel the best about this situation, but feels bad enough for Spence and his broken relationship to agree with the situation. Little does Mason realize that meeting Daisy is definitely going to be a memorable experience.
I am constantly on the look out for romance novels where the heroine is plus-sized, nerdy, geeky. or just different. As a plus-sized woman, I like to read about a character I can relate to sometimes. Daisy certainly has her insecurities, but she is also unabashedly herself. And that, is wonderful.
This novel has everything I love: plus-sized and smart heroine, alpha hero who isn't (entirely) afraid of showing that he cares, dogs(!), and a conflict that is a bit more complex without it coming off as a scene from a telenovela (soap opera). Both Mason and Daisy learn quite a bit about each other, and I felt included in their "relationship" without feeling that it was dragging on. Each scene portrayed had a purpose, and I love love love the dual points of view. I loved reading Daisy's thoughts as much as I loved reading Mason's.
This novel made me cringe, laugh, sigh, and swoon. It made my heart break, and it gingerly pieced it back together. I definitely recommend this book to any romance reader in the mood for a steamy sweet romance. I will also make sure to check out Natasha Anders's other reads as well!