I received this book for free from Wildfire Marketing Solutions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Neutral Ground by Jiffy Kate
Published by Jiffy Kate Books on October 7, 2019
Cover Design: Juliana Cabrera
Cover Photographer: Michelle Lancaster
Cover Model: Tommy Pearce
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Second Chance Romance
Source: Wildfire Marketing Solutions
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They say opposites attract and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to CeCe and Shep. But what happens when the two most anti-marriage people in the French Quarter start enjoying the act?
I never planned on getting married. After my dad deserted my family the day before my tenth birthday, and I watched my mother fall to pieces over him, I decided it wasn’t worth the heartache. Then Shepard Rhys-Jones, who ghosted me two years ago, declares he needs to marry someone to claim his inheritance, and I drunkenly offer myself up as his wife.
He was the best I’ve ever had and now, he’s all mine… but only for the next year.
I never planned on getting married. It was one business transaction I had no desire to close. Yet, here I am… sitting in a bar in New Orleans… seriously considering making CeCe Calhoun my wife. If we can manage to stay married for a year, I’ll be one hundred million dollars richer and finally have the freedom to forge my own path, separate from the Rhys-Jones name.
She’s the only woman I’ve struggled to forget, and she’s finally mine. For now.
Is it possible for this fake marriage to be real?
Adult Contemporary Romance, Second Chance Romance
First Person, dual-POV
This book is a standalone but it is part of the French Quarter setting that the authors have been writing. The characters can be seen in other books from the author.
How can getting married give you freedom? Isn’t that an oxymoron?
Addictiveness: 4.5/5 This book had the perfect pace and had me wondering how it would end. It was an easily one-sitting read. As addictive as pizza!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 4.5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Characters were multidimensional with lots of interesting layers to them. They were very easy to love.
Shep was a multi-millionaire that looked like a wet-dream, amazing in bed, but very loyal to his friends. Really, what was not to like? Even though he was the king of one-night-stands, he was no cheater. When he jumped, he really committed himself to it. He was loving, caring and protective. He didn’t get what he wanted, but totally what he needed from this relationship.
Cece was a very strong woman that has since a very young age only been able to depend on herself. She was a bit of a control freak that had a hard time accepting a helping hand. I really loved her, but had to take off half a star for being so stubborn and not really seeing what was right in front of her.
Villains… or antagonists… I guess, we could say her cousin, his father, but really the biggest villain here is Cece and her fears.
Secondary characters… so many interesting one, and I believe most of them have had their book already, so I must go back and read their stories.
All characters were easy to love, connect and understand!!!
Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This book cover is good. I can totally see Shep in that guy with his expensive watch and button up with jeans. I only wished that I could find more of the story in the cover. I like the title and I love the subtitle. It give a snippet into the story. I would probably buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!
Freshness: 3.5/5 This was a good contemporary romance. It doesn’t have concept totally different from others out there, but it has a cool, fresh vibe. I like how we got a different hero than what was expected. As fresh as mint tea!
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 4/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4/5, twists 4/5 Great opening for an amazing ending. Love the setting and the romance is believable. The conflict is good and it felt real. There is no major twist, but the subplot is interesting enough to keep the story flowing. High level of enjoyment!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 4.5/5, development 5/5, steam 4/5 The couple’s attraction was undeniable. The way they care for each other was cute and their lovemaking was hot. I have throughly enjoyed how this romance grew accordingly. It was not rushed and it made it feel real. Passionate love!
Writing Style: 4/5 I love the characters and their growth. I enjoy the plot concept and the setting. The romance felt real and the smut was good. Smart writing!
Plot: I just think a few loose ends remained sort of loose. The conflict with the father really didn’t feel solved. I don’t really know what happened at the end. I thought they were going to be a major hurdle, but it just died down.
This was my first book by the authors, but I will definitely read more. In fact, even though this is a standalone I got interested in the setting (I love New Orleans) and I really want to read their friends books. I’m certain both Shaw/Avery and Carys/Maverick has had a book that I would love to go back and read it. I’m certain I will even see Shep and Cece featuring there.
Oh, I would love to read Jules happily ever after!
29.5/35 STARS – 4 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)
Addictiveness: 4.5 Character: 5 Cover: 4 Freshness: 3.5 Plot: 4 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 4
Action 1/5 Angst 0/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 2/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? Sure. If you like friendship and romance.
Would I re-read this book/series? I will follow the series, and I may reread the book.
Would I read more from the author? I’m looking forward to read this series.