I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Bridesmaid and the Hurricane by Kelly Maher
Published by D Ink Editions on July 4th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Source: the Author
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A one-weekend stand over a year ago, and now they're coworkers...
Being a woman in TV is hard enough, but when the boss is trying to derail Radhika O’Leary’s career from behind the scenes, she has to make sure every aspect of her work—and her life—stands up to scrutiny.
Of course, the double standard is alive and well and Malcolm Jones, the broadcast meteorologist known as “Colm” to his friends and “The Hurricane Hottie” to his fangirls, knows that fame can hurt just as much as it helps. When Colm moves to DC, he’s excited to work with Radhika—her professional reputation is sparkling, and so are the kisses they shared that one weekend over a year ago when he was in town covering a blizzard.
But when Radhika is paired up with Colm for a project, all she sees is a looming storm over her carefully constructed career. Sparks still fly between the two journalists, and if they’re not careful, lightning might strike and alter the course of their lives forever.
So… I meant to have this posted on release day but… ummmm… yeah. I found myself enjoying naps too much so this got delayed by a day.
The book opens with our heroine dreading another day with her horrible boss, Bella. You will see this character pop-up over and over in the story which serves to make you dread seeing her name as much as Radhika hates to hear it. Radhika is not looking forward to the day for more than just having to deal with this woman; her one-night *okay okay* two-night stand which was only supposed to be a rebound fling is now going to be working at the same station she works for. She’s strong but there is something about Colm that calls to her even after not seeing him for a year. I loved how they ran in to one another and you could sense that the chemistry that fueled the two-day fling is still there. She’s been burnt so severely before that she has issues with seeing him but I understood them and appreciated that he didn’t let that stop him nor did he judge her for those issues. She also has some great friends that support her while still kicking her ass at moments when she needs it most. She also is strong enough to help her friends out and you sense that this is a woman who defends those who mean something to her even if she could get burned or hurt by the fall-out. I liked her spunk and how when push came to shove the feelings she has for Colm cause her to take the chances she does with him. She’s smart and independent but still craves the roots that many of us want but never find.
Colm… yeah.. I really liked Colm. He’s smart and driven but such a sweetheart when it comes to his family. He also never forgot his incredible two-day fling with Radhika so when he gets a chance he does not squander it. He also makes sure to do what he can to protect her career as he knows that their involvement could prove tricky but he wants her too badly to not try. Yes, he protects her by making sure that if they were to get involved there would be no blowback from an HR perspective plus knows that her abilities speak for themselves so adding this layer of “I’m not your boss” is a smart move even as it gets tested late in the story. I also liked how he really worked to be honest with her and take it slow as he wanted to make this comfortable for her. His feelings were strong and steady but his understanding of why she struggled made me enjoy the wait. We see a couple who truly respect each other even as they want nothing more than to recreate the two-night fling.
You will enjoy how the boss has her downfall but I think the key to me was seeing how Colm did everything he told her he would do even as everything blew up. He really was a great character so seeing how true he was to her made me smile. I look forward to more of this series and hope that we get to see her other friends meet the partners they need or want.