Kagan Owens has a secret. One she thought she'd escaped by leaving New York, but when her past follows her to her temporary new life, Kagan lets a teeny lie slip. And now the town's biggest playboy and flirt, Shane Sullivan, has become her pretend boyfriend—just until she's ready to return to NYC. But the handsome, fun-loving Shane makes it tough to determine where their friendly agreement begins and ends…
Shane has no intention of settling down—in fact, his job depends on it, and nothing's more important than his work. Still, he can't help but agree to Kagan's scheme, if only to find out more about the mysterious beauty. But when every touch from her sets his heart and body on fire, he realizes playing an accidental boyfriend may be more than he bargained for—and more than he can give.
Each book in the Secret Wishes series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Kissing the Maid of Honor
Book #2 Her Accidental Boyfriend
Book #3 Wild About Her Wingman
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author, Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry (named after Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books). When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also loves to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Actually, she could easily spend every day at the beach, happily sitting in the sand watching the waves break on the shore. She'd rather be outdoors than in, and is the first to sign up for zip lining or parasailing. Skydiving is next on her list. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it's real.
She is also the author of Kissing the Maid of Honor, Worth the Risk, and Yours At Midnight from Entangled's Ever After line.
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Her Accidental Boyfriend
A Secret Wishes Novel
By Robin Bielman, Wendy Chen, Stacy Abrams
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2013 Robin Bielman
All rights reserved.
Not once had her birthday wish over the past eight years come true, but that didn't stop Kagan Owens from wishing it again. You can be whatever you want to be, her mom had told her, and she wished that to be true more than anything else.
She tucked her hands under her thighs and reveled in the glow from the twenty-six candles covering the white chocolate cake sitting on her round dining room table. Twenty-six on the twenty-sixth. Her Golden Birthday. That meant this was her lucky year, didn't it?
"... Happy birthday, dear Kagan. Happy birthday to you. And many moooorrre."
Kagan blinked and looked over at her best friend. Charlotte flashed one of her million-dollar smiles and added, "Make a wish, Jelly Belly."
The endearment helped wipe away the gnawing in her stomach. This wish, this time, in this place — this was it. She took in a deep breath, shut her eyes, and wished for independence and clarity as she blew out her candles.
What she wanted to be loomed just outside that part of her brain that held all the answers, but without the constant instruction and intrusion from her father, she knew she was closer than she'd ever been before.
"Open your present," Charlotte said, her voice full of excitement.
Kagan watched her nudge closer the rectangle box wrapped in opalescent pink paper with a big white bow. A mischievous smile spread across Charlotte's face.
"You did not need to get me a present. Flying here from New York was enough. The best gift ever." Kagan reached over and squeezed Charlotte's hand. She swallowed down the silly emotion in the back of her throat that suggested this move across the country had been the biggest mistake of her life.
Cascade, the charming small town in Oregon, with its miles of soft sand and inviting surf, mountains that beckoned to get lost in, and people right out of a Hallmark channel movie, was the perfect place for her to go unnoticed. And for a little while at least, that's what she'd needed. She missed Charlotte, missed the quick pace of New York, missed her favorite pizza place. But time away had been vital to her well-being.
Charlotte squeezed back. "Talking on the phone these past four months hasn't been enough. I needed to see you."
"Thank you. And thanks for being so stealthy about it." Kagan pulled her arm back. "I'm sorry it had to be that way."
"Are you kidding? I love this secret stuff. Getting to be evasive about our contact and your whereabouts with your dad is sort of fun. It reminds me of high school and all the fibbing we did to get away from our parents."
A dull, uneasy ache flared to life in the pit of her stomach when she thought about her dad. Leaving without a word had been necessary, but that didn't make her actions any more innocent.
"Hey," Charlotte said, leaning over and bumping her shoulder. "Don't worry about your dad. He's fine. He's pissed, but it's his own fault you ran away. Do not beat yourself up about this. What he wanted from you is inexcusable."
"I know. But every once in a while — "
"You miss him. I know. And you feel bad. I know that too. But you were miserable, Kay, and if you'd stayed you would have been beyond unhappy with his demand that you marry Brett."
