One bad decision…
Photographer Titania Summerhill knew better than to let her mentor talk her into being his “friend with benefits.” Now that she refuses to date him, he has her blacklisted from selling her pictures to any magazine bigger than Cat Fancy. One magazine editor is willing to give her another shot—but only if she does a photo essay on the most reclusive football star in Britain: Ian MacNiven. Since a near-fatal accident that may end his career, Ian’s refused to do any media appearances, but Titania’s determined to get her man. She wrangles an invitation to stay with him, never expecting that the wounded sports star would distract her from what she wants. Except what she wants is out of focus, and Ian’s the only thing in her viewfinder. Will she complete the assignment despite him, or respect his wish for privacy and lose her hard-won career?
If Titania Summerhill made a list of all her current problems, it would include:
1. Being evicted from her apartment
2. Having little to no money (see #1)
3. No editor will purchase/print her stunningly beautiful photographs
4. Having a wretched, egotistical and, highly influential ex-lover (see #3)
5. She has to move back home, the one place on Earth she swore never to return to
To make this whole situation infinitely worse:
1. Her beloved sister, Imogen, is on set in Greece and has encouraged Titania to go home and,
2. One of her go-to editors has told her if she can get photos of the elusive footballer (soccer, for the Yanks!) Ian MacNiven she will be golden and no editor anywhere will turn her down.
Yeah, it basically sucks to be Titania Summerhill right now. But – and this is a big but – Titania has never backed down from a challenge and isn’t about to start now. All she has to do is track down Ian MacNiven, get him to accept her living with him for a short amount of time – or as long as it takes and, convince him that she is not just some tabloid photographer but a serious photojournalist with his best interests in mind and not just a big payday. To be fair, the photos will get Titania back on her feet financially and out of the personal Hell she calls her childhood home.
Ian MacNiven is one of Britain’s top footballers but after suffering a major injury during a car accident, he has all but disappeared. If it weren’t for his best friend, Rowdy, Ian would likely remain in the alcohol-induced stupor has been in for weeks. As far as Ian is concerned, he can’t play football so his life is over and there is no point in anything anymore. Rowdy is big, boisterous, beautiful, loyal to a fault and, determined to help his friend make a comeback. Rowdy moves in with Ian gets him cleaned up, back into a healthy routine and, keeps allowing Titania Summerhill into the apartment. Though Ian is absolutely resistant to having his picture taken, he is also up against one of the most beautiful, intriguing and, stubborn women he has ever encountered. Between Rowdy and Titania, Ian just might back to the land of the living and come out the other side better than he was before the accident.
The back and forth between Titania and Ian is fantastic- those two in the same room together are like a train wreck and you just can’t stop watching. Titania is brutally honest and though she takes some photographs of Ian without his knowledge, she assures him they will never be published without his consent. Ian is so caught up in his own misery that it takes him more than a little time to realize that Titania’s photographs of him are not just brilliant but she is too and she may just be his salvation. Titania is in much the same boat. She is so caught up in not wanting to be in her childhood home with her family and desperately trying to reinstate her professional reputation that she nearly misses the man she wasn’t even looking for but somehow found. Again, I say, if it weren’t for Rowdy . . . .
The Bottom Line: Yet another truly fantastic read from Kate Perry and there doesn’t seem to be any stopping her!!!! Titania is just ridiculous but you can’t help but love her even when she silently thinks of Summer as “the usurper” and the “bastard by a mistress”. Though she is professionally phenomenal she is personally screwed up and highly resistant to facing the past and her family. The uncomfortable nature of her homecoming makes the read all the more interesting and intense and the resolution of her issues and problems all the sweeter. Ian is so sad at the beginning of this read and though you want to choke the life out of him from time-to-time he is still a very loveable and redeemable man. His strength of character, stubbornness and, determination are a perfect match for Titania. Ian’s wit and sarcasm are also necessary traits for fitting in with the Summerhill’s and by the end of the read I was so damn glad to see Ian really embracing his new life and love. There seems to be no stopping Kate Perry and I am still very glad there are a butt ton of Summerhill sisters. Stay the Night is a fresh and fun read with lots of humor, lots of wit and an HEA that is well and truly earned and deserved. I have already pre-ordered the fifth book in the series and can’t wait for the next round of Summerhill madness. This was a read it all in one sitting on the day it released sweet, sassy, sexy and, entertaining read– what else could you possibly be looking for in a contemporary romance?
Kate has tangoed at midnight with a man in blue furry chaps, dueled with flaming swords in the desert, and strutted on bar tops across the world and back. She’s been kissed under the Eiffel Tower, had her butt pinched in Florence, and been serenaded in New Orleans. But she found Happy Ever After in San Francisco with her Magic Man.
Kate’s the bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels, as well as the Pillow Talk and Guardians of Destiny series. She’s been translated into several languages and is quite proud to say she’s big in Slovenia. All her books are about strong, independent women who just want love. Most days, you can find Kate in her favorite café, working on her latest novel. Sometimes she’s wearing a tutu. She may or may not have a jeweled dagger strapped to her thigh…