Blakely Foxx is about to turn the big 4-0 and Slade Henderson thinks she’s hotter because of it.
Flirting with 40 by K. Bromberg is now live!
An all new flirty, lighthearted, standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg guaranteed to make you swoon.
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?
5+ ‘Blade’s To-Do List’ Stars!
ARC provided via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.
I am in love. I AM SO IN LOOOOOOOOOOVE. I just finished reading one of my absolute favorite books of 2020 and definitely one of my favorites written by K. Bromberg. And that is saying a lot since I am a huge fan of her novels. This story consumed me, the characters, the romance, their connection, their chemistry, the emotions. I just loved it ALL. And I am just going to say this: Slade Henderson is one of the best heroes Kristy has ever written. Period.
So, Flirting with 40 is Bromberg’s new standalone and it tells the story of Blakely Foxx, a recently divorced woman who is approaching the big 4-0 and is fighting to get the promotion she deserves. That is not easy, especially having a bitchy boss and a wrecked self-confidence. Enter Slade Henderson. Good guy, gorgeous, 31 year old cardiothoracic surgeon who also is in a difficult moment professionally and apparently is not ready for commitment. But these two met and sparks fly all over the place. Will this just be a rebound or will it be so much more than what either expected?
“Let it go. Take the ride. Put your toes in the sand. Howl at the moon. Do whatever it is you want to do so long as it’s in pursuit of finding you again.”
I loved the premise of this story. It promised an age-gap romance mixed with a fake relationship, a sexy good guy, a magnetic woman and a whole lot of sexiness and feels. I got exactly what I wanted and so much more. Flirting with 40 gripped me from start to finish, I adored this crew of characters, this couple and their relationship. I loved the tension. I loved the chemistry. I loved the romanticism. I loved seeing Blake and Slade’s layers slowly peeling off. I loved the background stories of both. I loved the smoking hot sexy scenes. I loved when the feelings got in the mix. I loved EVERYTHING. I am a sucker for lighthearted romances, with a whole lot of sexiness, less drama and all the feels.
“You want the promotion? Then take it. You want to tell Heather off? Then tell her. You want me? Then love the new Blakely first because that’s who I want to laugh with. Not the one you think all these people want you to be—whoever that is. Just the you from the beach bonfire who was willing to dig her toes into the sand and howl at the moon. Just the you who hates the outdoors and drinks whiskey at a bar after a long day at work and tells off men who try to talk to her. Just the you who is willing to go along with crazy schemes like the one I concocted because I feared I wouldn’t get a second glance otherwise. That’s who I’d pick every time. Hands down. Just you.”
Of course, the best part about Flirting with 40 is its main characters. So not sorry but Slade just completely stole the show for me. I love Kristy’s heroes and she did an outstanding job with him. He is an all-around good guy, sexy-as-hell, protective, romantic, caring, funny. Basically just freaking amazing. I loved him so much. Can I please have him? And Blakely. Damn! I love a smart heroine. She flourishes in this book and, with Slade’s help, her confidence and self-love just blossom. And them together? Pure perfection. Forget about the age (it’s so not important here), these two just belong together. Their connection is the real deal.
“Love is sometimes hard to accept,” he says.
“And sometimes it’s so effortless it’s scary.”
Therefore, (obviously) I am rating Flirting with 40 with my special 5+ STARS rating because I can assure you it definitely deserves it. K. Bromberg’s writing just does it for me. BIG TIME. And this couple was addicting. Their love story hooked me from start to finish and their chemistry burned the pages. Blade forever! (I love that they have a ship name haha). Kristy, congratulations because you gave us an outstanding thriving romance that I am sure many will adore. Highly, highly recommend reading this one!
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“The way I look at it, you owe me one.” His voice is just loud enough for me to hear over the din of the restaurant.
“I owe it to you?” I sputter.
“Mm-hm.” He nods resolutely as he puts more space between us, and my lungs find a way to breathe. “You ran out the other night without giving me a chance. I could be the best thing that ever happened to you—platonic or otherwise—and you might have missed that opportunity if we hadn’t run into each other on the street this afternoon.”
He’s talking nonsense but is doing it so convincingly that I try to talk myself out of what he’s successfully talking me in to. “I don’t—”
“Does my age unnerve you?” he asks.
“Your age doesn’t matter.”
“Exactly.” He smirks. “So, why are you making it matter?”
I walked right into that one.
“We’re at different phases of our lives. You’re in your residency. I’m a divorcée with baggage—”
“Everyone has baggage. It just looks different from person to person.” He leans back in his chair. “What are you afraid of? Getting to know someone new? Taking a chance? Stepping outside of the box for once? Finding yourself again?”
His words root deep into me and take hold. “I appreciate you trying . . . but we’ll never pull it off.”
“Yes, we could.”
“No one would ever believe it.”
“Quit letting them—whoever they are—put you in a mold, Blakely. Make your own damn mold. You might surprise yourself in the process.” His dimples deepen, and his eyes are as unwavering as his resolve.
“How do I know you aren’t some Ted Bundy in waiting?”
His laugh is throaty and rich and draws the stares of those around us. “I’m in the business of saving lives, not taking them.” He takes a sip of his beer. “Next excuse?”
“I’m . . .” I’m at a loss, and a small thrill of adrenaline shoots through me. This isn’t something I’d ever do, and yet, the idea of it is invigorating, almost freeing. I chew the inside of my cheek as I contemplate agreeing to Slade’s crazy scheme.
“What do you say?”
“It isn’t a crime for a younger man to think an older woman is attractive.”
I bite my bottom lip as the smile creeps around it.
He is drop-dead handsome.
“We go as friends. I help you out. No strings attached.”
The answer is yes.
“When’s the last time you threw caution to the wind? When’s the last time you did something unexpected no matter how small?” he asks.
It’s always yes.
“I can’t believe I’m saying this,” I mutter.
“Fine. Yes. Okay.”
New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary romance novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate but can’t help to love.
A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow and her mind scattered in too many different directions.
Since publishing her first book on a whim in 2013, Kristy has sold over one and a half million copies of her books across eighteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over thirty times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by the streaming platform, Passionflix, with the first movie (Driven) out now.
With her imagination always in overdrive, she is currently scheming, plotting, and swooning over her latest hero. You can find out more about him or chat with Kristy on any of her social media accounts. The easiest way to stay up to date on new releases and upcoming novels is to sign up for her newsletter (http://bit.ly/254MWtI) or follow her on Bookbub (http://smarturl.it/KBrombergBB).