Fooling Around: A Novel

Fooling Around: A Novel

by Noelle Adams

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ISBN-13: 9780804181327
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 12,990
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Noelle Adams handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

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Fooling Around 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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I really enjoyed reading the book .
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Julie is in a dark place when the book begins ad she chose to leave her doctoral program to care for her aging parent. When her mother dies Julie plans on moving in with her sister, who plans on using her as a nanny/maid. She is surprised by a job offer from a stranger while trapped in an elevator. Eric Vincent is a crabby billionaire, who broke his leg and is driving his staff crazy. When Julie calls his bluff, he decides to offer her a million dollars to work with him until he is healed. She reluctantly accepts and moves into his penthouse. They but heads, but fall into a routine that lets them learn more about each other. Will Julie be able to break through the walls that Eric has erected to protect his heart? I have mixed feelings about this book that reminded me of a classic fairy tale. I liked the heroine Julie, understood her motivations, and appreciated how she matured throughout the book. Eric wasn't an appealing character at the beginning of the book, and although he opened up some, I still couldn't connect with him. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
Stuck in a wheelchair, his entire leg in a cast, Eric can't stand people fussing over him. When he is temporarily trapped in an elevator with Julie, she just seems to know exactly what to do to soothe him. With the promise of a big paycheck, Eric entices her to come be his assistant until he is on his feet again. Spending so much time together spurs an unexpected attraction between them, but Eric's guarded heart might not have a permanent space for Julie. I enjoyed this romance and the author's writing style. My rating for this book is 3.75 stars. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
I usually really like Noelle Adams' stories. The description of this had so much going for it such as billionaire ex-NFL player, playboy, hiring a beautiful intelligent, caring woman to care for him, for a million-dollar affair, but the connection didn't have that spark and it was slow moving for me. It is well written but the characters are some what lackluster and a bit boring. I yearned for this story to get steamy and although there was some steam the beauty of it was always ruined by the characters insecurities almost through this entire story. The ending was good but I wished there would have been more of a connection in the romance and love departments. Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
June0 More than 1 year ago
I've read quite a few of Noelle Adams books before and this one follows the same path. This story is about Julie who has put her life on hold to care for her ailing parents. When she meets Eric in the elevator, she has no idea her life is about to change. Eric is tired of everyone coddling him and driving him crazy. When he notices Julie's calm and caring manner in the elevator he knows he has to get her to agree to help him out. He is unable to take care of himself for 3 months and Julie seems like the perfect person to help him out. The story addresses issues such as commitment and running when things get rough, frustrations, daydreams, and reality. This was a great story. I received and ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. There are sexual situations and some language.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
Review 4 star Review This is a new author to me so I wasn't sure what to expect but I really enjoyed this sweet , sexy romance. Its a story about a selfless woman and an angry arrogant man who wants someone to help him while he is recovering from a broken leg. Once Julie finally expects Eric's offer she really keeps him on his toes and he finds himself liking having her around and off course once you add in the daughter who has her own illness it becomes an emotional story that will touch your heart. To me this is what I call my holiday reads, I read it in one sitting, you get a HEA and it has enough going on to keep you interested. I will certainly look into more from Noelle Adams I was given this book from the publisher through Netgalley for an honest review
