Joy Universe #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Dominic Hurst is a man who’s always up for a challenge. Step in as director of the world’s second-largest theme park complex? No problem. Clean up the mess the previous director left behind? Sure. Have his seventeen-year-old daughter move in with him in a last-minute custody change? Bring it on.
Face off with a town full of matchmakers? Uh… what?
Oliver Jeffries is a man more than comfortable with his life. Teach teenagers to fall in love with literature? Absolutely. Tackle mindboggling tasks as head of the English department? Pass him the whip. Placate parents convinced their perfect children can do no wrong? Pfft. Child’s play.
Agree to a friends-with-benefits arrangement with the most talked-about man in Joyville? Uhm… maybe in secret?
When Dom and Oliver meet, there’s no question that friendship won’t be enough. But the citizens of Joyville don’t know the meaning of “private,” and dating the director puts Oliver firmly in the spotlight.
With the whole town watching and laying bets, is their fledgling relationship doomed to fail?
This series has been on my radar for a while but after reading this book, I’m now kicking myself for not having picked it up sooner. I loved the mix of wonderful characters, small town, and a plot that kept me turning pages.
I loved Dom and Oliver. They’re very much opposites, but connect immediately. I loved the way they were comfortable spending time together, without necessarily having to fill space with conversation. I liked how their initial attraction grew into friendship, great sex, and so much more. Oliver’s passion for teaching and literature drew me in immediately, and I loved the choice of story for the school’s overnight read. Dom’s caring and protective, and sometimes overly so, and I had to keep reading to make sure they got their HEA. I shook my head at their determination to stay friends with benefits, as it was obvious from the beginning that their connection was way more than that. I also liked that they were older rather than younger men in their first relationship.
The supporting cast is fabulous. Cara’s great, and often the adult in a conversation full of adults. I loved the betting pool, and the not so subtle attempts at matchmaking all round. I also liked the other residents of Joyville, so now want to read their books and find out more about them. Although the series is finished, I’m also hoping Jaiden gets his HEA. He needs one. I loved the sense of community, and how the town rally around Oliver when he needs them. I thought the author did a great job portraying the character of Edith. I’ve met people exactly like her.
5 out of 5 stars.