Author: Leslie Kelly
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
# of pages: n/a
Anything can happen on a magical midsummer's eve
Marketing director/workaholic Mimi Burdette has The Plan-work for her father and date his right-hand man. Problem is, there's no heat in the relationship. Not even a spark. And worse still, Mimi is having some seriously sexy, panties-ablaze dreams-and the star looks a lot like Xander McKinley, the hunky firefighter next door. Mimi's dreams might be due to the strange tea she drank. Or the predictions from the fortune cookie she ate. Or they could be due to Xander's smokin' hotness. But whether it's magic or just old-fashioned fireworks, Mimi is about to break all of the rules-including her own!
The title made me think of Shakespeare, haha. But this isn't Shakespeare. It's a hot romance by Leslie Kelly, who is one of my favorite authors.
The main characters, Mimi and Xander, are attracted to each other at first sight. But Mimi is not looking for a hot man, as she's looking to earn a promotion from her father. Instead, she's trying to date the Dad-approved guy. And Xander decides to not get involved after learning that Mimi's an heiress. But it seems like the universe has other plans and wants to keep throwing Mimi and Xander together. First, with him mistakenly walking in on her half-naked in her bedroom, and then with him racing to her rescue and catching her when she falls from trees. And then of course, there was the fortune cookie, strange tea, and vivid dreams. I think this was Leslie's way of trying to add a unique aspect to this plot, but Mimi didn't even remember the dreams when she woke up, except for her last dream, so I don't think it added much.
No doubt that these two have chemistry, allowing Xander to help Mimi release the real her and leading this book to be sweet, romantic, and funny at times. However, the side characters didn't add much for me. They were just there. We hardly heard from them, since most of the book was just Mimi and her thoughts or Xander and his thoughts or them talking to each other. We didn't get much interaction between Mimi and Dmitri, so I thought having him there was pretty pointless. There was no real love triangle there, no conflict. Mimi pretty much dismissed Dmitri as a romantic option at the beginning, and so I never got the sense that she was truly considering seriously dating him. I guess they were there as plot movers, creating scenarios for Mimi and Xander together and moving the plot along quickly. But I felt like there could have been more interaction...I hope I'm making sense, lol.
And then, I'm a little iffy with the ending, but not because of Mimi and Xander's ending. Dmitri ended up getting engaged to Helen, who he apparently had a relationship with before moving to Athens, GA. When they saw each other at her parents' home, where Mimi also lives, after Helen had moved back, they were both shocked and tense. I already knew they were going to get together when it was revealed that they knew each other. But I want to know what happened between them! How did they end up engaged? I felt like that could've been a whole other book. Or at least, a little more in the epilogue, other than Dmitri holding is soon-to-be wife and stepson.
But overall, the main characters were likable and this was a cute, easy read. I recommend this if you're looking for a quick romance to read.