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
(BTW, there is a minor spoiler for the ending below so stop reading if you don’t want to know. But it is just a tiny thing.) I was surprised at how much I liked this story. Usually these contrived situations (and a Cinderella-esque love story) just don’t play out all that well, but Adams does a good job of giving readers people to like and a plot that works. Eric may seem like he has everything (and he is a bit of a poor-little rich boy) but he does have troubles of his own. And time spent with Julie, with some hard-hitting heart-to-hearts, has him looking at the man he is and why he lives his life the way he does. Those same heart-to-hearts also has Julie looking a little deeper at her own motivations. They are good for each other and grow closer as they are forced to spend a lot of time together. I like that while Eric makes some minor changes, he doesn’t do a beast to prince transformation. Instead, he learns to look a little deeper at his reactions to certain situations. Julie gets to know him as he was – gruffness, spoiled moments, and all – and she likes him anyway. She sees the caring and intelligent man he is as well and that while he has his faults he has his good side too. Julie has the more obvious growth thanks to her time with Eric. She learns to be a little more selfish (in a good way) and to stop avoiding the things she wants. I think that my favorite thing is that after she starts on that path to finding her own life, she continues even with Eric in the picture. She doesn’t let their romance stop her from getting her own apartment (for the first time in years) and figuring out how to be independent after all the time spent taking care of other people. While it is still a little bit of a fairytale, with the rich man falling for his servant, it’s got the growth needed for both and a chance for them to be the support each other needs. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I found Fooling Around to be really sweet, and I enjoyed the chemistry between Eric and Julie. The romance is definitely the focus of Fooling Around, so not much else happens, but I happen to enjoy romance centered books, so I didn't mind that there wasn't a whole lot of other stuff going on. Julie has been taking care of her parents for the last 6 years due to illness, so she hasn't lived for herself in long time, and when both of her parents have passed; her dad has passed already when the book begins, and her mom passes away within the first couple pages of the book, Julie is unsure what to do with her life now that she doesn't have anything holding her back from doing what she wants. As Julie is leaving the hospital, she gets trapped in an elevator with Eric. Eric has just broken his leg and is in need of a wheelchair, and he also in a very grumpy mood about the whole situation. During their brief meeting, Eric decides Julie is exactly the type of person he needs to help him out while he is in a wheelchair, so he offers Julie a crazy amount of money to be his helper for 3 months, but Julie is weary of Eric's offer; especially since he wasn't exactly a nice guy when she first met him, but she knows that it would be foolish not to accept such a generous offer. I liked that Julie doesn't let him walk all over her, and although Julie is quiet and understated, she is strong, and I liked her compassionate nature. I liked Eric too; I liked his gruffness, and I like that he is commanding, and even though he could be a bit of a brat sometimes, I didn't mind it too much, and I found his gruffness sort of adorable. I like when characters fight against the attraction they feel for each other because I enjoy the moment when they can't help themselves any longer. The sex scenes were a bit tame, but I still enjoyed them. Also, the pace is a bit slow, but I was interested in the story the whole time. I'm looking forward to reading more from Noelle Adams!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book of finding love when you least expect it. Great chemistry between the characters, and they both grew so much. Julie, has been taken care of both her parents for the last six months, basically has put her life on hold when she meets Eric on the hospital elevator. He is very rich and has been injured, now in a wheelchair for the next three moths. He has chased off many care givers for his rude behavior. He now offers, a million dollars to Julie to help him for the next three months. Wow, what a million dollars won't do. Soon there is a mutual chemistry between the two, but can they put aside their feelings since he is her boss.
