Review: Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan

mister tonightTitle: Mister Tonight

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: Released today! The author kindly gave me an ARC to read for review.

The heroine: Gossip columnist Kate (last name not revealed)

The hero: Civil engineer Hunter (last name not revealed)

The blurb: Last night was the most embarrassing night of my life.

I was that girl.

You know, the highly intoxicated chick celebrating her thirtieth birthday with her two best friends—who are happily married. And the more I drank, the more I wanted to do something reckless to celebrate.

By reckless, I mean the sexy and alluring man dressed in a business suit standing near the bar. You know his type—tall, dark, handsome. I was sure he was out of my league, but I’d had just enough alcohol that things like that no longer seemed to matter. I’m not fat, mind you, but you can tell I like french fries, so there’s that.

He took me home, and I enjoyed the hottest birthday sex of my life. Well, until it came to a screeching and rather unwelcome halt.

There’s nothing quite like being interrupted mid-ride with a little voice asking, “What are you doing to my daddy?”

Just kill me now . . . or so I thought.

Come to find out, the man I rode like a bull at the rodeo is my new landlord.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Kate decides to find someone to have birthday sex with. She’s looking for Mister Tonight, not Mister Forever, because she doesn’t do relationships. After several failed relationships and watching her sister’s marriage to her soul mate fall apart, she’s convinced there’s no such thing as true love, so she only has casual hook-ups.

When she sees Hunter across the bar she’s at with her two best friends, she decides he’s Mister Tonight. They talk and have a drink, and she goes home with him. On the way there, he mentions he has a child. Hunter is a single father to four-year-old Maddie. When they get to Hunter’s place, they don’t waste much time and before you know it, Kate’s having the best sex of her life.

It all comes to a crashing halt when a small voice asks Kate what she’s doing to her daddy. Yep, the noise that Kate and Hunter were making woke Maddie up, and she’s come to investigate. Kate is mortified, dressed and gone within minutes, leaving poor Hunter not only unsatisfied but having to explain to his daughter what he was doing.

Kate is thankful she’ll never have to run into Hunter again after the embarrassing end to the night, so the next morning she takes one of her friends to the new apartment she’s leased. It’s above a garage behind the landlord’s house. As they near the new place, Kate can’t help but feel like the location is familiar… and then she discovers that her new landlord is none other than Hunter.

She loves the apartment and the renovations he’s done to it, so they agree to put their first night behind them and be friends. Kate prays that Maddie doesn’t recognise her in daylight, but she’s underestimated the memory of a four-year-old and Maddie delivers the best lines of the book when she sees Kate moving in. Maddie is resentful of Kate, because she thinks the new neighbour was hurting her father, but Kate manages to get Maddie to warm up to her by spending time with her and doing activities together. Kate and Hunter can’t seem to stay away from each other and end up having sex again a few times (despite their assurances they won’t again), and eventually the three of them go on outings together. The longer they’re around each other, the more Kate realises that she’s fallen in love with Hunter. She’s freaked out by that at first, because she didn’t think she wanted the whole family thing, but comes to realise that’s exactly what she wants.

Fortunately, Hunter feels the same, but they’re both nervous about breaking the news to Maddie that they’re a couple. She responds in typical four year old fashion: “Well, duh!”. Another winner from Kendall Ryan; this book will both make you laugh out loud and melt your heart.

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