The Party Starts At Midnight
Harlequin KISS, Dec 1 2014, $5.99
Before he gives a speech about their company at a holiday gala at the South Bank Hotel in London, client Jake sends his events planner Abby to the penthouse searching for his missing in action brother Leo. She finds him sprawled out sleeping on the floor of the bathroom. Abby awakens the exhausted and somewhat intoxicated hunk; who due to her drill sergeant efforts manages to attend the party.
Abby and Leo are attracted to each other, so as she cleans up after the celebration ends he persuades her to share what’s left of an all-niter with him. That tryst leads to an email relationship. As both of them fall in love, she dreams of marriage while he suffers from commitment phobia having been hurt before.
This is a refreshing long distance information age romance between two pleasant independent protagonists. The email courtship engages the audience; as the heroine knows he’s the one, while her champion wants to delete it but cannot do so.