by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Publication Date: November 28, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: Falling in love is the last thing on his busy agenda but compromising positions can lead just about anywhere.When fitness empire CEO David Strong agrees to help teach a yoga class for couples based on poses in The Kama Sutra, he’s put in one compromising position after another. Especially since the instructor is his best friend’s little sister-in-law, doesn’t have a lot of experience with men, and is totally off-limits. She’s everything David’s never wanted. So he can’t understand why he suddenly needs her so much.
Sophie DelFino has fantasized about David for over a decade, but he has a type, and she’s far from it. He’s also got all sorts of rules and reasons why they shouldn’t be together. Good thing Sophie is all about bending the rules.
David tried to remember the last time he’d been to a grocery store. College maybe? If there was anything at all in his fridge, his sister had put it there. Kelly was wonderful about leaving ice cream and chips in her wake.
“If we split the list, it will go faster.” Sophie smiled up at him.
“Okay.” He shrugged, taking the torn piece of notebook paper from her hand. He scanned the items. All produce.
“What’s on your list?” he asked, taking it from her hand. More produce. He knew it. Women ate weird. His sister was the only sane woman in the entire world.
“The joy of having a nutritionist for a brother-in-law. Craig’s using me to test his latest diet plan,” she explained.
He took a step back and looked at her again. Even in sweats, she looked fit. “Why?” She waved her hand.
“Who can keep track of Craig’s reasons? I indulge him. To a point.”
“You should do his Deliver-Ease. It actually has real food, not just vegetables.” And since the plan was run through Strong Gyms, utilizing it let him do a little quality control.
She raised a dark eyebrow. “You’re on his diet plan?”
“You’re not the only one who indulges Craig. Besides, it’s easy. Comes right to the office. I don’t even have to think about it.
She looked at him in disbelief. “But why are you on a diet?”
“I’m not.” He pushed the cart forward, away from the lettuce. “Craig decided twenty years ago that he knew better than I did what I should be eating. It’s a habit from way back.” He didn’t want to get into his bodybuilding days. It had been an obsession for him for a while, something he and Craig had done together. But it was not an arena he had ever excelled in. He’d just gotten by. He wasn’t comfortable being average.
Sophie began to study the different lettuces so David attacked his list. How did one pick out a cantaloupe? He looked at the melons piled atop one another. Should he grab the one on top or did you study the specimens the way she was now sizing up the citrus? He picked up two, weighing each in his hands. How could a person possibly know which one to buy? He moved his hands together, eying the fruit, trying to squeeze them to find some difference. They looked exactly the same. She was suddenly in front of him, taking away the cantaloupes and replacing them with grapefruits. “This is much more realistic, David, unless you’re into fakes.” It took him a minute to realize her insinuation. “I was not…not…” he stammered “Feeling up the fruit? Sure you were. It’s okay, your secrets are safe with me.” Her smile told him she was teasing as she turned the cart toward the apples.
He stomped after her. “I thought you weren’t into apples.” He smiled as she blushed, obviously recalling her earlier lecture.
“Apples can be good. As long as they are part of a whole bowl of fruit and not the only thing in the dish.” She gave him a cocky grin.
He laughed, full and deep. This girl was a piece of work. “You handle the fruit, since you are the expert. I’ll stick with the vegetables.” He couldn’t help himself—as he brushed past her, he leaned in and whispered, “Just how big do you like your cucumbers?”
I have to admit that I missed this book when it was first released. I wanted to read it. I also have to admit that this is actually the first book that I have ever read by Ms. BB, too. *hangs head* I know, I know. But now that I have read her, I will not make that mistake again. I loved her writing, the snark, the emotions and the smexy times were just too hot to handle.
David is just too scrumptious! I honestly think my ovaries exploded while I read the book. I totally understand why he never got involved past one time with a woman. His father did a number on him from the beginning of his childhood and never stopped. Trust me when I tell you that you will think your own parents are saints and did NOTHING remotely to screw up your childhood. His dad did much worse and then brought it own to Sophie. I would have disowned him a long time ago but David just couldn’t.
Sophie is a great heroine. She’s stronger than she thinks but she also needed David to challenge her, yes her, to remember that the first person to please is yourself. She lost that somewhere in her life. I didn’t particularly care for her sister Daphne at all. In fact, the ending of the book just solidified that for me. I couldn’t believe what she did and how Sophie, throughout the whole book was trying to protect Daphne with her relationship with David.
Now, Craig, I liked. When didn’t get to know him as much as Daphne but what I read, I liked. He never gave up on David and in some way, Sophie either. I liked how he didn’t just freak out when David went off on when he told him about his relationship with Sophie.
The smexy times, oh boy…They were way hot but also very, very sensual. You have got to remember that some of the book talks and acts out the Kama Satra in a yoga class. It’s high sensual and tantalizing. I liked how Sophie owned her virginity. In fact, she owed everything that she HADN’T ever experienced. Dancing, sex and finally, being everyone’s doormat. I loved how she called out David on being his project. David’s heart was in the right place but he just kept messing it up.
The epilogue is beautiful to read. In fact, I read it twice because I got misty eyed the first time.
I highly recommend David and Sophie’s story. Just be prepared to need a cold drink, tissues because you will be laughing so hard with tears and also to hate certain people in their lives.
ABOUT JENNA BAYLEY-BURKE
By day, Jenna is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound…but by night, while the family sleeps she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dog, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get silly putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply bandaids, clean up puke…wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous. Just ask the dog.