Not That Kind of Guy

Andie J. Christopher. Berkley, $16 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-1-9848-0270-5

Christopher’s uneven follow-up to Not the Girl You Marry begins by cleverly flipping the typical office romance script, but a mid-book trip to Vegas sends the plot off the rails. When perfectionist attorney Bridget Nolan’s relationship collapses, she throws herself into her work, only to be assigned a distractingly handsome intern. The hyperprivileged Matt Kido has always been sheltered by his parents’ wealth, but he’s instantly smitten with his stunning new boss and eager to impress. Though Bridget refuses to acknowledge their chemistry while they work together, their dynamic takes a jarring turn when she accepts Matt’s offer to escort her to her brother’s Las Vegas wedding after his internship ends. There, inevitably, they get blackout drunk and wake up married. As they wait for the divorce to go through, they use their new relationship status to mess with Matt’s cartoonishly judgmental parents and “stick it” to Bridget’s one-note jerk of an ex. But the more time they spend together, the deeper they fall for each other. Christopher balances the melodrama and moments of raw emotion with an upbeat tone and honest communication between Matt and Bridget. Readers who can look past the contrived setup will find this a fun, if lopsided, romance. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary. (Apr.)