Kagan flinched at her best friend's so-true words. She leaned back and let her eyes wander around her rented townhouse. She loved the dark hardwood floors, her twill walnut colored sofa with big seams and down-blend-wrapped cushions, the big starfish rug, and the glass cabinet filled with her mom's collection of Roseville pottery. She loved her pedestal dining table and upholstered chairs.
Every decoration had been her decision and not an interior designer's hired by her father. For the first time in her life, she'd been allowed to pick what she wanted and the experience had fueled her desire to keep things that way. When she went back to New York, she would keep them that way.
Her gaze landed on the framed photo sitting on the small fireplace mantle. She and her mom were dressed for a black tie affair with their arms wrapped around each other and huge grins on their almost identical faces. Kagan remembered it like it was yesterday even though it was eleven years ago. It was the last picture taken of the two of them.
One minute her mom was there, and the next she wasn't.
"Now open your present so you can really get your happy on," Charlotte said, breaking into her thoughts.
Kagan narrowed her eyes. What had Charlotte done? She tore the wrapping paper and lifted the lid off the box.
"Oh my God. You did not."
"I sure as heck did, Jelly Belly, and I expect a review."
They burst out laughing. Kagan lifted the slim pink adult toy that hooked left — or right depending on how you looked at it — and the giggles kept coming. "How long is this thing?" she asked when the shaking in her shoulders subsided.
"Extra." Charlotte barely suppressed her amusement, her voice breathless. She eyed the gift like it might start shimmying all on its own before she cracked up again.
"You are a bad girl," Kagan said, trying not to think about how long it had been since she'd spent any time with the real thing. Her thoughts floated to Shane Sullivan. He'd starred in several of her fantasies over the past few months.
Okay, he'd been the lead in all of them, with his square jaw, dazzling blue-gray eyes, and dark, neat hair that she really wanted to mess with her fingers. Not to mention he had a rock hard body that put all other bodies to shame. But she had no plans to act on the urges he stirred. For one, he held the title of first-rate flirt and town Casanova, and every single girl in a twenty-mile radius had set her sights on him. And two, she'd come to Cascade to be invisible until she worked out who she really wanted to be. She couldn't even think about being with someone until she figured herself out.
Her skin heated. Even thinking about grazing Shane's arm did unsettling things to her insides. They were acquaintances. Maybe even friends. But nothing more would come from their association.
"On a regular basis," Charlotte said, tossing her long, wavy black hair over her shoulder. "And since you've decided to steer clear of men, I needed to corrupt you somehow."
"I can always count on you."
"For everything." Charlotte's features softened and she looked carefully at Kagan. "You know that, right?" That silly emotion swiped at the back of her throat again. "I know. Thanks for sticking around even when I haven't made it easy." Being close to people had never come naturally. Growing up the daughter of a famous actor turned business magnate, her mom had kept her sheltered and taught Kagan to keep her guard up.
"We pinky swore when we were ten that we'd be best friends forever, and I take my promises very seriously."
Kagan did too. And she'd promised herself a new life.
After her mother died, she'd done exactly as her father wanted. Since she'd been fifteen she'd let him dictate everything in her life because it was easier than confrontation. She'd handled the loss of her mother with silent suffering and a need to please the parent she had left. Her father handled losing his wife by controlling everything around him.
"You are hands down the world's best friend, and I love you." She put her present back in the box and wrapped Charlotte in a hug. "This has been the best birthday in a long time."
Charlotte stood. "It's not over yet. Let's cut into this cake." She took all the candles off, picked up the knife on the table, and sliced the small round confection right down the middle. "To many more happy birthdays." She passed Kagan one half and dug into her piece like they hadn't just gorged themselves on shrimp gumbo take-out.
The sweet, sugary goodness blew all other cakes out of the water and Kagan sighed in pleasure. "I should have gotten a job at Crem's instead of the Crown & Anchor. What was I thinking working in a bar instead of a bakery?"
"You were thinking about which would upset your dad more." Charlotte pointed her fork at Kagan.
"You're right. He'd have a fit if he found out I was working as a waitress in a bar, wouldn't he?"
"I'm not sure if 'fit' is the right word."
They shared a conspiratorial grin before laughing. Kagan hated to admit that knowing her father would look down on her job and new surroundings made them both more satisfying.
