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Monday, February 3, 2014

Review - Temporarily Yours by Jen McLaughlin writing as Diane Alberts

A Review by Wendy

****4 Percentages Based, Lustful Happiness, Overcoming Fears Stars * * * *

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review


This soldier’s the perfect hoax…if she doesn’t fall for him first.

Stats whiz Kayla Moriarity knows her way around numbers and algorithms. Men, on the other hand, are unsolvable equations. Now Kayla’s en route to her sister’s wedding—alone and without the fictional boyfriend she invented for her family. Fortunately, her plane comes complete with complimentary cocktails and a ridiculously hot ex-marine in the seat beside her. And that’s all it takes for Kayla’s inhibitions to go sailing out the airlock... 

Cooper Shillings has soft spot for people in trouble, but he certainly wasn’t expecting to land in it himself—and definitely not while getting naughty mid-air with a sexy southern belle. When he hears Kayla’s predicament, however, he offers his services as a stand-in boyfriend. After all, he’s heading overseas soon...and how could he refuse a little no-strings wickedness? 

It’s the perfect plan. And all Kayla has to do is ensure her family falls for the ultimate bluff, without falling for it—and Cooper—in the process...


Sometimes reading can be like a one night have an itch... you want to get it scratched without any complications...and then enjoy the process. It doesn't have to be deep… it doesn't have to make you contemplate the meaning of life... it just is a little something to get the mental mojo working. You get you the thrill of a meet, chemistry, maybe a little concern and then that satisfying happy ever after.

This book fit my requirements for exactly that. I enjoyed the inta- lust... I was happy with the play of affection and everything fell into place.

We first meet Cooper Shilling, ex Marine on his way to his new job. He is flying to North Carolina to start work in the private sector for a security firm which deploys ex service men back to watch over the troops. He carries guilt of what took place there; a fellow warrior died and he feels responsible. After seeing the impact on the man's family and fiancée, it re enforces his personal vow to not be involved while serving.... no good can ever come of it.

As he makes his way to the boarding area his spy's a pretty woman sitting by herself, with long legs, silky hair, beautiful eyes and kiss-me-please lips. He becomes distracted and a kid sucker punches him causing a fall right where she is sitting.

Kayla sees him fall and reaches out to help him. A conversation takes place with her kind of rambling and being a little flustered. She had seen him; thought he actually had the body and manner of a super hero of some kind; and while joking, it came out of her mouth. Apologizing, she explains her babbling is due to her being scared of flying because as an actuary she knows every statistic concerning everything... and proceeds to quote them all to Cooper.

He thinks it is refreshing and cute. He thinks she is really adorable and in his own way wants to make sure she feels safe on the flight. Turns out she is flying first class.. he sees he go on board... and makes the impulsive decision to upgrade and sit next to her even though he really can't financially afford it. He just has this overwhelming desire to make sure she not alone, frightened on the flight.

During the flight it also comes out Kayla has the additional problem of a family which expects a boyfriend she invented to be with her when she arrives. came about by accident as they will not leave her alone about how she isn't married with kids. She is the big sister with the career, not husband as expected; her younger sister who did everything perfectly is getting married and now she is stuck flying in without said boyfriend.

As the flight proceeds, Cooper is quite taken with her... and figures out how to curb and distract Kayla from her fear... he lays a kiss on her which curls her toes and gets heart pumping. As they both are interested, he continues this talk and sexual distraction during the flight. Desire and logic fight for control and by the end of the flight, Cooper has agreed to be her pretend boyfriend for the wedding weekend and they will part happily after as he is leaving the country the next week.

Perfect for two people who do not wish the complications of a relationship.
She, because all the statistics say the odds are awful and almost impossible, plus she just never has felt that love thing.
Him... perfect because he doesn't want any ties to anyone while he is away. So all of this should be perfect... Right...


The two of them have this chemistry which off the charts... they cannot get enough of each other. It started with them kissing on the plane to distract her... leads to a parking lot encounter and then a hotel room marathon. These two were friggin' of the charts hot.

And of course they both ended up being good for each other...He charmed her family at the pre wedding dinners; she saw through his guilt and showed him how to approach his family.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these two...was it deep, meaningful and full of life lessons? Well…it did touch on being strong enough to know who you are and confront those who love you if it is needed.... to make them see you as you see yourself. It also addressed the habit people have of making decisions for others under the umbrella of what is best for them without any consultation.

So, if you are ok with a dose of insta- lust with a dash cute story... this one night stand read will definitely leave you satisfied... it did me.

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