Unlikely by Sylvie Fox

UNLIKELY

Unlikely by Sylvie Fox
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length:  Full (180 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by Poppy

There are only two things Sophie Reid doesn’t do: lawyers and sex. When sexy, lawyer Ryan Becker stumbles into her life, her first two thoughts are “no,” and “definitely no.” After Sophie and Ryan rescue a dog from certain death on the Hollywood Freeway, they share one smoldering kiss. Sophie knows a potential train wreck when she sees it and leaves the dog and Ryan at the pound knowing she’ll never see either of them again.

Poor kid turned corporate attorney, Ryan vowed he’d get an education, succeed, and be welcomed in the front door of the most stately homes in Beverly Hills. Now that his career is on an upward trajectory, he is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, the women he has been meeting haven’t set his heart racing. Enter: Sophie.

A master of persuasion by profession, Ryan convinces Sophie to pursue their undeniable mutual attraction. But Ryan’s quest to be a success at the very occupation she reviles rankles her.

When a Hollywood union strikes, Ryan and Sophie find themselves on opposite sides of the bargaining table. Can their sparks in the bedroom overcome their standoff in the boardroom?

I chose this book for review because it sounded fun. And it was.

Sophie is an unusual heroine. She hides behind a demeanor of in-your-face rebellion with her constantly changing hair color (it’s yellow, it’s pink, it’s blue…) and numerous piercings in an attempt to force everyone to like her just as she is. Thing is, I’m not entirely certain even Sophie knew who the “real” Sophie was. She was just determined to be the polar opposite of everyone else in her family.

This frustration with her family is what causes her dislike of lawyers. She’ll date anyone but a lawyer — she figured that left a pretty big pool of available guys. Of course, the fact that she doesn’t like sex (freezes up,in fact, whenever things get hot and heavy) means that most of her relationships with anyone but a lawyer don’t last very long.

In truth, I struggled to like Sophie. I really, really liked Ryan and just didn’t feel that her reasons for disliking lawyers were strong enough to completely write off the breed. He was remarkably patient and kind to her, putting up with amazing amounts of flip-flopping behavior and occasional verbal abuse all because he felt a spark.

So here is my conundrum: Love the hero, ambiguous about the heroine … right up the last page, actually. There were moments I really could identify with Sophie, those times when she finally just forgot about all the crap that upset her and was truly just herself. Underneath all her angst and irritation there was a really great girl … we just didn’t see it very often. Even after we met her parents, the cause of all her problems, I couldn’t understand why she behaved with such extremes. They didn’t seem that bad.

Still, the romance between Sophie and Ryan was both sweet and smoking hot (Ryan makes a step-by-step plan to get Sophie over her sexual issues … and I’m pretty sure my eReader caught fire during those times) and the secondary cast was pretty awesome, too. The plot was fun, Ryan’s family was seriously amazing (I LOVED his mother to death, and his brother was a hoot) and the romance was mostly believable. I was interested enough to never even feel tempted to stop reading, and I’m rather hoping there will be a sequel with Sophie’s best friend … yes, please?

Don’t read this for the dog, though. She’s present throughout the story, but not really integral to the plot (except for creating the cute meet). Read it for a seriously amazing hero you’ll fall crazy in love with, secondary characters that sometimes steal the show, and a story that will keep you smiling.

Comments

  1. Mary Preston says:

    PUPPY LOVE does look & sound like a fun read to me too.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  2. In a weird way, Sophie sounds a lot like my brother…I really want her to succeed but she makes it so hard for herself! Thanks for sharing your review!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  3. Thanks for sharing! I’m all pumped for the book right now!!!

    -Kate-

    hense1kk@cmich.edu

  4. Thank you for hosting today.

  5. Good morning from the west coast! Thanks so much for you’re review. Other readers have found Sophie somewhat difficult to love. I absolutely love writing about ‘prickly pear’ heroines. I think it takes a special man to love a difficult woman and know Ryan is up to the task.

  6. Hi,
    I enjoy a heroine who isn’t what one would expect and a romance that isn’t easy!

    anzuazura at yahoo dot de

  7. I love the name Sophie, why does she freeze up when it comes to sex?

    lyra.lucky7 AT gmail dot com

  8. Just reading that the author was giving away a $69 GC tickled me. Then I read the review and knew it was a winner. Sounds like such a fun story.

  9. Thanks for the honest review–sounds fun and refreshing!

  10. Chelsea B. says:

    Aww, a need a good novel that will put a smile on my face. This sounds like the one. Great review!

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  11. Sounds like a fun book

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. Judy Peterson says:

    What a fun book. I’m a dog trainer and the name caught my eye. Reading about it kept my attention. Good Job.

    Judy
    strawberryrose at earthlink dot net

  13. Oh, and yes there is a sequel. Holly story is In the Nick of Time. It was released a few weeks ago. Links are on my website – sylviefox.com

  14. Great review! I’m definitely going to read this one!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  15. Christine D. says:

    What a weird title for this book if the puppy has no great significance, and the romance is more than puppy love. Hehe. Despite that, this book sounds so interesting. I love when the heroine is realistic, and has issues that she needs to sort out, rather than being perfect. Book sounds great!

    chrysrawr@yahoo.com

  16. What a lovely book! Great review. Puppy Love will be going on my TBR list.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

  17. I thought this book was cute 🙂

  18. CONGRATULATIONS to Natasha D (made a comment on Teena in Toronto’s Puppy Love post). She’s the randomly drawn winner of a basic Amazon Kindle or $69 gift card.

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