Booth, Karen, The CEO Daddy Next Door, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).
Title: The CEO Daddy Next Door
Author: Karen Booth
Issues: Divorce; Parenthood;
He wants a mother for his child. She won’t settle down. And now they’re living together…
After one disastrous date, reality TV personality Ashley George and devastatingly handsome British billionaire Marcus Chambers are roommates! When a fire destroys her apartment, Ashley leans on her Manhattan neighbor for help—and soon finds herself falling for the father and his baby. But despite their off-the-charts attraction, Marcus only dates women who would be suitable mothers for his daughter. His free-spirited neighbor is completely unsuitable. So why can’t he seem to keep her out of his bed…and out of his heart?
Full disclosure: I have a thing for British men. It started with James Bond when I was a girl. Duran Duran came along when I was a teenager, and that sealed the deal. It’s the way they carry themselves, the dry (and often naughty) sense of humor and, of course, the accent.
The CEO Daddy Next Door has a British hero – hard-nosed and handsome single dad Marcus Chambers, who is in the US temporarily. He moves in next door to determined, but slightly scattered, reality-TV matchmaker Ashley George. Her life and apartment renovation are intruding on Marcus’s peace and quiet. He’s not a fan, however gorgeous she is.
These two were so much fun to write. They were an endless source of sexy banter and restrained flirtation. One of my favourite scenes comes after their first kiss. Ashley is reeling and unsure where this is going. Marcus has a young daughter, and that responsibility terrifies her. Still, she has to test the waters. She offers him her hand in the back of the limo on the way home after a party. But Marcus doesn’t take her hand. He doesn’t kiss her. He’s too torn over his attraction to a woman he isn’t sure is good for him. Instead, he surprises both Ashley and himself with a sweet story that turns to seduction, employing nothing more than his fingertip on her palm and his buttery British accent. Marcus melts the page…and Ashley. I hope you find it just as sexy!