She wanted a one-night stand...and then he moved in next door.
Paige Bennett is more than content with her life and what she does—and does not—have in it. She’s got a supportive family, a great apartment, and the best friend a girl could ask for; so what if her relationships expire faster than a carton of milk? After a disastrous detour courtesy of poor judgment in the boyfriend department, her plan is back on track and her dream job is finally within her grasp. Nothing can make her lose focus now. Well, nothing except the one-night stand she had with her best friend’s surrogate brother. The one-night stand she can’t stop thinking about.
Adam Reid has always been reliable...the responsible son, the loyal friend, the steady boyfriend. Two years ago, he graduated Magna Cum Laude and is well on his way to making a name for himself at an accounting firm in Denver—a far cry from working as a helper in the Mom and Pop store his parents own in Michigan. But when said store starts failing, he’s the only one who can step in and help. So reliable Adam does what he always does, and he comes to the rescue.
Paige thought Adam was a safe bet because he lives halfway across the country. But then suddenly he’s moving back to their town, and then into her apartment building, and soon he’s worming his way right into her life. If she’s not careful, he might sneak his way into her heart, too...
Brighton Walsh knows what I want and need in a hero. Each time she releases a new book, I find myself falling not only for the sexy heroes she creates, but the stories she tells, and Paige in Progress might just be my favorite story she’s told so far.
Paige is the girl every single one of us wants as a best friend. She’s smart, she’s sexy, she’s got a mouth like a sailor and doesn’t apologize for taking what she wants. She’s well on her way to getting her dream job, as long as those on the police force can look past her Barbie doll good looks and take her seriously. She’s determined to get the job she’s worked so hard for and she’s certainly not going to let the guy who was supposed to be just a one night stand throw her off course.
Which leads me to your next book boyfriend guys.
You guys, one thing you almost never read about in New Adult or even Romance in general is a guy who wants a relationship… But Adam, he’s a relationship guy, he’s always been a relationship guy … he wants the permanence and the commitment and he wants it from Paige.
But how do you convince the girl of your dreams to give up hers because Adam really lives in Denver. He’s just here in Michigan helping his parents dig their sporting goods store out of the red and then he’s heading back to the new city he calls home.
Paige is so NOT a relationship girl and she has her reasons why, but she can’t deny the connection they have between them, and once she comes to the conclusion that this is really just a short term thing because he’s leaving, she finally gives in … and it’s all kinds of amazing.
I’m going to tell you something. It’s not a secret… Jase (from Tessa Ever After) is my guy, and he always will be because Jaaaaaase, but Adam, yeah, he’s a VERY close second in that favorite list. He’s the whole package ladies, and I promise you will fall in love.
Each book in this series can be read as a standalone for sure, but you absolutely should read them all because I promise, you’ll love everything about them.
These stories are all pretty light on drama and heavy on steam and sexy times, which is something I love, but there is always an amazing story that Walsh has crafted and like I said, this just might be my favorite… maybe. I have a serious soft spot for Tessa Ever After… I might have to read them back to back to make the official call.
If you haven’t started The Reluctant Hearts series do it… if you’re only waiting for Paige in Progress, grab this immediately upon release. AND I’d just like to say that I can’t wait for more from Walsh.
I don’t know what else to say about Brighton Walsh’s books that will convey the love I have for her stories and characters. She knows exactly what I am looking for in my romance novels…fantastic characters, a bit of swoon, some sexy times, and a story that pulls me in.
Paige is one of those characters that when I started this book I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about her but in the end, I loved her. Paige is smart, she works hard, she loves her family, and she isn’t afraid to go after what she wants…or say what she wants. After getting burned in a relationship in the past, Paige only does hookups but the one kink in that these days is Adam Reid. Paige thought he would be one night of great sex but he continues to occupy space in her thoughts and she isn’t ok with that…she has other things to worry about. Like her internship and getting the job of her dreams.
So…Adam. He might actually be my favorite of all of Walsh’s heroes. There is so much about him that makes me love him – he is smart (he even has the nerdy glasses), he isn’t afraid of a challenge, he can be swoony, he’s absolutely sexy, and of course, he loves his family. The other thing about Adam is that he also wants a relationship…the challenge is that he wants that relationship with Paige – which, as I mentioned, is not her thing. Just trust me when I say, while all the guys are great, there’s just something (or a lot of things) about Adam that put him at the top of the list.
I loved these two together and the way Walsh builds their story and weaves it around the existing characters of this series (Cade, Winter, Tessa, and Jase) made me want to read all the other books again. I also loved seeing these characters with their families. Paige’s relationships with her brothers and her parents was fantastic. Selfishly I hope Walsh considers writing more about her brother’s stories as I am definitely curious about them. I also thought it was great to get some insight into Adam’s relationship with his parents. Both pieces added a layer to the story that we didn’t necessarily have in the other books.
As these two try to figure out what they want from each other, they are also trying to figure out things in other areas of their lives. Paige is fighting for a job after her internship and doing her best to prove that she belongs at the police station (and not just because her brother works there). Adam is only back in town to help his parents…he has always planned to go back to Denver. This is the sticking point for both – he absolutely feels he has to go back and Paige isn’t about to give up the opportunity she has earned. Now you have to read the book to find out what happens!
Trust me, if you love romance books you should absolutely be reading Brighton Walsh’s stuff. Her characters are real and her stories are engaging. She also writes heroes in a way that will have you wondering why fictional characters can’t be real. Go get Paige in Progress because you don’t want to miss out on this one and definitely consider the other books in the series.