Between the Sheets by Liv Rancourt

Between the Sheets by Liv Rancourt
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (58 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Edelweiss

Life for music teacher Maggie Schafer has been full of flat notes lately. Sick of being single and celibate, she vows to get her groove back at the upcoming Western Washington Choral Directors Annual Retreat.

Too bad the only guy who seems interested is a pompous dork who thinks he’s God’s gift to women—and the music education world. When he gets a little too arrogant and crosses boundaries, gorgeous pianist Randy Devers swoops in to run interference. After sharing a shockingly hot kiss in front of the whole conference, Maggie and Randy come up with a plan to pretend they’re dating.

However, the more time they spend together—and the more physical their “pretend” relationship gets—the more she wonders if there could be anything beyond just smoking chemistry and a friendly agreement between them.

Maggie’s got history, Randy’s got baggage, and they’ve got a weekend to get their rhythms in sync and figure out how to turn their solo lives into a beautiful duet.

Can a fun weekend romance grow into anything more? Is there enough time? And does anyone even want it to?

Between the Sheets is fun and lighthearted. Told from Maggie’s point of view, it has a good sense of humor and an upbeat tone. The setting for the story is perfect. The author does a fantastic job of describing the music teacher retreat and really building a community of sorts with all the characters and supporting cast. It was a unique setting and I loved the interactions between all the characters. I was amused by the cliques and hierarchy among the music teachers and it added a lot of fun moments to the story.

Randy is a great hero. I found him likable and sympathetic. I loved that he wore glasses. I loved his sense of humor. There aren’t many serious moments in the story but when there were, I genuinely felt for him and I wanted to see him happy by the end of the book. His back story was one of my favorite parts of the story and made him a very interesting character.

I wasn’t however as attached to Maggie, largely because I felt like I never really got to know her, which was strange considering the book was told from her perspective. So much of the story though was her doing things that she told the reader was out of character for her that I never really got much of a sense of what her true character was. There a few hints but largely I felt like I never got to meet the real her. Since we spent so much time with Maggie, this was a big issue for me. I also wondered if I didn’t know Maggie, how could Randy really get to know her?

I did like the way that Maggie’s doubts tied with her past, weaved together to create very believable obstacles between the couple. The romance in general is very believable and I enjoyed following its progression.

The book is a pretty fast read and quite an enjoyable one. It’s a fluffy, enjoyable romance and would be a great companion for a lazy afternoon. If you want something that’s lighthearted and enjoyable, you couldn’t go wrong with Between the Sheets.


  1. Thanks so much for giving my book a read, and for your kind words. I’m glad it worked for you!

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