by Robin Bielman
A Kisses in the Sand novel
A temporary agreement neither could keep…
Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?
Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.
In Keeping Mr. Right Now there is a supposed division in the attractiveness of the couple – nerdy Sophie and hottie Zane – but it is handled well. Zane is kind and strong, able to see the things that make Sophie a true beauty, and is caring and patient enough to help Sophie see it too. It is so very sweet and made me fall in love with Zane all the more.
Amazingly enough, considered his popularity, Zane does have a bit of a confidence problem which stems from his abusive father. He doesn’t believe that he’s intelligent and that all he’s good for is surfing. My favorite thing is how Sophie immediately sees the truth about how smart he actually is and supports him every chance she gets. Just as how he makes her see she’s beautiful, she shows him that he’s smart. It leaves you with a warm and fuzzy to see how well they mesh to make that perfect couple, believing in each other and, by extension, themselves.
This isn’t the first Robin Bielman book I’ve read and I’ve loved every one of them (Kissing the Maid of Honor, Wild About Her Wingman, Her Accidental Boyfriend). She creates lush characters and believable relationships, delivering them with tenderness, humor and, sometimes, a bit of heat. She’s quickly embedded herself on my automatic TBR list – I don’t even hesitate when I see her name on a book, I just know that it is going to be a winner. And Keeping Mr Right Now is no different – go now and pick it up!