“Text Me Maybe” by Jolyse Barnett is a cute, lighthearted take on the Cyrano de Bergerac premise of one person providing the words to impress someone else, while attracted to the person being deceived. I enjoyed the slightly jaded look at the fitness regimen concept as well as the literary repartee, but I thought the characters were almost stereotypical exaggerations and I didn’t feel I actually got to know them except for a few glimpses. The layers of deceit and almost doormat persona of the heroine frustrated me in places, as she became the caricature of the put-upon assistant who was expected to perform miracles at a moment’s notice without appreciation or positive feedback. Despite all this, there are fun scenes and a lovely resolution, plus some wonderfully sensual scenes that reaffirm the importance of being comfortable in one’s own skin. Enjoy a quick light read to boost your spirits on a cold dreary winter’s day!
This adult contemporary romance is part of the ‘Single in the City’ series and centers around Lexie Bloom, who has been tasked by her demanding boss to maintain a text relationship with a personal trainer who has caught her attention. Lexie’s own flirtation with sexy Matthew Hennessey at the gym as she trains for participation in a marathon slowly convinces her to appreciate her curves as much as he does, but she fears her painful history is doomed to repeat itself. Deceit seems to be the order of the day no matter how literary the phrases used to perpetuate it, and it will take more than a few pretty words to convince Lexie that what she has found is real.
New to the Big Apple, the last thing Lexie Bloom needs is to fall for two guys at once. Especially when she can’t have either. One is her personal trainer, an Adonis way out of her league. The other? A Brit Lit professor her svelte boss insists she woo for her—via text message, no less. Little does she know, the two are the same man…
Matthew Hennessey is intrigued by his shy new client at the gym. But before he gets the chance to ask her out, he discovers she’s the one crafting the flirty texts sent to him by a woman who wouldn’t know Lord Byron from Lady Gaga. To get to know her better, he allows Lexie to play her role. She may have given up on the idea of romance, but Matthew’s bound and determined to show her love is alive and well in New York City.