Besides, she liked being a waitress. She liked the regulars who came in and treated her like everybody else.
She liked giving Milt, her crotchety old boss, a hard time. And she loved having less pressure. She showed up, did her job, and left. Usually with a few dozen thanks.
Appreciation felt damn good. As one of the directors of marketing for her father's multi-million-dollar corporation, she'd been expected to put in as many hours as necessary to increase visibility on a weekly basis and promote dozens of endeavors without so much as a nod in gratitude.
Flirting with guys who had no idea she was Fred Donaldson's daughter felt good too. Not that she had any plans to go beyond friendly words. They may not know about her money or social status, but starting a relationship was the last thing on her mind.
Shane's killer smile flashed in her mind. The first time they'd met he'd written his phone number on the palm of her hand. She hadn't washed it off for three days trying to decide whether to jot it down on a piece of paper or forget that he made her legs weak.
She shook her head to rid those crazy thoughts. She'd promised herself not to let anyone get too close, even if Shane wanted her for nothing more than a scratch to his itch. Going home to New York was always in the back of her mind. Her lease was up in two months. And even though hooking up with the town playboy would just be physical for him, she didn't work that way. She couldn't get involved and then leave.
So the few rides home from work when her car was in the shop and a handful of shared minutes around town when she bumped into Shane did not mean anything more than an amiable association.
The erotic dreams she'd had of him didn't count. And she quickly extinguished thinking about the one she'd had the other night where Shane wore nothing but —
"Earth to Kagan." Charlotte snapped her fingers. "Did you hear what I said?"
"Sorry. No." She stuffed a piece of cake in her mouth to buy herself a few seconds to gather her wits.
"What's going on?"
"Nothing is going on."
"I've spent the past forty-eight hours waiting for you to tell me, but as usual, I have to drag it out of you." She glanced at the silver and diamond watch on her wrist. "And my plane leaves in three hours so start talking."
Kagan slouched in her chair and tucked her hair behind her ear. Charlotte always could read her. "I left New York to be anonymous while I figured things out and it's been great here. No one knows who I really am. But I still don't know what I want to do, and standing up to my dad when I go back isn't an option without a plan. He'll just put all the same unreasonable demands on me again, and I hate the thought of being back in New York if I'm not on speaking terms with him."
Charlotte put her fork down and crossed her arms as she leaned back in her chair. "I'm sorry, Kay. What can I do?"
Kagan let out a deep breath and then smiled at her best friend. "You're already doing it."
"Look, don't put so much pressure on yourself. Without your dad breathing down your neck, you'll figure things out. Once you do, he'll listen. He does love you."
"I know. And I — "
The doorbell rang, cutting her off. She had no idea who it could be and hopped up to answer it. The second she opened the door every muscle in her body tensed and her heart stopped.
She'd been found.
"Hello, Kay," Brett said. "Happy birthday." He held a bouquet of flowers in his hand and wore a smile that might have excited most girls, but at the moment made her want to be sick. He was her father's chief financial analyst and the son he never had. She'd been his friend — until her father decided he wanted them to marry.
She gripped the edge of the door and leaned against it. "How did you find me?"
"Did you really think we wouldn't?"
Charlotte appeared at her side. "Brett? Oh shit." She canted her head down and put a hand on her forehead.
"You had me followed, didn't you? Kay, I'm so sorry."
"I have nothing to say to you," Kagan warned Brett.
He handed her the flowers. "Give me ten minutes, Kay."
Reluctantly, she let him in. She had no idea how her legs didn't buckle underneath the discomfort of seeing him. They sat in her living room, Charlotte by her side, Brett across from them.
"What are you doing here?" Kagan asked, in no mood for small talk.
"Your father sent me to talk to you."
Without thought, Kagan said, "How is he?" Despite her father's iron fist, she did miss him. He wanted things his way, but Kagan knew his sense of control was what kept him from losing his composure. Her mother's unexpected death had changed him too.
"He's well given the circumstances. He's pretty upset you dropped the Donaldson and are using Owens."
"He didn't leave me much choice."
Brett rested his elbows on his knees. "You were gone in the blink of an eye, Kay. No word. No good-bye. Just gone. You can imagine the painful memories that stirred up ... losing the person he loves more than anyone else."
