Poster Boy for Average

Sommer Marsden
Poster Boy for Average
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Ellora's Cave
Release Date
May 2014
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Indie photographer and book cover artist Aubrey Singleton is living up to her last name. A long summer at the lake has cured her of her recent breakup, and she's embracing life as a single woman. What she's not prepared for is to come back home to find she has a handsome new single neighbor.

Mike Sykes is a roofer—though he's afraid of heights—a father of two and recently divorced. Oh and one might classify him as smoking hot.

The photographer in Aubrey is smitten, the single woman in her is breathless. She's ready to make Mike a star—on book covers and, though she's wary of a broken heart, in her life. He's not so sure. Mike sees himself as a life complication due to his younger son's illness, and not hot by a long shot. In fact, he thinks he's the poster boy for average.

But a "business" trip to Key West, rife with hunky models, sets a backdrop for a shot at true love…

Book Review by Angie Just Read... (reviewer)
Jun 03, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
179 people found the following review helpful
She's slowly getting her life back on track after a break up and a self-induced summer long dry spell. He's her new neighbor who's divorced with kids and complications, including his ex-wife and a child suffering from cystic fibrosis. Becoming friendly neighbors was easy, it's fighting the sizzling attraction and letting their guards down without heartbreak that's the hard part.

Photographer Aubrey Singleton snapped photos of buff, handsome males and designed romance book covers for a living, so a quickly developing fixation on her new neighbor Mike Sykes, a roofer and self-proclaimed average guy, surprised her. But Aubrey didn't find the devoted father in the least average in looks or in any other department. He was a good man, a good dad, and a dependable man his ex-wife could count on every time. Convincing Mike to pose for a calendar for one of her publisher clients would help Mike earn some needed extra income and, maybe, knowing Mike on a deeper level would help her overcome her nagging fantasy of him being a neighbor with benefits, or possibly something more.

Mike Sykes' marriage hadn't survived the stressful ups and downs of his youngest son's ongoing fight with cystic fibrosis, but Mike continued being a man his boys and ex-wife Angela could consistently rely on. Sure, he'd dated and had a few casual hook-ups since his divorce, but he ended things at the first show of a woman demanding his undivided attention. Directing heated looks and playful comments to his neighbor Aubrey wasn't a good idea when he knew his young son's needs would always come first, but it seemed he and Aubrey were having little success in fighting the chemistry that was raging between them.

Giving in to their baser desires was inevitable, but fears and pre-conceived notions of rejection and the prospect of additional emotional demands and responsibilities keep Mike ever mindful of letting Aubrey get too close. But when a photo assignment takes Aubrey away, absence just might make an average guy's well-insulated heart beat to a new rhythm that's full of promise and possibilities for the future.

With an easy writing style and appropriate touches of humor that counter the serious matter of a child's debilitating illness, Sommer Marsden has written a spicy, absorbing read that blends elements of family drama with a hot, blossoming relationship between two likeable adults that readers are sure to relate to and appreciate.

While Aubrey longs for an enduring relationship like her sister has, Mike no longer believes in lasting love and an understanding woman like Aubrey won't press for more than a good man like Mike can willingly give. By sorting out Mike and Aubrey's opposing views on matters of the heart, Ms. Marsden demonstrates her adeptness at weaving a tale that is both moving and uniquely satisfying on many, many levels.
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