Hollywood costume designer Candace Reid would do anything for her gay best friend—even marry him! But before giving up on sex for a while, she needs that last fling. Only, when her injured grandfather asks for her help with his struggling Napa vineyard, her plan for Nooky Time is completely kiboshed….
Then she meets the mouthwateringly hot new groundskeeper, Oliver McKean, and it’s a case of instant lust. And damned if Oliver doesn’t seem as hungry as she is….
Before long, Candace is gettin’ naughty with the hired help. But her secret is bound to come out eventually. And when it does, she’ll have to choose between a promise to her dearest friend…and the man whose body she can’t live without.
This book was OK for me. There were a lot of things that I enjoyed, however there were a couple of things that kept me from liking it more than I did.
I was a little disappointed in the back story that leads to Candace being in Napa. I’m sure the whole gay stars pretending to be straight by marrying the opposite sex still happens (God knows it happened in the past), but there are plenty of actors out there being proud and open with their sexuality and still managing to play both gay and straight roles. It was just something that got to me a bit. This was my main gripe with the story, and probably contributed to me giving Waking Up to You a 3 rating rather than 4.
Despite this gripe, I actually enjoyed the rest of the book.
I did love that Candace loved her best friend Tommy so much that she was willing to effectively put her life aside for him, despite my misgivings as to why. Oliver, what a brave and honourable man he is. I felt for him, having lost his career for standing for what was right. That’s pretty hot too.
The sexual tension was fantastically written, and when they did get together, there were some definite fireworks, that’s for sure. I’m interested to see how the story of Candace’s sister Madison plays out.
My rating: 3 out of 5
Release Date: 23 April 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.