Her breath hitched. She hadn't thought of it that way, had never compared her running away to her mom's sudden death from a brain tumor. "I sent him a letter." Telling him she'd had to leave before she suffocated, before she lost what little scrap of herself she had left.
Before he forced her to marry the man sitting across from her.
"He wants you to come home," Brett said. "I want you to come home. There's nothing keeping you here. Small town doesn't suit a city girl like you."
"I'm not going back. Not yet."
"Yet?" He sounded hopeful, and Kagan didn't want to mislead him. Her father had no jurisdiction over her love life and the fact that Brett went along with the idea of marriage even though they'd never been romantically involved really riled her, but she never wanted to hurt his feelings.
She swallowed the lump in her throat. "I have a boyfriend," she blurted out. "And it's serious."CHAPTER 2
Shane Sullivan hated complications.
He'd mastered keeping his job and personal life simple and straightforward, although he used entirely different skills working toward the end goal.
With his hands behind his head, he relaxed against the leather desk chair in his corner office. He loved his job as project manager for Burke & Associates, one of the largest architectural firms on the west coast. For the past eighteen months, he'd happily spent ten- to twelve-hour days as point person on The Duchess, Cascade's new oceanfront boutique hotel. The grand opening was set for this weekend, and he'd just deflected a major hiccup.
Three, two, one.
His boss flew into his office with a mega-watt smile on her warm and attractive face. Her joy lit a firecracker of pride inside Shane and he leaned forward on his desk, thrilled to work for and learn from this smart and creative woman.
"You did it again," Belinda Burke said. "Thanks for getting us out of what could have been some painful financial loss." She extended her hand. "Not to mention an unhappy client."
Shane stood and shook hands, the older woman hanging on longer than necessary. "It's my job."
"Yeah, well, no one knows details like you do. Keep this up and I'll have no choice but to make you vice president."
"You won't regret it." His pulse turned a brisk tempo. Getting that kind of promotion at his age was unheard of. He wanted it. He wanted it bad. By some stroke of amazing luck, he'd found something he loved and excelled at. The townspeople of Cascade thought he was nothing but a flirt and confirmed bachelor, but he had another side, that of a dedicated employee who worked his ass off to keep Burke & Associates at the top of their field.
Belinda laughed. "No doubt." She stepped back from Shane's desk. "Mrs. Huston made sure I knew she thought you were a dream to work with."
"Did she?" He smirked. Mrs. Huston, wife of hotel magnate Duke Huston, was "the duchess." This afternoon Shane might have used his charm to alleviate a mistake that had left the hotel's fifty-something namesake none too happy.
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I enjoyed this book. It was a fun read. When I started it, I didn't realize this was the second book in the series. Luckily I didn't have to read the first book to understand what's going on. Of course now that I read this, I must read the first one. This story revolves around Kagan and Shane. Kagan is hiding out from her old life and her overbearing father. She tries to keep a low profile, that is until one day her father's lackey finds her. In order to stay, she tells a little white lie which involves Shane. Even though I read other stories that have the pretend relationships, I liked how their relationship progressed. I loved the ending. I thought it was sweet, romantic, and just a perfect way to end the story. *I received this from the publisher*
A very happy 5 star review As a fan of contemporary romance I was pretty certain I was going to enjoy reading Robin Bielman's Her Accidental Boyfriend. It has the typical elements that I love: a hot guy with history of being a player, an intriguing, beautiful, but not full of herself heroine, and an arrangement that has them eventually falling for each other. But what I loved about Her Accidental Boyfriend was the well written execution in bringing those elements together. Bielman does an excellent job easing the characters together without rushing the feelings or intimacy. The relationship develops not only between Kagan and Shane but also between Kagan, Shane's family and the town. Like any great romance there are bumps along the way to the happy ending and I loved the way these were handled, no long drawn out misinterpretations that typically drive me crazy. As for romance, there is plenty of it, and it is done in a tasteful way. When I finished reading I really just felt happy. I loved the way everything comes together and I really enjoyed the last page of the book. It definitely was not a typical epilogue and I find it was a really clever tie in to the story. I cannot wait to read more from Robin Bielman and since I have never read the first book in this Secret Wishes series, I am lucky that I won't have to wait!! Thanks to Entangled Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Once again, another Bliss book that left me weak in the knees and swooning over the chemistry between Kagan and Shane. It's impossible not to feel good as you read this book. It's also impossible to not swoon over Shane - I mean, helllllo. ;) First, I admired Kagan for following her own dreams and going against a parents wishes. She shows incredible strength and that is something to admire. She comes from a life of privilege, yet doesn't come across as snotty or