Just Like That by Nicola Rendell – Jenn’s Review


Loved the blurb… needed more!



“I bet I can untangle you.”

At an airport baggage claim, Penny Darling looks up from her knotted mess of ear buds to find the sexiest hunk of man she’s ever seen. He’s got a military haircut, a scar through his eyebrow, and he’s rocking a pastel pink dress shirt like only a real man can. But Penny is on a man-free diet so she leaves the airport without succumbing to his delicious double-entendres…or his dreamy dimples.

PI Russ Macklin can’t take his eyes off Penny. As she sashays out of the airport with hips swaying and curls bouncing, he suspects they may share more than just sweltering chemistry. That suitcase she’s rolling along behind her? It looks a lot like his.

Because it is.

When he tracks her down, he holds her bag hostage in exchange for a date. Their night begins with margaritas and ends in urgent care, and Russ proves that Cosmo’s theory about a very particular type of orgasm was oh-so-wrong.

In Penny, Russ finds a small-town sweetheart with a very naughty side. For the first time ever, he’s thinking about picket fences. Penny finds in Russ a loving, caring man who understands the power of massaging showerheads.

But Russ is only in Port Flamingo for a week. They agree it’ll be a fling and nothing more. Because really, they can’t fall ass-over-teakettle in love just like that…

Can they?


Nicola Rendell is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. She manages to have me completely invested in the story before I’ve even finished reading the first page. As someone who has a discerning palette when it comes to choosing a book, Rendell is now one of those authors like Kristen Ashley, or Sarina Bowen, where I don’t even need a blurb. She writes it, I’ll read it.

“All day, it’s been you. Since the minute I saw you, it’s been you. I think my whole life, even before I knew you, it was you.”

Just Like That gives us the story of Penny and Russ, two people who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried. Bonus they have a chemistry so blazing, it burns up the pages. I’m not usually a believer in insta-love, but these two have it in spades. Watching the push-pull between them was highly entertaining. I knew how they felt about each other before they did. Rendell showed in their words, their lingering glances, and the fact, that no matter what was happening, they could not stay away from each other. The pull was just too strong. Their road was full of bumps and hairpin turns, but it was truly a pleasure watching them navigate it.

“That’s all it’s been. One week. One week that changed my entire life…”

Just Like That was more than just Penny and Russ. It was cast full of eccentric, amusing, entertaining, likeable,(and some not so likable) characters. The town was chock full of nuts, and I loved every one of them. They added to the already well done story, and made it so you never knew what you were going to get from one page to the next. Guppy is in a league of his own, and might have been my favorite part of the entire book. As soon as I finish with one of Rendell’s books, I find myself waiting to lose myself in the next one. It’s the best kind of feeling!

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