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One Real Man by Coleen Kwan

Every now and then I try a new author. When this came up as an opportunity on NetGalley, the synopsis sounded great.

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Amidst an ugly divorce and an even uglier scandal, Paige Kerrigan has returned to her parents’ estate to hide out until things blow over. While she’s enjoying a late-night naked swim, however, she’s shocked to find Owen Bellamy— her family’s former cute pool boy—standing poolside. Now he’s all hot, grown up, and renting the Kerrigan property…and he’s definitely not forgiven Paige for how she used to treat him.

Once, the beautiful but spoiled Paige Kerrigan was everything Owen wanted. Now she’s broke and Owen finally has his revenge…by offering her a place to stay as his housekeeper. Yet Paige isn’t the person he remembers. Instead, she’s far more than he imagined, and far more irresistible than is safe. But the last thing Owen can afford is to give his heart to the same woman who once broke it.

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Paige and Owen’s story is a classic snotty teen girl and lower class boy falling in love but not really acting on it. Paige is a socialite, filthy rich, a snob. Owen is the caretaker’s son, the poolboy. He’s dying to follow up on his teen hormones. She’s got a reputation to maintain. Not to mention her mother isn’t making life easier on her. She must keep up her status.

But when Paige is back in town after a nasty divorce only to find Owen the one living in her mansion with her parents nowhere to be seen, their roles reverse.

I absolutely loved the way they circle each other, the way they are both baffled by each other and simultaneously want and don’t want each other.

But what I loved best in this story is the way both classes have their merits and disadvantages and the way Kwan meshed their vastly different lives and upbringings.

The only thing I hoped would be different was the predictability of the plot. I wish there’d be a twist to the classic plot.

Then again, I didn’t exactly suffer reading it. Far from it.

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Oh, side note – this is book #3 in the series (I didn’t know it’s a series) but I didn’t feel like I’m missing information, so… Standalone mode, I guess.

My rating: 4star

** My thanks to Entangled Bliss Publishing and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

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