uptight in the least bit. And Shane, even though he has the history of being a player, has secrets of his own that make him afraid of hurting someone he really cares about. But the connection between these two is just hard to ignore and thanks to one little white lie, Kagan and Shane start off on a journey, no matter how short, that'll change them and bring them close together. Her Accidental Boyfriend is a fun-loving read and one that had me grinning from ear to ear. I just loved seeing the relationship between Shane and Kagan develop. Not only were the main characters easy to love, but all of the secondary characters just left you with a sense of family and togetherness. It made me want to dive into the pages and join in all the fun, family, and friendship. As for the ending, oh my goodness! I won't give any spoilers, but it left me weak in the knees and swooning over just how perfect and romantic it was. As soon as I finished reading, I wanted more from Shane and Kagan. Hint, hint. ;)
Welcome back to Cascade, this is the story of Shane, big flirt and Kagan, who comes to Cascade to escape her father's plans.They meet up and decide to pretend date. They both have pasts that they are hiding from each other. As they get together they find they are meant for each other, now to over come their pasts. Lots of giggles in this book. I so enjoyed the chemistry of these two. This is the first book from Robin that I have read and will not be my last. Now I need to go back and read the first book in the series, Kissing The Maid of Honor.
Her Accidental Boyfriend by Robin Bielman is a great book. I've never read this author before but will be adding her to my must read authors now. Just loved the characters in this book especially the connection between Shane and Kagon. Loved the dialogue. A sweet and sexy book. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story.
I just finished reading an ARC copy of this book and I loved it!! Robin Bielman takes us back to Cascade, Oregon (Kissing the Maid of Honor) and this time confirmed bachelor Shane meets his match when Kagan Owens accidentally declares he's her boyfriend. This is a fun story that puts a smile on your face from the first page. Can't wait for the next story about the great folks in Cascade!! Highly recommend this for everyone!
I really liked this book. I recommend this book for everyone! I loved how he didn't care that she came from a family with money and only loved her for who she is.
I just love the characters Robin Bielman has created for this series. They're a lot of fun to read about and root for, especially Shane and Kagan, the hero and heroine--but really, readers will find themselves caring just as much about the secondary characters as well. (I'm going to say it now--Kagan's best friend Charlotte had better get her own book somewhere down the line. She totally deserves it!) The town that the Secret Wishes books take place in--Cascade, Oregon--has a homey, small-town feel to it without being overly treacly. The townspeople are quirky and of course want to get involved in the lives of our hero and heroine, but aren't overbearing and annoying about it. Their actions give our two main characters just the right amount of "push" throughout the story. The development from fake relationship to real one was nicely done. Shane and Kagan have some obvious chemistry going on here, and the sparks fly pretty quickly. Being a Bliss novel, the physical parts of their relationship were closed door, but there were some delicious kissing scenes. The very few things that gave me pause in this story--like Shane's boss's attitude, Kagan's father's ultimatum, and Shane's reasons for never again having a real girlfriend--are either eventually explained in a way that makes them more palatable or end up being resolved in a satisfactorily believable way. Things do move a bit fast in the story, but as there's an end date to Kagan's time in town, that too doesn't end up being too much of a stretch. Overall, this was another sweetly satisfying and sexy read. I am definitely on board for the next one in the series. Though can I just say--this novel has one of the best "get the girl back" scenes I've read in a long time? I'm not sure how Robin will be able to top that next time. Oh, and the (slight spoiler alert) proposal scene is just too sweet. I absolutely love the ring! A- rating. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I read the first book in the Secret Wishes series where we were introduced to the hero and heroine. Just those tiny interactions made me realize how much I wanted to read their story. In some ways I thought this book was even better that the 1st. The banter between the two was hilarious. If there was a smart ass contest, Kagan would win. Kagan is hiding out from her wealthy father. He's trying to direct her future, including who she should marry, and she's at the end of her rope. She mainly keeps to herself. Most of her socializing comes during her shift as a waitress in the Crown & Anchor bar. When the man her Father wants her to marry shows up, she needs an out. She lets out a little lie about Shane. Shane was chasing Kagan in the 1st book. No matter how many times he asked her out, she turned him down. Shane is not someone who's used to hearing the word no. Especially from a woman he shows an interest in. Shane happened to appear at her door when she needed him. While he tries to puzzle out everything about her, he somehow ends up agreeing to be her pretend boyfriend. What better way to get to know her right? Why's she hiding things? Is this just pretend for them? Could the town playboy finally have met his match?
