Author: Jody Gehrman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: Copywriter Ruby Sugars is in a rut. Her life consists of the following: long hours, boring neutral colors and regular fat-shaming from her stick insect-looking boss. But Ruby isn’t really a Bland Betty—she’s a complete Bettie Page hottie, with an enviable collection of vintage couture and very naughty vixen lingerie. Now if only she could channel that girl into her real life….
Cue Ruby’s best friend, whose recent fixation is “fantasy matchmaking.” She’s decided that all Ruby needs is one night with a sexy, delectable man—one with a serious thing for curvy pinup girls. And “Lancer” is hot enough to make any girl’s fantasy come true.
For one night, it’s pure, X-rated hotness. But come the next morning, this brand-spankin’-new bombshell will get the shock of her life when the man she vowed to see only once shows up again…as her new boss.
Thoughts: Ruby is one of those boring girls hiding her sexuality behind drab clothes and a timid attitude. Ruby’s boss, “the stick”, has changed the team from normal people to condescending 20-something fit-fanatics. The team, lead by the stick, has made a point of making Ruby feel bad about her looks and puts her work down in the group setting even though she is the team genius. Ruby’s grandma left her with a closet full of 1950’s sexy pin-up clothes and her best friend (and a lot of alcohol) convinced Ruby to do a photo shoot all dolled up. That’s Ruby’s secret inner self….the sexy 50’s pin-up girl. Too bad that’s now what her outer self is.
Ruby’s best friend is notorious for her schemes. When she ended up hooking up a couple of her friends after finding out about their secret fantasies, she decides to create Fantasy dating. She’ll hook couples up based on their secret fantasies for 1 night of blazing hot fantasy sex. Since her friend has recently found the perfect guy fantasizing about 50’s pin-up girls, Ruby is going to be her first client.
Ruby ends up agreeing to the date and has the most incredible night with “Lancer” and she starts to think that there might be something to this Fantasy Dating. Everything changes when she finds “Lancer” is actually Colin and one of the three partners in the advertising firm she works at.
Regardless of the connection she felt the night before, the relationship with Ruby and Colin is strained at work. Their time was only supposed to be 1 night together, so they don’t know how to act. Add in that Colin has some trust issues about women at work and things are pretty rocky. The situation gets downright ugly when one of the people in her department sees Ruby and Colin together and decides to make trouble for Ruby.
I knew from reading the blurb that I would love this book and I was right. Poor Ruby finds herself in some terrible situations. You can’t stop yourself from feeling sorry for her, but you also have to laugh. Although there were a couple of moments where I wanted to smack Colin, he was pretty great too. When everything came together at the end, I was like “Go Ruby”! A huge change from the girl you’re feeling sorry for at the beginning.
I feel obligated to note that this was a novella. Even though it’s not necessarily a secret, I wasn’t prepared for this book to be as short as it was. I wanted more. The side story with Ruby’s best friend could have been expanded and I would have liked to get more at the end too.