(Wedding Favors #3)
by: Boone Brux
Publication Date: Jan. 9, 2017
When Joya Bennett wakes up after her brother’s wedding, half-naked and lying next to her lifelong crush, she’s mortified. OMG, did she try to jump his bones? Worse, did she succeed? Intending to lay low and housesit for her brother until the embarrassment fades, she sneaks away before he wakes up.
What she didn’t plan on is having company.
Lincoln Fisher doesn’t do relationships, but if he did, his friend’s little sister would be the one to tie him down. Good thing Joya had one too many drinks during the reception or he’d have crossed a line. Her brother would kill him if he found out all the places Linc wanted to kiss the sexy, auburn-haired beauty.
And now they’re stuck in the same house. For two weeks.
She’s off-limits. And he needs to keep it that way, even if the heat building between them is hot enough to blow off the roof…
Joya wakes up the morning after her brother’s wedding in bed with his best friend. Mortified that she doesn’t remember what happened, she takes off and leaves him sleeping in bed. Since she’ll be spending a couple weeks at her brother’s place, taking care of his new bride’s iguana while they are on their honeymoon, she figures it’s the perfect chance to lay low and keep her distance from Linc. However, that plan goes up in flames when Linc shows up at the house claiming her brother offered to allow him to crash at his place while he looked for a house. Now, Joya not only has to face that one night and the fact that she snuck out on him, but she also has to deal with her feelings for him.
Properly Groomed was a light, easy, sweet read that honestly didn’t have any drama. It was just a story about two people who were attracted to each other, stuck sharing a house together for a couple of weeks, who end up testing the waters to see where their attraction leads them. It was really cute watching Linc make Joya breakfast after she came home from a long night at work, or when he showed up to her work with a package of food from one of his restaurants so that she would have something to eat while working at the studio. Needless to say, I thought these two were adorable.
One thing I liked and kind of wished we had more of was some behind-the-scenes of Joya and Linc’s job. Joya is a producer for the local news and while we get to follow her in the office, we only see her gabbing with her friend or arguing with her co-worker, we didn’t really get a lot of behind-the-scenes. As for Linc, we got nothing. He owns restaurants and is always taking off in the book to go to work but we never get a chance to follow him there even though the book is partially in his POV. I would have liked a little bit of their personal stories mixed in instead of it just being the two of them cooped up in the house together.
I also really wish there was more time with Dash, the iguana. I know that’s a weird thing to say but I mean, most romances include a dog or cat for comedic relief or whatnot, and while there is a dog in this story, I was hoping Dash would get some spotlight too. However, we see more of the dog than the iguana. Heck, I kept forgetting he was even in the house except for those few times he was brought up. Actually there was that one time where I had completely forgotten who Dash was. Like I said, I know it’s weird to be sad to not get more lizard time in a romance novel but I love iguanas and was really hoping for some awesome scenes with Dash. Like, maybe Dash escapes his tank and Linc wakes up to a four foot iguana at the end of his bed or something. I don’t know but poor Dash got the shaft in this one.
Properly Groomed is a sweet romance that will leave you wanting an iguana. No? Just me? Alright then. Anyway, this is a quick romance novel that is perfect for anyone looking for a light read. It had no drama, some light comedy, and the brother’s best friend love trope.
“Linc stood at the stove, dressed only in a pair of low-slung jeans. It was like a real-life rendition of the photos girlfriends posted on their social media pages. This cation would read: How about a little sexy with your bacon.”