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews HER ACCIDENTAL BOYFRIEND is part of the Secret Wishes Novel Series. Honestly, the series title really does sum of the books in the series very well. HER ACCIDENTAL BOYFRIEND is the story of a woman whose wish is to find out what she really wants out of life and in the process finds the one man who will make it his mission to watch her spread her wings and become the woman she is meant to be. Kagan Owens is a big city girl who’s hiding a secret. She’s moved from New York to Cascade, Oregon and is trying to find her way, without her father’s control or influence. Shane Sullivan is the hometown boy of Cascade, Oregon. Shane is known as a playboy. But he’s so much more than what he allows people to see. He has a reason for his playboy ways, but he doesn’t share that reason with anyone until Kagan comes into his life. When Kagan’s past shows up on her doorstep, she asks Shane to pretend to be her boyfriend. From that point on, Kagan’s accidental boyfriend becomes so much more. Who says all accidents are bad? These are two characters you will fall in love with and root for. And of course, the happy ending declaration of love is one of the reasons why I love Entangled’s Bliss line. One of my favorite quotes from the book: I want to help you spread your wings and watch you become the woman you're destined to be. Source: Publisher
Today I finished Her Accidental Boyfriend by Robin Bielman which is the second book in A Secret Wishes Novel. All right, so this book is super adorable. However, it's easy when to find a super adorable book in the Bliss line. Anyway; at the end of Kissing the Maid of Honor, we see in the Cascade Gazette Shane Sullivan cozying up to a certain waitress. Well, that waitress was Kagan Owens. So, we get to read Shane and Kagan's relationship. Yes, this is an adorable read. Love Shane, even though he's known as the town player. However, he does have a good heart, especial when it comes to a certain damsel in distress. Kagan left New York to escape an overbearing father, who believe he knew what was best for Kagan. All Kagan saw was her self suffocating under her father's thumb, and that is how she ended up in Cascade, Oregon. Well, overbearing fathers never really give up on protecting their children. Oh no, they send some to collect their stubborn children. Of course her father sends Brent, the guy he wants Kagan to marry. So, what do you do in a situation like this? Well, you make a boyfriend. Lucky for Kagan, Shane happen to come by at the right moment. Oh dear. Love Shane and how he's willing to play along on trying to prove Kagan has a good life in Cascade. Shane is great. I mean he could have totally have blown Kagan's cover, instead he plays along even sacrificing his player status. However, there are sparks between Kagan and Shane and he's just glad to get a chance to be with her. Kagan isn't like most girls. One she isn't falling all over herself to get Shane's attention. Actually, she tries to steer clear from him, but circumstance kind throw her into Shane's path. Overall, Her Accidental Boyfriend is another cute story from Robin. I really enjoy her Bliss books, because they are sweet and fun. They give you that warm fuzzy feeling, which is a must in a Bliss book. So, if you are looking for that warm fuzzy feeling with a Player turn hero, you might want to read Her Accidental Boyfriend. Copy provided by publisher
Good Book! Her Accidental Boyfriend by Robin Bielman is a delightfully affectionate story that will keep a smile on your face long after you have read the very last line. The characters are well-developed, likeable and have a great sense of humor. This is an engaging read that flows smoothly from beginning to end. Waitress and jewelery maker Kagan Owens is finally commanding her own life in the delightful small town of Cascade, Oregon. She was raised in New York City and after her mother died, her famous actor turned business tycoon father, evolved into a control freak and directed every aspect of her life. In addition, due to his celebrity, Kagan was followed around by the paparazzi and anything she did seemed to be major news. Thus, without a word to anyone except her best-friend Charlotte, Kagan fled cross country to reestablish herself. Good-looking playboy Shane Sullivan is an extremely successful project manager for one of the top architectural firms on the west coast. He loves his job, living in Cascade and the company of a pretty woman. He