Lies. Deceit. Backstabbing friends… Welcome to the jungle known as advertising…
Kat Owens can tell you all about the snake-infested world of big-time advertising. Thanks to an ex-best friend co-worker and a gone-wrong love affair with a client, she’s forced to leave her large Charlotte agency for a small-town coastal one. It’s do-or-die time to prove she can be a success to the aging grandfather she adores. Which means she can’t afford to be distracted by a client who’s a walking, talking definition of sex… Even if he is the man who stole her heart thirteen months before in a one-night stand she can’t forget.
Erik Monteague is a handsome, charismatic, highly respected businessman who has it all. Or so it seems. Only his closest friends know the truth about the guilt and emotional scars he carries, or why, following his fiancée’s death, he invoked the twenty-four/two rule. He never spends more than twenty-four hours with a woman, he rarely dates them twice, and he never thinks about them afterward.
But Kat Owens is different. She cheated him out of twelve hours, and now he can’t forget her. At least that’s what he tells himself, because admitting the truth is too dangerous. When she suddenly appears in his hometown, he sets out to finish what they started thirteen months earlier. But while his perfectly executed seduction gets Kat back in his bed, the emotional fallout is more than he counted on. Will he face his tragic past once and for all… or spend the rest of his life running?
There is just nothing like a small town – everyone knows everyone and everyone knows absolutely everyone’s business. There’s no keeping secrets or dirty deeds under wraps so when Kat Owens moves to town, she is immediately warned about Erik Monteague, the smokin’ hot playboy owner of Monteague Boats. Little do her colleagues know, Kat not only already knows Erik, she knows what he looks like naked 🙂
Thirteen long months ago, Erik Monteague participated in what should have been just another one night stand. Erik’s MO has always been get in and get out with no strings attached but when Kat Owens leaves him in the middle of the night without even a goodbye, he is left somewhat speechless and definitely wanting more. Off and on for the past thirteen months Erik has visited the bar where he met Kat but not once has he seen her. Erik is used to getting what he wants and he wants Kat so it is all systems go the afternoon Kat Owens unexpectedly walks back into his life. As the owner of Monteague Boats, Erik has a vested interest in advertising and within 24 hours of finding out why Kat has moved to town, he asks the advertising firm to transfer his account into Kat’s capable hands.
Kat Owens is on what she feels like is her last chance. Most of her life has been spent disappointing her parents and never quite measuring up to their lofty standards. Don’t mistake Kat for a flighty or lazy girl; Kat is tremendously successful as an advertising executive but her job but her job isn’t good enough for her parents and they aren’t shy about telling her so. Getting Montegeau Boats is a coup for Kat and she determined not to let her personal feelings for Erik get in the way of her success. Kat puts up one hell of a fight but Erik is a persuasive man and before long their relationship crosses the line from professional to personal.
Kat and Erik both try to convince themselves that the past doesn’t play any part in their current situation but both know each is full of crap. Kat’s past and her relationship with her parents is part of what brought her to town. Proving herself to her parents and making them proud is what is keeping her town and in a job she has little to no passion for. Erik’s past is crippling his present and future and if he continues to ignore his past, he will lose absolutely everything he has come to hold dear. Both Erik and Kat try to ignore their issues but after one completely awesome and disastrous weekend, each realizes the past just won’t be denied.
The Bottom Line: Saving Me is relatively light and very easy contemporary romance that I was able to complete in a single sitting. While there isn’t anything particularly new or unique about this read it is a good and entertaining read. I like Kat and her attempts to ignore her feelings for Erik. I like Erik (most of the time!) and his attempts to deny his feelings for Kat. Both characters are slightly damaged by their respective past and are so terrified of giving in to their feelings that they frequently do really stupid stuff. Some of the stupid stuff is damn entertaining and some of it is just plain sad but eventually, they pull their heads out of their respective asses and truly see what they have with one another. While the book clearly focuses on Kat and Erik, there is a cast of minor characters that each have a role to play and they do so quite well. Elise totally sucks, Steve is the quintessential best-friend, Seth is the completely delightful gay co-worker, Kat and Erik’s parents suck so hard there aren’t words and, Kat’s grandpa is a true highlight. Good characters, easy plot and an HEA all combine to be exactly what I like in contemporary romance.
Alannah believes there’s nothing more magical than finding the other half of your soul, experiencing fiery passion, and knowing you’ve found happily-ever-after. She loves going to work each day (in sweats and a T-shirt) and writing about hot heroes and feisty heroines who torment each other in the most delicious ways before finding their happy ending. She lives in the coastal region of North Carolina with her husband, who also happens to be her best friend and biggest fan. They have two sons, a dog, and two cats.