The Trouble With Sexy: (Originally appeared in the e-book anthology KISS ME)

The Trouble With Sexy: (Originally appeared in the e-book anthology KISS ME)

by Codi Gary

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Previously appeared in the anthology Kiss Me.

Fact: Ryan Ashton has never been the hottest girl in the room. Prim and proper doesn't really lend itself to sexy, but Ryan's okay with that. She's come to terms with her perpetual single status. Or at least she would have, if it weren't for her deliciously gorgeous boss.

Fact: Gregg Phillips is sex on a stick. And Ryan knows that if she wants him to sit up and take notice of her, she's gotta take a chance … and ditch the frumpy librarian look she's been rocking for way too long.

It's gonna take a whole new wardrobe and the help of the local sex kitten to make it happen, but Ryan's up for it. After all, true love is worth the trouble—and that's a fact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062379658
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Series: A Rock Canyon, Idaho Novella
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 82,193
File size: 285 KB

About the Author

An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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The Trouble With Sexy: (Originally appeared in the e-book anthology KISS ME) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
slz52 More than 1 year ago
Good Story but I can't believe how long I waited for it, as I pre-ordered, and how very, very short it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Cute, fun & sexy friends-to-lovers short story!  It was great seeing Ryan emerge from shy and frumpy to confident and sexy with the encouragement of new found friends. I loved the way Greg saw the real Ryan before she had a makeover, and I love his explanation of what sexy is.  The story is set in the Rock Canyon series, and I hope that Gracie get her own story soon. 4.5 start ARC provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
After you finish drooling over the cover, get this book right away! This is the best friends to lover story I have ever read! It was love at first read for Gregg and Ryan: I loved them right away; they are so real, and so well-matched. And there’s the wonderful, unflappable Gracie with whom Ryan becomes friends! If you have not read anything by the very talented Codi Gary, you should definitely start with THE TROUBLE WITH SEXY! In addition to this fab story, great characters, you get a lot of hotness, as well as some solid background on the characters from the Rock Canyon series. Definitely, do not miss this short, sweet and sexy story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I didn't really care for this book. I found it to be a little bland. The couple just didn't have any sexual chemistry. It seems they were stuck in the friend zone. And the scene at the singles auction was really juvenile. This book missed the mark for me. Apprx. 95 pages.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A sparkling little novella leaving me with few complaints but still wanting more. Codi Gary brings a friends to lovers story to light, as Ryan sheds her old image to grab the attention of her boss Gregg.  Ryan never thought of herself as sexy: she’s hidden her light behind conservative clothes and an introverted approach to the world, but this isn’t who she is. Bold, thoughtful, opinionated and far feistier than her appearance would indicate, her last-ditch effort to impress Gregg by shedding her buttoned-down look is the premise for this story. While her change of image is started for one reason, Ryan  takes on the questions this change brings forward, using the opportunities to embrace her ‘real’ self, gaining in confidence and voice.  Gregg is sexy, but like most men in that ‘friendship’ role with a woman, he is utterly unable to process this newer more confident, confrontational and ‘just where did the comfortable Ryan run off to’ person that is facing him mow.  Not at all a bad guy, he’s just occasionally clueless, but this change has him utterly confused, but intrigued.  His old friend Ryan was great as she was: reliable, easygoing and willing to take his guidance. This one is more willing to challenge him, with a temper and a stubbornness he never saw before.  It’s cute to see him learn to adjust his impressions of who Ryan is, and understand that the new image is part of her growing up.  He is getting a chance to really know Ryan, and it’s one that has him determined to pay attention this time.  A wonderful little story about relationship and personal growth that is the perfect read to put a smile on your face. Originally part of an anthology and now a singular release, this would be a great lunch-break read over a day or two, sure to make you laugh and smile.  I received an eBook copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
