a while back i read his best mistake, which was the last in the series of shillings agency novels. i enjoyed that novel, and when i was given the chance to review the first of the series, temporarily yours of course i said yes. because of course this book has one of my favorite tropes, seated next to someone on an airplane leads to fake relationship leads to love. if that trope seems oddly specific to you, well, you're right, but it's a thing and i love that it's a thing.
anyway, kayla moriarty is a stats nerd who is terrified to fly. when she meets cooper shillings at the airport she's so unnerved that she can't stop herself from confessing her fear of flying. cooper is an ex-marine with a hero complex so when he realizes how scared she is, he maneuvers his way into the seat next to her. this isn't a hardship because he obviously finds her attractive. luckily for him it's mutual and the two of them do their best to try to hit all the bases mid-flight.
and then once they've landed they are so hot for each other they decide to seal the deal at the hotel kayla's booked. when cooper accidentally reveals his presence to kayla's mom, he convinces kayla that he should play the part of the fake boyfriend she's invented for her sister's wedding weekend. and so suddenly he finds himself thrust into these complicated family dynamics. and cooper is overwhelmed. he doesn't handle this well.
but his big gesture does quite a bit in gaining him any lost ground and as the novel closes, you can see these two headed for sunny skies.
**temporarily yours published on february 3, 2014. i received a review copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (brazen) in exchange for my honest review.