Review: Tight Spot by Stacey Lynn (Nashville Steel #3)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Valentine PR.
I make no secret of the fact that the fake relationship trope isn't one of my favorites, but Stacey Lynn gave it her own creative spin, and with the main characters being grumpy/sunshine (him/her), the third novel in the Nashville Steel series may very well be my favorite (so far). That's saying something because I've totally loved the first two books.
Tight Spot is Dawson Butler and Hailey Parillo's story. He's twenty-nine and the tight end for the Nashville Steel; she's twenty-four and owns a refurbished furniture business. He has a trouble-making younger sister, is estranged from his father, and has no relationship with his mother. She has three older siblings and is close to them and her parents, albeit they all happen to be a tad over-protective. Neither of them have any ties to one another.
When Dawson gets himself into trouble because of his sister, team management makes it clear that he needs a public relations glow-up of sorts, beginning with what needs to look like a steady relationship. Seeking the help of a professional matchmaker, he's paired with Hailey, who surprisingly, isn't interested in a relationship at the moment, not after a cancelled wedding. He needs a fake girlfriend till the start of the season, and she wants a guy to teach her a thing or ten about seduction...oh, and to help her lose her virginity, too.
This was one of those books that had me--hook, line, and sinker, and yep, I was sunk in the best ways possible. Dawson and Hailey were fun and flirty, but they had this truly intense connection, and seeing them explore it inside and outside of the proverbial bedroom allowed readers to get to know them better as well. Now, we all know that in romance novels, more often than not, fake relationships become real, but it's the journey getting there that sets good reads from great reads, and Dawson and Hailey's? It was an awesome read! From their romance to them dealing with her mostly über protective family and his estranged relationship with his father to seeing the team dynamics and wondering who may be up next in this fab series--everything was part and parcel of what made Tight Spot the five-starred read that it was.
Read my reviews for the Nashville Steel series:
Sneak Attack (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Time Out (book two) - five stars - My Review
Tight Spot (book three) - five stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 15 August 2023
Date Read: 11 August 2023
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