What a fun read for Valentines Day! This was a short novella of approximately 100 pages or so that was easy to read in a single sitting. I found this to be a nice little story about two people finally getting together after being only friends. Ryan and Gregg work together at the local photography studio. Actually Ryan works for Gregg which does make things a little more interesting. Ryan is ready for a change and ready to get out of the friend zone. Ryan enlists the help of a local woman, Gracie, when she decides to change her appearance. Ryan's new look does exactly what she had hoped. This little story had a bit of everything. At times it was funny, it was sometimes serious and other times sexy. Heck, you even get to meet mom and dad before it is over. Ryan and Gregg worked well as a couple. Gregg was really such a nice guy that it was hard not to like him. Ryan really gained a lot of confidence not only because of her makeover but also because of her new friendships. I really liked many of the supporting characters in this little town a lot - they added a lot of fun to the story. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes a not too serious friends to lovers story. This is the first story by Codi Gary that I have had a chance to read but I will be looking for more in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Impulse via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.
CrisConquers More than 1 year ago
Having previously read the first book in Codi Gary's Rock Canyon series, Things Good Girls Don't Do, I was really excited to read The Trouble with Sexy, the novella that started it all. The story begins just days before Valentine's Day, when Ryan Ashton, a somewhat quiet, conservative dresser asks her boss and long time crush, Gregg if he thinks she's sexy. When he takes a bit too long to answer, Ryan decides she needs to make a change if she ever hopes of having him finally notice her as a woman. With some help from the plain-spoken neighborhood barista, Gracie, Ryan goes on a shopping spree, gets a haircut and finds her inner confidence and spark.  Gregg has had feelings for Ryan for quite a while but never felt like they were returned. But now that her new look and attitude are turning heads all around town—including that of the new resident bad-boy—Gregg decides to go for it and stake his claim. These two friends jump out of the friend-zone and right into love. What could make for a better Valentine's Day? Friends to Lovers is one of my very favorite romance tropes and this story was just such a fun example. The characters were well written and the rapport between Gracie and Ryan made for some hilarious moments. Every woman needs a girlfriend like Gracie!  In such a short novella we were introduced to so many interesting characters in Rock Canyon and got little glimpses of some possible romances which I can't wait to read more about! It set the stage for the rest of the books in the series while giving you a feel for the town, but without taking away from the adorable romance between these two friends.This is the perfect Valentine's Day read! Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.
AReaderLivesa1000Lives More than 1 year ago
"If a woman doesn't get any of those heart-shaped boxes of candy or a dozen red roses, she'll sit in front of the TV with a pint of Ben & Jerry's Half Baked, crying pathetically while watching The Notebook." By now, y'all know I am a HUGE Codi Gary fan. I kind of devour everything she writes. I am sure if I lived near her, I'd find out where she grocery shops who I could read her lists! But, somehow I missed her very first story that got her in with the lovely folks at Avon. 'Trouble With Sexy' stars the prim and proper, Ryan Ashton who has pined for her boss, Gregg Phillips. With a little help from an unlikely friend, she shows him there is another side to her. This story takes place during the 7 days before Valentine's Day in the quaint town of Rock Canyon. Ryan and Gregg work together at the local photography studio. Friends who constantly bicker with each other, you can see where a closeness might form. He tries to invite her out for Valentine's Day since both are unattached, but she politely declines. That leaves him unsure with her feelings toward him and leaves her asking Gracie for help finding her "sexy," but not before what I find to be an uncomfortable interaction between friends. She swallowed a little. "Gregg, we're friends right?" He cocked his head and gave her a small smile. "Of course." She twisted her hands in her lap. "And you'll be honest with me?" He sat on her desk and nodded. "Sure." She cleared her throat and whispered, "Do you think I'm sexy?" After the makeover of a lifetime, Ryan and her new friend, Gracie head to Buck's to show off her new look. Heads turn and her dance card fills up pretty quickly. She can't help but compare them all to Gregg. The signs seem to be there for everyone to see, except each other. I will tell you, I am such a sucker for a man who gets all protective of his woman. When he laid Wayne out - I was a goner.  Things progressed pretty quickly for these two friends while they admitted to feelings that were always there. I adored the awkward and clumsy moments that the dolled up Ryan had. She had an unfortunate incident with a pair of heels that showed Gregg's sweet and silly side.  "Why don't we just pretend it was a clever ploy on your part so that I'd be forced to hold you tight? Her mouth twitched. "That's awfully chivalrous of you." He shrugged. "What can I say? My mama raised me right." She laughed and started to pull away. "Thanks for catching me." "Anytime." And finally you get to the auction. Oh man, that auction was the perfect setting for disaster. Jealously runs wild in situations like these. Codi's spin on an obviously tense scene made me love her style even more. You see a demanding side of Ryan and a hilarious side of Gregg. Oh course, I am NOT going to give it away - but I will hint at you the outcome. The kiss ended when Buck tapped Gregg on the shoulder.  "I love a romantic gesture as much as the next guy, but maybe you folks could move it off the stage?" AN EPIC start to an amazing series. I can see why Avon snatched you up Codi!