I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.What I'm Looking For by Karen Grey
Length: 9 hours and 31 minutes
Series: Boston Classics #1
Published by Home Cooked Books on June 23, 2020
Narrator: Karen White, Joe Arden
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Also in this series: You Spin Me
Also by this author: Forget About Me , Like It's 1999 , You Spin Me
Recipe for a Boston Classic Cocktail: one part finance geek, one part starving actor, two shots of stubborn and a healthy squeeze of passion. Shake well and serve in a vintage glass. When Kate Bishop walks into Boston’s famous Bull and Finch pub, all she’s looking for is one guy from her investment firm that she can trust to have her back—a tall order. With a salesman at her side, maybe stage fright won’t paralyze her completely when she presents her meticulously prepared research to clients. And maybe she can save her job. Romance is the last thing on her to-do list, but a meet-cute with a Shakespeare-quoting bartender has her speculating on the value of diversifying her life portfolio. Will Talbot is not a fan of the slick financiers who cram into his bar after each day’s closing bell. With their calls for Harvey Wallbangers and their Hermès ties, they’re all the same. Except for a certain beautiful, buttoned-up brunette with fire in her eyes and a storm in her heart. They’re totally wrong for each other. He should be focusing on his upcoming audition, not coaching Kate on how to act like she's a bona fide member of the Gordon Gekko club. Problem is, they can’t seem to stay away from each other. The course of true love never did run smooth, but in this 1980's sweet-and-sexy rom-com, returns on love can’t be measured on the S&P 500.
Here is what I thought
I grew up in the 80’s an so I am glad that Karen Grey decided to make a romance series based in the 80’s as it was rather nostalgic. Just look at that cover, phones with cords!! 😉
Kate is a bit of a numbers nerd and works for a finance firm and wants to climb up the ladder but she has a hard time speaking in front of people. She is good with all the stats and numbers behind the scene just not talking to clients. Will is a theater actor who is also a part time bartender with a grudge against people in the finance business.
They meet one night when Kate decides to go with some from work to a bar and he fixes her a drink. Will is drawn to her and he invites her to help at place to volunteer (can’t remember what it was) and she brings along a co-worker Steve because they have been paired to work together on some financial things trying to get Kate out of her comfort zone. Will is curious about Kate and finds her easy to talk to but he doesn’t like the fact that she works in finance because his father got railroaded by that kind of thing.
They find it easy to be around each other but with their schedules they often play more phone tag than getting to hang out with each other. They are both very focused on their work and seem to be fine with being friends and then friends with benefits but in between all of that it turns into more but each one has their own hang ups on relationships and a bit of miscommunications happens that will have to be dealt with if they want a happily ever after.
I really enjoyed the story of Kate and Will and liked them both as characters. There were both a bit flawed and had some character growth towards the end which I was glad for. I liked that it was about kind of a shy nerdy woman and a hot theater actor because those are like total opposites and I thought it worked really well. Giving Will an extra job also gave his character a more real feel because I am sure it would have been hard to live on the theater gigs alone. I liked the side characters as well. Will’s two female roommates were fun and kind of motherly to Will and I even liked Steve her coworker a little bit.
What I loved the most was the banter between all the characters as it had me chuckling some times. Overall, it was a fun, steamy and nostalgic romance and can’t wait to see what this author does next.If you want a fun, steamy 80's style romance then check out What I'm Looking For by Karen Grey #nostalgic #romanceread @karenwhitereads Click To Tweet
Karen White is one of my favorite narrators and this was my first time with Joe Arden and I really enjoyed him.