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Flirting with 40 – K. Bromberg

RATING: ★★★★☆
TITLE: Flirting with 40
AUTHOR: K. Bromberg
RELEASE DATE: September 15, 2020
GENRE(S): Adult Contemporary Romance, Fake Relationship, Age Gap

Thank you to the author and to Valentine PR for my gifted arc in exchange for my honest review and a tour spot.

Check out my IG tour post on September 17, 2020

Blakely Foxx is having one of those years.

Her divorce may have been finalized a few months ago, but her ex is already engaged to someone half her age. Her younger boss is determined to sabotage her chance at getting the promotion she rightly deserves. And to make matters worse, she’s closing in on the big 4-0. There isn’t enough wine or ice cream in the world to convince her things will turn around.

When Blakely meets Slade Henderson, she’s left wondering why an early-thirties, hotter than hell, cardiothoracic surgeon would take an interest in her.

She’s been warned that he’ll break her heart, but she’s willing to take the chance. Not only is he helping her get that promotion, but in the process, he’s encouraging her to find the parts of herself she’s lost over the past few years.

Slade shows her that good guys really do exist, but who knew the hardest part about turning forty would be realizing the man you thought was a rebound, is actually your happily ever after?

In true K. Bromberg fashion, this was a winner! but honestly, what do you expect from a romance writer of this caliber? I adored the writing and the chemistry between Blakely and Slade, but it was the message that I loved the most. This book was empowering!

Blakely is an unhappy. At almost 40 years old, she has lost her groove. She is recently divorced and after over 15 years of marriage, he is engaged to a much younger woman. At the job she has worked at for YEARS, her new younger boss hates her and clearly wants to fire her, but she has to go on this ridiculous team bonding retreat for a week in the mountains. So, she is sitting in a bar, wallowing, but wanting do wallow alone. When a man sits next to her and tries to talk to her, not getting the hint, she finally lays it all out there. But, when she turns to see the face of the man sitting next to her, she meets Slade. He is younger and absolutely gorgeous. So, why, she wonders, is he sitting there still talking to her? She sneaks out thinking that she just isn’t good enough.

But, the next time they meet, he saves her from an awkward encounter with her ex and his new fiance. Sitting down for another drink, Slade and Blakely write up some goals on a napkin. He will pretend to be her doting boyfriend and attend her bonding retreat with her as a buffer. He will help her realize how amazing she is and in return she will fall madly in love with him for real… But that part is just a joke right? He can’t really want her, can he?

The retreat proves to be a learning experience for the both of them. While they learn about each other and the chemistry grows to a sizzling point, Blakely slowly gains confidence with her co workers and decides to prove to her new boss that she isn’t the enemy, but an asset that Heather will actually want around going further.

But, with all great romance novels, there are obstacles. In this one, the obstacles are not only in Blakely’s feelings of not being enough for this younger, amazing man, but Slade’s demons in his own past. All in all, this was just so good! The women empowering women aspect was great!


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