The Wingman is an eminently forgettable contemporary romance I picked up mostly because of its South African setting. I had this foreign language teacher who always said the best way to learn conversational chatter was to watch soaps: they tend to be real familial, familiar, and local. So I've enjoyed contemporary romances from other countries on this level: they give me a real interesting view of a country. I mean, of course it's stylized and perfected, but it can be unvarnished in a way you don't get in capital L Literature. I read like a half dozen novels by Ainslie Paton because she writes so winningly about Australia, and about the Pacific Rim more generally. Floored is a straight up road trip novel, and so much fun if you want to drive through a dozen shitty Australian towns. Which I do!
Anyway, The Wingman is not that, not by half. There's a little chatter about how no one speaks Afrikaans, but then no one speaks Afrikaans. The main girl runs a clinic is the bad part of town (i.e. the black part of town) but pretty much the community exists to menace her with gangsters or rescue her from said gangsters. Everything is paint by numbers small town romance with requisite slut shaming and label dropping, but that kind of label dropping that pretends it isn't interested in status objects like those bitches over there. Sure, Becky.
This is the 2nd book in the Elite Ops series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment & understanding of the series, I recommend reading in order.
Missy works with Conrad every day. She realizes what a player he is, and decides she must change the course for her future. When all goes boom, it is a good thing he is on her side.
Conrad has been in love with Missy and doing whatever he has to for her not to find out. It could kill both of their careers if their superiors knew. When the worst happens - they are going to put their feelings to the test.
This was a very sweet and sexy book. Yet, it has a very compelling mystery weaved throughout. I especially love that the story is ongoing. I really do love series books. This book is great and gets a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.
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DNF at 33%
If you want to read about blatant women on women hate, slut shaming, with a main character that seems to have been raised in a convent, this book's for you!
As for the guy, he's an idiot in a pretty package who at one moment thinks that the woman really should lose some weight.
As for what's her name, despite being a successful professional _ she's a vet _ she has no confidence in herself. She doesn't know what to do with her hair or how to dress. Oh, aren't you special, "little one"?*
It reminded me of Anastasia with "oh, make-up, what should I do with it?!" -_-
"Yes" let's reduce twenty first women to simple minded ninnies. That's hot!
*term later on used by another character. Because the whole thing wasn't condescending enough.
Not for me.