Keeping Mr. Right Now

Robin Bielman
Keeping Mr. Right Now
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Entangled Publishing
Release Date
August 2014
Book 1 of Kisses in the Sand
Contemporary Romance

A temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she's totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she's up close and personal with the world's sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who's never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander's playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She's genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he'll just break her heart. Because nothing's more important to Zane than following the tide.

Book Review by Victoria Lane (reviewer)
Aug 22, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
108 people found the following review helpful
KEEPING MR. RIGHT NOW by Robin Bielman is an emotional romantic drama that will make you feel like you've caught the perfect wave only to be crushed against the reef. Luckily there are no shark attacks and the main characters work things out in the end. I give it three stars.

In the novel, Sophie Birch, former neuroscience researcher, makes her first trek out of Montana to California in order to oversee a film festival she helped to plan. In the course of her duties, she meets Zane Hollander, world renowned surfer and bad boy, who is hoping to shift his public persona in a more positive direction. Sophie and Zane both have insecurities that prevent them from pursuing a long-term relationship with each other, but their fling soon turns into something more than either expected.

I enjoyed this novel. Despite the fact that the two main characters only knew each other for a few days, their feelings for each other were well-supported by their interactions and the thought narration. I appreciate the illustration of each character's uniquely complex insecurities.

The romance was H. O. T. even when the action was a simple whisper or look across the room. Some of the romance is graphic, making the novel appropriate for adults, but it is the intricate emotional illustration that makes this romance sizzle.

The plot was unique in its setting, which provides a nice break from the usual work-related romances, and the pace was Goldilocks perfect.

There were some issues, though, with editing, grammar and vocabulary that detracted from my enjoyment of the novel. In several places, the verb tense was off or there were simply typographical errors. Occasionally, the use of a pronoun instead of a name was confusing. Some substantive word usage was also confusing, e.g., Zane's saying "No fear or go home." I've never heard that phrase, though I have heard many surfers say "Go big or go home."

Overall, though, I enjoyed the novel and would recommend to any lover of contemporary romance.
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