For Keeps

Allie is recovering, in more ways than one, from a failed relationship. She has no personal life as she strives to get her ad agency off the ground and financially solvent, a result of her failed relationship. She amuses herself fantasizing about Cooper in the apartment above her, the younger hot sex god who would never be interested in her. Or so she thinks.

Cooper has it bad for Allie downstairs. He too has a small business that is growing and his sex life is on hold, or so sporadic he hardly notices. He and Allie are friendly but honestly he’d like more. When he finally works up the nerve to make a move, the result is more than he imagined. He’s happy and eventually wants more than just hot sex. Can Allie be the one?

Age aside, the children issue was an important one and I liked that the author put it out there. It’s something that doesn’t come into play in the older man/younger woman scenario but should be a concern in the older woman/younger man. It’s not sexy but women have a clock ticking on that part of their anatomy. So, with that out there, I thought this was a well-written romance and a realistic one as well. While an older woman is confident and comfortable in her identity, she does have insecurities. And the opposite side of the coin Cooper had some childish tendencies that an older man lacks. An entertaining read that had steamy sex and a realistic resolution.

Book Blurb for For Keeps

Allie Flynn runs her ad agency with singular determination, then at night retreats to her empty apartment, longing for another hallway encounter with Cooper, the absurdly hot guy in 3B.

Software entrepreneur Cooper Hale doesn’t have time to stock his fridge but he’ll sure as hell stop to smell the roses—he takes every eyeful he can get of criminally sexy Allie from downstairs.

During a neighborly dinner, Cooper decides to finally make a move on Allie, setting off sparks in the kitchen that ignite a wildfire in the bedroom. Allie’s grateful the twenty-eight-year-old hunk has the guts to seduce a woman twelve years his senior, but she’s stunned when he suggests they get tangled in the sheets again and again.

Casual becomes complicated as Cooper grapples with powerful feelings for Allie, while she worries he’ll eventually want someone younger. When he pulls a jealous stunt, she sees the inevitable end, but she’s about to learn that love, not age, changes the game when you’re playing for keeps.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2012 3.50