enjoys flirting and using his physical attributes to his advantage. Kagan is in a bind. Her father has found her and has sent his protege to bring her home to NYC. She needs a pretend boyfriend to convince everyone that she is happy and in love with no plans on moving back to the city. Since there are already a few sparks between Kagan and Shane, Shane agrees to Kagan's course of action. Overtime yet very quickly, their fake relationship evolves into much more and they realize that they can't live without each other. I liked this book, especially the fairytale ending. I also enjoyed how Kagan's and Shane's relationship developed. If you are looking for an upbeat, well-written romance, give Her Accidental Boyfriend your full attention
This is a feel good friends to lovers story. It is about two people overcoming their pasts to forge a future together. This type of story can get angsty real quick and the author deftly avoided it making it that much more enjoyable. I was not aware when I picked it up that this was the second in a series. It can be read stand-alone. I plan to pick up the first book Kissing the Maid of Honor (Secret Wishes #1) as soon as I can. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Robin Bielman has given us a perfect second outing to Cascade with a wonderful storyline, new characters as well as those we already love, wit, humour and romantic touching moments balanced with those that tug on your heartstrings a little. I devoured it. After I had finished Kissing the Maid of Honor (if you haven't had the pleasure, read it, as it will introduce you to many of the wonderful characters in this one), I put in my review that Shane deserved his own book; I loved him as a secondary character and pretty much every time he opened his mouth, I laughed. He doesn't disappoint; he is one accident I would absolutely welcome with open arms and quite different to how I thought he would be, which trust me is no bad thing. Yes he's very sexy, witty and flirty, he works hard, plays equally hard and has no intention of settling down, but underneath he's a thoughtful softie with a huge heart who will do anything for his family and friends. Kagan is a sweetheart, she's funny, kind and thoughtful and the only lady on the planet seemingly immune to the Sullivan charm. He's nothing short of resourceful though and attempting to rectify this situation lands him with the title of the book... I loved them both. They have amazing chemistry and whilst they are hiding details from their pasts, they bring the best out in each other and are perfect together. Despite their bedroom antics being kept private (this is what imaginations were invented for), there was no shortage of sexual tension, witty banter, flirting and innuendo and with moments that will make you smile, laugh, swoon, sigh in appreciation and want to whoop loudly, it's a complete winner. Here's to looking forward to more couplings in Cascade.
Who doesn’t love it when good-hearted, but commitment-phobic, rakes fall head over heels in love ... As a follow up to the first “Secret Wishes” book, Kissing the Maid of Honor, readers couldn’t have asked for more. Bielman does a fantastic job of giving us heart and heat, charm and humor. - Full review available at RomanticReadsandSuch on wordpress or on BookTrib's website.
Her Accidental Boyfriend by Robin Bielman was an enjoyable read. Bielman did a great job of capturing issues that affect individuals as they seek their independence and place in society/the workplace. For Kagan and Shane, their journey entailed overcoming some issues from their past. Kagan just wanted the freedom to decide her fate. There was great chemistry between Kagan and Shane; however, the past that was following her led to conflicts about what path she should take. Shane is an absolutely lovable hero who is afraid to fall in love, but is willing to take on the role of “her accidental boyfriend.” The story took on a serious tone as Shane & Kagan dealt with people and events from their past. However, amidst the seriousness, there were lighthearted and heartwarming moments along the way as they struggled with maintaining their ruse versus falling for each other. If you’re looking for a fast paced contemporary romance novel with well-developed characters and an engaging storyline, Her Accidental Boyfriend is the perfect book to start your week. Rating 4.5/5 I received an e-arc of Her Accidental Boyfriend from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, thank you.
