Tuesday, October 4, 2016

His Best Mistake by Diane Alberts - Review

Author: Diane Alberts
Publication Date:  3 October 2016
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Series:  Shillings Agency, book 6
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 4 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

One night with a stranger…

Security expert Mark Matthews has loved, and lost, and has no intention of ever loving again—especially not a woman who thrives on her life being in danger. Now, hot, meaningless sex with strangers he had no intention of ever seeing again? That’s a whole other story. And it’s all life as a single father allows him to enjoy. But when he meets a woman who refuses to tell him her real name, the game is on, because she’s everything he swore to stay away from. Daisy O’Rourke has bad idea written all over her, but he’s in too deep to walk away now…

My Review:

This was just the book I needed right now.  I have been in a bit of a...I don't even know what to call it, it isn't a slump because I am reading a ton but I have been reading a lot of one particular author and I find myself starting to get increasingly frustrated with the story lines and character behaviors so taking a break from that and reading Diane Albert's His Best Mistake could not have come at a better time.  His Best Mistake is a perfect read for a quick pick me up.  It is a fast paced steamy romance with some action, tons of sweet moments, the perfect amount of steamy ones, and a whole lot of heart.  

I loved how Diane brought these two characters together.  A one night 'no names' romance that leads to more than either of them ever expected.  I was curious how Diane would go about this since we know that these two have been pushed on each other for a while now but neither was willing or ready to meet the person their friends thought would be their perfect match, her plan worked perfectly.  I loved how Diane made the night about more than just a 'one night stand' from the beginning the night was about a connection, a need, about healing.  Even if 'Chris (Mark) and Scarlet (Daisy) never expected to see each other again they knew they would walk away from the night changed, in some small way healed from the tragedies that had been the last few years of their lives.  

Diane does what I have been having trouble finding lately, strikes the perfect balance between the romance, the action, and the drama.  His Best Mistake was so enjoyable to read because it has an ease to the flow, it deals with difficult topics but it is done in such a way that you can truly see and feel where the characters are coming from and more importantly where they are going.  Yeah, there is an 'emo' moment or two but considering the couples pasts the book wouldn't be right with out them.  Honestly the only thing I could have wished for was more time with them.  In the less than 200 pages Diane puts out a stellar book, but imagining what it could have been as a longer novel has me just plain and simple wanting more, particularly when it comes to Daisy and her father.  I wish there was a conclusion to that part of the story.  It plays an important part in who Daisy is and we get a moment there but then it's just over.  It is the one issue from the storyline that I didn't feel like got it's due.  

I enjoyed seeing the couples from previous books and getting a moment to see how their lives are changing.  While this is a series book, you won't feel left in the dark if you haven't read the first 5 books, that said as always I suggest it just so you get the full impact.  These books are quick reads, they'd be great for a nice long weekend, a series you can start Saturday morning and be caught up on by Sunday night.  Perfect for the fall weather that is coming; it is coming right?  (ayyy)  I can't think of a better thing to do than cozy up with a warm cup of tea,  a soft fluffy blanket wrapped around you and this book (or series).


Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin RandomHouse. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.


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