Blog Tour & Book Review- Manic Monday (Charity Case #1) by Piper Rayne

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The perfect man for me is a blood-sucking lawyer. #pfftwhatever
Been there.
Done that.
Burned the T-shirt.
I didn’t swear off all men after my divorce, but I sure as hell swore off anyone remotely like my ex. On the top of that list? Attorneys. Everyone knows they can’t be trusted.
Now that I’m back in Chicago, my focus is my daughter, my mom and me. I haven’t given up on finding my happily-ever-after, it’s just on hold—indefinitely.
Then I see Reed Warner again, and he weasels his way into every part of my life, not willing to take no for an answer.
In spite of my better judgment I can’t stop thinking about the way his designer suits fit his muscular frame, or the way his blue eyes seem to eat me up with every glance.
You know when you’re on a diet and even hummus seems irresistible? Reed is like the equivalent of chocolate ├ęclair and my willpower is fading fast.
The problem? Not only is he a lawyer…
He was the best man at my wedding.

Excerpt:

My phone rings just as I step onto the train. “Hello?” “Victoria.” Darcie barks my name like she’s the head nun at a Catholic high school and I’m showing cleavage. “How did you get this number?” “I have my connections,” she says, and I already know from her tone that she’s about to ruin my day. “What’s up, Darcie?” I try to hide the irritation from my voice, but I’m not sure I’m entirely successful. “I just found you a partner to help with the carnival event.” I blow out a breath and find a seat in the back of the train. “I don’t need a partner.” “Well, he would only help out if it meant that he could work with you.” A million swear words set off like a round of fireworks in my head. “You’re kidding me?” She laughs. “I wish I was.” I detect a bite of jealousy in her tone. “If I was single…anyway, he requested you and we so rarely get fathers or father figures so in this case, I have to let him have what he wants. And for some reason, that’s you.” I watch the city skyline getting closer out the window. “Who is he to Henry?” I ask. She laughs and then I hear chatter behind her. I wish I was in front of her, so I could shake her shoulders and get her to focus on me. “Oh, you’ll find out.” “Henry’s mom’s boyfriend?” I ask. “Nope. Ask for yourself. Gotta go. Oh, and I’m sending him your phone number right now.” Click. The line dies. Mother fucking hell. Am I trapped in some Mean Girls reunion movie? I haven’t even tucked my phone back into my purse before it dings with a text. I’d ignore it if I wasn’t worried that it could be my mom needing me. Unknown: Hey, it’s Reed. The stunning guy you just reacquainted yourself with twenty minutes ago. How about a nightcap tonight to start brainstorming ideas for the carnival? I add his contact information into my phone, so I don’t mistakenly answer again. Me: Don’t you have a son to watch at night? Reed: Nope. Me: I don’t think your girlfriend would appreciate your invite. We can talk details over a morning coffee and that’s it. Reed: ??? Reed: Not even dinner? I don’t respond. Reed: Lunch? Even business associates have lunch together. I shake my head and try to tamp down my temper. Reed: Fine. But mornings are hard for me. I’m being difficult for the sake of being difficult now. I can’t very well ask Hannah to come in late to plan some stupid carnival booth anyway. Me: Saturday? Reed: J J J J J My place. The three dots appear but I respond before he can. Me: McDonald’s on Peterson. The kids can play, and we’ll talk. Noon. Reed: You run a hard bargain and I make a lot of deals. What the hell does that mean? Reed: I take it that’s the end of our conversation? I don’t reply because there’s nothing else to say. Reed: Message received. Have a great day, Victoria. J I tuck my phone back into my purse with a giddy feeling inside. Damn it. I wish my stomach would get the message my brain is trying to send it.

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My Review
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Victoria Clarke has come back to Chicago to be closer to her mother, and give herself and her daughter a fresh start. At times Victoria feels she's still picking up pieces of herself after her divorce from her ex Peter. So Chicago is a breath of fresh air. With her new Job working for Hanna Crowley. And with the support of her mom, her daughter Jade, and her new friends Chelsea and Hanna, Victoria is looking forward to focusing on herself, in school, work and life. The last thing she needed was to be surrounded by Reed Warner, and all his charming smiles and sexy looks filling out a suite. 

Reed was the best man in her wedding, he is the past, and Victoria is just trying to look forward. But it feels like at every turn there is Reed. With his sweetness and persistent, yet patient attitude. Victoria doesn't know if she is ready to trust again, to be vulnerable and take a chance. Can she put her heart on the line, when she has so much she's trying to achieve. 

Manic Monday was so fun! A great start to a captivating series by this awesome author duo. I LOVED Victoria, Chelsea, and Hanna's relationship. The dynamic of these three woman, was page turning and funny. I can just imagine all the great things to come between the three.

The back and forth between Reed and Victoria was great, the tension, banter, the passion you could feel flowing through the chapters, is a must read. The ease in which they clicked, mixed with the uncertainty of starting something together, made the book fly by. 

Reed was sweet and sexy. He was so charming and down to earth. He meshed with Victoria's sassy spirit perfectly. Reed had to push to break past Victoria's walls, he had to show her it was ok to put her trust into a man again. Victoria had to learn to open up, let go of the hurt from her marriage to Peter. She was strong, fierce, a great mother and was learning how to fight for herself and what she wanted. Victoria and Reed's personalities, struggles and achievements make them as a couple, so worth reading. 

·I was provided a ARC by Social Butterfly PR·

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About Piper Rayne:

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Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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