Screenwriter Noah Ashley has a few four-letter words for his agent when she suggests he improve his script by shadowing a PI. Still, because he’s an artist dedicated to his craft and she knows where the bodies are buried, he agrees. Then he spends a little time with the gorgeous PI, and suddenly it seems like a really good plan. The PI doesn’t seem to entirely love the idea, but Noah has never been afraid to go after what he wants.PI Drew Rodriguez is used to people depending on him. He’s the classic rock for his family. Responsible. Dependable. The classic rock would never succumb to the borderline sleazy temptation of friends with benefits, no matter how sexy that temptation is. Drew is looking for something enduring.Despite Drew’s misgivings, it’s not long before they’ve got all the requisites for friends with benefits going. Friendly, good conversation? Check. Fun times in and out of bed? Check. Hot, electrolyte-sapping sex? Double check. Falling in love? Yeah. About that….
- So Into You by S.E. Harmon
So Into You by S.E. Harmon
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The PI Guys #2
About the Author
S.E. Harmon has had a lifelong love affair with writing. It's been both wonderful and rocky (they've divorced several times), but they always manage to come back together. She's a native Floridian with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts, and used to spend her time writing educational grants. She now splits her days between voraciously reading romance novels and squirreling away someplace to write them. Her current beta reader is a nosy American Eskimo who begrudgingly accepts payment in the form of dog biscuits.
January 04, 2016
Amusing, Clever, and Hot in Two Divergent Characters
(Updated: January 18, 2016)
This was a very entertaining story about a pulled-himself-up-by-his-bootstraps screenwriter, Noah Ashley, and a private investigator, Drew Rodriguez, to whom Noah has been sent in order to shadow and garner ideas and accuracy for his next film’s script. Noah is fresh on the heels of a breakup and is rather grudgingly making the trip from California to his second home in Miami, and his agent, aka his ex-wife, has paired him up with this PI firm.
Noah may be known for being late, but he doesn’t show up or phone at all for three full days, and when he does, it’s with an attitude that seems over the top and was instantly off-putting, atleast to me. It took me a while to warm back up to him despite the hilarious opening chapter that had me in stitches. It was a Jekyll and Hyde experience, and it was never really explained.
Once the story gets going, the characters demonstrate clear attraction and both are witty and snarky, two features I always appreciate in any book. The reluctance to form any sort of attachment due to early life abandonment paired with Hollywood’s casual “what can you do for me” sleeping around leaves Noah a bit at a loss. Drew knows from the beginning that he doesn’t do casual well, but he’s determined to try to have a summer fling for once, and him fighting his natural responses creates a heartache in the reader, which is something I enjoy, as it creates a closer bond to the character.
The two men start out not particularly caring for each other, though there is definitely attraction. They slowly work their way into tolerating each other, then into friendship, and then Noah bit the bullet and told Drew he was interested, changing the dynamic once again. It seemed to be the catalyst that finally allowed Drew to act on his feelings.
Then there is an absolute shock! When the two do finally get together the first time, the reader is actually left in the dark. The scene fades to black and picks up the next day. You get a couple of later references from Drew, but the actual scene itself is nonexistent. With plenty of other scenes written in their entirety, you have to wonder about the reasoning on this. That first coming together is generally a pivotal point in a novel, and it was treated here as an afterthought.
There are also some areas where the book seems to meander and get bogged down a bit. There is also significantly more background on some of the peripheral characters than is absolutely necessary unless Ms. Harmon is using this as an opportunity to set up background for the coming books in the series, in which case a lot of it could easily have been eliminated and explained in the forthcoming installments. That aside, the awkward scenes with Noah and his mother could have been left out entirely, which I think it would actually have benefited the book as a whole. Thankfully, there aren’t a lot of those.
If you can overlook some rambling, So Into You is a good read with lots of laughs, a touch of poignancy, and enough heat to steam up your glasses. I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.
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