TheBunny1 More than 1 year ago
This one never quite got off the ground for me. It had appealing moments, but there were also a lot of parts that I wasn't able to really engage with. I didn't particularly like their meeting. I get the whole enemies to lovers idea, but I was not convinced there was anything in the initial meeting between Eric and Julie that would convince either of them to want anything to do with the other. This was a stumbling block I was never able to get completely over and it colored my impression of the characters and their actions. The writing was good, the pacing was as well. I think, if I had liked the beginning better, this would have been a higher rating for me, as once it got going, I did like where it ended up. I liked the plot with his daughter, the idea that Eric needed Julie even more than he wanted to admit. It was fun to watch him try to convince himself that he only wanted her because she was a good assistant. I recommend this book, overall, as it is very possible it was just my mood, or my opinion, that made the opening of this not work very well...I am guessing it will be fine for a lot of other readers. ***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book by Noelle Adams. Eric Vincent is the founder of a lucrative sports videogame franchise and is used to getting his own way. When is injured in a skiing accident that leaves him hobbled, facing a string of surgeries and months of immobility. He decides that he needs someone by his side that will devote every waking second to his comfort. Julie’s life revolves around other people but she is drawing the line to playing personal assistant to Eric. That is until he offers her one million dollars for three months work. What she wasn’t expecting was to feel the chemistry between them. This book has a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Julie Nelson has spent the last six years taking care of her sick parents. First, it was her father and now her mother. She is dying and she can’t do anything but wait by her bed at the hospital. Eric Vincent is not a person who asks for help, but after his skiing accident, he has to learn how to do it. It’s not easy at all, and all the people around him are getting on his nerves. And then he meets Julie, and her way of anticipating other people needs without making a fuss of it attracts him so much that he decided to hire her to take care of him. This is a book which tells us about the reaction of some people when someone close to them and very ill passed away. The way they are relieved because they are not suffering anymore but at the same time the feeling of being a bad person because they are relieved about the passing away. The emptiness and loneliness, the exhaustion you hadn’t feel before because you couldn’t afford it.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Fooling Around is a stand alone book and our star couple is Julie and Eric. Eric is the founder of a lucrative sports video game franchise and used to getting what he wants. That is, until he has a skiing accident that leaves having to have surgeries and not able to help himself. That is a problem for him, he's in a wheelchair and grumpy with a capital G! No one can please him, until he gets stuck in an elevator with Julie. She has the magic touch with him and all his grumpiness. He gets his PA to find her. He's determined she come work for him. Julie isn't interested in anything Mr. Billionaire, arrogant Eric has to offer. Well, that is until he offers to pay her a million dollars for three months work! There are sparks between them and even though Eric normally gets what he wants, can he have the one thing he really wants....Julie? This was an enjoyable, sweet book. It was your typical romance book where sweet girls falls for alpha, attitude billionaire....BUT, Oh how I love them!!! Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for the copy of this book!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars---FOOLING AROUND by Noelle Adams is a stand alone, contemporary adult, romance story line focusing on former pro-football player/turned video game entrepreneur Eric Vincent, and Julie Nelson-a woman who has sacrificed her post graduate studies to spend the last several years looking after her ailing parents. Told from dual third person perspectives (Eric and Julie) FOOLING AROUND focuses on the building relationship between Eric and Julie, one that began in a stalled elevator following the death of Julie’s mother. Eric has been immobilized by a skiing accident that has left our hero dependent upon others to get around, and Julie is ripe for the picking. Attracted to Julie’s compassion and her take no sh*t attitude from Eric, Eric makes Julie an offer she cannot refuse-One Million dollars for three months in his employ. What ensues are Julie’s attempts to break through Eric’s rough and angry exterior; and Eric’s struggle to keep professional his relationship with Julie. FOOLING AROUND looks at one woman’s struggle to step out of her comfort zone; and one man’s battle with his lack of independence and his inability to fix what is wrong. The world building focuses on recovery, acceptance, and letting go of preconceived notions. Eric is an angry, independent, arrogant, alpha male who fights Julie every step of his recovery; Julie is a woman who knows what she wants but Eric is unwilling to go along. The relationship between Julie and Eric is slow to develop with an expiry date of three months. There is the initial attraction but that soon gives way to our hero’s hot temper, and lack of patience with the people in his life including the woman with whom he is falling in love. Eric has struggled throughout most of his life to prove himself worthy of family and love, and in this, our hero is facing