about that fling is a laugh-out-loud book about what matters at the core of relationships – honesty with self and others. Jenna, our heroine, works at a large health care system that is in serious crisis. Thus, they call in a crisis negotiator. The night before she has to start the process, she heads to a local bar for calming glass of wine and ends up in a hotel room with a lad from the bar in a move totally out of character for her.
The flirting between the two of them is totally fun – they have this banter that made me giggle consistently. The sex is hot and seems completely satisfying to both parties and when they part ways the next day, you can tell they really wish they could see each other again.
Lucky for them, they do! Because – you guessed it, readers – he’s the mediator! And! Bonus! He’s her best friend’s ex-husband, Adam!
It seems messy and convoluted, because it is. Especially since Jenna and Adam can’t seem to keep away from each other and also decide to hide their relationship from everyone. There are some valid fears, but the real thing is that we find out more and more that Jenna hasn’t been honest with herself or with most of the people in her life for years. When that tangled web of lies crumbles around her, I was absolutely prepared for all her relationships to go with her. Thankfully (and maybe slightly un-realistically) there is no fall-out. Thus, the happily ever after is fully in tact.
One of the minor side stories is Adam’s grandmother passing away. She’s had Alzheimers for years, and so they talk about saying goodbye in stages in a way that really resonated with me. My grandmother passed from dementia a few weeks ago and so much of what Adam and his sister said was conversations my siblings and I had. So I appreciated that.
Overall, I’d recommend this one. It’s a delightful, frothy one. The sex is well written, but the focus of the book is definitely the dialogue and it’s snappy, fun and flirty. Grab a Diet Coke and enjoy.
- Center for Non-Violent Communication: One of the key techniques Adam uses in his profession, this method is excellent for any interpersonal conflict resolution.
- Mediators in Business
- Alzheimer’s International
I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thanks!