What’s a little lie between strangers?
A Strangers on a Train Story
Allie Whittaker is in a dating slump, too busy getting her fledgling marketing company off the ground to have a personal life. All that could change, though, if she can get baseball superstar Matt Kearns on the cover of a charity calendar. Except Matt won’t even talk to her.
Matt is in a slump, worried his career might be over. A Napa Valley wine tour isn’t enough to take his mind off his troubles–until sexy, funny Allie plops into the adjacent seat and tells him three things about herself. One of them, she says, is a lie.
Matt can’t resist playing along, and soon the afternoon getaway becomes an interlude with lies, truths, and desire flowing as fast as the wine. Then Allie lets slip one truth too many…and they both realize they’re playing for keeps.
Warning: A handsome hunk, a determined lady and a few glasses of wine. Throw in a little on-the-run action, and what more do you need to while away an afternoon?
This is the first of the Strangers On A Train set of stories that I am going to review. The full set releases on April 2, 2013 so go out and grab them. If you are reading this before April 1 then go check out my stop on the blog tour for a chance to win all of the stories in this set by clicking here.
This was a fun story about a woman who needs to get a life and a man who needs to find his way back to life. Allie is working extremely hard to get her new marketing company off the ground that she hasn’t bothered to let herself have a social life. Dating? Who has time for that when you want to make this new venture succeed. She’s persuaded to take a train ride that also includes a lot of wine tasting when her friend talks her in to walking up to a strange man and playing a little game of guess the lie. What ends up happening is something neither of them expected and that is to find someone that they could really build something real and lasting with if they would only give it a chance.
Matt is at a crossroads in a lot of respects. He’s getting older and is recovering from a major injury that could keep him away from his first love of baseball. He’s talked in to coming on the tour but is also trying desperately to stay incognito when Allie surprises him with her game. He’s intrigued by her playing like she doesn’t know him and drawn to her fun, quirky personality. Unfortunately things come to light that cause conflict and to be honest I was not too happy with the way this happened. It was a bit contrived but I still enjoyed the story overall.
I have to thank Ruthie Knox for giving me the chance to be a part of the fun surrounding this release and giving me the chance to read all of the wonderful stories… Stay tuned for more between now and April 2nd. To get buy links for all the stories click the link in the first paragraph of this section to go to the main tour post.