Not Planning on You by Sydney Landon

Suzy Denton seems to have it all together. She loves her job as an event’s planner for Danvers International, and she loves her high school sweetheart and fiance Jeff.

Fast forward a month and it’s all gone to hell in a hand-basket. She finds out Jeff’s dentist has been doing more than drilling his teeth, and Danvers is in the process of merging with Mericom creating the largest communications company in the US and also bringing Gray Merimon, the CEO of Mericom into her life.

Gray pursues her from almost their first meeting. Even though he looks like sex on a stick, Suzy is afraid of being hurt again, and she thinks Gray is just another stuffed shirt looking for a relationship. When he calls her bluff, Suzy agrees to one night of sex, hoping that he will be terrible in bed and she can finally get him out of her system.

When circumstances throw them together for more than one night, can Gray convince Suzy that two complete opposites can be a perfect fit?

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This is the second book in Sydney Landon’s Danvers series and I liked it more than the first one. I think the two main characters were a bit more likeable, their dialogues were a bit more entertaining and the storyline was less predictable. Suzy Denton was a great female character, she was witty, loving, a tough exterior with a warm heart. Her story sort of started in the previous book where she met Gray Merimon, but it all really happened in this one. I am a sucker for sexy males who have no qualms about chasing the woman they are interested in so I was as happy as a clam reading this story. Gray was just delicious – I was melting at his every word.

The one element that this book had and the previous one didn’t was a more believable complicating factor in Suzy and Gray’s relationship. It allowed the characters to show more facets to their personalities and made them a bit more believable. I hate when people just give up on each other or bolt at the first obstacle in their relationship – that is why I liked Suzy’s character so much, she decided to “put her big girl panties on” and fight for Gray.

I am so glad I decided to continue reading this series, even more now that there will be a book 3 because Beth and Nick have to get their story too.

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Weekends Required by Sydney Landon

Claire Walters has worked for Jason Danvers as his assistant at Danvers International for three years, and he has never thought of her as a woman until the day she jumps out of a cake at his friend’s bachelor party.

Claire is forced to work a second job at a party planning company to support her ailing mother. She is horrified when Jason not only finds out, but has a front-row seat to the action. With Danvers in the process of merging with another company, Claire is forced to travel with Jason as well as work weekends. Suddenly all the fantasies she has entertained for years about her boss seem to be coming true. Her outspoken best friend Suzy thinks that just getting laid will solve everything. The problem is, Claire sees much more in Jason than just sex. Jason is determined to know how the beautiful, sexy woman in the cake could also be his Plain Jane assistant who tries her best to blend into the background from 8-5 every day.

Now not only does Jason see her as a woman, he fully intends to give her the fairy-tale ending that she deserves!

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This was not a literary masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but it was a pleasant read and it ticked all the boxes that I needed ticked – nice romantic story, likeable characters, not too much drama, very little angst, sexy times, predictable ending. I needed a book to soothe my mind after reading quite a depressing story and this book did the trick. I liked it, knowing exactly what to expect from it, I liked the writing style and I am glad I read it. I will even read the sequel.

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