Designs on You by Carrie Pack ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

DesignsOnYou_COVER_b75938a7-4c5f-4207-9c93-5b8dc0b335f5 Title: Designs on You

Author: Carrie Pack

Publisher: Interlude Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

If graphic designer Scott Parker has to design one more cupcake company logo, he might lose it. When tasked with retouching photos for a big fashion client, a stunning, lanky model mesmerizes Scott and occupies his fantasies long after the assignment is finished.

When the model is assigned to one of Scott’s projects, Scott discovers that the object of his desire is nothing like what he imagined. Despite Jamie Donovan’s aloof and dismissive behavior, Scott struggles to forge a friendship with him, all the while trying to keep his attraction at bay.

Will Jamie follow through on signals that he may be interested, or will he forever be the beautiful man in the photograph, an untouchable fantasy? Based on the fan fiction story, A Look That’s Made for You.

Brandilyn’s View:

Holy slow-burn Batman. I know that I have used that line before, but man does it fit. Designs on You is my first novel from author Carrie Pack. After reading Designs, I will happily read more from this talented author.

Jamie and Scott get off to a less than auspicious start. Jamie is known in the industry as the ice queen. Scott is a newcomer. An interloper. Neither man is willing to risk their heart or their pride. That is the central conflict in Designs on You. There is no nefarious plot against the men. Just a ten year age difference and men being… well men. No feelings shall be shown.

The entire book is will they or won’t they. Every other page was a “Kiss him already” moment. Okay that is hyperbole, but there were many such moments before they finally gave in. Even after they gave in, however, they just couldn’t find the same page with a map.

They both make mistakes along the way. They both build walls they are too afraid to let crumble. They both give in to preconceived notions and their own insecurities. And every time they are close, a third party just happens to walk in a break the tension. Then the timeline jumps forward a few days or weeks.

As a reader, it is frustrating as hell. There came a point that I almost gave up, to be honest. There was almost one too many near-misses. In the end, however, in classic romcom fashion, they find each other and ride off into the sunset.

You can’t help but love Scott and Jamie. Even if they both need to get their heads and their hearts on the same page.

Buy Links

Interlude Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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