New Orleans Rush
Falling for your surly boss is a rotten idea.
Letting him saw you in half is even worse…
Beatrice Baker may be a struggling artist, but she believes all hardships have silver linings…until she follows her boyfriend to New Orleans and finds him with another woman. Instead of turning those lemons into lemonade, she drinks lemon drop martinis and keys the wrong man’s car.
Now she works for Huxley Marlow of the Marvelous Marlow Boys, getting shoved in boxes as an on-stage magician’s assistant. A cool job for some, but Bea’s been coerced into the role to cover her debt. She also maybe fantasizes about her boss’s adept hands and what else they can do.
She absolutely will not fall for him, or kiss him senseless. Until she does. The scarred, enigmatic Huxley has unwittingly become her muse, unlocking her artistic dry spell, but his vague nightly activities are highly suspect. The last time Beatrice trusted a man, her bank account got drained and she almost got arrested. Surely this can’t end that badly…right?
I really loved New Orleans Rush, partially because the quirky dynamic between Bea and Huxley gave me some major The Hating Game vibes. Maybe it’s the quirky pin-up girl thing? Only Bea is a watermelon woman as opposed to the strawberry shortcake goodness that is Lucy in THG. Either way, if you loved Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game, I HIGHLY recommend you read Kelly Siskind’s New Orleans Rush.
Bea is the Huffliest of puffs and I adore her sweet little manic pixie dream girl, thigh-high wearing, unicorn self. She’s got some pretty traumatic baggage, but still manages to be a smiling ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. And OHHHH my gosh, Huxley’s reaction to Bea is just… *swoon*. OK, yes, it did get a little bit sickening having him call her a unicorn over and over and over again, but keep in mind this is a dark grouchy man and he’s just getting a double dose of sunshine in his life -and LOVING IT.
I don’t normally care for romantic suspense, and while there is an element of suspense in this novel and it very much a rom-com, NOT a romantic suspense novel (which I appreciate!). I really love Huxley’s brothers – at least, the two I met in this book, Axel and Fox – and was hoping that this would be a series with each book focusing on a brother and their love story. There was plenty of set-up for a next book with Fox and Della, but the way this wraps up it’s clear this is a stand-alone. It’s a bummer, but it’s also nice to see some stand-alone romances in a market where interconnected series seems to be the norm.
*An ARC of this book was provided to me for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.