another battle alongside someone he loves. The limited number of $ex scenes are intimate and steamy but I felt the sexual heat is lacking. I did not ‘feel’ the chemistry and desire between our leading couple-Eric’s hot and cold attitude did nothing to energize the situation. Eric’s attempts to push Julie away are met with Julie’s immediate withdrawal and embattled self esteem. There are a number of secondary and supporting characters including Eric’s household staff-Tim (Eric’s driver) and Kristin (Eric’s PA). We are also introduced to Julie’s sister Marie-a woman whose dependence upon her own sister leaves something to be desired.; and Maddy-a young child struggling with issues of her own. FOOLING AROUND is an enjoyable read with interesting characters, and a familiar premise. If you like brooding, billionaire alpha men with attitude to spare, then check out FOOLING AROUND by Noelle Adams.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
It was a matter of fate that brought these two together. This book started off shaky for me but quickly got better. It was rather predictable but these characters were made for each other and played to each others strengths and weaknesses. Julie was able to tame the beast in Eric and in turn he helped her to blossom and find herself. It was a pleasure to watch them fall for each other. **Received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
Eric is a former football player and he invented a sports game. Skiing he broke his leg and has a full cast for awhile. Julie has taken care of her parents for six years. Her dad passed away months ago and now she is by her mother's side as she passes away too. As she's leaving the hospital she gets stuck in an elevator with Eric. He's a grumpy, controlling man. He has an assistant but wants to hire Julie to help him with little things. He offers her a million dollars for working for him for three months. She agrees but neither expects to fall for each other. Julie is different from any woman Eric has been with. And Julie never dreamed she could land someone as handsome as Eric. Now at times you will feel like shaking Eric, but he is used to being in control of everything and so many things are beyond his control that he gets snippy. Julie is sweet and sort of fades into the background. I laughed and cried. Some hot sex scenes and a romantic picnic. Loved this book! *RECEIVED A COPY FROM NETGALLEY*
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
A woman has given up her life to help her parents as they each pass away. Six years of existing for them has left her without much motivation to move on with her life. She receives an odd proposal, too good to be true, and with a desire to find her way, she accepts. As Julie and Eric spend more time together, they find that there is more to their lives. They help each other look at life a different way. I could not stop reading this story and highly recommend it.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read on April 22, 2016 Book Info ebook, 244 pages Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by Loveswept (first published May 2016) ISBN 0804181322 (ISBN13: 9780804181327) Other Editions (2) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Link Amazon BOOK SYNOPSIS In this steamy novel from New York Times bestselling author Noelle Adams, a notorious tech mogul makes a mild-mannered woman an offer she can’t refuse. What he gets is a battle for control—and a million-dollar affair. Eric Vincent isn’t in the habit of asking for help. As the founder of a lucrative sports video game franchise, he’s accustomed to getting his way and enjoying the fruits of his hard-earned success. Then all his illusions of dominance are shattered by a skiing accident that leaves him hobbled, facing a string of surgeries and months of immobility. The only way he’s going to survive is with someone by his side to anticipate his every desire. Someone who will devote every waking second to his comfort. Someone like Julie Nelson . . . Julie’s life revolves around other people: her students, her parents, her sister. But even she has her limits. Julie has zero interest in playing personal assistant to Eric Vincent, a man who’s as arrogant as he is charismatic . . . until he ups the salary to one million dollars for three months’ work. Soon Julie’s struggling to bite her tongue—and resist the chemistry that draws her to Eric. But after one scorching kiss, Julie decides it’s finally her turn to be selfish. And this time, she’s going to get what she wants. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title. My Thoughts Eric Vincent and Julie Nelson are an unlikely pair who manage to prove that money really can't buy happiness, or in Eric's case piece of mind either. Eric is a man who despises weakness, especially involving himself. Thanks to his unexpected skiing accident he ends up wearing a full length leg cast, three months projected by the doctor for the cast to be necessary puts him over the edge. Of course the private nurses he hires do not last long until he replaces them one by one. Julie has a calmness about her that allows her to unobtrusively soothe even the raging temper of a man who feels at the mercy of his own body while before his accident he could do anything he wished when he wished to. The bond that the two form is built slowly but becomes stronger than any they have had before. The physical aspect of their relationship is only a part of it as they find their mental connection is just as strong if not stronger! An opposites attract story that has it's moments and will cement readers who are fans of Noelle Adams and create new fans like myself who are enjoying her work for the first time. