Title: IRL: In Real Life (After Oscar #1)
Author: Lucy Lennox, Molly Maddox, and Michael Pauley (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 21st 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.7 stars out of 5
It starts with a drunken text pic. The kind I would normally never send. Only, instead of it going to the flirty hotel bartender, it goes to some random stranger who actually responds.
I tell myself an unexpected night of hot as hell back-and-forth is the perfect way to blow off a little steam while I’m in New York closing an important business deal. Little do I know the man on the other end of the line is none other than Wells Grange: The most controlling, egotistical, emotionless SOB I’ve ever met.
I spend my days squaring off against Wells in the boardroom, and my nights succumbing to the sexy stranger’s commanding texts in the bedroom. Within days, I’m falling for someone I shouldn’t, and I have to remind myself that none of this is real.
The first thing I notice about Conor Newell when he sits down in my high-rise conference room is how delightfully nervous he is. Then I see his tie. The same geeky tie that’s held hostage on my phone. The one that belongs to my anonymous late-night texter. And it changes everything.
I should confess. Tell the truth about who I am. Instead, I decide there’s no harm in flirting. After all, once our business is concluded, he’ll be out of my life for good.
The more I get to know Conor, however, the more I start to fall for him. Which is a problem, because I made a vow long ago to never let emotions interfere with my life, either business or personal. Except I can’t stop thinking about him night and day. If it’s only in my head, though, it doesn’t count.
After all, it’s not like we’re falling for each other in real life…
I have a confession to make. I saw this was written by Lucy Lennox and narrated by Michael Pauley and without reading the blurb, without hesitation, I immediately requested IRL.
I’m going to be honest, I ended up liking this far more than I thought I was going to when I first started listening. Let me explain. I’m not a fan of deception romance, and while there are a lot of very hot, sexy scenes they involve far more dominance then I’m personally into, but I’m really happy I kept listening because I ended up with a giant smile on my face, and the absolute conviction that Conor and Wells are absolutely perfect for one another and meant to be together forever.
Michael Pauley offers different character voices, brings plenty of heat to the sex scenes, and keeps a steady pace.
I’m looking forward to book two, LOL: Laugh Out Loud.