In Her Accidental Boyfriend by Robin Bielman, Kagan Owens is hiding from her life in NYC. She does not want to do what her father wants anymore, and marrying a man she does not love is not something that she will agree to. She is happy in the small town of Cascade, with the rental and job as a waitress she has. She has no pressures and nobody knows her real identity. When her birthday comes and her best friend comes to visit she couldn’t be happier. Unfortunately, her would-be fiancé happened to follow her best friend and shows up afterwards. Now with her life and decisions at risk, Keegan lets a tiny lie slip, saying that she already has a boyfriend. Shane Sullivan is the considered the biggest playboy in Cascade. He likes to have a good time but he won’t commit to any lady. The only person he cannot get out of his mind is Kagan. He tried to ask her out since the first time he saw her at the bar, but while friendly she has never given a hint that she will go out with him. Now he is on his way to her place to return a sweater she forgot. Only as Shane arrives he finds Kagan has a visit, and while her friend seems to be leaving a man on the phone comes out. At first Kagan doesn’t know what to do, until accidentally she says that Shane is her boyfriend, only to get her father and his chosen husband to be off her back. But things won’t go as easy, for while she believes that will make him go away, her father orders him to stay and find out everything he can until he can get her to return to NYC with him. Now Kagan has to reveal the truth to Shane and hope that he will help her, or reveal her lie to her father and the man she once considered her friend. But as Shane agrees to help her in the time before she decides to return to NYC, he also warns her that it won’t go beyond that for he won’t commit. Even if being with her, kissing her and touching her sets his heart and body on fire. Shane is like any other human, not only is he hot, but he also has been punishing himself for something that he has blamed himself about for many years, therefore not allowing himself to commit to any woman. But Kegan will put all his limits to the test each and every time, and not only her but her supposed ex who won’t give up that easily and will make Shane jealous each and every time. I honestly can’t wait to read more books in this series, and I hope the next one will be about Erin, the way she interacted with Travis I just know there is a story to come there that I can’t wait to read about. And I have to say…I love Entangled Bliss, and this book is another reason why, their books are so romantic, the heroes are hot but also they make everything so realistic that it feels like a real place and I wish that I could live there. If you like a sweet, fun and romantic read, you don’t want to miss Her Accidental Boyfriend by Robin Bielman.
This was a fun book to read. The story involves Kagan a 20 something heiress on the run from her controlling father and Shane a happy go lucky architectural project manager. Kagan has fled New York city to Wyoming where she is working as a waitress, when her ex-friend/boyfriend shows up to bring her back home to her father. She claims she is in a serious relationship and manages to convince Shane to pretend to be her boyfriend while her ex is in town. As the story progresses Shane and Kagan develop real feels for each other and hilarity ensues. I really enjoyed supporting characters from the small town, but thought that father and ex-friend/boyfriend were a little one-dimensional. Overall this was a great read that I enjoyed and I would recommend it happily.
Ms Bielman writes a book that is good for all ages, good for all tastes and yet makes them interesting and original... Her characters seem like people we would all know... While predictable in the outcome this was a light and fun kind of book for all to enjoy...
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Really cute contemporary romance set in the fictional town of Cascade, Oregon. Kagan is incognito, having fled New York, her domineering father, and the boring man he wants her to form a merger, er, a marriage with. Nobody in Cascade knows she's the daughter of a rich celebrity turned businessman. She's serving drinks at the local pub and flirting with her customers, like Shane, but never taking it another step. But the not-quite-ex tracks her down, and to throw him off and encourage him to leave town, she claims she has a boyfriend, er, this guy right here, Shane. Shane is willing to go along with the ruse, and of course, they fall in love along the way. It's steamy, not explicit, so while there are hot kisses and caresses, the reader doesn't get to SEE it go farther. This did not bother me, but if you're looking for more, you may feel frustrated. Kagan is something of an uneven character, one moment all confidence and poise, at others with a backbone like silly string. Shane is supposed to be something of a bad boy/playboy, but he really is too nice to pull that off. The big ending felt a little too dramatic and overdone, though sweet. The integration of family and friends was very well done, definitely giving it the small town flavor. Overall I liked it very much, would recommend as a beach or airplane read.
Loved this Book!!! Kagan and Shane are awesome characters. The are like night and day and WOW!!! When you read a book by Robin you are never disapointed. She has a knack for making you feel like you are right there in the story!!
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I just finished this book ... what a beautiful love story. Robin Bielman has a special way with writing romance, she hooked me from the first page and has a way of writing that keeps me hooked until the last page. Love her books.