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Sometimes a book has the power to overtake your world and as a result, make you realize how valuable life truly is. Fooling Around by Noelle Adams had that affect on me. The first chapter is its own exciting and emotional roller coaster, which drew me right into this heartfelt and passionate read. I recommend keeping a few tissues handy. Thirty-one year old Julie Nelson is a nurturer. When her parents got sick, she dropped everything she was doing in order to care for them. Her older sister Marie, stopped by for a short visit every week. After six years of parental devotion, Julie is now on her own. She is not sure if she wants to pick up her life from six years ago or start a new one. She accepts a three-month-position to care for billionaire Eric Vincent, while she thinks about her future and how to make some of her dreams come true. Eric is in a full leg cast due to a very painful broken leg. It is Julie's job to keep him comfortable and somewhat mobile, while remaining in the background. Eric is paying her one million dollars for her quiet expertise, however, his arrogance, rudeness and insolence is also a part of the compensation package. They get to know each other quite well and fall in love, which was not in the cards for either one of them. Ms. Adams is one of my favorite authors and I never pass up an opportunity to read anything she writes. This is an engrossing story, and Julie and Eric are interesting, complex and genuine. They work hard to learn to trust each other and find their forever. Maddy, Eric's eight-year-old daughter, is very wise, and her situation adds another layer of emotion to this fast-paced read. Overall, Fooling Around is a well-written, emotionally charged book with a great cast of characters, and I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to read a awe-inspiring love story. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Fooling Around is about a girl who sacrifices so much of herself to take care of her sick parents for six years. She finds herself at the hospital, mom just passed and her dad already gone,she is at a loss as to what to do next. In comes Eric, arrogant, grumpy and temporarily wheelchair bound due to a skiing accident. He's not handling the confinement so well with all the hovering of his nurse and PA when he gets stuck in an elevator with Julie. In just the short minutes they are stuck, she has managed to handle his moods and comfort so well that he has his PA hunt her down to offer her a job as his caretaker until he's back on his feet. With the money Eric offers her, she can't refuse. This is where the story gets a bit predictable. He falls in love with the unassuming girl he never would have looked twice at and she falls hard to tame his arrogance and brings happiness to his life he didn't realize he was missing. Throw in a daughter who may have a terminal illness and you get a sweet, slightly emotional story that warms your heart. This was a low angst, sweet romance book. ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This one started off a bit rocky for me but as I read the story I found I really enjoyed these characters and their story. At first glance Julie appears weak and easily taken advantage of. Her sister is a real piece of work and Julie tries so hard to get along with her. After caring for both parents she now finds herself alone, living with her sister and seriously needing something to focus on. After meeting the very gruff and unhappy Eric Vincent, Julie is shocked when he calls her with a job offer. To be his care provider while he recuperates from a severely broken leg. While at first she declines the offer he ups the ante making it impossible to decline. One million dollars for three months of her time. Could she put up with the intense man for 3 months?? Can she keep her bizarre attraction to him under control?? Theirs is an interesting story and one I think you will enjoy. I recommend it.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
My first introduction to Noelle Adams was through her collaborating with one of my favorite authors, Samantha Chase on the Protectors series. The partnership seemed so seamless that you could not tell where one author ended and the other began. I thought this is an author worth checking out. So I started buying up any of her stories I could get my hands on. Ms. Adams stories have an introspective quality to them that makes her characters easy to understand and relate to. I like that in an author. Fooling Around is her latest novel that I received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Julie proved almost too realistic for me. It broke my heart that she put her life on hold to look after others and neglected herself. She was like a lost puppy that needed love and was taken for granted by the people that she should have been able to count on. This story gives a face to more than just a romance, it tackles humanizing subjects like sickness and death with a tenderness that is not a long drawn out speech delivered but through the eyes of a loving daughter.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
No Rating. DNF @ 26% I think this is just a case of me not getting on with an author’s writing style more than anything so I am not going to rate the portion of Fooling Around that I read. She wasn’t a risk taker. She liked to play it safe. I just struggled to find any connection between Eric and Julie, for me the writing was almost emotionless in its flow, and it just made the whole reading experience a bit dull and lifeless. Not for me, but if you have read and liked this author previously then I am sure this will be one you enjoy as well. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, for review purposes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
200 pages sweet adult contemporary romance