Author: Geoffrey Knight
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MM Contemporary
Summary: Matthew Darcy is a romance writer in a rut. He’s been stuck on Chapter One of his new book for as long as he can remember, and so has his love life. But when his on-the-side job as a flower delivery guy puts him in the right place at the right time to save the life of billionaire banker Calvin Croft, Matt’s life takes an unexpected detour toward romance.
With billions to his name, Cal Croft has everything… except someone to love. But is Cal’s paparazzi-pursued life something that Matt is willing to take a chance on? Can a struggling romance writer who delivers flowers have anything in common with a handsome billionaire with his own Lear jet? And could the secret that Cal’s keeping tear these two lovers apart—just when their romance begins to blossom?
Review: This romantic comedy has a definite feel of Cinderfella to it, if Cinders had maniacs for neighbors and friends. Matthew, or Matt, (doesn’t matter what you call him, it’s just a name) is a romance writer who subsidizes his income by delivering flowers for his friend and neighbor, Mrs. Mulroney. During one such delivery, he saves the life of a man. Not just any man, but a billionaire who mentions at the time, “Your life is about to change forever.” And so it does, although sometimes not the way Matthew would like.
So begins the courtship of Matt by the billionaire, even as Matt freaks out and the neighbors intrude. It begins with a gift of a new bike, which I felt was warranted since Matt’s bike did get crushed saving Cal, and continues on. Matt’s world and Cal’s world are so very different but Cal seems comfortable in both. I’m just kidding. I don’t have a fleet of Learjets…. Just the one”. I admit, I was a little ticked when he let Sergio be snobby to Matt but he redeemed himself with the incredibly rude Texans, Darlene and Walter, at the opera.
What Matt dreams of more than anything is for someone he loves to kiss him on the Spanish Steps in Rome. The reasoning behind that was so bittersweet and it showed what an amazing person Matt is.
This story has definite over the top moments (Mrs Mulroney and the farts, for example) and Mr Banks, another friend and neighbor, is downright crazy. Then there is 12-year-old Tilly, who is wise, wonderful and so smart. “The important thing is that I make myself happy. Not just one day. Every day.” Yes, Tilly, yes! Mr. Banks is so out of it and I loved that every time he asked who was president, the response was, “Don’t ask!” So true, alas.
The only thing I didn’t like about this was Cal’s secret, Angus. He overreacts in a huge way and treats Matt pretty poorly for just asking a question. Then Matt takes the blame, “I let my jealousy tear us apart” and I wanted to shake them both!
This, being a Cinderfella type story, definitely smacks of insta-love. It’s a very sweet, heartwarming story. There are hilariously funny conversations and a mad dash through New York that showcase that the neighbors may be insanely weird but they are so loyal. The story is so very fairy tale and it was the perfect rainy day read to make me smile.