Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat by Daisy Prescott


I, Thomas Clifford Donnely, am a manwhore.

I’ve been told I’m irresistible to women. Like catnip for a different type of pussy-cat. I guess you could call me a Tom Cat.

This is the story about how I lost my wingman, broke all my own rules, and found myself falling in love.

Tom Donnelly isn't the marrying kind, or the dating kind. Even after losing his #1 wingman to love, he doesn't see the point in relationships. When his sister's best friend returns to Whidbey Island and propositions Donnelly for a one-night stand, he breaks one of his biggest rules—no fooling around with his sisters' friends. It's just sex, nothing more. That's what Tom does and does well.

What happens when "just sex" isn't enough?

Hailey King is more than a match for Tom's flirtations. She's known him most of her life and has heard the rumors about his "skills" for years. When her perfectly planned future falls apart, will the last man she should ever fall for turn out to be more than a one-night stand?

My Review

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of this book s a simple one. Tom Donnely is your stereotypical bachelor. He doesn't do relationships. While at his sister's baby shower he runs into his sister's friend Hailey, or Idaho, as he likes to calls her. She moved away years ago, but is now back in town. Tom immediately starts to tease her in that kindergarten playground way. You know...the one that likes you the most is the one that teases you relentlessly.  

While out one night Hailey drunkenly approaches Tom and proposes they spend the night together. Of course one night is not enough and they continue to sleep together. From the moment they reconnected, the two of them were really comfortable with each other. Maybe it was because they already knew each other or maybe it was because they had a lot in common. They worked together at Donnely boats, Tom as a welder and Hailey as a project manager, but they also have a love of art in common. Tom has a side business as a wood carver and Hailey makes metal sculptures. Tom and Hailey just understood each other. 

While they may have started sleeping together as friends, it slowly turned into more. I don't think either of them expected it, but neither of them saw it as a bad thing. They supported each other. Hailey was there for Tom when a family tragedy strikes and Tom ends up in a jail cell while defending her honor, which she doesn't find out about until later in the book. They have each other's backs. 

I loved Tom. He exuded self-confidence and I probably should have hated him, but I didn't.
"Magnums?” She sounded more curious than doubtful. 
“Oh.” She quickly unbuckled her seatbelt and had the door open in a flash. 
I smirked. My bravado and confidence were firmly based in reality. My reputation was well earned.
Not to mention he owns a boat called the "Master Baiter" and says things like this,
“And the head sniffing? That part of it too?” 
“No, I really do like the way babies smell. It’s like laundry fresh out of the dryer.” 
“Only the dryer is a vagina.” 
“Gross.” She slapped my chest. 
“You have to give me a break. I’ve spent my entire sexual life avoiding getting someone pregnant. Hard to shift gears.”
When it comes down to it, Tom is a fantastic guy. He loves his family and friends and would do anything for them. And despite his bachelor ways, he is actually a wonderful boyfriend and Hailey is a great match for him. Like Tom, she is okay with the original arrangement, she was actually the one who wanted it, but has no issues when it turns into more than a one night stand. She put up with his crap and was able to match wits with him, which I appreciated. 

I love when I go into a book totally blind. I had never read any of Daisy Prescott's books so I did not know what to expect, but I really liked this book. It was funny, sweet, I will definitely go back and read Daisy's previous books. Especially the one about Tom's friend John. Yay for finding new authors!

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